Judge, Lawgiver, and King

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

Isaiah 33:22

It has been said that, at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison (the “Father of the Constitution”) proposed a plan to divide the Federal Government into three branches based on this verse in Isaiah.  I don’t know if that is true, but it does make sense: this verse does speak of the three branches of our government: Executive (“king”), Legislative (“lawgiver”) and Judicial (“judge”).  Of course, as we all know, our federal government leaves something to be desired, but that is due to the simple fact that all three branches are manned by humans of flesh and bone.  As long as governments are run by people, they are going to have problems.  On the other hand, the One about Whom this verse speaks is not a mere mortal of flesh and blood.  He is God Himself.

The verse ends by saying that “He will save us.”  And I think the first part of the verse gives us the reason that “He will save us.”  He is our King: He has all of the power in the entire universe.  As the song says, “He is the Mighty King, Master of everything…”  As the King, He clearly has the power to save us.

His is the “lawgiver.”  He makes the rules.  He makes all of the rules and He has written them down for us in His Holy Book.  He gave the Israelites some laws in the form of the Ten Commandments.  He has given some laws in the New Testament.  Now, none of us have ever kept all of His laws perfectly.  We have all sinned and we have all come “short of the glory of God.”  We have all broken His perfect laws.  Fortunately…

He is also the Judge.  God judged sin at the Cross.  Our sin was put on Jesus Christ, Who died in our place.  He was condemned so that we could be set free.  Romans 8:33-34 sums it up for us: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”  He is the Judge, the Lawgiver, and the King.  That should give us great comfort.

7 responses to this post.

  1. It most certainly does give me comfort, Ben! Thank you! There are many things that even I myself am not sure of, whether I’ve done right or wrong. Somehow I find it okay to endure judgment now, under man, and be seen as wrong with the thought that someday I’ll stand before Him and He will judge. I might be seen in a different light by that Judge. 🙂 God bless you as you bring us more of Jesus!


    • That’s true. Standing before Him as Judge is both scary and comforting. I know that there are some things I don’t want to answer for, but other things that I know He will see in a different light than man sees. If that makes sense.


  2. “He is the Judge, the Lawgiver, and the King. That should give us great comfort.”

    When you’re wronged, it’s a great comfort. His law is perfect. He will save us from the perils we see and the ones we don’t!

    Your post made me think of all that He is to me and wheels in my mind are turning like crazy. It’s hard to find words to describe who He is – I think it’s safe to say He is my everything 🙂

    Thank you, Ben. Wonderful post with great points! May He be to you all you need Him to be (and then some!)



  3. Ben, This post reminded me of a song by Audio Adrenaline called “Underdog.” The second verse is:

    I’m in this race to win a prize
    The odds against me
    The world has plans for my demise
    What they don’t see
    Is that a winner is not judged by his small size
    But by the substitute he picks to run the race
    And mine’s already won

    I love this song because it reminds me that God, as the judge, has given me the opportunity to be judged by the goodness of a substitute, Jesus who has a perfect sinless record. Peace, Linda


    • What a great thought. I love it! I have no righteousness on my own, but He has given me His own perfect righteousness. I may stumble along the way, but He never stumbled and has promised to help me! Thanks!


  4. Oh Linda . . .loved that comment! 🙂 Thanks again Ben, for drawing us together, in Him


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