THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
JESUS, JOSEPH, JEROBOAM
to the life of the world are the decisions and actions of
those who rule or govern. In the world we often experience
rulers who are corrupt, unjust and unmindful of the welfare
of the people. But this is not how God intends it to be. God
rules the whole universe, and He intends that humans who rule
parts of it would do so according to His ways.
readings lead us to three rulers--one of the home, one of
a kingdom, and one of the whole world.
are Joseph, Jeroboam and Jesus. Joseph is the head of his
family and rules his home; the Israelite king in Psalms rules
the kingdom; Jesus is the descendant of David prophesied by
Jeremiah who as messiah would reign over the whole world.
is the common denominator? It is justice and righteousness.
Joseph was a “just” (Mt 1:19,RSV) and “righteous”
(Mt 1:19,NAB) man.
Israelite king was to rule with justice and righteousness.
“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).
messiah “shall do what is just and right in the land.”
(Jer 23:5,NAB); he “shall execute justice and righteousness
in the land.” (Jer 23:5,RSV).
also see that justice and righteousness not only go together,
but they are often interchangeable.
is the name they give him: ‘The Lord our justice.’”
(Jer 23:6b,NAB); “And this is the name by which he
will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”
God, give .... your justice to the son of kings” (Ps
72:1,NAB); “Give .... your righteousness to the royal
son!” (Ps 72:1,RSV)
he may govern your people with justice” (Ps 72:2a,NAB);
“May he judge your people with righteousness”
Further, justice and righteousness are of the very essence
of a person. It is something that you are; it is something
that you do. There is no dichotomy. There is no hypocrisy.
One walks the talk.
was a just and righteous man (Mt 1:19). The messianic king
“shall do what is just and right” (Jer 23:5).
Being and doing need to go together. And so Solomon prayed:
“O God, give your judgment to the king; .... so “that
he may govern your people with justice” (Ps 72:1-2).
What is the result when we have a just and righteous ruler?
Because justice and righteousness are of God, and because
we act like God when we are just and righteous, the result
“he will save his people from their sins” (Mt
his days Judah shall be saved” (Jer 23:6a).
king will “save the poor” (Ps 72:4b) and “saves
the lives of the needy” (Ps 72:13b).
With salvation comes bounty and great abundance (Ps 72:3),
defense against oppressors (Ps 72:4), help and rescue for
the poor and oppressed (Ps 72:12-13), freedom from violence
(Ps 72:14). Now are these not what we are looking for, as
we live in a world of darkness and injustice and evil?
good things can happen, as we look to justice and righteousness.
God the Almighty is just and righteous. God reigns with justice
and righteousness. We too are to imitate Him. We are to be
just and righteous in all our ways -- in our home, in the
nation, in the world.
 Jeroboam is not actually mentioned. But Psalm 72 was written
by Solomon. It is a prayer for the king. Solomon certainly
prayed it for himself, but since he did not use the first
person in the psalm, then he was praying it for those who
would succeed him as king. Because Solomon was unfaithful,
God took the kingdom from him and gave it (10 out of the 12
tribes of Israel) to Jeroboam (1 Kgs 11:31).
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