“The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed(vv.15-16)”.
It is often said that a mob has no head and it is where the head comes. The rabble would want some one to lead them. It is also where we see nations differ from the rule of heaven. The Lord God is One in that all three the Father the Son and the Spirit agree in one. God is a Spirit so we speak it in terms of the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit, a fellowship in spiritual terms. When we speak of the Word made flesh it speaks of the Son who was made manifest and lived among men. He taught as well as revealed the nature of the invisible God, the Father. Jesus Christ is the image of the Father who lives in unapproachable light of whom no man has seen. Nations are run by men. While their governance is a shadow of heavenly realities, what is operating them is not divine Righteousness but their sinful nature.
The ancient and the honourable are often looked up to because of their experience, abilities, name or something special that command attention. Saul who was chosen as the king of Israel was a head taller than any other in Israel (1 Sa.9:2). Nations of men look to those who evoke admiration and respect. But the problem of sin is a trap for both the head and the body. When the head caters to base passions of the mob what is the result? Nothing good shall come out of it. To our intent and purpose we shall look how the Son set an example: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;(He.5:8).” In another place we read “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:(Phili.2:9)”. It is what Power and Wisdom of God would indicate. Though He is the Sovereign Lord his humility is Power. Fellowship with man as Father with Son is the quintessence of the Word of God. It is settled eternally in heavens (Ps.119:89). It is symbolically represented in heaven as a memorial. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re.13:8) expresses the Thought to which Jesus Christ as Son of man fitted perfectly. It was for this reason we have in the episode God clothed man with coats of skins at the garden (Ge.3:21). What man devised to cover his embarrassment was merely a quick-fix. For this reason nations shall not save themselves as long as problem of sin is not first dealt with. When the prophets refers to the desolation of Judah he mentions ‘ children ruling them (Is.4:4). Instead of a just rule under the Messiah in distant future what their sin merited was oppression and apostasy. “People shall be oppressed, every one by another(vs.5)”
Sin creates division between heaven and the earth. One symbol is the slain Lamb while the other is the serpent whose seed shall strive to bruise the heel of the woman’s seed (Ge.3:15-16).It is for this reason the law of Gradation is an useful tool to keep those which obey God’s authority whole heartedly and those who follow their own will. Thus there shall only be two, the children of light and children of wrath before the Great White Throne judgment. From the example of the Slaughter of the Innocents what are they but martyrs? They shall be counted among the martyrs from the list scattered throughout the Bible beginning with Abel onwards. John writes about the vision where at the breaking of fifth seal he saw the altar of souls in front of the throne. Who are these souls but martyrs? (Re.6:9-11). It is thus God holds a memorial in heaven keeping count of the blessed and the damned. It is however in God’s Time.
The Law of Moses was a shadow of what was to come. God’s judgment shall be on the revealed truth and how people responded to it. When Jesus castigated the scribes and the Pharisees as hypocrites what did it signify those teachers of law who laid down the rules but did not obey merely from love of God. They loved the praise of men so they refused to follow him openly. In other words they refused the path to eternal life. The Parable of the Good Samaritan shows their humbug. When such hypocrites flash their prosperity as proof of godliness we may be sure they are tail and not the head as God intended them to be. If the head is addled what is the body?
Consequences of heresy, doctrine of Balaam or Nicolitaines of the first century are alive and well in our times. When the arm of the Lord is stretched out whenever the world governments promise light at the end of the tunnel one may be sure that they are deluding themselves.
“Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still(v.17).
Sin is the Public enemy #1 . Sin makes the people stumble from godliness to follow after the world. Whosoever who preaches such a doctrine and rebels against the simplicity of a child of God may be ‘worldly wise’ but their end is damned. When we read the tail as prophet who speaks lies we need understand whom they serve really. Prince of the power of the air, Satan the red dragon or Old serpent are all one and the same.