4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
Think of the countless millions scattered over earth's wide surface, in poverty, in ignorance, in hopelessness and miseries of all kinds. What prospect of betterment is there? Man has had 6,000 years of self-management, and this is what has come of it.
Is there any hope of anything different? Politicians are busy with their nostrums; but man is as far off from what he ought to be as ever. He requires a government no politicians can give him. He wants a powerful head who knows what is good for him, and has power to bring it about and ability to preserve it from the "time and change" which are "busy ever", a kind and powerful captain who can manage rightly, and enforce his management against all comers-securing plenty and peace and righteousness and light and comfort and gladness for all.
Where is such a shepherd-captain to be found? Is it not in the nature of things impossible unless God provide him? Yet without him, is not man doomed to welter on in the darkness now covering the earth? But God has provided such a head and captain-
"a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of His people Israel."
"God hath appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by him."
He has already shown his reality to mankind in the words and works of 1,800 years ago which has already planted a blessing on the earth, notwithstanding the confusion and evil that prevail. Shortly, he will manifest his power in the greater marvels needed to abolish the present evil world and establish a new heavens and new earth wherein light and righteousness and joy will dwell.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
When the Kingdom existed under Solomon, it was a type of what it will be under the Lord Jesus Christ. There was universal peace; every man sat under his own vine and fig tree, none daring to make them afraid. All the kings of the surrounding nations paid tribute to him as lord paramount, and brought their offerings to Jerusalem.
The fame of so great, wise, and rich a monarch, brought the Queen of Sheba to Jerusalem to witness his glory; and it is not improbable, when the greater than Solomon reigns in Jerusalem, the Queen of England may, like her royal sister, go on her pilgrimage likewise. For the Psalmist says,
"The Kings of Tarshish and the isles shall bring presents: the Kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him."
Herald of the kingdom and age to come, Dec 1854
Elisabeth in Hebrew is Elisheba - oath to El
12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
Many things make it impossible for a mortal ruler to dispense a full and merciful justice to all. Being fallible, he is liable to be deceived by the cunning misrepresentations of the sinister. Therefore he is obliged to adopt a system which, while it keeps off the impostor, keeps the true also at a distance.
His physical energy is not equal to the demands of a full administration of justice in the multitude of cases that arise. Therefore, he has to depute the work to representatives, who, mortal, like himself, have to administer the law by roundabout rules, which unprincipled cleverness can manipulate to the advantage of the evil and the hurt of the innocent.
The result is, "justice" is a clumsy and blundering machine worked without sympathy or discrimination, mangling the innocent both in what it does and what it prevents being done, and leaving wickedness to flourish in society like a green bay tree.
But this king will be hampered by none of these difficulties.
"He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes nor reprove after the hearing of his ears"
(Isaiah xi. 4).
The Spirit of Yahweh resting upon him, he discerns the secrets of the heart, and goes straight to the root of the matter, dispensing with the prolix and expensive processes at law to which men are obliged to resort. Then he "stands and feeds in the strength of the Lord his God" (Micah v. 4).
Human weakness and weariness are alike unknown to him. Like the Creator of the ends of the earth, who tabernacles in him in the fulness of Spirit-power,
"he faints not, neither is weary, and there is no searching of his understanding."
Consequently, the dispensation of justice will be as unhindered by fatigue as unmarred by error.
Bro Roberts - Refreshment
17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
According to this testimony it is proved that the nations, or families, of the earth will become the people of God, as well as Israel, who will have the pre-eminence among them as the inheritance of the Lord; and so Israel and the nations will constitute a kingdom and empire, which will then compose "the world," and be blessed in Him and Abraham; whose subjects will reciprocate the benefits bestowed upon them, and serve their God-like rulers with heart felt loyalty, and blessings upon His name for ever.
Elpis Israel 2.2.
An enlarged sphere of action, an immensely developed commerce, wealth, luxury, intellect, &c., may necessitate a large development of the original Mosaic law. The sapling then planted is destined to grow into a tree—varied perhaps but not different — under which all nations of the earth will find shelter, when the kings and priests will not need "two or three witnesses" to establish a case, but will know what is in man and will judge righteous judgment—when there will be no error, and no miscarriage of justice, a government so perfect that it could never be removed to make room for a better, but will last until man's mortal career will have run its course, lived its allotted age, and died its death.
The law vindicated by Christ's perfect obedience, and that obedience imputed to all in him—the law having thus given life, shall wax old and vanish away, and suffer its death agony in the final production of the race through whom
"the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea."
The Christadelphian, Aug 1888
18 Blessed be the Yahweh Elohim, the Elohim of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
The glory of the Deity is intellectual, moral, and physical, all of which is covered by his name, which expresses what he really is. Thus, "His name is Jealous;" that is, "He is jealous;" "His name is holy;" that is, "He is holy;" and "His name is YAHWEH Tzavaoth;" that is, He who spoke to Jeremiah is He who shall be of armies, which is the meaning of the Name.
Thus, "the Name of the Deity" in scripture signifies every thing that He is as revealed therein.
When Moses said,
"I beseech thee, show me thy glory" -- it was replied, "I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim YAHWEH before thee by Name."
When we read the proclamation, we therefore read the name or character, of the Deity (Exod. xxxiv. 6). He knows all things, and there is nothing too hard for him to do. This is what he is abstractly and essentially. As he is, so he has always been from everlasting, and will be without end.
19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
Though written by 40 different men over a period of 1600 years, the Bible has one unified theme: God's dealings with the earth and mankind as He gradually works toward the fulfillment of His purpose-to fill the whole earth with His glory: everything beautiful and in harmony with His Own perfection and holiness. With the Bible, we walk in light and understanding in relation to this purpose. Without the Bible, we walk in darkness and ignorance that ends in death.
Throughout the Old Testament, beginning in the Garden of Eden, there is a continuous chain of reference to a Deliverer who was to come. He is foreshown to be both all-powerful in the earth, universally obeyed, ruling with an iron rod-and also weak, despised, and rejected.
Jesus, after his death in weakness and resurrection to power, explains this strange paradox and apparent contradiction to his wondering disciples-
"O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things AND to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Lk.24:25-27).
The entire Law of Moses is an intricate and elaborate foreshadowing of the coming sacrificial Saviour.
Bro Growcott - Thy Word is Truth
But where is God, and where are the angels who took part in the production of nature, as it now so charmingly appears? And where is Christ to whom all things have been given? Have they left for ever this beautiful earth? It would seem so; but no!
Fetch the telescope of divine inspiration. Point it in the direction of heaven. God can be seen; Christ can be seen; and also the angels. They are looking with interest and affection towards the earth. They are standing away for the moment, beyond actual hearing and human gaze, on account of the world's unrighteousness. A day is appointed for its reformation. Things will be different then.
"Blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory."
A. T. Jannaway.
The Christadelphian, Nov 1899