Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 8, 2015

“the LORD, the Judge” – “The Lord reigns”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges 11:1-28.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“12 Now Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the sons of Ammon, saying, “What is between you and me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?”  13 The king of the sons of Ammon said to the messengers of Jephthah, “Because Israel took away my land when they came up from Egypt, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok and the Jordan;  therefore, return them peaceably now.”  14 But Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the sons of Ammon, 15 and they said to him, “Thus says Jephthah, ‘Israel did not take away the land of Moab nor the land of the sons of Ammon.

21 The Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them; so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.  22 So they possessed all the territory of the Amorites, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok, and from the wilderness as far as the Jordan.  23 Since now the Lord, the God of Israel, drove out the Amorites from before His people Israel, are you then to possess it?  24 Do you not possess what Chemosh your god gives you to possess? So whatever the Lord our God has driven out before us, we will possess it.  25 Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab?  Did he ever strive with Israel, or did he ever fight against them?  26 While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are on the banks of the Arnon, three hundred years, why did you not recover them within that time?  27 I therefore have not sinned against you, but you are doing me wrong by making war against me;  may the Lord, the Judge, judge today between the sons of Israel and the sons of Ammon.’”  28 But the king of the sons of Ammon disregarded the message which Jephthah sent him.”  Judges Chapter 11:  Verses 12-15 and 21-28.


Other doctrine is more interested in man and what man has done and should do.

Reformed Doctrine is more interested in God and what God has done and will do.

Reformed Doctrine searches Scripture to understand and know God.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Today, Reformed Doctrine delights to find this insight about the LORD that He is “the Judge” in verse 27 of today’s Scripture.  The LORD exercises justice, righteousness, and lovingkindness as “the Judge”, declaring “I delight in these things”.  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

“8 The Lord judges the peoples;
Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous;
For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.
10 My shield is with God,
Who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
And a God who has indignation every day.”  Psalm 7:8-11.

“19 Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged before You.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord;
Let the nations know that they are but men.  Selah.”  Psalm 9:19-20.

“1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.
3 May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him.
4 He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
5 “Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge.  Selah.”  Psalm 50:1-6.

“10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
13 Before the Lord, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness.”  Psalm 96:10-13.

“For the Lord will judge His people
And will have compassion on His servants.”  Psalm 135:14.

For the Lord is our judge,
The Lord is our lawgiver,
The Lord is our king;
He will save us—”  Isaiah 33:22.


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