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Question authority?

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The fool says in his heart, “No God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
None who does good. (Psalm 14:1)

Note that God here is Elohim rather than Lord-Yahweh. So its semantic range potentially encompasses rulers and judges; that is, authority (consider the well-known Psalm 82:6). The rest of the Psalm seems compatible with this possibility.

Thus, the range of foolishness extends to an knee-jerk rejection of authority. Automatic suspicion of authority is itself suspicious. Rather, both the ruler and the subject are accountable to a higher authority to whom appeals should be made: the God of gods and Lord of lords (Deuteronomy 10:17, Psalm 136:2-3).

Neither ruler nor subject should say in his heart, “no authority, no God.”

Written by Scott Moonen

October 15, 2018 at 9:08 pm

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