Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Acts 23:4–5 (ESV): "4 Those who stood by said, "Would you revile God's high priest?" 5 And Paul said, "I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'"
All authority is given by God (Rom 13:1-2). We must never speak evil against anyone who stands in a position God has given, even if what they are doing is evil. They are accountable to God for how they use their authority. All others are accountable to God for how they respond to such a one as this.
When Paul arrived in Jerusalem he was in the Temple and the Jews from Asia stirred up the crowds saying Paul had defined the Temple by bringing a Gentile into it. The Roman cohort then rescued him from the mob. He was delivered before the chief priest and counsel for questioning. After proclaiming his innocence and being struck on the mouth Paul proclaimed, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?" He was then informed that he was speaking against God's high priest and he quickly recanted in observation of Exodus 22:28 "You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people."
Do you desire to honor God above your feelings? It will require total surrender regarding administrations and rulers who are appointed by God. We aren't to condone evil but God puts both good and evil rulers in place for His purposes so we must trust Him above all. Don't allow your feelings to get in the way of honoring the Lord. Be obedient to His Word for what a man sows that he will also reap. Amen?
Father, we thank You for all the ups and downs in life for You use them all to form and fashion us into the image of Christ. May we never speak evil of a ruler but rather surrender to Your plan and trust You are working all things out for the good we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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