Complete obedience

Deuteronomy 12:32: “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. (ESV)

God is a God of order, a God of details. If we will wait on him he will give us the details of his plan. We should not run on part information, which could be dangerous.

Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai to receive the word of God for the children of Israel at the birth of the nation (Exodus 24:8). When Jesus’ mission was being prophesied about, the bible says that he has come to fulfil what was written about him in the book (Hebrews 10:5-7). There were details for him to carry out.

His life followed the prophesied outline.  He followed the word of God to the full, so much so that he said that he has not come to abolish the law, but to fulfil them (Matthew 5:17). That goes beyond doing right and avoiding wrong, though they are part of it, but to be the embodiment of what the Old Testament shadowed.

In the Old Testament the shedding of the blood of animals was central to whatever was done, and Jesus, who choose to become the Lamb of God, fulfilled that (John 1:29).

He shed his blood to bring man to God. The bible says that we were strangers to the commonwealth of Israel but have now been brought near through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 2:11-13). The writer of the book of Hebrews says that we can now draw near to God with our conscience purged by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:14).

There was another thing of the Old Testament that Jesus fully fulfilled. When he was asked to show them the signs that he was someone special, he said that the people should destroy the temple, and he will raise it up after three days (John 2:18-22).

They were angry at his word, because they thought he meant they should actually destroy the physical temple which held so much religious meaning to them, being the symbol of their identity and which had been in construction for decades.

It was not just a religious symbol but also their validation as a people who has their historical and future political and spiritual capital in Jerusalem.

But in the commentary of John on the words of Jesus, he said that he was referring to the temple which is his body, and the demolition of the temple and it being raised after three days was an allusion to his future death and resurrection at that time.

As the temple, Jesus carried the presence of God. Nicodemus came to him and said that he was sure that God was with him (John 3:1-3). He did not actually know that he was talking to God, the one who is the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Jesus is the fullness of God in the flesh. His conception was an act of miracle. He was packed with power and wisdom. When he healed the eyes of a man who was born blind, the man testified that since the world began, no one was heard of anyone who opened the eyes of one born blind (John 9). When Jesus spoke the bible says that the people were amazed by the wisdom of his words, that was what he embodied with (Matthew 13:54). Jesus carried out the word of God and we should too.

We should focus on the commandment of God and not our opinion. Look where the opinion that Eve expressed that the bad fruit was good for her landed humanity (Genesis 3)!

To subtract or add to the word of God is to think we are wiser than God, it is pride, something that the devil exhibited, and which King Saul exhibited (1Samuel 15).

We see some of the children of Israel worship the image of a snake for years (2Kings 18:1-4). God told Moses to make it while they were in the wilderness and by looking at it when snakes bit them, they were relieved. But instead of a focus on the word of God, as they were told not to be image worshippers in any way, some people thought within themselves that surely the snake has some power to help them for always (Numbers 21:1-9). It took a king Hezekiah to destroy it, who exhibited an uncommon zeal for carrying out the word of God in the details of it.

John the apostle wrote that we should beware of idols (1John 5:21), while Paul equated covetousness, putting our trust in money with idolatry (Colossians 3:5).

What we put our trust in becomes a god that draws away our allegiance from God. Jesus said that we cannot worship God and Mammon (Matthew 6:24). We cannot have two masters, either we hate one and love the other.

And what God wants is total commitment, he wants the fire of his devotion burning in us that is why he has shed his love in us by the Holy Spirit which he has given to us (Romans 5:5). And we are enjoined to walk in the spirit as we live in the spirit so that we will not fulfil the lust of the flesh, which wars against the spirit (Galatians 5:16-25).

The flesh is programmed to pull away from the demands of the spirit, to be interested only in itself and not think of God. Paul declared that some people are concerned about themselves and not the things that are of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 2:4). These people will not respond when he calls, or will only do what is convenient for them to do.

Jesus said: if you love me you will obey my commandments, therefore love is more of commitment than feeling, it is beyond thought, it is action (John 14:15).

Jesus gave different commands to his disciples before he ascended to heaven. He said: go into the world and preach the gospel to all creatures (Mark 16:15). He said we shall be witnesses to him after the Holy Spirit has come upon us and will be speak for him in Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the world (Acts 1:8).

We have the commandment to reach out, to connect with the people across the world. And there is no generation where it is possible for every believer to carry out such great commission on a personal, direct and individual level as the internet affords.

We are not supposed to be ignorant of the new tool of the internet, which allows a single individual, without leaving his house to actually fulfil the great commission as you deliver the counsel of God to people across the globe. With the internet, the barrier of the borders of nations is broken.

That is the Opportunity that Jehiel Institute provides (dailymedit.com/category/jehiel), to have a mass of people using the internet to propagate the gospel. The bible says: the lord gave the word, great is the company of them who proclaim it. Come and be equipped to be among them, join the people of internet Impact, attend Jehiel Institute. Direct your questions to jehielinstitute@gmail.com

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