The Storyteller: The Unjust Judge and the Widow Day 5
Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, but he went out among the people, traveling from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim, encouraging the people to return to the Lord, the God of their ancestors. He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.” 2 Chronicles 19:4–7 (NLT)
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, takes the grand tour of his kingdom making it clear that God is the center of everything. His values define their values. Knowing the historical record of his people, he appoints judges to keep both communities and individuals on track with God’s values.
Jesus tells his parable of the judge and widow to clarify the nature of God and how he listens to our prayers, but it comes following questions about God’s Kingdom. This makes me reflect on the justice system of the Kingdom Jesus brings. I live under the authority of King Jesus, yet I’m rubbing elbows with all the foibles of American life. I wonder how Jesus commissions me as He sets me into His Kingdom as Judge/Guide for my community. I hear the pleas of many “widows”. I see so many without a voice in need of an advocate. How do I reflect the heart and values of God?
Consider each phrase of Jehoshaphat’s instructions. What would Jesus recognize as a perversion of justice, partiality or a bribe? Ask the Spirit to lead you as Christ’s ambassador here in your community.
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