by Christina Farris
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 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.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. Christ came as a servant to even laws of Rome and Jerusalem, but also was subject to the laws of God which was greater. If we valuate the insurrection claim of Christ sinned against the laws of man and not the laws of God, then we have to understand to get crucified he had to have a reason to be crucified. Though the court seem more kangeroo in style, it also means that governor of that day gave the crowd a choice who to be crucified. Now Barabbas part of the insurrection also is thought to have killed a man. The turning over of the money changers, caused more problems then just a simple turnover of money onto the floor. Yet the picture becomes clear, because Jesus enter the city of Jerusalem riding on a colt, and the people shouting Hosanna before the event. Jews looked for a king that would start a rebellion against the government of the time. Look for a kingdom to be established like in the days of King David. Yet this was not the kingdom Christ was establishing. He was stablishing a spiritual kingdom, but he acted in such away to bring judgment on himself and others. Peter in the garden had cut of the soldiers ear. On the day of the money tables were over turned the High Priest son(Barabbas) killed a man. Jesus following the laws of God on earth despite man's law. He did so without causing harm, but it did not stop others from harming someone. Christ being the leader, he paid the price with his life.
Let stop for a moment and think about the teaching of the cross where the dead rise up after Christ died. The very symbol of Christ dying for the sins of the world and giving to life to the believers. (Matthew 27) Christ would remain in the grave til the third day and then be resurrected it being the first resurrected of the dead giving new life to all that believed after the cross. Christ resurrection is the drawing of a line, that if one believed in Christ though he deserved death he would be would be saved. Yet we look at the evidence surrending why Christ went to the cross in human eye and not the spiritual eye to long and we fail see the cross value unless we see those rising at his death. We need that story told for that purpose.
First Peter is speaking about obeying the laws of man, to obey them even unto death. Yet we see Christ obeying one law that was greater the law of God. Daniel faced a situtation of having to obey God or the king, and he choose God. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made the choice to obey God then the king for the same reason has Daniel, All Four would worship God and not the king. Christ would not allow the temple to be a den of thieves and he took action to clear the temple of those selling on the porch.
Peter express one is to obey the laws of man for Christ sake. Does it mean if you get a speeding ticket that you don't fight to have that speeding ticket tossed? It depends if you are guilty or not? In America one can fight against the law to have a law changed. However we not to make war with the government beyond the correct format provided. However, if government breaking the law and continues to break the law on innocent people, people do tend to rise up. However did people that rise up know the law.
God knew the laws of Rome and his own laws, the Mosaic laws that had changed with time. He knew how traditions are kept and how they fall apart. When the small rebellion in appearance to the government was seen, the Priest in Jerusalem blamed Jesus as being the one that was "perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar"(one lie on tribute/tax Jesus said to give to Caesar what is Caesar), also "saying he was Christ the king."(Luke 23:1) Reason being there was a murder involved. Rome was looking into those matters, and Jews did what people often do look or hunt the one to be blamed. Because of the Passover Barabbas would be released for killing and Jesus would be crucified for the sins of the Jews and the sins of the world, for not believing who Jesus was and is. Jesus desires us to obey the laws of our land. He is innocent man going to slaughter for the sin of Barrabbas and the sins of the world because of the resurrection upon his death. God demonstrated his power to raise us up once we die, yet the first resurrection of the dead that people look for with the reappearing of Christ in the sky has yet to come.
How does our obedience to the law apply, it applies with us being subject unless God's law is broken. No if God's law is broken and we obey God instead of man we will pay a price for obeying God. We will be sacrificing our life because of faith. In truth is is more important to obey God then man, but a price maybe given. That price will be your life, or some form of punishment for disobedience. We witnessed in churches during time of onset of the Pandemic when religious freedom to attend church was prohibited by law but the same number people could enter a store for necessities. What the issue religious freedom taken because of fears. Religious freedom revoke along with the right to assemble in our land. Some ministers were said to be arrested. One has to weight is a crisis such as a pandemic worthy of religious freedom being prohibited? Or can the church work around this issue to make it compliant or compliable. What did the churches do they found ways to worship together online, in buildings and in parking lots to worship Jesus. We must grab hold of our rights and hope our government obeys their own laws that they try to change or improve like the right to bear arms. There is a reason our founding father's established our laws. There is a reason our nation must stand on the principals of God and the constitution. Yet some states do not recognize God, nor love, and some people do not recognize science at all, yet they do it everyday when they concoctic a meal.
Where does the law apply when it comes to faith, to obedience, to freedom. Peter instructed to obey the law. To obey the law of man and obey God's law of love, while remember one day our soul will return to the Shepherd if we believe and follow after Christ. One last thought if sin is in disobedience only to God and sometimes to man, then we need to be fore warned you can have the world and God mad at you all at the same time. Better repent, do the crime, pay the price and don't worry about it.
Dear Heavenly Father, you know how we feel as humans when it comes to the laws of man, but you also paid the price for those same laws, knowing that your law would win the hearts of man. Lord let us be like Christ in obedience to the law of man and obedience to you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Luke 23:1-7 KJV
1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.