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OBEYING THE WORD IN EXODUS 5- PART 2 (by Kyle Shreve)

I do not like that in my short life I have many circumstances and happenings that come to mind when thinking of this post. The idea that obedience to God’s word may mean standing alone, even amongst God’s people really is a tragedy. Though, it is nothing new. I think we can all think of a few (if not more) people we know who have blatantly hindered another Christian, or hassled at the very least, as said Christian strives to obey the Lord. Of course, they would never do so on purpose, but rather out of either immaturity or desired, though faulty, well meaning.

Undoubtedly, there are plenty of parents who would love to see their children active and involved in the local church, but, if they were honest, would cringe in fear if their child left for the mission field, and may even do all in their power to hinder such a happening. And I can think of several teenaged Christians who seem to be the oddity of the youth group for their obedience to the Lord among their lukewarm peers.

But, again, this is nothing new. We see this in Exodus 5, that the children of Israel faulted Moses, verbally accosted him and blamed him for their problems. Read what they say to him at the end of the chapter. Exodus 5:21:

“The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.” 

Not exactly the way to encourage your leader, especially when he was obedient to the Lord. We’ve already established that obedience to the Lord may cause “hard times” or discomfort in some thing. It’s to be expected. However, these things cannot be equated with fault in the Christian, or we would have to say that Jesus must have done something wrong in order to be crucified.

And so we must realize, and be willing to confront the fact, that opposition may come if we are obedient to the Lord. I can think of more than a few Christians who had to make a choice between a relationship, or serving God on the mission field. And while not all opposition will be on such a grand scale, there are always those who will pressure others to miss services for sporting or other leisure events. I speak of this because it is what I know, and knew growing up, not that I am adverse to sports or leisure time.

But, though it is a sad reality, we must all realize that there may come negativism from our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we have grace and wisdom in these situations, and never bend from God’s word to please man.

 

 

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