Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me. Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. (Isaiah 45:20-23)
The contrast between the one true living God and a wooden carved image is stark. An idol is formed by a man who cuts down a tree, uses some of the wood to build and fire and cook his food, and the other part is formed into an image of a created being. He then falls down and asks his wooden carved image to save him. Isaiah declares those who worship idols are stupid or without knowledge. An idol cannot move itself. It requires its maker to carry it and protect it. There is no salvation in a wooden idol. The injustice of idolatry is there is no power, knowledge, love, grace, mercy, and justice. Idolatry is created by the imagination of man to fill his own desires. There is no God like Jehovah because He is a just God and a God that saves.
God is a just God, not because He does right things, but because His nature is Just. Everything about Him is right, and everything that is right derives its meaning from Him. There is nothing that God has done that is not just. When the world was formed, God declared that it was good. Through the just nature of a perfect Creator, the Lord created a universe that declares His glory through every generation. The sun, moon, and stars that fill the sky are the same sun, moon, and stars that filled the heavens gazed upon by Adam and Eve. Creation is a testimony of the character of God as being just. The world and its wonders are right because God is a just God.
The fall of man created the vacuum of morality that must find its meaning either by the will of God or the will of man. Sadly, since the beginning of time, the majority of humanity has accepted the will of man as the moral compass of what is right and wrong. The Bible is the testimony of how just God is. When the world was destroyed in the days of Noah, it was accomplished by the hand of a just and righteous God. It was right to destroy the world as well as save the eight souls in the ark. The destruction of Egypt when the Lord delivered Israel followed the divine pattern of a just God. Everything He did was an act of justice or rightness. God punished His own people allowing the Assyrians to destroy the ten tribes and the Babylonians to take the remnant captive. The rising and falling of nations like Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome were fulfilled with the divine will of a just God.
Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners giving His life a ransom for all men. God is a just God through the grace of a loving Father, allowing His Son to be killed by men on a cross. It was the right thing to do. An idol could not have saved man. No man could save another man. Only the blood of Jesus unfolded the abundant love of God to save worthless men from their sin. There is no other God like the Father who shows His will as just and His purpose to save man. There is none besides the one true living God. Jesus said He was the only way, truth, and life to the Father. Only a just God would open an avenue of grace through His only begotten Son. Nothing created by man can match the love of God.
The word of God is how men know the character of a just God. His word reveals all that God has done to man and for man. The word has gone out by the mouth of God in righteousness and will never return to Him void or meaningless. Most men reject God’s word, but this same word will be the book opened in judgment where every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, and the Father rules. His justice will be determined on the final day. All that stand before the Father at judgment will know He is a just God. When they hear the sentence of death to be cast into a lake of fire and brimstone, they will agree it is the right thing to be done. God is a just God, and His word is righteousness. Those who are saved will understand the depth of God’s love and how just a God He is. The forgiveness of sins is the hallmark of God’s love for a man to show that He is right when He takes away sin through the blood of Jesus. God forgives sins, not because it is the right thing to do; it is who God is.
God is a just God. There is nothing in man’s character that finds truth, justice, and love as it does in the nature of the Divine. Comparing God to anything created by man is useless. The word of God is true and righteous. Salvation is perfected in Christ. Grace embraces the worthless nature of sinful man before a just God who is willing to forgive. Everything God does, says, and promises is just. Everything.