October 12, 2020

Throne of Woes

Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who contrive mischief by statute?
Ps 94:20 

Since כִּסֵּא means throne and not ruler, I think the Hebrew of today's verse could be rendered this way: Can the throne of woes—where injustice is crafted into law—partner with you? Since the biblical view of leadership, as the psalms show again and again, is justice for the oppressed and care for the poor, I think it's natural to assume that this "throne of woes" would be a ruler or legislature that places the rich above the poor, kowtowing to the powerful at the expense of the weak.

Psalm 94:20 is intended to be a rhetorical question in the Bible, but there are many who call themselves believers who have twisted scripture to serve a political agenda that is the antithesis of such biblical examples of leadership as Psalm 72 and Matthew 25. And so an answer is demanded, and it is No, the throne of woes is no partner of the Divine.

Forgive us, Lord, when we reward the rich at the expense of the poor, and empower the privileged to oppress the weak. Show us what true justice is, and help those of us who claim a living faith in you to work toward the Kingdom described in your word; in the Name of the One who taught us to pray for the coming of your kingdom: Our Father...

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