Tag Archives: mishpat

The Purpose of Knowing (1)

I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.  Psalm 119:75  NASB Your judgments – I wonder if we can confidently echo David’s poetry.  Do we really know that the judgments of the Lord are righteous, every one of them?  The Hebrew is ki-tsedeq (righteous, just, justice,… Read More »

The Hebrew Refrain

I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you O LORD, I will make music.  Psalm 101:1  ESV Steadfast love/ justice – What are the themes of David’s praise and worship music?  What motivates David to sing to the Lord?  The answer is found in this psalm.  It’s an answer that can set out… Read More »

Rules of the Game

Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.  Psalm 119:108  ESV Rules – Does the God of grace have rules?  You bet!  If you thought grace meant “no rules,” then you are not only Roman/Greek in your worldview, you have also never read Scripture in its own culture.  Just as… Read More »

Paradigm Exemplars (1)

 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.  Leviticus 18:26  ESV Rules/ abominations – The Hebrew word for “rules” in this verse is mishpat.  If we think of this word the way that we understand “rules,” we will… Read More »

Judgment and Faithfulness

Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?”  Genesis 18:23  NASB Sweep away –  The Hebrew word translated “sweep away” is tispeh.  It comes from the root safah, a verb that means “to sweep away, to destroy, to consume.”  The consonants are Samech-Pey-Hey (to twist or turn, the… Read More »

The Government of God

“Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights.  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.  Isaiah 42:1  NASB Justice – We have examined many times the wide range of meaning associated with the Hebrew word mishpat (just search the word mishpat… Read More »

True Religion

“But let the man who boasts, boast of this, that he understands and knows me.  For I am Yahweh who acts in steadfast loyalty, justice, and righteousness upon the earth; for in these things I delight – Yahweh’s word.” Jeremiah 9:24  J. A. Thompson translation. Delight – How would you answer this question:  What are… Read More »

The Government of God

“For I, the Lord, love justice,”   Isaiah 61:8  NASB Justice- Today the West is obsessed with democracy.  It so strongly believes in this Greek invention of self-governance that it celebrates when “democratically elected” officials are put into office even if those officials represent Islamic Jihadists.  Extending the Greek idea of populist power, the West sinks… Read More »

Praise and Worship Music (2)

“The Rock!  His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He.”  Deuteronomy 32:4  NASB Just – Why are God’s accomplishments blameless?  Why are the results of His performance perfect examples of virtue and sacrifice? ki kol-d’ra-kav mishpat (“because all His paths justice”). … Read More »