Tuesday – October 9, 2018 – Accessories of Honor.
Exodus 28:2 (NIV) Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor.
Exodus 28:40 (NIV) Make tunics, sashes and caps for Aaron’s sons to give them dignity and honor.
Giving honor to someone does not come naturally. Sometimes there needs to be overt reminders. That is especially true of those who deserve honor because of their position. In a court of law, there are many accessories that remind us of the need to give honor. The desk that a judge sits at is known as a bench. It is always elevated above the place that the plaintiff and defendant sit. It is a reminder that the judge is in charge and that his or her opinion takes precedence over any other opinion. If the bench isn’t reminder enough, judges are dressed in robes that underscore their positions. Courtroom settings are usually full of tension. There are two opposing sides that disagree, and the judge is there to oversee the hearing. When the sides are presenting their case, the judge will render judgments, often using a gavel to draw attention back to the bench. Sometimes people are held in contempt of court when a judge’s decision is dishonored. The judge isn’t always right in his/her decisions, but he/she remains the judge. That is why there is an appeals court to review cases, where other judges examine the decisions made by lower courts. Sometimes the judgment is upheld and other times the decision is over turned. The point is, there is an appeal process in place.
Police officers are usually in uniform, accompanied by a badge or shield. They also wear a gun on their hip. They are called on to uphold order. They are not always honored in the way they should be but always have the support and backing of whatever municipality they serve. They place their lives on the line and must make quick decisions, often in dangerous situations. They deserve honor but don’t always get it. The military face similar life-threatening circumstances and deserve the honor that is due them.
If any of these people do something questionable, there is a review board or internal affairs division that will investigate.
God also allows for appeals when bad decisions are made. However, we can usually avoid appeals if we will pray for and honor those who have God given positions of authority. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
Prayer: Lord, help me to honor people, especially those in authority and give me wisdom to know when and where I need to make an appeal when an injustice is done.