No king but Caesar was a statement made as a compromise towards a perceived greater gain. We are seeing this happening today with the erosion of godly values due to ignorance, tolerance, and compromise, not realizing the implications of such action.
Such a mentality is growing in leaps and bounds, with such names as Socialism, Marxism, Critical Race Theory (CRT), the Great Reset Plan, instituted by the World Economic Forum; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Transformation; conceived as a betterment rather than loss.
Included in the spin-off of evil; amongst many others, is: Legalized abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, and transgenderism as a way of life. There is a willingness to trade-off godly values of yesteryear towards acceptance rather than take a stand to oppose such trends.
Thank God for those who are taking a stand against ungodly opposition; but often it is as little David facing the giant Goliath! In David’s case God intervened and a nation was prevented from being enslaved due to one man’s intervention!
It was noted that in 1776, one vote gave the English language instead of German. 1845, one vote brought a state into the Union. 1868, one vote saved a President from impeachment. 1876, one vote gave the deciding vote for a President.
As a nation evolves towards a “no king but Caesar” mentality, one vote can make a difference instead of remaining silent! It was noted that the World suffers not because of the violence done by the wicked but because the righteous keep silence (Napoleon Bonaparte). Again, thank God for those who will stand in opposition to the maneuvering of the ungodly!
We have no king but Caesar statement was made prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. Scripture reveals: They cried out, away with him (Jesus), crucify him. Pilate (a Roman governor) said to them, shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered, we have no king but Caesar (John 19:15).
It was noted that they had no respect to Caesar, whose government they would have been glad to have had the opportunity to shake off but said it to help seal the fate of Jesus; after that they had kings of the race of Herod (appointed by the Rome) to rule over them; which was far worse.
Today there is an appeasement of the flesh (ungodly venues) that circumvents all reasoning towards a supposed gain; which will only result in further enslavement towards the ungodliness of man.
As previously mentioned, it took the hand of the Lord to deliver Israel from enslavement in the time of David; as it will today to deliver nations who have allowed ungodliness to be nourished, through blindness and ignorance of what has been placed before them. We have no king but Caesar is a cry towards appeasement of the flesh; in rejection of godly precepts and enhancement of ungodly ways.
In Old Testament times leadership was through godly individuals such as Samuel in a priestly role. However it was an aged Samuel, leaving the nation faced with the rulership of his corrupt priestly sons that induced a desire for a king.
Scripture reveals: All the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel; and said to him, you are old and your sons walk not in the ways; now make us a king to judge us as like all the nations (1 Samuel 8:4-5).
It was noted that they were seeking one to rule over them as a sole monarch; to go before them in battle as their general, as well as to administer justice to them. They were desirous to have a king like the rest of the nations round about them; asking Samuel to appoint one. It was not a cry as the chief priests in Jesus’ day “We have no king but Caesar” (with acceptability already announced) but in crying out for a king!
Scripture reveals: The thing displeased Samuel, when they said, give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord (1 Samuel 8:6). It was noted that Samuel was displeased in their desire towards a change in the form of government, not only to remove him, and his sons, but from the Lord himself, who was over them.
Samuel prayed to the Lord for His guidance and how he should answer them. The words “a change in the form of government” stands out as we see a similar demand by many today who no longer care for the righteous leadership of the past; with a “we have no king but Caesar” attitude of trading one for another. It is a sad state of affairs of any nation that would deceive the people into acceptance of a far greater loss!
After Samuel sought the Lord, concerning the people’s desire for a king, the Lord said to Samuel: Hearken (give heed) to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you; but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them (1 Samuel 8:7).
It was noted that this was not as approving of what they said, but permitting and allowing what they asked, as punishment of them for their disloyalty and ingratitude; for they had not only rejected Samuel from judging them but God from reigning over them.
We are seeing the fulfillment of this Scripture in our modern day setting as many nations, who formerly sought God’s leadership, have now cast Him aside towards appeasement of ungodly lifestyles. It plays into a “we have no king but Caesar” concept; in a desire to rid divine guidance that would reveal the sinful nature of mankind, towards a far greater enslavement of an ungodly influence.
Scripture reveals: There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: a mighty man is not delivered by all their works (Psalm 33:16). It is noted that the king may be the head of a huge army, and yet not get the victory of a lesser, nor escape safe but be taken by it; for it is not the multitude with a king, but the Lord that gives salvation to the kings; if they seek Him out.
A mighty man is not delivered by much strength, as Goliath (previously mentioned), with his great strength, who could not deliver himself out of the hands of David, who was but a shepherd boy; wherefore the mighty man could not glory in his strength. We are seeing similar defeats today; as the mighty and strong do not always prevail towards the lesser in strength; who value their freedom.
It was noted that eventually kingdoms crumble because they ascended to dominance on the shaky foundation of human ingenuity, political intrigue, selfish interest, and human economy. The time is coming when all powers and principalities will collapse under the weight of God's judgment. It is estimated that the average duration of the world’s great civilizations has been about 200 years.
A study of these civilizations reveals that their mortality was not due to the lack of mental ability but to moral degeneration. Nations once exalted under the leadership as a nation under God; have now declined in stature, having withdrawn from godly leadership of the past.
It was noted that we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us (Abraham Lincoln).
A famous 19th century French statesman, and historian, traveled to a new nation to discover the reasons for its incredible success. He wrote: I sought for the key to the greatness in her harbors; in her fertile fields and commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic congress and in her matchless Constitution.
Not until I went into the churches and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. Have nations come to the place of saying “we have no king but Caesar” no longer under godly leadership but in a Caesar type bondage of soul and mind after having rejected God?
Scripture reveals: Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance (Psalm 33:12). Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy (Psalm 33:18).
Scripture tells us: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). It was noted that wrath is not the revelation of a future judgment of God but a present revelation that parallels the present revelation of God’s righteousness. Ungodliness is failure on the religious realm; unrighteousness is a failure on the moral sphere or injustice toward man.
Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7). Crying out “we have not king but Caesar” in reference to what one is partaking of, having failed to repent, is held accountable on Judgment Day. Scripture reveals: It is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
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