Read – 2 Samuel 8
Focus on verse 1
The American pledge of allegiance reads as follows: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” That phrase, “with liberty and justice for all” is a powerful statement. When people feel like they are being treated justly, and that they have the freedom to pursue their dreams, they tend to be content and happy. On the other hand, when people sense that they are always getting the dirty end of the stick, and being told forget their own dreams to make sacrifices for the dreams of a few, they begin to complain—and if it gets real bad they rebel and things get ugly. In today’s reading we find a description of nation of Israel in her glory days.
David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.(v. 15)
David ruled over Israel with justice and equity. No wonder that the Davidic kingdom is considered the high point of the Israelite nation in the Old Testament. Under his rule all the nations surrounding Israel either cooperated peaceably, or where paying tribute because they had been conquered by David’s armies. This was a golden age for the nation.
To have peace on all sides, to have sufficient wealth and prosperity…to be ruled by a king who was not corrupt in his dealings with his subjects…well, with the exception perhaps of Uriah whom he had murdered to cover his adulterous affair with Bathsheba.
Under David’s son Solomon’s reign the empire reaches it’s pinnacle with the completion of the temple, and the unbelievable amount of wealth that flowed into the region, but it was also the beginning of the decline and demise of the empire as Solomon began to stray from the worship of the Lord alone in his later years.
America is a country founded on the principles of “liberty and justice for all”. For many years this nation has prospered and risen to become the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world. Now, over two hundred years later, we are seeing some of the same decay that brought down the Israelite empire, the Roman empire, and about every other empire since and between. The pattern is always similar, and always can be traced to the infiltration of corruption causing the deterioration of the administration of justice and equity to all people.
One day, Jesus Christ will return to this earth, and He will reign and rule with justice and equity. What a great empire that will be! I wonder if I will live to see it come about?