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Obeying God's Laws
Lesson 7 October 15, 2017
Obedience & Fear As Israel entered their covenant with God through his law, proper fear would aid her obedience to the God who had redeemed them. Once again the natural and supernatural signs of God’s presence were in evidence: thunder, lightning, trumpet blasts, smoke, and thick darkness. The people had a right to tremble. This was the God who had just defeated the most powerful army on the planet, and in that same power descended on Mount Sinai.
Israel wanted Moses to function as a mediator. This ended up being a role that Moses did have to play (Hebrews 3:1-6; 2 Corinthians 3:7-16). Israel feared that if God spoke to them directly they would die. But Moses pastorally explained to them that incapacitating fear was not what they needed. Reverential fear was appropriate for their testing (try or prove) and to keep them from sinning. God never tempts us to draw us into sin (James 1:13), but he does test us to draw us away from sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). Respect is the basis of all relationships. We obey God because we respect him as God. Fear, rightly understood and biblically defined, is in solidarity with obedience.
Obedience & Distinction God made Israel distinct from every other nation on earth. But God would use Israel to bless the whole world (Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 11:12). As Israel obeyed their Redeemer, their distinction as a people among all the peoples of the earth would be evident.
JK Jones says, “We are best for our communities when we are most unlike our communities.” While we all have a common humanity, it is dangerous when there appears to be no difference between the church and the world.
Based on Christian Standard Writings
Submitted by Donna Reed