“He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.”
An ancient proverb, also known as Proverbs 17:5
The purpose of an authority is to enforce the law with equity.28 God declares that the main point of authority is to create a system so that the vulnerable of society might receive the justice that all should have. Every society has their weak, the vulnerable. Authorities exist to grant the weak equality.
Not all authorities are focused on the weak. They spend too much time trying to retain their power or to expand their power. Thus, authorities all too often ignore the weak, allowing them to suffer under the ravages of the greedy and powerful. Authorities might convince themselves that the suffering of the weak and poor is their own fault. Then an authority is only a step away from oppressing the poor themselves, considering them a burden on society. The very worst sin of all is for an authority to do evil against the weak for their own profit. 29
Should an authority do the opposite of what God has intended them to do—crush the weak—then God takes it into His own hands to take that authority apart. If an authority destroys the weak, they will be destroyed by God. Whoever stands with that authority to destroy the weak will be destroyed by God.
28. Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; II Chronicles 19:7; Proverbs 24:27; Romans 13:3-4; Psalm 82; Jeremiah 22:3.
29. Psalm 82; Exodus 23:7; Deuteronomy 27:5; Proverbs 1:10-18; Jeremiah 22:17-19; Joel 3:19.