Morning Manna Feb 12th 2019
The Reading for today is From Matthew 15:9 (KJV) 15:8 (I.V.) All other scriptures are the same in either.
Concerning man changing God’s laws: “Matthew 15:9 (KJV) 15:8 (I.V.)But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
It is not uncommon to find a desire impressed upon us to “fudge” a bit on the commandments of God, thinking we are doing “greater good” – this is the path to the “doctrines of men” supplanting the laws of God. Many times in history the people of the Lord have justified errors because of “expediency”. It seemed “expedient” to take a shortcut, rather than to keep the words of the commandments.
Often disobedience is excused on the premise of being “loving” – that it is the “loving” thing to “embrace” those who are violating God’s commandments, rather than to declare repentance to them. Sometimes we even justify breaking God’s law as an act of greater service to Him. As when the Israelites were commanded to slaughter all the livestock in a certain land – but thought instead to keep the “best” of that livestock to “sacrifice to God” – God chastened them through the words of the prophet Samuel saying “Obedience is better than sacrifice[1 Sam 15:22]”.
Excusing error on the basis of being “loving” is probably the most rampant avenue used today to encourage the breaking of God’s laws. God knows the love of a tender parent better than any on earth – Yet He has given a prescription for “tough love” – “[Prov 19:18] Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” All chastening is for the purpose of reconciling the disobedient to the way that is good, as it is written that the Lord chasteneth every son whom he receiveth. [Heb 12:6].
Brethren we cannot permit ourselves to be coerced, cajoled, or enticed in any manner to violate the prescriptions of heaven. The path God has laid is the one we must walk, and others must so walk if we would walk together.
When one child of God has felt wounded or offended by another child of God there is a path God has laid for reconciliation: Matthew 18:15 "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”
For us to encourage a brother or sister to take some OTHER path for “reconciliation” – is NO DIFFERENT than encouraging them to save the best of the livestock, as a sacrifice….
Holy Father, help us to walk steadfast in thy holy word. In Jesus’ Holy Name we ask it. Amen.
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