An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Above the King

(Proverbs 25:5 KJV)  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

The Bible seems to have a different view towards heads of state than we do.  That was because Israel started as a theocracy.  Moses was appointed by God and replaced by Joshua.  The judges rose up as needed.  Prophets like Samuel were in charge until the people demanded a king.  The first kings were chosen by God.  Because of this they were in a special category.  It is expressed most clearly by David.
(1 Samuel 24:6 KJV)  And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
God works through political leaders even when they are not followers.  Think of the words of Paul.
(Romans 13:1 KJV)  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
This was written during the time that Rome was persecuting Christians.

So?  Be careful about how you talk about our leaders.  I struggle with this but that doesn’t take it away.  That doesn’t mean you have to vote for them or endorse what they do.  We are blessed with the right to petition and speak out.  Use them. 

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