The LORD is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! For who is Aaron that you are complaining about him? Numbers 16:11 NLT
God has ordained certain authority-submission relationships in His creation. Examples of these are: God and people, government and citizens, employer and employee, spiritual leader and follower, husband and wife, and parents and children. These relationships do not imply that those in authority have more value or worth in God’s eyes than those that are called to follow. For even within the Trinity there is authority and submission (see 1 Corinthians 11:3).
God in His wisdom and love, places His authorities over each of us. These authorities are there for His purposes and rebellion against them is taken very seriously. Moses saw Korah’s rebellion as not against his leadership, but ultimately a rebellion against God (v. 11). We can willingly submit to the authorities over us knowing that God will care for us, even if our authorities are ungodly.
- What insights can you gain from how Daniel and his friends responded to the ungodly authority over them in Daniel 1:1-16?
- What was the response of Daniel’s three friends when they faced another difficult submission decision in Daniel 3:1-30? Pay special attention to their attitudes in verses 16-18.
Question to ponder: When and under what circumstances would you ever not submit to an authority?
Passages for further reflection: Matthew 26:36-64; Matthew 27:11-14