Then Saul said to Samuel, 'I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.'
When King Saul focused on the will of the people instead of the will of God, he lost God's blessing. When Pontius Pilate focused on the will of the people instead of what he knew was right, he crucified Christ.
Jesus knew better than to trust the fickle passions of people temporarily united in various causes. He faced...
1) A hometown mob who wanted to throw Him off a cliff: Luke 4:28-30.
2) A Jerusalem mob who wanted to stone an adulteress and later, Him: John 8:7, 59.
3) A well-fed mob who wanted to seize Him and make Him king: John 6:15.
4) A cheering mob who worshipped Him on His final entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:8-9.
5) An angry mob who wanted to kill Him 5 days later: Matthew 27:20-23.
In America's violent history of racism, every mob beating and lynching is a seeping scar that bears remembrance and begs healing.
God says people are like sheep in search of a shepherd. In other words, we are easily led. The only Shepherd Who consistently leads us in the right direction is Jesus Himself. As Christians, we are wise to realize our status as sheep and diligently examine our church leaders to see how much their words, lifestyle and direction resemble the Christ.*
We are right to fear mobs. We are wrong to join them.
Fear: Of Mobs (Part 10)
* 2 Peter 2-3 are scary Chapters that bear reading and re-reading, as we examine the church leaders we choose to follow. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2peter2-3&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.