Wednesday, September 15, 2010
He Will Save Us
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. Isaiah 33:22
I came across this verse in my morning reading today. What first caught my attention is the presence of three divisions (branches) of government.
Judge - Judicial
Lawgiver - Legislative
King - Executive
When I saw that I paused and reflected on the genius of our form of Government. It is worthy of note that our government is composed of these same three divisions.
Judge - Federal courts
Lawgiver - Congress
King - President
We call this the separation of powers, a system of checks and balances. Of course each of the branches are to be governed by the document that brought them into existence, The Constitution of the United States of America. It is this reality that causes us to use the phrase, "the rule of law". We are a nation of laws. We have the division of powers because no man or group of men can be entrusted with too much power. The corrupt nature of man demands that a system of "checks and balances" be in place. Therefore we have a system in place that was designed to create tension between the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government each being jealous of its own power and watching with a wary eye the decisions of the other two.
This concept is clearly present in Isaiah 33:22. What is strikingly different about our form of government and the statement made in Isaiah is there is no separation of power, no checks and balances. The divisions exist but they converge in one person, the LORD! All governing power is united in the LORD! There are no checks on his power. There are no balances to his power. There is no separation of his power.
The Judicial power is the LORD's.
The Legislative power is the LORD's.
The Executive power is the LORD's.
The LORD makes the laws, he executes the laws, and he adjudicates the laws. All power is invested in him!
Why? Because he is holy, sovereign, righteous, just, merciful, gracious, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. He is the one person in whom all power can be vested and it not result in a miscarriage of justice.
Thus the Prophet declares, "he will save us." And so he will. The Democrats will not save us, the Republicans will not save us, the Independents will not save us, the Tea Parties will not save us, the Libertarians will not save us. He will save us.
In this intense political season it would do us good to remember that He will save us. Let us be serious as Christian patriots to cast our ballots in the will of God but always looking to him who needs no balancing of his power and in whom all governing power converges!
Ps 22:28 - For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
Ps 75:7 - But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Da 2:21 - And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Da 4:17 - This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.