God:He is watching; smiling; waiting....
Deuteronomy 12: 8-9(KJV) “Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you”.
I get to wondering at times, this language and directions we get from reading and understanding the word of God in the OT is very direct with very little wriggle room. I like order and I am accustomed to following a fixed protocol of behavior; doesn’t mean that I never get to looking at what makes the other person tick; on the contrary, I spend much time observing other people’s behavior.
One thing I strongly believe in is the establishment of leadership and the rationale why they are placed in this position, but they also need to be operating under directions and not just pulling things from the air. That would be chaotic and this is what the reading today is pointing to; each individual need not decide to start to do whatsoever is right in their own eyes: Anarchy anyone?
God in His wisdom decided that He would create us after His image and as such placed certain demonstrable behavior before us as a guideline; a person can’t just pick up and say that this is what they feel like doing today; it being in total contradiction to best behavior.
Nevertheless, the fact that we identify and have pinpointed what the acceptable behavior mode is, our intelligence has brought up another challenge: interpretation of the code.
I just have to say at this point, our actions are admirable and I am pretty sure God in all His wisdom, looks at us and smile or chuckle at our intense actions. Much like a parent would enjoy the tricks and mannerisms of their children.
Yes, I am sure with Jesus at His side, up there in heaven, He smiles at us.
New Trivia: This prophet was quoted by Jesus as He established His ministry in the tabernacle; who is it?