Posted Jan 11, 2017 by Brian Heckethorn in Statutes and Judgements Hits: 753

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD....

I was thinking about this text and how it says, "in these things I delight."
People seem to quote this when talking about God's judgment; indicating those that understand God understand that He does judgment by killing those who get in His way.
Not so; the last part says He delights in these things. Does God delight in the destruction of the wicked?

Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Does God pervert judgment or does the Almighty pervert justice?

Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Justice and judgment, it would seem are tied closely to mercy and truth. These are the better things told to us by brother Micah saying that God does not want the justice of men, but that He requires something different; to be just and to love mercy.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

These are things God delights in. God does not say He delights in justice and then turns around to kill many and claim it is justice. This is mans way of thinking; to think God killing is justice.
It is written:

Proverbs 21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Judgment does not mean destruction. Destruction is left to the wicked.

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.