God’s Seat

Christians are familiar with the session of Christ in heaven (Hebrews 1:3, 10:12) and the ancients were also in touch with a God who gives priority to justice where there’d been none.

God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: Psalms 82:1

The Throne, the justice, and the positive ID

One has to assume a loss of place to visualize someone taking a place. One also has to assume that justice had been on hold. One also has to assume that justice as rendered by God has a unique face. There are hints of all three.

Hints of a return appear in Psalm 24:7-10.

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

There are signs of enthronement in Psalm 2 :6

As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.

We find the promise of ruling the nations in Psalms 2:8

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.

The seat of the Son is assured

But of the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. Hebrews 1:8

The ministry of justice in action

No matter what we see in the halls of power God has a sure means of giving a clear witness to his integrity. It is his justice. It is his verdict that the dead may live, that the oppressed be relieved. The offer pardon distinguishes divine justice. Mercy is his justice made plain in the cross.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Psalms 89:14

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. Psalms 82:3-5