God’s character revealed in His judgement - Part 1
Judicial systems all over the globe are under perpetual scrutiny in all three of its phases, viz. investigative, sentencing and executive. In particular, disparity is a grave concern. Disparity reveals the justness of the judicial system and the ageless question: how can you simultaneously be just and mercifull?
Thus, you only need to look at the various judgements of the judicial system to pronounce on its character. The following statement has been taken from the of the study: Judges and Discrimination: Assessing the Theory and Practice of Criminal Sentencing, issued on 28 October 2003: "The sentencing decision receives considerable attention from both researchers-who look at the determinants of the sentence choice-and policy makers-who look at the necessity and possibility of reform. Yet, despite decades of study, there are large gaps in our understanding of how "punishments are tailored" across the full range of sentencing options. Any effort to explain sentencing outcomes means coming to terms with judicial discretion and how it is put into practice. "
Take particular note of the last sentence: "Any effort to explain sentencing outcomes means coming to terms with judicial discretion and how it is put into practice. " It basically means you must study and understand the judgement awards in order to pronounce on its character.
God's judicial system is no exception to this rule. The verdict of this court is final, with no prospect of appeal. The finality of the award speaks volumes of the perfection that has to accompany it. It has to be right the first time around, the ageless debate of mercy versus justice has to be satisfied in one iteration! Therefore you must study and satisfy yourself that mercy and truth have kissed each other () and just and true are Thy ways, o Thou King of saints (). In the end, when the arch rebel has been fully unmasked, every rational being who has ever lived, will bow and proclaim the just character of the Judge of the universe (Phillipians 2: 10-11). In that day, only one Being will be standing, and every one else, every human who has ever lived, and the fallen and unfallen angels, including Lucifer himself, will prostrate themselves and acknowledge the supremacy of the Son of God.
The character of God's judicial system
Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34: 5-7). This is how God describes Himself, revealing that He is exactly that which we need, a God that is both just and merciful.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, therefore an exegetical study is required to satisfy oneself that it is indeed the case. There is no-one higher than God and He can only swear by Himself, but His character is revealed in some surprising places in the bible. This series aims to examine the topic in the light of the temple truths.