Assignments from God

jesus-316268_640Revelation 19:11: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Jesus is the one who is faithful and true. He was faithful to God and true to his call. His call was difficult. He had to lay down his life and die, but he did it anyway (Philippians 2:5-11).

People in the bible have been given different tasks which they did with different levels of faithfulness and being true to God.

Adam

Adam was told what to do in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2-3). If not he would live his life aimlessly underutilising his potential. God gave him dominion over the birds of the air, the animal in the ground and the fish in the sea. He was told: tend the garden and keep it.

His eventuality lost the garden because he did not do his job allowing the devil to infiltrate the garden and dictate what will happen.

God gave the instruction not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but he did. His assignment was to keep the word of God as much as it was to keep the garden, and when he lost the word, he lost the garden.

Can an instruction could be simpler? But in man’s foolishness we probably thought we could eat our cake and have it; deceived that we could continue in sin, while asking that grace may abound (Romans 6:1-2).

When he decided to go his own way, Adam lost out of the place God has put him, not just physical, but in his soul and spirit. His body become subject to death, his soul, lost the fellowship with God and his spirit died, no longer carrying the life of God.

The restoration of what is lost is what Jesus brought. Now we have the fellowship of the Spirit for our soul in joy, the love of God for our spirit, and the grace of the Lord Jesus for our body (2Corinthians 13:14), by his stripes we are healed (1Peter 2:24) and by the fact of his resurrection we now have a new body which we put on at the resurrection of the just (Luke 14:14).

Moses

Moses was given the assignment of moving the nation of Israel from the house of bondage, Egypt, and take them on a journey to the Promised Land.

He was equipped with signs and wonders to do that, in the same way Jesus was equipped us with signs and wonders, saying we should go and made disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). As witness to his resurrection, we are to do signs and wonders.

Moses came with thunderous signs and wonders hitting the land of Egypt, and culminating in the death of the firstborns of the Egyptians. He only had to obey God’s word and the wonders happened.

For the Israelites, the Red Sea was to be their end since the army of Egypt was moving in on them in horses and chariots at a furious pace (Exodus 14). God told Moses stretch out the rod in your hand and divide the seas, which he did, and the nation of Israel walked into freedom through that water while their enemy were swallowed up in water.

Joshua

Joshua had the assignment of conquering the Promised Land for the children of Israel. It was not the easiest job but God had told him that he would be with him (Joshua 1-2). But at the end of his life, it was clear that he made the effort but not enough (Joshua 13:1). At the end of his life, God’s verdict was that there was still much land to conquer.

God promised to be with Joshua while he accomplish the task. In the same way Jesus said that he was going to be with us forever (John 14:16). He promised that he will send the Holy Spirit to us, to teach us all things (John 14:26), and to bring us into his full reality.

Saul

God asked King Saul to fulfil his desire to annihilate the Amalekites (1Samuel 15:1-28). It was supposed to be a clean simple work. He was to go in not leave with or leave behind everything that breaths. He did not and paid dearly for it.

God replaced him with David who he believes will do his will, a man after his own heart, with an unrivalled commitment to God, unlike Saul.

Saul decided to modify the instruction to what is convenient for him. Jesus did not do that. Though it would cost him his life, he was accurate in fulfilling the mind of God. He was true and went all the way.

A young prophet was told to prophesy to king Jeroboam the unfaithful king (1Kings 13). He did so, but he missed it in another instruction. But an older prophet came with a false instruction that he needed to do something different from what God had told him.

God had told him to go back through another path and not eat anything in the city. But the older prophet said an angel instructed him to have the young man eat in his house. When he yielded to this false persuasion, and expressed unfaithfulness to God. At the end he was eaten by an animal, a lion.

Paul

Paul was given an assignment to minister the word to the gentiles (Acts 9:15). And he fully did that. He fully preached the gospel (Romans 15:19). He said: I fought with beasts in Ephesus, in describing the intense physical and spiritual battle that was involved for him to do the will of God (1Corinthians 15:32).

Because of their work, Paul and Silas were beaten up, bloodied and imprisoned. But they would not shut up. In the prison they sang and prayed (Acts 16:20-27), and there was an earthquake. The presence of God invaded the prison the chains of all the prisoners broke off and rather than run off for their life they led the jailor to Christ. It was an eternal testament of what it means to be true and faithful. They were not focused on their pain, but they were fixed on Jesus, the true and faithful one, to do his will.

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