Deuteronomy 1: 16-17
And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.” 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do
Let me unveil the background before jumping into what the verse above has to say for us.
Israelites cry for help from Egypt – their land of slavery and oppression!! And their cry was heard by God the creator. He raised Moses as the leader because he was the most humble man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3) to lead the people into THE PROMISED LAND.
Israelites – Gods chosen people saw GOD’s POWER, witnessed HIS PRESENCE and were eyewitnesses of GODS MIRACLES, even then they dint want to seek God’s glory. They kept sinning against him time and again! God called Israelites to move out of Egypt to WORSHIP HIM, but all through their journey they were obsessed with their SELFISH WANTS and DESIRES and sinned against the LORD.
Each time people sinned, Moses would fall on his face before GOD and SOUGHT THE GLORY of GOD and would plead for the Israelites and God would hear him and forgive them and this was a recurring act that Moses did! People just couldn’t see God and they kept sinning and sinning and sinning…
Moses as a leader had to judge people when they sinned, ask God for forgiveness on their behalf and then tell the people what God wants him to say… Gosh!!! That’s too much work for Moses…. Imagine one man handling 6 lac families… Definitely he should have been the most efficient, humble, slow to anger, patient and the best man on earth… No doubt God Chose Him!!!
One fine day Moses said enough is enough…. I cant handle this any more…. He asked the people if he could appoint some leaders (wise, understanding and respected men) who could judge people of their acts and that is when he gives the following commands which are recorded in Deuteronomy 1:16-17.
One thing that struck my heart was this – “Judgement belongs to the Lord”
God spoke to Moses FACE TO FACE, he gave his judgement immediately. When people sinned, God could not tolerate, he just sent his judgement… (Just a thought of Jealousy in Miriam’s heart got her into a leprous disease.. The Korah descendants were swallowed by the earth when they conspired against Moses… Israelites were left dead after being bitten by snakes when they sinned against God and I can go on….)
JUDGEMENT was IMMEDIATE… And GOD himself gave it through MOSES to the people and there were no controversies about GODS JUDGEMENT.
Lets pause and imagine if we had the same kind of judgment today? What is judgement in the present context ???
- Generations have passed, we’ve increased in numbers and the population of the world today is around 7 Billion and Judgment is not an easy task – Around the world there are “n” number of courts with pending judgments – Probably we don’t have enough wise men or leaders like MOSES today!!
- All of us have become impatient and that’s exactly where we’ve all become JUDGES – Satan again played his trick!! Isn’t it true, we pass judgments about anything and everything in our life – our own family members, our friends, our neighbors, for that matter we want to judge anybody not leaving alone a stranger… Recently I overheard few youngsters discussing Sachin Tendulkar an Indian cricketers decision to retire from One day matches… I thought to myself if they know him personally from the kind of judgements they passed… Well that’s the TRICK of Satan – He makes SIN seem anything but SIN!!!
- Whats the trick?? GOD Almighty sent His Son Jesus to show us the way so that we can follow his life. And Jesus gave a simple golden rule –“ Do not Judge others ” and Satan’s TRICK is that he makes each one of us pass JUDGEMENTS knowingly or unknowingly (Satan’s activity can be recognized very easily – Anything which is contrary to Gods command is nothing but the work of the evil one)
- If we are carried away by Satan’s trick to JUDGE PEOPLE or SITUATIONS or ANYTHING as just a way of life…. PLEASE STOP IT RIGHT NOW!!! Knowing that it is nothing but SIN
JUDGING isn’t OUR JOB
The moment we STOP JUDGING we can see a whole new perspective of LIFE itself!!
If we can humble ourselves and see OUR insignificance and Gods SOVEREIGNTY and can TRUST that JUDGEMENT belongs to HIM -I can surely say we will NOT DARE JUDGE!!