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Acts 5:27-32

The Highest Authority

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Acts 5:27-32
The Highest Authority

By Lois Parker Edstrom

“Authority” is a big word that usually describes someone who has the right to make and carry out rules. Let’s think of people who have such authority. Who comes to mind?

Yes, your parents. They want you to be healthy and happy so they make rules about when you should go to bed, what you should eat, where and when you go to school and church. When you were younger you were taught rules that helped you cross the street safely and other rules to follow when riding your bike.

The word “authority” also has another meaning. It describes a person who is an expert at doing something. We say a doctor is an authority in knowing how to treat our illnesses or a fireman is an authority in knowing how to put out fires. Can you think of other examples? I know a woman who is an authority in being able to identify many different kinds of mushrooms.

We learn more about this word, authority, in the Bible. After Jesus died his disciples were called before the high priest. They had been told to stop teaching about Jesus, but they had continued to do so. They said, “We must obey God rather than men” (5:29).

As Christians, when we talk about “authority,” we realize we must live by God’s rules; rules that help us be healthy and happy. We also know that God is the expert of all things.

Rules, whether made by parents or God, are not given to make our lives difficult, but rather to guide us in the right direction.

We can’t go wrong when we follow rules set by God.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan