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Magistrates


1. Are appointed by God. Ro 13:1.

2. Are ministers of God. Ro 13:4,6.

3. Purpose of their appointment. Ro 13:4; 1Pe 2:14.

4. Their office to be respected. Ac 23:5.

5. Are not a terror to the good, but to the evil. Ro 13:3.

6. To be wisely selected and appointed. Ex 18:21; Ezr 7:25.

7. To be prayed for. 1Ti 2:1,2.

8. Should

a. Seek wisdom from God. 1Ki 3:9.

b. Rule in the fear of God. 2Sa 23:3; 2Ch 19:7.

c. Know the law of God. Ezr 7:25.

d. Be faithful to the Sovereign. Da 6:4.

e. Enforce the laws. Ezr 7:26.

f. Judge wisely. 1Ki 3:16-28.

g. Hate covetousness. Ex 18:21.

h. Not take bribes. Ex 23:8; De 16:19.

i. Defend the poor. Job 29:12,16.

j. Judge for God, not for man. 2Ch 19:6.

k. Judge righteously. De 1:16; 16:18; 25:1.

l. Be impartial. Ex 23:6; De 1:17.

m. Be diligent in ruling. Ro 12:8.

n. Subjection to their authority enjoined. Mt 23:2,3; Ro 13:1; 1Pe 2:13,14.

9. Wicked-Illustrated. Pr 28:15.

10. Good-Exemplified

a. Joseph. Ge 41:46.

b. Gideon. Jdj 8:35.

c. Samuel. 1Sa 12:3,4; Ezr 10:1-9.

d. Nehemiah. Ne 3:15.

e. Job. Job 29:16.

f. Daniel. Da 6:3.

11. Wicked-Exemplified

a. Sons of Samuel. 1Sa 8:3.

b. Pilate. Mt 27:24,26.

c. Magistrates in Philippi. Ac 16:22,23.

d. Gallio. Ac 18:16,17.

e. Felix. Ac 24:26.