Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 14, 2017

“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.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 27.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+27&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

It will be, that the nation or the kingdom which will not serve him, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and which will not put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, with famine and with pestilence,” declares the Lord, “until I have destroyed it by his hand.  But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers who speak to you, saying, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’  For they prophesy a lie to you in order to remove you far from your land;  and I will drive you out and you will perish.  But the nation which will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let remain on its land,” declares the Lord, “and they will till it and dwell in it.”’”  Jeremiah 27:8-12.

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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.  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience?  But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.”  1 Peter 2:13-20.

There comes a time when one should rebel. 

All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson until the time of his own land comes;  then many nations and great kings will make him their servant.”  Verse 7.

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven—


A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 8.

But, that time to rebel was not in today’s Scripture.  It was a time to submit.

There is a motto based on earthly wisdom:  “Live free or die.”  But, that is not the message of today’s Scripture.  What is most important is not that we live free.  And, it is not even most important that we stretch out our life on earth a few years.  But rather, what is most important is that we are saved and receive eternal life.

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  1 Timothy 2:1-4.

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