What has God commanded you?

source: http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/astronomy-terms/galaxy.htm
source: http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/astronomy-terms/galaxy.htm

Exodus 38:22: Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses;

God gives commandments all the time. And our whole life is defined by our response to God’s commandment, listening for it, and acting based on it.

God is attached to the person who puts a lot of premium on his word. God himself said that he puts more premium to his word that in his name.

The writer of the book of Hebrews says that God at various times gave commandments, spoke to the fathers through the prophets, but now he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed the heir of all things (Hebrews 1:1-3). So in Christ is where the word of commandment for us is.

On the mount where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John, God spoke from heaven that Jesus is his beloved son and all they should hear him (Matthew 17:5).

He is God the Word in eternity past. The word consists of two different parts, the concept and the expression; the internal reality and the outside expression (John 1-5, 14, 17). As the internal concept Jesus, the Word is described as a seed that is sown in our hearts. While in expression it is the word in manifestation from our lives.

The word is the dynamic concept of God; while in expression, it is the creative essence of God. That is why the bible says that without the word there is nothing made that was made (John 1:3), being that is the word in expression. The phrase, “in him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:4)” written by John, shows the word as concept. That phrase shows that Jesus is the source of our self awareness (light of men).

To further explain that in reality the word is both conception and expression, Luke wrote about what Jesus (the Word) began to do and teach (Acts 1:1). Teaching is the communication of the conceptual word while doing is the communication of the expressional word.

What we need is a balance of the two in the church. Some churches emphasise the doing, the miracles, gifts, the social responsibility, while others focus on the teaching, on the seminars, on the preaching of the word.

For the mostly “doing” church, they might see the teaching of the word as grueling because of the mental effort and preparation that need to go with it. For the mostly “teaching” church, the doing can be messy and unpredictable, and uncontrollable, while the teaching might be seen as tidy and convenient, and everything the “doing” is not. But whatever the cost, the church needs to exist in the tension and balance between the doing and the teaching of the word of God.

To be focused on the preaching of the word without the dynamism of the spirit in miracles and signals wonders and gifts of the spirit, and community outreaches, is to become observe fed and be stiff, in the spiritual joints. It is to become spiritual cough potatoes. The spiritual couch potatoes cannot walk with God. They have pitched their tents around a teaching.

Conversely, to be over-focused on the miracles, the prophecies, is to become spiritual imbeciles, with no knowledge of God to talk about; a moving car without a break, an accident waiting to happen, running with no energy, getting ready to faint and die. This is because the word of God that we take into us is called spiritual food, and it is only that we should express.

However, there must be a way to marry the two perspectives together in the body. That means we need to embrace those who are different from us, so that they can rub off on us. The “runner” should learn to sit down and learn, get some things upstairs, while the couch potatoes should learn to exercise their spiritual muscles.

Those of us Christians called to be followers of Jesus Christ are to follow him in his “teaching” and copy him in his “doing”.

There is the story in the bible of an old and a young prophet (1Kings 13). The old prophet did the right thing (was hospitable) but said the wrong words (lied that an angel gave him a commandment for the new prophet), while the new prophet said the right words (delivered the word of God faithfully to king Jeroboam) but did the wrong thing (acted on the false word of the old prophet and died as a result).

The young prophet, who was sent by God to the nation of Israel, sent with the mandate to declare the word of God against it. After declaring it, he has the specific mandate that after declaring the word, he should not stay there, and must turn back immediately by another route.

But an older prophet came with a contrary word, claiming to hear from an angel and gave the young prophet another instruction. But he was lying. Therefore the younger prophet did what was against the commandment of God for him, and the result was that he died, killed by a lion. Obedience to God leads to life, disobedience leads to death. Ask Adam (Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3).

The young prophet needs to take responsibility for what he has heard from God. He was punished for not taking the responsibility for the word of God that he heard, for not doing exactly as God said. He did not go back to find out from God himself, but merely followed what another said. You need to ask God for his specific commandment for us and stick to it, even if it is not popular or socially acceptable, or pressured by a contrary opinion by others.

Adam did not take responsibility for obeying what God has told him, saying that it was Eve who made him eat the forbidden fruit contrary to the word of God. We have to take responsibility for obeying God; we don’t have the luxury of blaming other or circumstances. What circumstances can be more difficult than not eating for forty day, but Jesus was still committed to living by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth, by God’s commandment to him, rather than satisfying himself.

What has God commanded you to proclaim to your generation? There are many voices but you are a voice. Because somebody says something does not means you must parrot them, no matter their reputation.

You must develop your own thought form from knowing God for yourself; because it is those who know their God that the bible says will do exploits (Daniel 11:32). They are the one who will make impact.

It was King David’s habit to enquire of the word of God, so that he will be sure that he is acting based on His commandment. Even Jesus revealed that he lived by God’s commandment (John 5:30, 8:28, 38, 10:25). He said that he always does whatever the father wants him to do. He says what he sees the father doing that is what he does, fully keying into the father’s agenda. He lived in the full consciousness of the word of the father, responding to him always.

 

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