“If any case arises requiring decision between one kind of homicide and another, one kind of legal right and another, or one kind of assault and another, any case within your towns that is too difficult for you, then you shall arise and go up to the place that the LORD your God will choose. And you shall come to the Levitical priests and to the judge who is in office in those days, and you shall consult them, and they shall declare to you the decision. Then you shall do according to what they declare to you from that place that the LORD will choose. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they direct you. According to the instructions that they give you, and according to the decision which they pronounce to you, you shall do. You shall not turn aside from the verdict that they declare to you, either to the right hand or to the left.
by: Dale Rood.
Here is the pattern for the United States court system, extending from the lower courts through the Appeals Courts and to the Supreme Court. In this passage, we find a court system which includes opportunity to appeal to higher authority. The rule of law is based on the peoples’ recognition of the rule of law, even when they disagree. However, if it is a matter of principle, as Christians we appeal to the judgment of God. Peter put it this way: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). If we reach this point, however, we must be prepared to take the consequences in order to stay true to God.