What God commands

Exodus 40:16: This Moses did; according to all that the LORD commanded him, so he did.

What God commands are very clear in the bible, but we may choose to willfully ignore them, or convince ourselves that it is better to follow a different path.

The credibility of the bible has been under attack throughout history, from different groups. The greatest attack are not those from outside, the enemies’ fire, but the friendly fire, those who are actually wolves in sheep clothing as described by the Jesus (Matthew 7:15) and the apostles; who come into the fold with a different agenda from that of Christ. They pursue their own objectives in the name of doing God’s work.

Paul, when he was leaving the church in Ephesus, said that afterward grievous wolfs will rise up among them, seeking to draw followers after themselves (Acts 20:25-32). People who want to bring out new and spectacular doctrine to attract attention.

In the focus verse, Moses was described as the doing as he was told. He did not interject his opinion, sentiment, preference, experience, exposure, into the execution of the divine demands.

This may be partly because he has been emptied of his own opinion for 40years, from age forty to eighty, being the time he spent herding the sheep of his father in law, in a foreign land, away from his place of birth.

At the age of forty he was so full of himself. He thought he knew what he wanted from life, and how to get it. He was so wilful that he killed someone and buried him (Exodus 2-3). He was so fixated on his self-defined agenda that he does not mind taking another person’s life.

The bible says that he assumed that the children of Israel should know he was meant to rescue them. The man who is self-opinionated, so full of speculations and conjectures. Man in his pride thinks that he knows the right way and puts aside what God commands.

When we come to Jesus we do not just see him as the saviour but also as Lord, and that should be a functional part of our life, fully evident (Romans 10:9-10).

After Moses ran away to avoid punishment for the murder, for the next forty years, nothing much happened. His “companions” were the sheep of his father-in-law Jethro. Then God called him to be a deliverer and forty of years of emptying. He still retained the mannerism, the tenure of voice, the posture of someone raised in the palace, but he was now a prophet of God, filled with God’s message.

Many people are like the “former” Moses, the 40-year-old one, thinking that they have their plans set, and you are closed to any other possibility, rejecting God’s command.

What was once ambition in Moses, became a mission when God was felt that he was ready, and he was anointed for it.

You are not ready to walk with God if you are not humble. Humility means realising that your conclusion may be wrong, about people and situations. The one who is proud does not think he can learn from anybody. When we bring ourselves under the mighty hand of God in humility, it means we obey his word and there is a promise of lifting up (James 4:6-7).

What God commands is clear. There is no confusion about it, but our penchant for following our own ways complicates things for us. The bible says, God made man perfect, but he has encumbered himself with many schemes (Ecclesiastes 7:29). What God says is clear in this word but many will not read it. A psalmist says he has put God worked in his heart is as not so sin against him (Psalm 119:9-11). But what will happen if he rejects the word, if he refused to put the word in his mouth, then he will be pulled without resistance to sin, with no spiritual strength to withstand.

Paul told Timothy: study to show yourself approved a workman that does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth (2Timothy 2:15). But what if he does not give the word of God the attention it needs, then, he will not be a good spiritual workman, he will be ashamed, he will be among those who say things that they so not fully understand, talking about agenda that are not God’s.

Paul in another place told Timothy: give attention to reading. If you do not read then it will be hard to gain spiritual understanding (1Timothy 4:13).

The ability to read puts you in the driving seat of all kinds of learning, including spiritual learning. And when we follow what we read in the bible with action, it means the word is mixed with faith.

In the book of Hebrews, the bible says that some people hear the word but because it was not mixed with faith in them it did not profit them (Hebrews 4:2). For them, hearing the word was a waste of time, the word that was supposed to bless actually condemned. Because they did not obey it they were judged. And the bible says that there remains a rest for the people of God and those who believe do enter into that rest (Hebrews 4:9-12).

God has put his blessing in his word. His word contained creative force, transformative force and liberating forces. It was with the word that God created the world, and when we meditate on the word of God it becomes the gateway to our change. Jesus said his word sets free (John 8:30-35).

Peter said to Jesus: you have the words of eternal life (John 6:63). The word of God transforms from the mundane to the supernatural. It conveys the mind of God. The word helps us to climb higher into the realm of God.

Jesus who is the word of God described himself as the ladder that goes from earth to heaven, and from heaven to earth (John 1:51). He brings the counsel of God to the earth and when we pray using the name of Jesus and based on his counsel, we are assured of connection with God.

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