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If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked ... (Deuteronomy 25:1)

As long as I’ve been alive and involved with ministry, the word judgment has always conjured up negative thoughts and themes. By that I mean, when we think of judgement in a Biblical sense, we think of God pouring out His wrath upon the wicked of this world and the suffering that will bring for those who are the recipients. And while that is true, I want to point out that judgment isn’t a bad thing for everyone. Judgment can be a good thing for some, depending on which side of the law you happen to be on.

In this life there is bound to be conflict simply because there are people in this world. Even Israel, a nation whose God dwelt among them, were not exempt from conflict, thus necessitating the establishment of courts and judges. It was understood that the judges would hear the arguments of both the plaintiff and the defendant. After hearing the facts, the judge would render a decision based on the law, meaning that one person would leave with a judgment against them while the other would leave the courtroom vindicated. Again, judgment can be bad if you’re on the wrong side of things but it can also be a good thing when you are in right standing with the law.

Therefore, when the day comes for God to judge any and all situations, including the judgment that comes in the Day of the LORD, remember, it might not necessarily be a bad thing for those who stand blameless before Him — those who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. It can be, in fact, a glorious day. That doesn’t mean it won’t be an ominous, somber time; many will reap the fruit of their actions. Still, for the righteous, judgment means vindication and, in that vein, we will close with this prayer from David: “The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me” (Psalm 7:8). 

Blessings and Shalom,  




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