Some thoughts on Isaiah 11.4 But with righteousne…

Some thoughts on Isaiah 11.4

But with righteousness he will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;

God has a special place in His heart for the less fortunate {Is 61.1; Mic 4.6-7; Ps 72.2-4, 12-14; Pr 22.22-23; Luke 6.20-26; James 2.5}. So often it is the poor who are abused by the crafty. It is the poor who squander billions in the lotteries because of their inability to calculate odds, control their greed, or see through the scam. The gullible are sucked into pyramid schemes in order to benefit the few at the top who really make money while these simple ones exploit their relatives, friends, and churches. They are lured to persist because “one day” they will become rich, yet that day never comes. It is the elderly poor who the internet connivers and telemarketers pick clean. The poor are wronged but no one is there to take up their cause. The wealthy and corporations hire the premier lawyers to make sure their interests are safeguarded but the poor are regularly done injustice through ill reputed public defenders. The rich influence the politicians to make decisions in their favor through the use of lobbying (bribing). The employed poor are the support of the economic infrastructure, working many hours and getting paid only enough to barely survive, while supplying gas, groceries, transport, retail, maintenance, etc. yet they are the least appreciated and often not given health insurance or retirement options. The poor man waits a day in the emergency room with internal bleeding while the wealthy has a primary care physician to attend to his pink eye at a moments notice. The poor have no option but to use the public education system in the poor areas they live which merely serves to perpetuate their condition. In countries where the police are sparse or non-existent the poor cannot afford security workers and are robbed, murdered, and raped without mercy and without recourse.

Why does God care so much for the poor? He cares because no one else does, because He has to endure their cries for help, none of their afflictions are hidden from His eyes. When God’s creatures suffer, He takes it personally and another drop of wrath drips into His cup of righteous indignation ready to be poured out on the last day. Besides in a world that is cold, cynical, and uncompassionate who else does one have but God? This is why Jesus specifically pointed out that Christians will be judged on the basis of how they treated the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned {Mat 25.34-46}. Do you care for the poor? Aren’t we supposed to imitate God {Eph 5.1}?

But there is a day coming when there will be a just judge. He will not be impressed with pomp nor inclined to pervert justice for a bribe. He will hear the cause of the poor and afflicted but will not falsely punish their adversaries because of a vendetta the poor may have against them. All decisions will be correct and final.

And he will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,

The people of the earth who have oppressed the poor will be punished by this coming one. He need only say the word and it is done. The large mass of nations [Babylon] that will not submit will be subjugated by force. The people who have said all their lives “no one will rule over us” will submit to the vice-regent of Almighty God. The scales will be tipped, the last shall be first, the humble exalted, and the prideful cut down. The contrite will be given administrative positions in God’s new world order. The current political and military rulers will be severely punished for siding with a kingdom (or kingdoms) of this world over and against the kingdom of God (which cannot be mixed together). The politicians who have made a mockery of justice will be punished. The wealthy that have used their means for their own selfish interests will have their fortunes divided up among the poor. The soldiers who would not follow the command of the Messiah (love your enemies) will learn the proverb, “those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” The first stage of the restoration program of the Messiah is the conquering of the unrepentant.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Victor on December 6, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    And that is why Jesus says “repent, because the Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mark 1)

    And he says – “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom of God” and woe to you who are rich for you are receiving your reward…” (Luke 6)


  2. Posted by JMG on December 6, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    Israel always aroused God’s anger whenever they failed to care for the poor, the widows, the orphans, and the foreigners. Those four categories of people are mentioned together many times in the OT. We would do well not to neglect this bunch.


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