Who Is Jesus?
Some people in their personality have this great sense of justice, right and wrong, but it actually comes from the
nature of God. Look what it says in Psalm 89, Verse 14: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Mercy and truth go before Your face. If you look at it in King James version it says: justice and judgement are the
habitations of your throne. The words there are 'justice' and 'judgement', so everything needs a foundation to uphold
it, so there are four foundations uphold the throne of God - or putting it another way, God's kingdom is established on
four key pillars. Here's what they are. The first one is justice; the second one is judgement; third one is mercy; fourth
one is truth. So when you want to extend the kingdom of God in your personal life or in any part of your world, you've
got to remember it's built on four foundations. It's built on justice, judgement, mercy, truth, so these are foundational
to the kingdom of God.
Not only that, it tells us in Hebrews 6, it says about the doctrines of Christ, the foundational doctrines of Christ. It
says: we want to go on to maturity, and we will go on to maturity if God permits us, so in other words it's impossible
for you to mature as a believer, unless God permits you to mature. He won't permit you to mature unless certain
foundations are laid properly in your life. Those foundations are found in Hebrews 6; repentance from dead works,
faith towards God, the doctrine of baptisms and laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead - now get this one -
eternal judgements.[See series: Foundational Principles] So judgements and understanding about judgement is a
foundation in the life of a believer. You can never mature if it's not properly laid in your life, so I can't teach all of that
today, but I want to give you an insight to God being a judge and some aspects of what it means, how it would apply
to our life.
So this is foundational. It's not some new big revelation. This is actually quite foundational for a believer, and people
don't like to hear terms like God is a judge or God judges, unless it's in terms of accusing the church, or accusing
God in some way. But God's kingdom is clearly established on justice, what is right; judgement, seeing what is right
and putting it right; and mercy, extending mercy to people; and on truth, so that's how God builds His kingdom. Now
let's have a look. So we see the kingdom is established that way, so when the Bible talks about justice, the kingdom
is established on justice, that word is the word tzedakah, means to be right or to be just or fair. Also the word can be
interpreted generosity and compassion to those who are poor, so one of the pillars of the kingdom of God is what is
right, justice, and showing generosity to people who are troubled or in difficulties of some kind. That is a pillar of
God's kingdom, to show generosity to people who are poor. Why? Because that's right in God's eyes.
So when we help people, widows, orphans, people who are afflicted, when we are involved in social justice, we are
doing what is right in the kingdom of God. So generosity to the poor is one of the foundations in the kingdom of God,
because it is what God calls justice. It is justice to do that. The second word there is judgement. The word judgement
means - it's a word to deliver someone out of a situation, so the Book of Judges who delivered people out of
oppression; it means to rule over, the judges ruled over Israel, and it also means to sit and to make a decision as a
third party. So two people are in trouble, and the third party sits, listens to both sides, and makes a decision what is
right and gives direction what to do, then sees it takes place. So that's what it means when it says judge. It's not all
about punishing. It's about seeing to the root of issues, and making things right. That can include that people are
punished, or have consequences for their behaviour, but in essence it's looking right into the root of something, and
making a decision: this is what is right, and this is what will happen. Get the idea?
So now this is what God's kingdom is built on. Now notice this - in Jeremiah, Chapter 9 - look what God says in
Jeremiah. So we see the kingdom is established on those four pillars, and justice and judgement are key parts of
that. Now look what it says in Verse 24. It says: let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me.
So He said if you're going to rejoice, don't rejoice in your giftings and your successes and be boasting of all kinds of
things. If you want to boast in anything, boast in the Lord, that you know Him. Then it says that I am the Lord,
exercising loving kindness - that's mercy - judgement - there it is, there's that word again, justice and judgement, and
then righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight. So there it is again, so God delights in kindness or
mercy. He delights in justice, and He delights in judgement, doing things that are right. Notice God delights in that, He
loves it. He is passionate about it. It pleases Him when something is done right.
When parents lead their families, and they do it right, and they discipline their children right, it pleases God. These
things please God. When leadership leads well, and leads with righteousness, or leads in a right way, decisions are
made which are right, this pleases God. Why? Because His kingdom is established, He loves what is right, and He
loves judgement. He loves these things, because they bring what is right to people who need something done on
their behalf. Notice the next scripture - and that word delight means to bend towards, be pleased with, be jealous
over, or attentive to, so God is absolutely pleased when we act rightly, when we do justice and judgement. Think
about that. When you help someone, even if they don't respond to you, you help someone who's in need, it delights
God. He loves it. In fact in Matthew 5:25, He divides the whole world up into those who do rightly, or do justice and
those who don't do it. When they say: how do we do this to You, He said: when you did this to the poor, when you fed