Topic: Obedience Is More Than Hearing, It’s Action
Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.”
Exodus 24:7 NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 1
Exodus 24:7 (MSG) — Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it as the people listened. They said, “Everything God said, we’ll do. Yes, we’ll obey.”
Exodus 24:7 (NLT) — Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. Again they all responded, “We will do everything the lord has commanded. We will obey.”
Exodus 24:7 (CEB) — Then he took the covenant scroll and read it out loud for the people to hear. They responded, “Everything that the Lord has said we will do, and we will obey.”
On this day the Lord calls us to walk before Him in obedience. If anything, His desire for our lives is that we may be obedient to his commandments and statutes. A complete obedience, without conditions, is what pleases Him! Continually in the Word of God, He calls his people to a full surrender, total obedience, a diligence to obey His comandments. Researching the definition of the word obey, I found that in both the OT and the NT, the word is a contextual translation of the verb “to hear”. So, obedience in the Bible means an active response to what one hears, rather than just a passive listening (Dictionary of Theology).
It’s so important to understand that obedience is more than just agreeing with what His Word says. Their will come a time when action is required, according to what the Lord demands of our lives. The book of James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” It’s easy to hear, but what will it cost us to act on what we hear. Many times we make the mistake of just hearing sermon after sermon, teaching after teaching, and we do not put anything into action. We become Christians full of knowledge, but no action.
Today we can not make this same mistake, we must be determined to obey every word that God brings into our lives. Remember that the Bible is not only for us to be filled with knowledge, but it’s to put into practice what we have learned. This is the purpose of the Great Commission that Jesus left us, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you; and know, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world “(Matthew 28:20). God is looking for believers living in obedience, those who are determined to be not only hearers but doers.
James 4:17 (NKJV) — Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Matthew 7:21 (NKJV) —“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Matthew 28:20 (NKJV) — teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Ezekiel 33:32–33 (NKJV) — Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them. And when this comes to pass—surely it will come—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”
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