Plowing and harvest: Exodus 34.21 VOTD

“On six days you may labor, but on the seventh day you must rest; even at the time of plowing and of harvest you are to rest.”

Exodus 34.21

God provided no exceptions to the observance of the sabbath. No special circumstances, such as plowing or harvest, gave the Israelites the possibility of opting out of this weekly rest.

Faithfulness to God’s commands does not permit the saints to judge when they may be disregarded. What commands do people today tend to set up exceptions or special circumstances for?

#sabbath #obedience #VOTD

Never death: John 8.51 VOTD

“I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”

John 8.51

The Jews could not accept this claim of Jesus’, because they were disobedient to God’s will and did not belong to God, v. 47. They rightly understood that such a promise could only come from one who was greater than Abraham.

The condition that Jesus sets down is also rejected by many religious people today. They refuse to obey God in order to escape eternal death. But the Lord’s emphatic introduction calls attention to his statement, that cannot be dismissed nor twisted.

#obedience #truth #death #VOTD

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.

#commandment #obedience #VOTD

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7-3-2017 The Gospel Guides

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV). David clearly states God’s instruction should guide one without being forced to obey. Jesus said things proceeding “out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Matthew 15:18 NKJV). True, evil begins in a heart, but so, also does obedience. Paul “preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV), and “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Romans 6:17 NKJV). “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Don’t be forced to be baptized.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #forced, #obedience

Reveal myself: John 14.21 VOTD

“The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

John 14.21

In Jesus’ last discourse to the Twelve, before his death, he spoke of great things, such as love and obedience.

In what sense are God’s love and Christ’s love dependent upon obedience to his commands?

#love #obedience #VOTD

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4-19-2017 What God Still Requires

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NKJV).  Before God sent Israel into the Promised Land, He gave Moses this summary of what their part of the covenant required. They were to fear God and keep His commandments, almost what Solomon later said in Ecclesiastes 12:13, and Peter would say in Acts 10:35. Doing this with all our heart and soul has always been the core value of God’s Law, whether through Moses’ or now, through Jesus Christ.  Before God accepts us into Heaven, He still requires this!

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

#fear-god, #obedience

VOTD: Luke 2.49 “In my Father’s house”

“But he replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”

Luke 2.49

Jesus made his decision early in life to please the Father and do his will.

Where are you? Starting now, when is your earliest opportunity?

#now, #obedience, #opportunity, #votd