October 28, 2009

When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions

Imagine for a moment, the stereotypical young father-to-be attempting to assemble the new crib. Certain how easy it will be, he tosses the instructions aside and begins connecting the pieces. His expectant wife looks on with growing concern for her baby’s safety. As she observes his growing frustration, she tactfully asks, “Maybe we should see what the instructions say.”

He snaps back, “I know what I’m doing”, and she runs from the room in tears.

When Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem, He sent two disciples ahead to bring back a colt from a nearby village. He further told them exactly what to say if anyone asked them what they were doing. (Mark 11:2-3Mark 11:2-3
English: World English Bible - WEB

2 and said to them, “Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs him;’ and immediately he will send him back here.”

WP-Bible plugin
). This account demonstrates the importance of complete obedience to God’s instructions. Things were exactly as Jesus had said, and when some people asked, “What are you doing?”, they answered as Jesus told them (Mark 11:4-6Mark 11:4-6
English: World English Bible - WEB

4 They went away, and found a young donkey tied at the door outside in the open street, and they untied him. 5 Some of those who stood there asked them, “What are you doing, untying the young donkey?” 6 They said to them just as Jesus had said, and they let them go.

WP-Bible plugin

As a result of their complete obedience, prophesy was fulfilled (see Zech. 9:9Zech. 9:9
English: World English Bible - WEB

9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; Lowly, and riding on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

WP-Bible plugin
). Nested in this simple narrative is the demonstration of an important principle: God gives His obedient servants the privilege of participating in His good purposes.

So when we read God’s Word, when we study the Bible, God is speaking to us, giving us instruction. If we obey only part of it, or if we fail to study it in proper context, we risk missing out on this privilege, and maybe causing damage. Study of God’s Word, all of His Word, is vital to participating with God in His good and worthy purposes. Sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s hard. But just the privilege is worth making His will your life purpose.