Priests Condemned

Hos 4:4-5 Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy your mother.

The order of priests and prophets formed base of the civil government as well as the day to day management of religious affairs in ancient Israel. They were structured as a primarily judiciary government. To “contend” means to bring up a legal case. When God says, “let no one contend and let none accuse,” He is saying there is no point in letting corrupt judges decide matters. It is the priestly order with which the Lord is bringing His case. Corruption causes stumbling because only the righteous can stand upright before God and men. The leaders will stumble and the nation will fall. Corruption has caused the collapse of many governments over the centuries. Modern countries that equivocate and surrender moral absolutes fall into corruption and collapse just as surely as ancient Israel or later Rome collapsed from internal decay.

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Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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3 Responses to Priests Condemned

  1. Indeed “corruption” may become the end for the whole Western world? At least any moral authority. Note the Book of Jeremiah! It is very serious! Perhaps it will be just a moral decay?

  2. Lance Ponder says:

    Fr Robert, I think western civilization is declining. The decay is rampant and accelerating. Decay never ends well.

    • Lance, I so agree! My son’s, 21 and 15 (next month, for the latter), are certainly going to see much more! Heck, maybe even I? If I get 20 more years? Who knows what we will face as Christians on planet earth? I am no pessimist really, but a biblical and spiritual realist… Man is a complete sinner! And the end of the age is certainly coming even more than yesterday! (Rom. 13:11, etc.)

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