The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” (2 Samuel 23:3)

David was told some of what a ruler over men ought to be like. He, himself, was a remarkable man, a good king, and a man after God’s own heart. He was “the son of Jesse…and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Sam 23:1).

Yet after considering the magnitude of the responsibility and holiness of the man appointed to rule over men, particularly, the Lord’s people, he recognized that he fell short. But God’s grace was sufficient. David declared,

“Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure” (2 Sam 23:5)

In His everlasting covenant with David, God promised to send One who rule over the house righteously. Jesus, the Son of David and the Son of God, is the only King fit for such a rule. And upon being tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin; and after making His own soul an offering for sin; and after laying down His life a ransom for many; and after taking it up again defeating death and him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; Jesus said these words:

“All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Mt 28:18).

Jesus is ruling over men. He is just and rules in strict accord with the will of His Father. No judgment that He is makes is His own, and neither is it ever flawed. “The sceptre of [His] kingdom is a right sceptre” (Ps 45:6). For unto the Son God said, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom” (Heb 1:8).

The justice of Christ’s kingdom is the surety of our salvation. We have peace, joy and hope because Jesus will always do right AND it is right for Him to save those that believe in Him (Rom 3:26)

-brother Pat Woods