Obeying Down to the Detail

In Exodus 37 we read about the making of some of the furniture of what was in the tabernacle. It sounds like a repeat of what we’ve already read. It is. It’s supposed to be. God had a specific plan, down to the detail. It is being carried out, down to the detail.

Do we follow God’s plan so closely? Do we fudge the corners because it can’t be that important?

There’s a reason for each of God’s laws. Jesus fulfilled the law for us so that Christ in us could live out the fulfillment of the law.

I John 5:3 says that the love of God is our keeping the commandments. It was hearing that verse in another language that made me stop and think about it. Some translations change it up and have it say, “our love for God” instead of what it actually says, which is “love of God.”

The Greek is in the genitive case which is mostly translated as possessive, as in God’s love.

The verse doesn’t necessarily say we show our love for God by obeying, as in, “If you love Me, obey My commandments.”

It may be more precisely saying that God’s love is our obeying the commandments, and I thought that was pretty awesome when I saw that.

The expression of God’s love is giving His life for us and to us so that we can live out the commandments to live in the fullness of blessing now and forever in His presence.

Jesus gave us lots of commandments. We’re to listen to Him and obey. We have the power to do so because God made it so.

Are there commands you know you fudge the corners on? He couldn’t possibly mean…
You might even think some of the commands are impossible. And you would be right.

With man, it is impossible to be saved. With God, all things are possible.

What if we decided to live by faith in God’s Word, that we are really free from Satan’s kingdom and the power of sin, that we have overcome by the blood of Jesus and the power of the Spirit and can walk in newness of life and obedience to His Word to the glory of His name and for our freedom and blessing and abundant life?