Thursday, June 30, 2016

King Solomon Executes Justice

Makeda, the Queen of the Sheba (Queen of the South) visting Solomon
King Solomon, by the wisdom given  him by God, ruled with justice, and Psalm 72 is a song celebrating King Solomon's reign of justice. King Solomon looms large in the national narrative in Ethiopia. The Royal House of Selassie is a Solomonic Dynasty. The Queen of Ethiopia, Makeda (also known as the Queen of Sheba, the Queen of the South), visited Solomon to hear his wisdom. Haile Selassie is a direct descendent of their union.

Geevargehese Mar Osthathios, the late Archbishop of the Indian Orthodox Church, which is in communion with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, made Psalm 72 foundational Bible passage for his teaching on Biblical social justice.

Geevargehese Mar Osthathios  (+ 16 February 2012)

The Tewahedo faith proclaims a Biblical social justice message, because it proclaims God Incarnate, God and Man perfectly united in a single nature, who shared the suffering of the people. Torah teaches us that God was concerned about the suffering of his people (Exodus 3.7-8), and the Gospel of John says the Eyesus Kristos, the Word of God, "pitched His tent and dwelt among us (John 1.14)."  When our Lord Eyesus Kristos appeared, he was meek and gentle of heart. He is still meek. But the Psalms say He will one day rule with a rod of iron (Psalm 2). The Law (the Torah, the Instruction) will go forth from Zion. Our Lord Eyesus Kristos came in part to show us how to live the Instruction of God, the Holy Scriptures.

We pray in the Lord's prayer, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done." Solomon sought reign according to God's wisdom, which he sought before riches and honor. His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I worked to bring the word of God to his people and to the world. He stood for human rights, and for justice for the people of Africa against colonialism and fascism. We who seek to follow Christ must strive to live a just life, in the real world context, in imitation of our Lord Eyesus Kristos, and imitation of Solomon and His Imperial Majesty. Let us therefore, as Solomon, seek and pray for the Wisdom of God, which God will give without finding fault (James 1.5). The Book of Proverbs, written by Solomon, teach us that the Wisdom of God is in the Instruction, in the Torah. We become wise reading the Sacred Scripture and treasuring it as His Imperial Majesty did. We work for social justice, inspired by the Wisdom we receive from God and the Holy Scriptures.

His Imperial Majesty pours over the Scripture

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Give the king thy justice, O God,
 and thy righteousness to the royal son!
   May he judge thy people with righteousness,
 and thy poor with justice!


- Psalm 72(71).1-2 RSV

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you." But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

- Matthew 12.38-43 RSV