In my Bible reading, I am going through 2 Chronicles presently.  There was a decent king named Jehoshaphat in chapter 19 who set up judges through Israel  and charged them, “And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgement.  Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.”  What struck me was the very last phrase of this.  While the judges were placed in position with authority to pass judgement on the people of Israel, they had to be reminded that they were in the position of God and not allow themselves to be bribed.  Somehow I see this admonition as a bit higher than our present appeal to the law.  This one was an appeal to judgement of God.  We presently view the law as the utmost authority in this country – when it is followed, and recognize that the law can be changed by actions of the legislature.  The appeal here is to the One for whom no change is possible, and truth is absolute.  For Jehoshaphat to charge them this way tells me that bribery was present 4000 years ago.

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