Two Observations about Obedience
And Moses inspected all the work, and behold, they had done it; as the Lord commanded, so they had done it. And Moses blessed them. (Exodus 39: 43 Amplified Bible)
Something jumped off the page this morning when I was reading the final chapters of Exodus (38-40). Last week I talked about Bezalel and Aholiab and I was even more impressed with them as I read the final chapters of this amazing book.
I would love to have these two guys on my team. They exhibited a trait that is very rare these days in that they did exactly what they were told. If that weren’t something of importance, why did the writer of Exodus repeatedly say that they did “as the Lord commanded Moses.” By the way – that phrase is used nine times – so obviously the Lord wants us to see something.
I have shared this quote from Pastor Tim Shorey on a number of occasions: “Obedience is doing everything you are told to do IN THE RIGHT WAY (with the right heart attitude inwardly), RIGHT AWAY (immediately) and ALL THE WAY (do a complete job.)”
That’s exactly what Bezalel and Aholiab demonstrated. They could have tried to do it their way – but they were obedient and God blessed the work of their hands.
But something else to note: chapter 40, which closes out the book, showed that Moses modeled what he wanted others to do. Eight times it says, Thus did Moses; according to all that the Lord commanded him, so he did!
If we want those who follow us to get it, then we as leaders, fathers, supervisors, must model it for those who look up to us. Good reminder, Moses.
How about you today ? As you look at Pastor Tim’s definition of obedience , how are you doing? Take some time today to think about it! Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
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Think About This: “Every other discovery of God, without this, will but make the soul fly from him; but if the heart be once much taken up with this the eminency [superiority] of the Father’s love, it cannot choose but be overpowered, conquered, and endeared unto him. This, if anything, will work upon us to make our abode with him. If the love of a father will not make a child delight in him, what will? Put, then, this to the venture: exercise your thoughts upon this very thing, the eternal, free, and fruitful love of the Father, and see if your hearts be not wrought upon to delight in him.” John Owen
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left … Joshua 23:6