THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
REIGN OF THE MESSIANIC KING
In today’s reading, Solomon prays for the king. “Give
the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the
royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and
your poor with justice!” (Ps 72:1-2, RSV)
king’s authority and rule come from God, the King of
kings. Here Solomon looks to the Almighty and sees what kind
of God He is, that is, one who is just and righteous, and
so he asks for the virtues of justice and righteousness for
the one who will rule over God’s people, and finally
prays that the king would indeed rule with such justice and
What is the effect of just and righteous rule?
the poor are defended, the poor saved, and the oppressor crushed
(Ps 72:4). Those who suffer will experience redemption from
affliction. “From oppression and violence he redeems
their souls” (Ps 72:14a).
there will be bounty, prosperity and great abundance in the
land (Ps 72:3).
the nations who witness what is happening will flock to him
and bless him. In effect, he will be evangelizing, proclaiming
the good news of just and righteous rule under God. Nations,
seeking peace and prosperity, will imitate what he does, as
“all nations call him blessed!” (Ps 72:17c, RSV).
The ultimate just and righteous king is of course our Lord
Jesus Christ. Isaiah in today’s reading prophesies about
the new shoot that will arise from the stump of the Davidic
dynasty. Among his virtues is “the fear of the Lord”
(Is 11:3a). Further, this king “shall judge the poor
with justice” (Is 11:4a, NAB). Another rendering says,
“with righteousness he shall judge the poor” (Is
11:4a, RSV). The belt or band around his waist will be “justice”
(Is 11:5a, NAB) or “righteousness” (Is 11:5a,
prophecy about this rule of Immanuel finds ultimate fulfillment
When the king is just and righteous, he helps the poor and
the oppressed, and he crushes the oppressor (Ps 72:4). By
this he humbles the proud and lays low the mighty. “May
his foes kneel before him, his enemies lick the dust.”
(Ps 72:9). But being laid low is a blessing, as it puts one
in a right relationship with God. This leads God to “decide
with equity for the meek of the earth” (Is 11:4b, RSV).
from helping the poor and oppressed, here we see that the
result of just and righteous rule will be peace and harmony.
Such peace and harmony are radical, as those who ordinarily
cannot come together, because one would devour the other,
do so -- the wolf and the lamb, the calf and the lion, the
cow and the bear, the baby and the cobra. “There shall
be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain” (Is 11:9a).
something like that happens, that is great and amazing news.
All peoples are looking for peace and unity. And so something
like that cannot pass unnoticed. And when people see with
amazement what is happening, they will be struck with awe,
and give praise to the only one who makes such a thing happen,
and that is God. “On that day, the root of Jesse, set
up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.” (Is 11:10). When
the light of a nation shines forth like that, the whole world
will be evangelized. Then “the earth shall be filled
with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.”
What a day to look forward to! When the whole world is in
awe of God the Almighty, when those who are suffering will
be redeemed, when peoples will be humbled and live in obedience
to God’s law.
a perfect world will not happen on this earth, but only ultimately
in heaven. But even then, we must work so that peoples have
a foretaste of what is to happen, and will look forward to
being in the eternal presence of the God who is just and righteous.
all kings bow before him, all nations serve him.” (Ps
72:11). “May his name be blessed forever; as long as
the sun, may his name endure.” (Ps 72:17a).
Postscript: Affliction and suffering can be blessings of God
for our purification. When a nation suffers devastating floods
and unimaginable massacres of innocent people, there is a
cry for justice and righteousness. When we see that the rulers
of the world who are unrighteous will not provide such justice,
then in our helplessness and hopelessness we cry out to God.
Further, we see that the only ultimate way is the conversion
of peoples and the transformation of their lives, thus necessitating
the work of evangelization.
allows suffering to discipline, to test (like Job), and to
purify His people. His aim to is to raise a nation that will
be a light to the world.
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