Righteous Government in Israel

 

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Pray for the establishment of righteous government in Israel, and particularly a court system for social justice.

Deuteronomy 16:18, 20 You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. Righteousness, righteousness, you shall pursue!

The central theme of the book of Romans and Galatians is imparted righteousness by faith in Yeshua (Jesus). However in the Bible the word righteousness also refers to moral conduct, integrity in business, justice in the courts, and ethical government. Not to understand the practical aspects of righteousness will lead to spiritual deception.

I John 3:7 Let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous.

David was chosen by God to be king of Israel, not only because he played the harp and killed Goliath. His heart after God caused him to lead the government in righteousness.

I Kings 9:4, 15:5 David walked in integrity of heart and in uprightness…

David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything… except for the matter of Uriah. One of the reasons that the tribe of Judah was chosen and elect by God was the line of kings who ruled in integrity:

II Chronicles 24:2 – Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
II Chronicles 25:2 – Amziah did what was right in the sight of the Lord
II Chronicles 26:4 – Uzziah did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
II Chronicles 27:2 – Yotham did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
II Chronicles 28:1 – Ahaz did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord.
II Chronicles 29:2 – Hezekiah did what was right in the sight of the Lord.

Moral leadership in government is an important foundation for the kingdom of God; and one that is rare to find. The righteous kings of Israel were the SEED of the coming Messiah. On the image of the kings of Judah, Isaiah had a vision that a greater king would come one day to rule in righteousness:

Isaiah 9:7; 32:1 Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice. Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.

Isaiah also prophesied ethical government and moral justice would one day be restored to Jerusalem as the capital city of God's kingdom.

Isaiah 1:26 I will restore your judges as at the first, and you shall be called the city of righteousness.

This verse became the basis for the 11th of the 18 daily prayers said five times everyday by orthodox Jews. We believe it is God's will to restore righteous government based on Judeo-Christian values in every nation in the world, particularly in Israel. The remnant of faith in every nation is the salt and light and yeast of those values. A number of young Messianic Jews in Israel who are becoming officers in the army, lawyers, and business entrepreneurs. A righteous government all over the world will not fully come to pass until Yeshua returns. However we are to pray and work for as much as possible of its fulfillment until that day.

Matthew 6:10; 33 Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Seek first the kingdom of God, and its righteousness.

This past year in Israel there have been an extraordinary number of accusations of corruption, trials of public officials, exposure of crime. I believe that God is purging the government of this corruption and bringing in the fear of God. He is preparing the people with a longing for ethical leadership. People are questioning the basis of the moral values in Israeli society.. Let us pray for righteous government in Israel and in every nation, as we make straight the way for the Lord to return (Isaiah 40:3-4; Luke 3:10-14).


Asher Intrater, 10/11/2007