.


. Make a Donation

Index Page
Contact
About The Author
Sermons
Bible Quiz
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan

Question?
Quick Search the thousands of Bible studies on this website.
Just type in topic word(s) or a question.
Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook
Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter
Tuesday, May 24 2011

The Bible And The Mob

According to The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary, the English word "mob" is actually an abbreviation of a Latin term, mobile vulgus, from mobile, meaning moving, and vulgus meaning common i.e. the general population. A "mob" literally means a moving crowd - not merely to travel somewhere, but to destroy something or someone. From that, the present-day definition of "mob" has developed into either "a disorderly crowd of people," or "a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities" (WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University), both of which may themselves be defined as "an association of criminals."

In the Holy Bible, those who faced a mob ("a moving mass of common people") were just regular folks too - who happened to be given to understand, or do something, that enraged their fellow citizens into a state of anarchy (history has shown that religious mobs tend to be the most violent - see the Fact Finder question below).

Consider the mob that Moses (see The Prophets: Moses) faced - and why. It began with 250 of the "leaders" who rebelled against the Word of the LORD that Moses had been commanded, by the LORD, to speak to them. When the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') put the rebels to death, a larger mob, of the entire Israelite population (the literal dictionary definition of "mob") formed against Moses, accusing him of "Ye have killed the people of the LORD" - when it was the LORD Himself who miraculously dealt with them, just as the LORD also then did to those rebels. Amazingly, it was the intercession of Moses that stopped the devastating wrath of the LORD against those who would have killed Moses had the LORD not intervened. Not only was Moses not "lording it over" anyone, he actually cut short his own self-defense that the LORD provided to him against that same mob.

The Earth Opened

"16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? (Numbers 16:1-3 KJV)

"16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. 16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. 16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense." (Numbers 16:28-35 KJV)

"16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD." (Numbers 16:41 KJV)

"16:42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation. 16:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces." (Numbers 16:42-45 KJV)

"16:46 And Moses said unto Aaron [see Aaron: The Prophet's Prophet], Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. 16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah."

"Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"

Religious mobs were no different in the "New" Testament. For example, the apostle Paul faced mobs for the same reason, and for the same LORD, that Moses did - with no difference between mobs of pagans, or mobs of people who falsely claimed to worship the LORD. Paul faced both kinds of heathens.

The Mob Paul faced a mob of idol worshippers because of the Truth of the LORD that he taught:

"19:23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 19:24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. 19:26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

19:28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 19:29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. 19:30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 19:31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.

19:32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. 19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. 19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians." (Acts 19:23-34 KJV)

Paul also faced a mob of people, who behaved in the same violent way as the idol worshippers of Ephesus, while claiming to worship the LORD, because of the actual Truth of the LORD that Paul taught to them:

"21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. 21:27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, 21:28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. 21:29 For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.

21:30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. 21:31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 21:32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done. 21:34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. 21:35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. 21:36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him." (Acts 21:26-36 KJV)

The Messiah of course also faced a mob Himself, just as He did, for the same reason, as when He stood with Moses ("10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV) and with Paul ("23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome" Acts 23:11 KJV).

"27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?

They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

27:23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?

But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified." (Matthew 27:22-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: In the Word of God, does "violence" mean a physical act, alone, or does it mean all violation of God's Law?
See Violence


.
Bible Quiz Daily Bible Study Library
Thousands of Studies!

Jesus Christ
Bible History
Prophecy
Christian Living
Encouragement
Eternal Life
By The Book
Bible Places
Curiosities
The Spirit World

This Day In History, May 24

1153: King David I of Scotland died and was succeeded by his grandson Malcolm IV.

1261: Alexander IV, antipope 1254-1261, died under suspicious circumstances; some historians believe that he was poisoned by his successor, antipope John XXIII (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1543: Nicolaus Copernicus published his theory of a sun-centered solar system, which contradicted the common belief that the sun revolved around the earth (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1621: The Protestant Union (a coalition of Protestant German states) was formally dissolved.

1689: The English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants against persecution by Roman Catholics.

1798: Believing that a (Roman Catholic) French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the (Protestant) British occupation.

1819: Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent. As Queen Victoria, she reigned for 63 years, from 1837 until her death in 1901.

1844: Samuel Morse transmitted the world's first telegraph message to his associate 40 miles / 65 kilometers away. The message was "What hath God wrought!" (a quote of Numbers 23:23)

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermons The European World Wars, The Balfour Declaration and The Ottoman Empire), Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary.

1940: Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky made the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.

1941: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), the British cruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the massive German battleship Bismarck (52,600 tons, eight 15-inch guns) which began firing 15 miles away. Of the 1,400 crew of the Hood, only 3 survived. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an all-out hunt by the Royal Navy for the Bismarck, which was located and sent to the bottom a few days later by 3 British warships - a bombardment firefight with the Bismarck through the night from the British battleships King George V and Rodney and 3 torpedoes from the British cruiser Dorsetshire the next day.

1943: Admiral Donitz withdrew the German U-boat (submarine) fleet from the open Atlantic due to heavy losses (75% of crews lost) inflicted by the United States, British and Canadian navies.

1950: The "Tripartite Declaration" by Britain, U.S., and France sought to prevent further war in the region of Israel.

1961: U.S. civil rights "Freedom Riders" were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" - for peacefully getting off their bus.

1967: Egypt blockaded the Red Sea coast of Israel.

1986: Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister to visit the present-day state of Israel.

1994: The four men who were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. Over 1,330 pounds of explosives were packed into a vehicle in an underground parking area of the north tower, placed in such a way that the north tower would supposedly fall into the south tower, in an attempt to bring both towers down. Although much damage was done, and thousands of people were injured, including 7 killed, the towers remained standing - until September 2001.

2000: Israel military forces withdrew from Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.





editionDBSx201702et

Copyright © Wayne Blank