Posts Tagged ‘Commands


The Old/New Commandment

If we are going to live as Jesus did, we have to live a life of love. Jesus told His disciples repeatedly to “love one another.” The apostles passed this command on to the early church. John wrote:

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. – 1 John 2:7-8 (NIV)

The commandment to love your neighbor as yourself is found in the Old Testament and Jesus reiterated it in the Gospels. But Jesus did not merely tell His followers to love one another, He demonstrated this kind of love. To live as Jesus lived is to love people – ALL people – as you love yourself. When we have this unconditional love for the world in our hearts, then we will truly be living as Jesus lived.

Twice Promised

Two times.  They said it twice.  The Israelites promised to obey God’s commands twice in Exodus 24.

When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” – Exodus24:3 (NIV)


Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” -Exodus 24:7 (NIV)

They said that they would do everything that the Lord commanded.  Have you ever made a promise like that to the Lord?  Have you ever bargained with God?  Maybe you said, “Lord, if You get me out of this…
  • I will go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life!
  • I will give 10 percent to the church!
  • I will tell my neighbors about You
  • I will read my Bible 20 minutes every day
  • I will pray 3 times a day
  • I will stop doing this, that or the other thing (fill in the blank)
  • I will get baptized
  • I will help the needy
  • I will…etc., etc., etc…

We mean well.  We want to do the things that we think will please God.  We want to trust Him and follow Him and obey Him.  We don’t keep our promises, though.  Much like the Israelites, we fail to live up to the promises we make.  Then we begin a vicious cycle of guilt and shame that is fueled by the devil himself.

My advice to you is this: trust in His grace.  Maybe you haven’t kept all of your promises you’ve made to God.  Maybe you fall short in many areas in your life.  Maybe you do this too much or that too much or don’t do these things enough.  Today is an opportunity to do better.  Today is a new day filled with new mercies.  God’s love will not run dry and it will never fail.  God sees you and knows your heart.  He loves you and will protect you.  Trust in His grace to make up for your failures and shortcomings.  When we fall (and we do fall), He is there to pick us up and dust us off and say, “Let’s try again.”  Remember, you’re not alone.  Everything is not up to you.  God has given you His Spirit to help you along the way.  Trust in His grace and feel His love today.

Exodus 24

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

The Covenant Confirmed

24 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach the Lord; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”

When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. 11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone,with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.”

13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”

15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights

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