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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Tuesday
    Jun072011

    Life Scripted or, The Devil’s in the Details

    Does God care about the little things in our lives? Does He care what pills we take, what we have for breakfast, how we dress, what we drink, where we go, or how we spend our free time?

     

    In reading the Bible, it is abundantly clear God is interested in the details! He carefully prescribed exactly how the Tabernacle should look, down to the bases, crossbars, and clasps (Exodus 26).

     

    He loaded Moses with details of exactly how the High Priest should be dressed for temple service, even to undergarments and what they should be made of (linen)  (Exodus 28:42). In the desert, He provided not only bread (manna) for the Israelites but also water and meat (Exodus 15-17) because they asked/complained.

     

    The Passover meal was not just symbolic either. The lamb (protein) was to be eaten with bitter herbs (which aid in digestion) and unleavened bread (Exodus 12) in a hurry. God even told the Israelites to eat this meal with their sandals on, and cloak tucked in, ready to leave at a moments notice  (Exodus 12).

     

    God told Moses exactly what to tell the Israelites and Pharaoh, and exactly what their responses would be (Exodus 6-11). And we’re not even out of the book of Exodus yet! Ok here's one: Moses was punished when he did not precisely follow God’s instructions in the desert (Numbers 20).

     

    If we are slaves and children of God, we do not have limitless bounds, especially when representing His holy name.

     

    This does not mean we set our brains at the door, depend on others’ opinions, or forego common sense. The Bible says “all things are permissible—but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 10:23) [The verses before this one are interestingly flashbacks to Exodus]

     

    Life scripted; God will tell us exactly where to go, what to eat, who to talk to, etc. if we pay attention. The challenge is…do we really want it that way? Do we really want God being so specific and personal? Do we really want Him telling us “our” business? Do we really want to give up all that freedom of choice?

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