What great questions! Who is the LORD? Why should I listen to him? What does He say about Himself?
Deuteronomy 32:39-40 says "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god besides 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?
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 now are hidden even the purposes of the heart. Not only is Jesus going to bring to light all the things of the Kingdom, He is going to bring to light all the things in me. Since everything will be known, I am to think carefully how I listen. The issue of careful listening is repeated over and over throughout the bible, "ears to hear". It is not just hearing it but applying what I hear. James 1:19-25 makes this very plain by saying not to be just a hearer but a doer. I am not to be a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts. If I truly 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 25:15-28.
1 Corinthians 9:9
This verse convicts me each time I read it. Paul is quoting from Deuteronomy 25:4. When I read the Deuteronomy passage it appears to be just one in a long list of instructions God is giving the people of Israel. Yet, 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 what I need to comprehend Your Word.