And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.
(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 5 IN FOCUS)
Imagine a school without don’ts! Imagine a home without don’ts! Imagine a country without don’ts ! Imagine a person without don’ts! When all don’ts die, everything will become ‘do’! A house without walls has its compound exposed to any passerby! God gives us laws and commands for our walk in this paradoxical world and for a safe journey to an end of salvation and glory in Christ Jesus! The commands of God are the best walls and defense to guard our paths and also to please our Sovereign Lord God Almighty ! If God likes everything, then He wouldn’t have issued His decrees to us! Oh mortal man, fear thy Immortal God!
Do we know where exactly we came from into this world? God said unto them,
6 ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
7 ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.
8 ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
11 ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. (John 9:41) and He added, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.” (John 15). Should we always do the don’ts and expect God to be happy with us? Would He not cut us off?
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15)
Oh mortal man, stay closer to your Immortal God and do not go far away from Him to the other side! Oh mortal man, fear your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, do not speak any how to your Immortal God and remember what happened to those of old who spoke anyhow to Him! His current patience never means His total absence! Oh mortal man, cling to your Immortal God! An electrical gadget can only work well when it is connected to a powered on source! Oh mortal man, remain in the Lord your God!
If we truly fear God, we shall truly obey all His don’ts! Oh mortal man, fear God Almighty! Remember Joseph! remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Remember Daniel! What do you stand for? What would you never do if you are offered the whole glory and riches of the world or face the most deadly arena of life? Don’ts!!!
One day, we shall all stand before the same Almighty God we always break His don’ts!!!
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
That man is blest who, fearing God
Published in 16 hymnals
That man is blest who, fearing God,
From sin restrains his feet,
Who will not stand with wicked men,
Who shuns the scorners’ seat.
2 Yea, blest is he who makes God’s law
His portion and delight,
And meditates upon that law
With gladness day and night.
3 That man is nourished like a tree
Set by the rivers’ side;
Its leaf is green, its fruit is sure,
And thus his works abide.
The wicked like the driven chaff
Are swept from off the land;
They shall not gather with the just,
Nor in the judgment stand.
5 The Lord will guard the righteous well,
Their way to Him is known;
The way of sinners, far from God,
Shall surely be o’erthrown.