In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it— one from the house of David— one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness (Isaiah 16:5)
Today’s Old Testament passage is a prophetic preview by Isaiah of what Jesus is really like. First and foremost, and very thankfully for us, his throne is established in love. That is huge, because of how we often mess up—-it’s Christ’s love that overlooks our many foul-ups. I’m thankful for that – I know how often I mess up.
But Jesus is not only love. Because, at the same time, Jesus is also righteous and just—qualities that are almost as important as God’s love. As I encounter the enthroned Jesus, he wants me to be not only loving but empowered to live a righteous and just life. If God were only love, we could do what was right in our own eyes and God would say “No problem …. whatever”.
Scripture says that God does not overlook what is unjust and unrighteous. But, really, aren’t we the same? When we see something that is not just, don’t we want it set right? Even a child knows when to say, “No fair!”
A bamboozling big bank bigshot is too big to jail, but a dishonest underling is sent to prison for a long time. A whistleblower gets fired for exposing how their company is ripping off people. What injustices! If God were only love, these types of rip-offs would never be set right.
But we have a God who does want to set things right! And as we follow the Lord, then in our own areas of influence, we keep pursuing righteousness and justice empowered by love. Living that way, we can overcome evil significantly, but not yet totally.
Scripture teaches that the day will come when God will say “No more.” A world where righteousness and justice fully prevail will arrive. Imagine that day — no more rip-offs, no more deception, no more favoritism. God will get rid of the garbage. We look in hope to that promised day when all evil will be wiped out forever.