Jeremiah 7:23-28 ● Luke 11:14-23
“Israel’s God: ‘Go ahead! Put your burnt offerings with all your other sacrificial offerings and make a good meal for yourselves. I sure don’t want them! When I delivered your ancestors out of Egypt, I never said anything to them about wanting burnt offerings and sacrifices as such. But I did say this, commanded this: “Obey me. Do what I say and I will be your God and you will be my people. Live the way I tell you.
Do what I command so that your lives will go well.”
“‘But do you think they listened? Not a word of it. Stubborn
as mules and worse than their ancestors!’”
The God of the Hebrew Scriptures may at times sound like a jealous, self-centered authoritarian who demanded mindless submission from the people. But what if instead of reacting against this notion of authority, we hear the promise that goes with it? “Do what I command so that your lives will go well.” Our God isn’t authoritarian because of some egotistical complex. Our God wants to make life better for us. This God knows that if the people follow his teachings faithfully they will have life in greater abundance. Yet there are many, many examples of those who were too stubborn to obey and suffered needlessly.
Is there something God is asking for your obedience in but you are stubbornly refusing to do? Pray for a change of heart so that you may do God’s will.
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