June 24: Righteousness

[This post was written several days ago.  Not coincidentally last night there was a violent demonstration in Tel Aviv with 85 people being arrested.  Never before has there been such a need to pray that God’s righteousness will prevail in Israel.
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God offered to give King Solomon whatever he asked. Rather than asking for power or riches, Solomon asked for wisdom to rule the people.  God was pleased with that request and soon Solomon’s reputation for wisdom was unequalled.

Perhaps the most memorable story was his wisdom to judge between two women who each claimed a baby was their own (1 Kings 3:16-28).  Solomon relied on God’s wisdom to judge with righteousness.

How different are our courts today!  Often trials won or lost because of technicalities of man’s “law” rather than on the righteousness of God.

Let us pray that Israel will apply the same charge King Jehoshaphat gave to the judges of his day.  Note that it started by turning the hearts of the people back to the Lord!

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2 Chronicles 19: 4-7: So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment. Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.”

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