The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Ps. 19:9-10
This is our last deposition in this series. Here I am going to talk on rights – God’s right vs human rights. Notice that the word “righteousness” comes from the word “right”.
Right at the outset, let me point out that the term ‘human rights’ appears very appealing in the natural. But you would be surprised to learn that, in the Spirit, that term is extremely abhorrent to God. But I probably am getting ahead of myself…
I am sure you have heard of that term, ‘human rights’. And you will have heard also of ‘women’s rights’, ‘children’s rights’, ‘animal rights’, etc, etc. There are all kinds of rights in this world. And I am sure you can attest to the fact, as I said, that they sound very appealing.
But now we have everything wrong on account of these ‘rights’. In some countries around the world, parents are not allowed to beat their own children, and if a parent beats a child they could get arrested!
The outcome of that is that children, whose young minds need to be provided direction, are left direction-less by parents who have been robbed of the tools they need to direct their children. And believe me, the best tool for raising up a child is the rod. Forget about that love stuff. There is no real love without the rod.
How can we do differently when God Himself has said,
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Prov. 13:24)
“Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” (Prov. 23:14)
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” (Prov. 29:15)
Clearly, a society or government that forbids parents from physically disciplining their children is a society that is actively fighting against God’s laws for God has given parents the mandate to beat their children with the rod. In other words, therefore, it a society that is fighting against God!
I wouldn’t want the kind of freedom I see in some quarters for my children. I want my children growing up knowing how to respect not only their elders, but everyone else; but especially their elders. I read the story of a 16-year boy who stabbed a 60-year man in the stomach because the old man accidentally spilled the boy’s coffee. The boy claimed the old man had ‘disrespected’ him. Those are the bitter fruits of ‘children’s rights’. The man who was stabbed died.
That was in the U.S., of course.
The parent who gives the rod must of necessity be Godly so that, as he gives his child the rod, he will do so in the fear of the Lord, bearing in mind that he, too, has a heavenly Father who also shepherds him with a rod of His own. That is why parents cannot physically or emotionally harm their children.
Did you ever hear of the Beijing Conference of 1995. That is one of the most famous conferences that has been held in recent times. It was a worldly conference on women’s rights. Among the resolutions passed was that men and women are to be equal at home, in the workplace and everywhere else.
Try to picture a woman, devoid of the fear of God, running about armed with such a declaration. What a disaster!
But God’s Word is soft and simple:
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” (Eph. 5:22)
Here God is trying to mold a humble spirit in the woman’s heart; and the world is telling her to ‘climb’ from under the man!
Unless we want to be like the world, kindly allow me to venture to ask, What right could we possibly have before God?
We have absolutely no right at all. The man has no right, nor the woman, nor the child. Before God, we are all equal, and each one is to fulfill their role in this life in the fear of God. Notice God’s Word above:
“The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
At no one time have the judgments of man been true or righteous. At no time have the demands of man been true or righteous. They are all wrong. All the ‘human’ rights in the world are just that: ‘human’ rights; and they go against God’s Word for, ultimately, they are an excuse for the flesh to gather strength and rebel further against God. Do not be deceived: Man has never intended nor desired to do God’s will, in spite of all indications to the contrary .
In the Spirit, therefore, only God is right; and the only right we have is to seek after the righteousness of God. In other words, the only right mankind has is to return to God. It is to seek God and His ways. That is the only right we have. That is why the Bible says,
“More to be desired are they (God’s judgments) than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
A return to Godly ways is to be desired more than gold, yea, than much fine gold.
A return to God is sweeter than honey and the honey comb.