Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 17 July 2014


By Jim Jordal

“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter….and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment….When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

Isaiah 59:14-15, 19b

It’s difficult these days to see anything good in the more or less continuous bad news from around the globe. On every hand it appears that the world order as we know it is in various states of disarray and dissolution. If there is good news we don’t hear much about it because the corporate-controlled media seems to thrive on continually presenting the worst sides of human behavior.

But there is another side to the story: God is in control and God will win! People living today are privileged to be participants in the greatest story ever told concerning an age-ending onslaught of evil and destruction faced by nothing less than the fully-manifested creative and redeeming power of Almighty God through the sacrifice of His Son at Calvary.

The verses above describe the situation rather well: Judgment and justice stand apart, separated by the absence of truth and a general lack of equity, or fairness. God is angry at this and declares that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God lifts up a standard against him. That standard is God’s word powered by the Holy Spirit.

So where do we see any evidence of this Divine standard in operation today? One place to view it is in the unending revelations of injustice and criminal acts by world political, economic, military, and civil authorities. God says that “nothing is hidden that shall not be revealed,” and the continuous disclosures of chicanery and falsehood give ample support to this truth. Most recently it’s the shabby treatment accorded many military veterans by the Veteran’s Administration as it denies or postpones needed treatment, then alters or conceals the evidence.

Another place to view God’s deliverance is in the recent public awakening to the rank injustices perpetrated by Wall Street bankers that led directly to the past recession. None of the miscreants has as yet faced a judge or jury, but their evil deeds are now widely known. We have taken only small and rather insignificant actions against their abuses, but as yet can’t marshal enough political power to rein them in. In the eyes of some observers the problem remains as big as ever with potential once again to collapse the economy.

Further evidence is the rise of public anger and the beginnings of mass social movements against injustice. There are always individuals screaming against injustice, but they are relatively easy to marginalize and ignore. What we need now is masses of people demanding reform and refusing to back down before political and economic power. They can overcome the billions devoted by our overlords to retain their political power.

And the virtual impossibility of halting the global onslaught of climate change is another sign that deliverance draws near. Global warming is just another of the human problems that may have already reached the “tipping point” beyond which reversal is impossible. We still operate as if the problem belongs to someone else. We fail to realize that we participate in some of this evil as we waste precious resources, madly consume goods and services we don’t need, and continue to deny the reality of what we all know to be true. As the ravages of nature continually mount in scope and outcome people begin to realize that we have gone too far in both our profligate abuse of nature and in our unfailing confidence that somehow science will provide an escape.

As you make daily decisions as to what you buy and what politicians you support, remember that it pays to stay on God’s side, because it’s foreordained that he will win.