And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him. John 8: 29 NAS
From the time of the creation God desired communion- a living and active relationship with mankind.
He created us that he would be able to fellowship with us. But always, the fellowship he requires must be on his terms. He is always God and though he came down from Heaven to save us from destruction, the Father has never stepped down from his place of authority to try to win our favor. He is God; he sets the agenda, and our relationship with him must always be on his terms.
Because in this last age, we have created a new humanistic religion we have also sought to create a new god/gods to suit our purposes and fit in with our agenda. But any god we create is an idol. The God of heaven and earth cannot be created in any material form or shape, or in our own minds. He is the creator; he does the creating. He gives the orders and he expects full obedience when he speaks. It has been like that since the beginning, and he has not changed.
When God created the first Adam, he gave specific instructions: ‘And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ (Genesis 2: 16-17 NIV).
God does not speak any word lightly. His word is truth so he always means what he says. Whether we understand the significance of what he says or not, it does not alter his meaning. So Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s word, ate of the fruit, and died – although it didn’t seem so at first. But they first died spiritually, as they broke communion with their source of life, and eventually physically. God found he could not trust the first Adam with his word but he continued to seek for a man who he could trust.
He chose Moses to present his laws to his people. Moses spent days on end in God’s presence and got to know him so he understood how important it was to obey all of God’s instructions. But it came in stages. After he had been in the desert for forty years, and self-trust and self-confidence had died, God called him to himself. Even then, at first he argued with God about what he could do and couldn’t do Then God tested him with the rod, and the first nine plagues against Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Later, the directions became more specific and preposterous from human perspective as God told him how each family was to kill a ram and paint the blood over the doorpost so that the first born in each family would be spared the death that the first born of the Egyptian would suffer. Then Moses stretched out his rod to part the Red Sea and he and the people walked over on dry land.
On each occasion, Moses passed the test, as he did exactly as God directed him. Then he began to spend longer hours and days in God’s presence and God spoke to him more. And each time God spoke to him he followed the directions exactly as God gave them to him. The more he obeyed the more God revealed to him. Then God trusted him
more and knew that he would do everything he told him. So God gave him the specifics as to how he wanted his people to live and worship him. He instructed him in tiny details how he wanted the entire tabernacle to be constructed – the type of wood to be used, the measurement, design and color of the curtains, the weight of gold and silver and other metals and precious stones to be used in the construction of the ark, the table and the lamp stands; the intricate design for the priestly robes and the details and specific instructions for the different kinds of offerings to be made to the Lord.
From the first time Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to accomplish the mission on which the Lord had sent them, the Bible records that they did, ‘as the Lord had commanded Moses.’ This phrase occurs sixteen times in the two chapters describing the construction of the tabernacle and the instruments to be placed in it (Exodus 39 & 40). Finally after they completed the entire work ‘as God commanded Moses,’ then the glory of the Lord came down.
Jesus himself, the last Adam, stated unequivocally that he also only did what his Father told him to.
When Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath Day, the Jews wanted to kill him even more, because once again he had healed on the Sabbath. But he told them that he was not working on his own; he was working in tandem with his Father, God. He said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does (John 5: 19 NIV).
Then when he went to the feast and made himself public, many believed but some were still doubtful, but he assured them, ‘whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions (John 12:50 Amp).
Today God still requires obedience of us. He is still looking for those who are fully given to carrying out his will and purpose to the exclusion of all. God through his Holy Spirit in the believer’s life still speaks to us daily.
Yet, there is no reason to fear God’s detailed and specific instructions, as he will not require of you more than you are able to do. He operates today just as he did in Moses’ day. It was God who instructed Moses who he should assign to do the intricate design and crafting as well as how to acquire the materials and equipment for the job. He told Moses, ‘I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.
As he did with Moses, God will provide you with all you need for the assignment. All he needs is your faithfulness and obedience. As you obey each word he speaks to your heart, the closer he draws to you and the more he open his heart to you in confidence, and shares with you his secrets and concerns as you do with a friend you can trust.
Can he trust you to do what he says – everything?
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