2017-12-10 - Exodus 4:18-31
Summary of Exodus 4:18-31
There are two principles we can take from this passage. First, the spiritual well being of our family can have a significant effect on our ability to serve the Lord. It is clear if our family isn’t ready to follow the Lord’s will, we are severely hindered from following Him ourselves. I suspect this is why Paul encourages singleness, not out of opposition to marriage, but because …
“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided” (1 Corinthians 7:32–34).
Being married, God’s call to us is to care for our families.
Being single, we can focus on His specific calling alone.
Second, this passage points out the necessity of obedience to God in all things. Moses himself was put on trial and almost received capital punishment. He failed to be obedient. He stood in the docket, guilty. Paul requires obedience of the Corinthians. “For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything” (2 Corinthians 2:9).
If we are truly bent on service to the Lord, then we have to be responsible in the small things the Lord gives us, but even more we must live with righteousness in the little things also. We obey out of love, not out of law, but we obey nevertheless.
Remember, previously we talked of leprosy as the sin that starts out small, but if unchecked takes over the whole life. We must watch out for the small things, so we don’t find ourselves facing the anger of the Lord over the big. Better to discipline ourselves than force the Lord to do it …
“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6).
Self-discipline is likely to be less painful.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.