Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.
-Judge in Hebrew is written as shaphat & it means vindicate, rule, govern & punish. The judges comprised of Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson, Shamgar, Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, Eli & Samuel. These were the interim rulers before kings took over the leadership role in Israel.
-After the Israelites deliverance from the hands of Pharaoh, they often came to Moses who enquired from the Lord & taught them the ordinances & laws of God. At that time, Moses solely solved their problems until Jethro his father in law advised him to assign more men as rulers to discharge judicial functions over minor issues among the people. These men had to exhibit certain characteristics so that they may not pervert justice.
Lord our Father, full of justice & truth, we humbly come unto Your able hands asking for mercy. Strengthen our judicial system that we may be governed by truth & justice. We condemn any evil judgement pronounced against our country in form of deaths on our roads during this festive season in Your name Jesus. No weapon fashioned against us, our families & nation shall prosper Father. You are our Helper, Protector & Guide, we call on You asking for Your divine intervention in all matters that have proven to be a puzzle in our lives, answer our prayers Lord. All glory & power belong to You Father, now & forever. Amen
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