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10th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Scales of Justice

December 9, 2009

DECEMBER 10: Isaiah 11:3, 4

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth (NIV)

Popular court shows on television depict people who think they have been wronged taking their case to court to convince the judge to agree with them. However, judges only decide based what they can hear and see. They decide who to believe based on what both sides tell them, but they cannot know for certain who is presenting the true story.

Our eyes and ears give us much information, but even what we see and hear is impacted by our own prejudices. We long for a judge who knows everything and can judge with complete fairness and justice. These verses promise that Jesus will be that kind of judge.

The needy are most likely to be judged unfairly. In the days of Isaiah, the rich could give money to judges so they would judge the case in their favor. In our society those with money and power hire the best lawyers to present their case. A poor person accused of a crime is more likely to be found guilty than a rich person charged with the same crime. For Jesus, though, the amount of money or power or intelligence of a person has no bearing. He alone knows what is right and true.

A balance scale symbolizes justice. Balance scales are still used in markets in many parts of the world. On one side of the scale, the merchant puts what the customer wants to buy. On the other side, the merchant puts metal weights. When the two sides of the scale are at the same level—when they balance—the merchant knows how much the product weighs and how much to charge the customer. This creates a sense of  justice in that the merchant charges the same price for the same weight each time.

Jesus, the perfect judge, always makes right judgments because He knows everything. We can be sure that Jesus understands the truth about every situation. One day we will stand before Jesus to be judged for everything we have ever done. On that day, instead of looking at all the wrong things we have ever done, He will put His own life on the balance scales in place of ours to declare us “not guilty” before God. He will give us perfect justice, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done.

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure (1808-1877)

Thank God that He has given us a perfect Judge in Jesus Christ who sees and knows everything and who will judge us justly. Thank God for what Jesus has done for us when He died on the cross; that when He judges us He will judge based on what Jesus has done, not on the many sins we have committed.

Ask God to help us to seek ways to help and serve the needy around us, and to treat them justly.

Lord, make me more like Jesus. Let me no longer be “found wanting,” when weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, lest I be found wanting in the scales of judgment.

C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)