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God’s Word tells us in John 14: 15, “If you love me, obey my commandments.”
Hum, maybe it would be appropriate here to visit the ten commandments?? Read with me, from Exodus 20: 3-17: “You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected–even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, any any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
What are you thoughts on the fact that God listed these commandments, specifically?
Interesting to me that the action word God uses in the verse in John, is “obey”. I have been studying my Bible lesson today, from “Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David.” I’d like to share something, from one of the pages, in the study book. (This is a section, from Priscilla Shirer’s lesson) It speaks of obedience.
“Only 45 percent of Americans believe sex before marriage a sin. Just over half consider homosexual activity sinful and only 63 percent think taking more change from the grocery store than you should is a sinful act. Not allowing our happiness to interfere with holiness can be a difficult challenge in a culture like ours. While some have decided to skirt the issue of sin in exchange for a more gentle gospel, the Bible never does. You and I must take a staunch stand against this cultural trend away from obedience to God and His Word. We must determine to obey Him fully and completely regardless of what others may do.”
“This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:17 Needles wrote ‘obey my commands if you love me.’
I love you Needles. I got up at 2am and wrote this blog. Then went back to sleep upon awaking you had posted the scripture that was on my mind. You posted it so timely. I love the way the Holy Spirit brings friends together with the same thoughts to encourage one another.
Needles, asked, “What are you thoughts on the fact that God listed these commandments, specifically?”
The fact that God would write 10 specific commandments on a tablet of stone makes me think that He is very serious about these specific commandments!
Like to hear other thoughts…
I, too believe that God is Very serious about His commandments in the OT and in the NT. Some preacher said a while ago that these are NOT the ’10 suggestions’ they are commands of Almighty God. As “born agains”, regenerated ones, lovers and followers of Christ, these commandments are written on our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We don’t carry the stone tablets around with us in our handbags and briefcases, backpacks and computer cases. They are written on the tablets of our hearts. We have no excuse. If you love ME, Jesus said, you will obey ME. And we can find out how to obey Him by looking in His book, the Bible and checking out our hearts to know if and when we are going against God’s Word, His commands.
He told us not to lie. He didn’t say, if it is convenient, or if the person’s feelings won’t be hurt or if it doesn’t get you in trouble. DON’ T LIE, exaggerate, prevaricate, fabricate, LIE. So we have to look at that in our own hearts and check up on ourselves. He said not to commit adultery/fornication. He didn’t say unless you are terribly in love, or you might lose him/her, or they “need” this. Don’t do it, Jesus said. Jesus said DO NOT STEAL. He didn’t say if it is just a pencil, or a pen from the company or a coffee mug, or a towel from the hotel. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it. MY LOVE IS BETTER THAN HOTEL TOWELS AND BALL POINT PENS AND A PENCIL FROM A COLLEAGUE’S DESK. And the beat goes on.
God is serious about us and we need to be serious about HIS COMMANDS.
Perhaps also the transgression of these commands would cause the most harm to our relationship with God, to others and to ourselves.
Adam and Eve had a lot of freedom in the garden of Eden but God gave one command that must be followed…’not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. God knew if they transgressed this, they would die spirtually and eventually physically.
Just the vs in Exodus that Needles quoted above is extremely sobering to see the effects our disobedience causes to other innocent people…”I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected–even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.”
It is wine to the soul to meditate on this….Continuing with our study in John 14:21 (Amplified Bible) “The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]”
Priscilla Shirer’s statistics (above in Needles’ comments) are pain to the soul. Yes, we must take a stand for God’s standard.
1 John 4:15-21 “15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first. 20 If someone says, ” I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.”
1 John 3:18-19 “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.”
Action takes work. It takes effort. I have been watching the 33 Miners so carefully being rescued from their death after 69 days of being traped. People from all over the world worked very hard to make this recuse mission possible. As each miner steps out of that capsule, the emotion on their face is obvious. I am so grateful for those who have worked so hard to save these men. They made a plan and put it in to action. Everyone knows that those men could not servive without everyone’s help. One man stated he was driving a truck in the mine and he saw a white butterfly. The two men stopped the truck because they were amazed a butterfly would be that far below the surface. The rocks feel right in front of them and they would have been crushed and possible lost their life if they didn’t stop the truck. Amazing!!!! As I watched everyone’s effort to save these men, I thought what if people would work this hard for the Kingdom of God? What if they were willing to do what ever it takes to be used by God for eternal salvation? There are many trapped and are on the way to hell. What about their souls. Are we drilling God’s Words into their being so they can get on the shuttle ( Jesus Christ ) and be lifted out of a life leading to hell into the LIGHT. Action! Work! Time is short ! Jesus gave us His life. What will we give Him?
