by: Paul Gay
Service Through Obedience
Exodus 19:5-"Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep my covenant, then you shall by My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine."
Throughout the book of Exodus as we see the account of God dealing with Pharaoh through His servant Moses, God continually tells Moses to say to the Pharaoh before each plague is unleashed to, “Let my people go so they may serve me!” What God is looking for from His people is for them to serve Him only.
The last judgement that the great I AM brought upon the Land of Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release His people from bondage, was for His death angel to pass over the land and kill the firstborn of all man and beast. From the highest of the Pharaoh to the lowest of the slave girl, His judgement was going to be non-discriminatory.
As always, God would show grace! Anyone who applied the blood of a spotless lamb over the lintel and both door posts of their household would be spared the judgement of death to be delivered by His death angel. God’s judgement was withheld by faith and OBEDIENCE! One small detail we often overlook as we focus on the act of applying the blood as a foreshadow of Christ being our spotless, sacrificial lamb by applying His blood to the doorposts of our heart, is the multitude of the requirements in preparing for the death angel to pass over. God gave very specific details about how the Passover meal was to be prepared, when the Passover meal was to be eaten, what was to be done with the leftovers, etc. True obedience to God dwells not just in the major things (the applying the blood to the doorposts), but in the daily minor details (how to cook the meal)! Being a true servant of God is the destination we seek...obedience is the road less traveled that leads you there.
Our greatest example of this obedience comes from the life of Christ Himself. As Philippians 2:8 tells us, “and being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”. Christ lived His entire life in pursuit of obedience to the will of the Father. Through prayer and following the commandments that had previously laid down by the Father, Christ went where He was told to go, spoke when and to whom He was supposed to speak, and lived His life in obedience to the will of the Father. Christ said it best in John 14:31 as he spoke “but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father”. If you love the Father, you will serve only Him by obedience to His commands.
Lord, thank you for your obedience that blazed a path for our salvation. Through your obedience unto death, I have the ability to find everlasting life. Give me the strength daily to follow your commands through obedience to your Word that will show the world my love for you.
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Beautiful, obedience is the key! So very encouraging.