When I was a teenager I wanted to go to Bible camp at Bill Rice Ranch one summer. It cost money, so I offered my cleaning services to anyone in the family that would hire me. My Uncle Danny hired me to come to his property and clear limbs and brush. It was hot and tiresome work, but I made part of my camp fee. I was still short of the cost of the camp so my Mema hired me to clean windows and scrub the front porch at her house. After all the work it was at Uncle Danny’s I thought washing windows and floors would be easy.
Oh how mistaken I was.
My Mema told me what I was to do and I set about getting the job done. It wasn’t long before I was standing in her kitchen smiling and waiting for the moolah she had promised me. She pulled the cigarette out of her mouth, blew a steady stream of smoke up into the air and asked what I wanted. I told her I had finished. She tapped the cigarette on the ashtray and uncrossed her leg and stood. She wanted to examine my work. I proudly led her back to the bedroom and stood there thinking she was surely going to double my wages. She walked room to room and then headed back to the kitchen and I followed. Instead of congratulating me on a job well done, she grabbed some old newspapers and told me to start all over again and do the windows right this time. I stared at her and the little Sheri in my head was giving a response like Arnold on Different Strokes.
Mema pointed out to me that there were streaks on every window and she didn’t want streaks. She took me to a window and showed me exactly how to clean it and told me just what to do. I was not thrilled, but I set myself back to work.
The next time I asked her to inspect the windows my work was approved.
Oh, I didn’t forget about the front porch, but suffice to say, it was a repeat of how the window cleaning went, just exchange the Windex and paper for a scrub brush and comet and you will have the picture of how that went as well.
Mema had a way she wanted things done and approval and payment were NEVER given until she was obeyed. She wasn’t mean about it, she just wanted the job done right.
“Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.” Psalms 119:4
Sometimes I think we look at God’s Word as a script written for us by really spiritual men that knew what God wanted them to say. Somewhere in the back of our minds we feel like we can take or leave part of the Scriptures because man had something to do with it and we don’t trust our fellow man. But God’s Word is not tainted by sin or sinful man. God laid out the law and His commandments and He expects them to be obeyed.
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:7
Yes, I am aware that we are no longer under the law. I would think people would be tired of that debate by now, but the subject is still parsed and debated ad nauseam.
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7
God doesn’t change.
The same God that gave us the Law still exists and still rules in Heaven. Although Christ came and placed us into an age of Grace does not make God’s view on sin defunct. He still doesn’t like it. He still requires obedience. He still desires holy living from us.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
We are to dwell in God’s Word and keep what He has told us to do. And we are not to do what He says in the way that WE want or the way that WE think it should be done, but HIS way.
And we better know what HIS way is because we are also supposed to be teaching it to others according to Jesus!
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20
God’s Word and His commandments are pretty important, don’t you think? Let’s stay in the Word each day so that we can know what It says and follow It diligently.
Until Next Time, Lord Willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 22 / Isaiah 13-14 / Psalm 78 / Mark 12