thoughts on radical obedience

thoughts on radical obedience

Deuteronomy 9:21-24

Deuteronomy 9:21 I took the calf you had mistakenly made and burned it. I crushed it, thoroughly grinding it to powder as fine as dust, and tossed its dust into the stream that came down from the mountain.

Deuteronomy 9:22 “You continued to infuriate Yahveh at Taberah, Massah, and Kibroth-hattaavah.

Deuteronomy 9:23 When Yahveh sent you from Kadesh-barnea, and this is what he said: ‘Go up and take possession of the land I have given you’; you rebelled against the command of Yahveh your God. You did not believe or obey him.

Deuteronomy 9:24 You have been rebelling against Yahveh ever since I have known you.

thoughts on radical obedience

I have been reading these accounts with the assumption that there is a parallel in the experience of the Christian today. I see two principles of radical obedience implied in today’s text.

First, Moses’ completely obliteration of the golden calf indicates an attitude toward past sin and failure. We cannot tolerate the existence of those things we had craved which competed with God for our allegiance. No measure is too extreme in ridding ourselves of the temptation to make the same mistake again.

Secondly, we need to clarify our objective to stay in God’s will. We can be happy that he has rescued us from Egypt, but that is not enough. His command for us today is to go up and take possession of the covenant land. The Christian corollary to this is not “heaven when we die” but possessing the mind of Christ. That’s the standing order for us.

Lord, show us how to obliterate our past failure and focus on your standing order so that sin does not prevent us from possessing your holiness.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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