EXODUS 5, LUKE 8, JOB 22, 1 CORINTHIANS 9

Exodus 5:2
"But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”

What great questions!  Who is the LORD?  Why should I listen to Him?  Let's examine what He says about Himself.

Deuteronomy 32:39-40 says, "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.  For I lift up my hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever, if I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and will repay those who hate me."

Isaiah 45:5-7 says, "I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.  I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things." 

Isaiah 46:9-10 says, "I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.'"

Doesn't this One seem to be worth listening to and obeying?

Luke 8:17-18
"For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” 

God has revealed His kingdom through Jesus who, according to John 8:12, is the "light of the world."  In and through Jesus Christ everything will be known.  1 Corinthians 4:5 says when Jesus comes He will bring to light all things that are now hidden, even the purposes of the heart.  Not only is Jesus going to bring to light all the things of the Kingdom, but He is also going to bring to light all the things in me.  

Since everything will be known, I am to carefully consider how I listen.  The issue of careful listening is repeated over and over throughout the Bible.  However, it is not just hearing but applying.  James 1:19-25 makes this very understandable by saying not to be only a hearer of the Word but also a doer of the Word.  I am not to be a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts.  If I genuinely hear, I do.  The idea of being given more if you have, or losing what you have if you do not use it, is also throughout Jesus' teaching, i.e., the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:15-29. 

1 Corinthians 9:9
"For it is written in the Law of Moses, 'You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.'  Is it for oxen that God is concerned?"

This verse convicts me each time I read it.  Paul is quoting from Deuteronomy 25:4.  Reading the Deuteronomy passage, it appears to be just one in a long list of instructions God is giving the people of Israel.  However, Paul applies this verse in a manner I would never have seen.  How many other passages of Scripture do I read without proper application?

Almighty God, You breathed all Scripture.  Holy Spirit, You are the One who carried along those men who spoke from God.  Jesus Christ, You are the One who fulfills all the Law and the Prophets.  Holy Trinity, please give me everything I need to comprehend Your Word.  

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