Beware the Consequences of Lawlessness
21) Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, 22) for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Rebel against the Lord’s and the king’s law and you can expect calamity and sudden destruction. Peter picks up this theme in 1 Peter 2:17. Paul, of course, devotes a healthy part of Romans 13 to it. We normally would apply these verses to the secular government. But I think an even clearer application may be made to the church. Hebrews 13:17 tells us to obey our church leaders and submit to their authority. They are charged with giving account to God for our actions.
I once knew of some members of a local congregation who rose up against their godly pastor. They sought to have him removed from office and lobbied the other members to do so. Their actions split the church right down the middle. Were there calamities wrought against that group? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes.
Korah and his followers. They tried to usurp Moses’ authority. God put a calamitous end to their rebellion as the ground split open and they were swallowed alive (Numbers 16:1-50).
David and Saul. Even though Saul tried to kill him on several occasions, David had respect for his king, and would not take advantage of him (1 Samuel 24:6).
David and the Amelikite. Conversely, David brought sudden destruction on this young man, who claimed to have ended Saul’s life with the sword (2 Samuel 1:1-16).
Absalom. Rebelling against the king isn’t safe even if he’s your dad. This youth discovered the truth of these verses the hard way, as he dangled from a tree by his hair (2 Samuel 15:1-18:15).
Prayer of Application
Dear Lord, thank You for the godly people who govern our local churches. Strengthen them to the task that is before them and help those of us under their care to support them fully.
Copyright 2016 – Robert C. Beasley