Do Not Follow After the Crowd….

You must not follow after the crowd to do evil, and you must not pervert justice by giving testimony to go along with the crowd.

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In taking a long journey, what would you do if you felt unsure about which way to go?  You might feel tempted to follow other travelers especially if you saw a great many making the same choice. Such a course is risky. After all, those travelers may not be heading toward your destination, or they too maybe lost. In this connection, consider a principle that under lies one of the laws given to ancient Israel.

Those who served as judges or as witnesses in judicial matters were warned of the danger of ‘following after the crowd.’  Without doubt, it is all too easy for imperfect humans to bow to peer pressure, perverting justice. However, is the principle about not following the crowd restricted to judicial matters? Not at all..

In truth, the pressure to “follow after the crowd” can affect us at almost any time. It may arise suddenly, and it can be very difficult to resist. Think, for example, of the peer pressure that Joshua and Caleb once faced.

They were part of a group of 12 men who went into the Promised Land to spy it out. Upon their return, ten of those men gave a very negative and discouraging report. They even claimed that some of the land’s inhabitants were giants descended from the Nephilim, the off spring of rebel angels and women.Now, that claim was absurd. Those wicked hybrids had been wiped out in the Deluge many centuries earlier, leaving not a single descendant behind. But even the most base less ideas can exert power over those weak in faith.

The negative reports from those ten spies quickly spread fear and panic among the people. Before long, most were sure that it would be a mistake to enter the Promised Land as Jehovah had directed. In that volatile situation, what did Joshua and Caleb do?

~ by DJ Camstar on 16/09/2016.

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