CF, what about this? Matthew 10:28″… Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Barnes Notes on this scripture says, “…The body is a small matter in comparison with the soul. Temporal death is a slight thing compared with eternal death.”
Needles, in one of your comments above you asked, “what are your thoughts that God mentioned these commands, specifically?” It is very interesting but just a few minutes ago I opened Dr. Billy Graham’s Decision magazine and inside is an article by Greg Laurie on ‘who is really a Christian?’ This is a real eye-opener in the case that someone really is sincerely seeking that answer. Greg Laurie says, “A person may make visible changes in life and still not be a Christian. You can live a good life, be religious, go to church, receive communion, await the return of Christ and (this is the part that stood out to me) AND EVEN KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS TO BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND STILL NOT BE A CHRISTIAN.” Then Dr. Laurie gives the Biblical account of the rich, young ruler where he had asked Jesus how to attain eternal life. Jesus rehearsed for him the ten commandments and the young man said that he had kept all those things since he was a child. Then Jesus told him to go sell all his goods, give to the poor “AND FOLLOW ME!” That was the part he couldn’t do.
Dr. Laurie explains the path to salvation which many of us know…admit you are a sinner; repent of the sins and change lifestyle and go the right way by believing in Jesus Christ, following in His footsteps as outlined by the Scriptures and to DO IT NOW!
So the outward appearance of keeping the commandments must be from an inward source through the work of the Holy Spirit within our changed hearts. Then we can keep the commandments which are written on our hearts.
WHOA! This love bug is starting to bite!
And that reminds me of the Scripture that makes one shake in their boots. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to ME , Lord! Lord! will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In that day some will say to Me, ‘But Lord didn’t we prophesy in Your Name and in Your Name worked many miracles?’ And I will reply, “Depart from Me you workers of iniquity. I NEVER KNEW YOU”
Let us keep the Word of God with holy Doctrine and Piety, mourn the loss of our fleshly desires and take up our cross, move forward in the knowledge of GOD and follow Jesus Christ the only Door to Heaven.
How’s that for a love bug bite? Yikes!
Jesus asked Peter, a disciple, three times if he loved Him. That must have caused Peter some soul searching and examination. And chickenfarmer asks about work and willingness to do ‘whatever it takes to be used by God for etenal salvation’. Peter was confronted with the same issue by Jesus Himself…to prove that he really did love Jesus.
“A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you. ”Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. ” John 21:17-19 NLT
Debi the notes on John 21: 17-19 NIV Application Bible read:
The first time Jesus said, “Do you love (Greek agape; volitional, self-sacrificial love) me more than these?” The second time, Jesus focused on Peter alone and still used the word translated into Greek, agape. The third time, Jesus used the word translated into Greek, phileo (signifying affection affinity, or brother love) and asked in effect, “Are you even my friend?’ Each time Peter responded with the word translated into Greek as phileo. Jesus doesn’t settle for quick, superficial answers. He has a way of getting to the heart of the matter. Peter had to face his true feeling and motives when Jesus confronted him. How would you respond if Jesus asked you, “Do you love me? Do you really love me? Are you even my friend?”
Would I even hear Him?
Along with what CF said, Do we care if someone is going to hell? Do we run as fast as we can in the opposite direction? Or do we take the steps God ordains to bring the person to Jesus? Are we careful to take only the steps that God gives us or do we skip a step or two. We are warned in the Bible about mis stepping. In 2 Samuel 6: 1 – 10 David does not follow the direct directions from God about moving the ARC. He just went on ahead dancing. When the ARC slipped due to the wrong way of carrying it and who was to carry it as designated by God, Uzzah in trying to keep it from falling died. David realized in studying out the correct movement of the ARC from place to place realized he had caused Uzzah’s death as he the KING had not followed the guidance of the God.
Lord may we as we walk and assist others to Jesus not mis step but follow every word you tell us to do. The package may not be pretty and the walk may not be to our liking or convenience but hopefully the end result will add to the Kingdom of God.
Sara when I looked up the name Simon, it means one who hears. Like you asked will we?
Apparently hearing is a real problem. Either we hear something going in our ear but really don’t hear or take it to heart. “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding…”Matt 13:13, 14
Or we hear but refuse to obey what we hear to do. “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22
Or we may not even have ears to hear at all. “Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:9
gee, am I that bad?
Jesus said, He who has ears to hear (that is ears dedicated to the mission of listening for and responding to the voice and the Word of God) then let him hear. Jesus was saying if your ears are for hearing ME then I allow, I permit, I authorize you to hear ME and MY Word. If we dedicate our ears and train them to hear the voice of God and the Holy Spirit then WE WILL HEAR and WE WILL respond in a holy and pious way.
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