SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
2 Chronicles 18:12-13
“…even what my God saith,
that will I speak.”
God commands Christians to submit to their secular government authorities. “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet 2:13-15). However, when the authorities contradict the Word of God, believers must submit to the highest authority.
Obedience to rulers is good: The Apostles did not defy the request for them to appear before the Sanhedrin. They followed the captain and the officers to the high priest and chief priests. This is commendable of the Apostles. Naturally, there is the tendency to avoid and not want to appear before an oppressive court. But, they knew well how the Lord Jesus Christ also submitted not only to the Sanhedrin but even to the court of Rome before Pilate and Herod. Their submission before the Sanhedrin revealed their assurance of God’s presence in their lives. They knew and experienced their God in such a supernatural way.
Obedience to God is best: When the Apostles were brought to the council, they were rebuked for not following the instruction of the highest religious body in the Jewish religion. They were told to stop teaching that the Jews were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. “…Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). They were willing to face death rather than give in to the demands of the council. Our obedience to God must be of the highest degree and must surpass everything else. Christians are exhorted to obey the secular governments of their land, but when they are contrary to the commands of God, believers must obey God rather than man.
Are you afraid to obey God rather than man? What do you think is more fearful, jail or hell?
THOUGHT: Do I fear the Lord?
PRAYER: Father, give me a heart that will obey Thy words.