Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
"Stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah." (Exodus 14:13)
What can we learn from Israel’s Exodus from Egypt? That we must obey Jehovah no matter what he asks us to do. The Israelites were obedient in carrying out the detailed preparations for the Passover. They obediently stayed indoors during the night of Nisan 14. When they finally left Egypt, they had to go “in battle formation.” (Exodus 13:18) Today, it is so important that we follow the guidance that comes to us through “the faithful and discreet slave”! (Matthew 24:45) We have to listen very carefully to God’s word behind us, saying: “‘This is the way. Walk in it, you people,’ in case you people should go to the right or in case you should go to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21) As we get nearer to the outbreak of the great tribulation, we may well receive some detailed instructions. Our safe journey through those troublesome days will depend on our keeping in step with other loyal servants of Jehovah.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 2:14, 15)
*obedience to direction is one of the hardest things for humans since we all have a natural tendency to resist being told what to do. And being surrounded by an extremely rebellious generation of people whose motto is: "don't tell me what to do! - I'll do what I want!" makes it even more difficult to maintain an obedient attitude. But the important thing to remember is that the original sin that started the human race down this big mess we're in, was the result of an act of disobedience and rebelliousness. Think about it...Adam and Eve had only one restriction, just one. Don't eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. That was the easiest, smallest test of obedience in the world, and they still couldn't pass it! Which is why even when we don't understand all the reasons behind what God requires of us, or why we're told to do something, we should resist the urge to question every detail or rebel against direction & counsel given to us. God is obviously going to allow us to be tested at times, in order to see what kind of person we are...whether we're stubborn and rebellious or obedient and loyal. Keeping this scripture in mind is a good way to remember how serious a matter it is...
(1 Samuel 15:22, 23) “Does Jehovah have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Look! To obey is better than a sacrifice, to pay attention than the fat of rams; for rebelliousness is the same as the sin of divination, and pushing ahead presumptuously the same as [using] uncanny power and teraphim."