And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Acts 8: 36 (KJV)
What doth hinder me – What’s going on here? We have an Ethiopian man reading the scroll of Isaiah. First, he’s a Gentile. Second, he’s a eunuch. According to Jewish law at that time, he’s got two strikes against him. But God encourages Philip to go and speak to him. Continue reading “The Lost Desire of Obedience”
And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.
Exodus 19:8 (KJV)
We will do – Do you realize that at this point when the people agreed, they actually hadn’t yet heard the commandments? He’s only told them that if they keep His covenant and obey His voice, then they will be His people. But He hasn’t laid out the details of the contract yet, and they’re already agreeing to it. Isn’t that crazy? Continue reading “Hebraic Obedience”
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 3:36 (KJV)
Believeth not – Do you think it mattered if Noah actually believed God was going to open the depths of earth and the skies above to bring a flood? Do you think it mattered if Joshua believed God would mysteriously destroy Jericho after blowing trumpets and shouting at it? The answer is “no”. All that mattered was for them to perform what God instructed. Their job was to listen and obey. They were not asked to take counsel with God on whether or not this approach would work, or how exactly the waters might flood the earth – they were given a command and expected to follow through. Continue reading “Disobedience is Rewarded with Punishment”