Less or more: Numbers 22.18 VOTD

“Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, ‘Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment of the Lord my God to do less or more.'”

Numbers 22.18

Balaam understood well his limits, but he wound up going with Balak, perhaps in hope of finding a way to receive the king’s riches.

In the restriction of God’s command is the freedom to reject wrong motivations.

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9-20-2016 Love And Baptism

“And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (1 John 3:23 NKJV).  “Love one another” is about the only statement some people think is in the Bible!  They then object to any other “commandment” as “legalism,” not to be obeyed.  John said God gave the “commandment” to “love one another.”  Was God commanding “legalism?”  Jesus said, “that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31 NKJV).  Was Jesus a “legalist” because He kept God’s “commandment” to “love?” Was Peter a “legalist” when “he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV)?  Why is keeping the commandments of God “legalism,” but not keeping the command to love?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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(#68) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:13-Pick one: Despise or Fear God’s Word.

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 13:13: “He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”

“Despises” is a verb meaning “having no regard or respect for.” Another proverb applies this principle to prayer: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). Without exception, either eternal or physical destruction or both, comes to those who reject God’s Word. Jesus also said: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47). Though Jesus did not come to be the Judge the first time, He will, at His Second Coming (Hebrews 9:27-28), for He said: “”And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

There will be no scoffers, agnostics, atheists, immoral, wicked, or perverse people who “will be rewarded,” for they, all, refuse to “fear the commandment” of God. Solomon said this, and then the Apostle Peter also: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14); “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35). God’s reward is for those who accept His Word and treat it accordingly: “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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What commandment do I Struggle Most to Obey

Of all the commandments I struggle with obeying is “love”. It is hard to love some people. People that are very capable of taking care of themselves, but don’t. It is hard to love my brothers and sisters that refuse to abide and follow the Word of God. For example, I was told at the end of a business meeting that I had preached, read scripture, and argued my points, but the proposal would leave a brother and his family in the streets. Response, let’s go home. This is where my self control wains.

Another area is as with Randal, finishing what I start. I get behind on somethings because I didn’t have time to finish what I started, especially to start something new when I hadn’t finished to old.

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I think this is the one I struggle with …

I think this is the one I struggle with the most:

“in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil. 2:3).

Loving one’s neighbor as himself is one thing, but to esteem others as better? I know I fail at this regularly.

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What commandment do you struggle most to…

What commandment do you struggle most to obey? Loving my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:39; James 2:8). Loving the unlovable becomes very difficult at times, especially when folks try to take advantage of you. To help my weakness in this area, I think of what Paul stated in Romans 5:8, that while we were yet sinners before God, Christ died for us. Then, it becomes easier to treat others as I would want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).

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