There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 16:25)
King David was about to die. But before he died, he said this to his successor, his son Solomon, in 1 Kings 2:1-4.
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
The apostles were put in prison for preaching the gospel but an angel came and released them. The angel told them to go in the temple courts and continue to preach the Gospel and they did. We’ll pick up the story in Acts 5:26-29.
At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them. The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!
Here are some examples of not doing the charge I am about to give you. Joab went his own way when he murdered Abner and Amasa. (1 Kings 2:31-34) Ananias and Sapphira went their own way when they lied to the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:1-10) Their ways that seemed right to them cost them their lives. Their disobedience to God or their sin led to death. In their cases, their disobedience or sin led to death not only in a spiritual sense, but also in the physical sense.