Obey God or Men?

Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying,Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?  and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.  The Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Acts 5:26-29

The high priests and elders had told Peter and John not to be teaching or preaching about Jesus.  This command had come after the healing of the lame man and amidst the people rejoicing about this miracle.  Of course, the apostles rejected this command and continued to preach and teach Jesus Christ.  In fact, they specifically prayed for power and boldness when proclaiming His name.

Now they are back in front of these chief priests and elders, who are demanding to know why they are still teaching and preaching about Jesus, even after being specifically commanded not to do so.  Peter and John gave these men a classic answer: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

It really is that simple.  If any ruler over us passes a law of statute that contradicts the law and statutes of God, we have to side with God.  Now, we shouldn’t be looking for laws to break and should submit ourselves to the powers that God has placed over us.  But, if and when there does come a conflict, we must always side with God.

It is important to remember who we serve.  It is important to remember that, no matter who they are, we have an authority higher than any on earth.  We report directly to the King of kings.  We ought to obey God rather than man.

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