I WILL EXALT MY THRONE
2 Chronicles 6:14
“Oh Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart.”
Jacob’s prophecy that the Messiah, the Lawgiver, would come from the
tribe of Judah clearly connects the “scepter” with “law:”
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between
his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience
of the people (Genesis 49:10, emphasis added).
Other texts associate “throne” and “scepter” with “righteousness,” which is God’s law of agape love:
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is
the scepter of Your kingdom (Psalm 45:6, emphasis added).
Jesus Himself is portrayed as ruling with a “rod of iron:”
Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should
strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of
iron (Revelation 19:15, emphasis added).
“A rod of iron” is the Bible’s way of saying that God’s law is strong—it is as strong as iron. It does not mean that God rules with force or violence. It is a way of saying that Lucifer’s attempt to get rid of God’s law will never succeed because His law is an everlasting, eternal law.
God on Trial, pp. 86, 87