Friday, October 26, 2012

1 Peter 4:4-7

Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the entire country. As the “supreme” court, it has the privilege of being over all federal courts in the country. If a lower court passes a ruling that the Supreme Court disagrees with, the Supreme Court has the power to overturn that ruling and establish a new ruling. The nine justices on the Supreme Court have the ultimate say-so in all federal rulings. That is a lot of power to be had.
In contrast, Psalm 62:11 says, that “power belongeth to God.” As much review over legislation that the Supreme Court wants to do, they will never be able to match the eternal check and balance that the Sovereign of all things has over every thing He has created. The Supreme Court as powerful as it is in this country is child’s play when placed on a scale with the power of God. When we read 1 Peter 4:4-7, there is a reminding that judgment gets passed here on earth. Here Peter is talking explicitly about persecution and false conviction in courts based upon a person’s faith, but the scope of this principle is farther reaching than just persecution. When we are judged by anyone wrongly, God promises that the day will come when He will exercise “Supreme” review of all previous cases. If you are wrongly accused, or if you are scorned, if you are attacked, or if you are mocked, you can rest in the fact that the judgment passed here by this “lower court” will one day give way to the ruling of a Higher Court. God is the one who judges all things, and He will vindicate the righteous and the ones who have been unjustly treated. Now rest in Him. He sees all and knows all. An omniscient judge is the best judge because He is never lacking in evidence. He sees and knows all the facts and He will vindicate the ones who have been unjustly treated. He is a good Judge.
Food For Thought: What is the highest court of the United States called? Who sits as Judge for the highest court of the Universe? Whose ruling bears the most weight?