Sermon on Sunday, May 26, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate
Are You The Target Or The Shooter?
Biblical Concepts to Dealing with Authority
- Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,
Jesus Knows His Assassin
- “I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.
- Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Are You A Shooter Like Absalom?
- Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him. Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And he would say, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.”
- Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.” And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Are You A Target Like David?
- The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
Are You Trusting God’s Leading Like David?
- He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave. The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.’ ” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly. It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.
- So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.” David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way.
- Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hand; now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear to the ground with one stroke, and I will not strike him the second time.” But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be without guilt?”
- David also said, “As the Lord lives, surely the Lord will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish. “The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go.”
Put The Gun Down & Trust God
- Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
- Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.
- Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
Giving Joy To Authority Makes You A Profit
- Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. How has peoples attitudes towards authority changed over the years? Since you were a kid in school or in the work place to today? Is it for the better or worse? Why do you think its like it is today?
2. Have you ever tried to challenge or “take down” someone in authority? How did you go about it if you did? How do you wish you would have handled it now?
3. Have you ever been a boss or person in a position of authority or a leader anywhere? Did you experience what felt like personal attacks? How did it feel and how did you handle it?
4. Read John 13:1-2,18. Why do you think that Judas betrayed Jesus’ leadership? Read Matthew 16:22-23. Why does it say that Peter challenged Jesus leadership and the direction He was leading? How are we guilty of that sometimes (questioning the direction that God is leading or the people he put in charge to lead)?
5. Read 2 Samuel 15:1-6. How did Absalom try to overthrow his father’s (King David) authority? How have you observed this technique done in your life experiences? What do you do when you disagree with leaders or authority in your life?
6. Read 2 Samuel 24:3-7. How did David handle a leader that was out to get him? What can we learn from this? How should we treat leaders that we deem bad or bosses that lack good leadership or husbands that aren’t leading the family well?
7. Read Romans 13:1-2. Who has put people in authority (even outside the church)? What does it say about those that resist authority? Read 1 Peter 2:13-19. How should we treat even unreasonable authority?
8. Read Hebrews 13:17. How can churches do this better?