The Foundation of True Security
Week beginning: 29th April, 2018 | By James Crabtree | St Albans
"In mercy the throne will be established;Isaiah 16:5 (NKJV)
And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David,
Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness."
As we look back through history, as well as observe our world today, it is difficult not to be struck by the contrast between worldly kingship and government and the characteristics of the everlasting kingdom foreseen by the prophet, Isaiah. Echoing Isaiah 9:6–7, this prophecy reminds us that ultimate security is only to be found in the promised Messiah, the Son of David, in fulfilment of the Davidic promises. Such security is for all who take refuge in Him.
So often, we look in vain for truth, justice and righteousness in the temporary rule of sinful leaders, whether captured in the pages of history, or on display across our daily news bulletins. Instead, we find the exercise of power often accompanied by lies, injustice and godlessness. It is therefore striking that Isaiah describes the establishment of divine government as "mercy", providing relief from destruction and oppression.
As Christian lawyers, we are called to live in obedience to the future king, whose eternal reign of truth, justice and righteousness will be established for ever and yet, in striving to do so, we are out of step with the fallen world and its systems, which almost invariably manifest a rejection of the eternal Lord and King.
Yet we have the confidence that Isaiah's prophecy represents God's certain promise, providing hope, strength and security now, as we await its complete fulfilment in the final manifestation of the Lord's divine government.
1. That we should continue to look to the Lord for strength and wisdom as we battle for obedience in a sinful world.
2. That we should continue to confess our own sin as we reflect on the moral perfection of God's character and coming rule.
3. That our nation and its institutions would find their security in Christ and the perfect laws of His kingly rule, not temporal things and human standards.