Judgments on Prophets, Priests, and Kings

Posted by on May 4, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Text: Micah 3:1-12

All prophets, priests, and kings have been given a sacred trust by God to uphold justice and righteousness in their respective offices (cf. Ex. 18:21-22, 19:5-6, 28-29; Duet. 18:21-22; Rom. 13:1; 1 Pet. 2:4-5, 9, 13-17). Moreover, when they are faithful in their conduct they emulate the Lord Jesus Christ.

These men should be honored for the sake of their office, but this does not mean that their behavior and judgments are always honorable. Sadly, the following Latin phrase is true: Delirant reges, plectuntur Achivi, “The Kings act foolishly and the people suffer for it.” This maxim is also true for the false prophets and the idolatrous priests—the people of God suffer under their leadership.

The Bible tells us that our righteous God will judge those who have been unfaithful to their sacred calling. In this we can take comfort: “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.” (Prov. 16:4; see also Ex. 9:16 and Rom. 9:17).