Exodus 23: Don’t Follow the Crowds
Exodus chapter 23 is actually a very interesting chapter full of important things, but I want to focus on mainly one particular phrase that isn’t even an entire verse. I really think that it is vital as we try to follow Jesus.
Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
The first part of that verse sounds a lot like peer pressure to me. We should not follow many people to do evil. It is kind of like that saying that I am sure we all heard when we were kids.
“If those people jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?”
However, as we follow many people who are doing evil, we’re definitely drawing nearer to danger. Even though it seems that something is all right if everyone is doing it, if it is sin, it could easily make things unpleasant for us.
Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
If we go on our own wisdom, or similarly the wisdom of people in general, we’re going to end up going down the wrong path. In fact, Jesus had something similar to say about our Christian life.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
There’s a way that many people are going. They’re following after whatever they really want to. For some people it might be their own ambition, and some people might be like the followers we are told not to be in Exodus 23. Whatever type of situation these people are in, it is still not a great place to be.
Like it says in Matthew, there is a much narrower gate that we can also proceed through. However, it might not make us popular here. There are few that find this gate, so you almost definitely have less human company while walking this path. Sometimes, the company you end up with will not be what you want.
Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Sometimes, the people you interact with are going to be somewhat hostile. Jesus tells us to be prepared that not everyone will agree with Christianity. If we went with the flow and were of the world, we would have a wider gate and an all around easier path.
Consequently, to sum up what I have written today, here’s one more Bible passage that explains who and how we are supposed to follow.
Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.