Exhortations to Obedience #2

Exhortations to Obedience #2

“My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: for length of days, and Long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Last week we talked about some of the benefits we can receive by being obedient to the law of God. Not obedient in a legalistic way, but because we love the Lord so much, it is a pleasure.

 “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” [Prov.3:1-4].

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: “Forsake” means to abandon; mercy is an act of kindness or of being sympathetic. So, God is encouraging us here in the trials of life, not to allow our self to forsake or abandon the personality of mercy or sympathy, or kindness. In the same manor protect truth. A person’s character is established on truth. If we say we will do something, it is like speaking a decree or making a covenant with that person. The Bible says if we decree a thing it is established in heaven. “seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape. Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD; as I live surely mine oath that he has despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head” [Ez.17:18-20].

If you read that whole chapter, it is very obvious God is not pleased with lies.  Daily people tell me they will be there or will do a thing, with no intentions to follow up with that word they gave. It seems to be the mode of this day and time, that people avoid the things they don’t want to do. They tell what they think you want to hear, and they are finished with it. I tell this because it has become such a trend for the day. God said “let not mercy and abandon you. In Fact, He encouraged us to be so determined to hold on to them.

Bind them about thy neck: Wonder why God used bind and neck in this instance? I would think it’s because when we proclaim, say or promises a person we will do a thing, if that promises is tied around our neck, it will bother us until do it, or it will be a spiritual drag on us.

Write them upon the table of thine heart: The table would be the surface, the top place. Indicating the first thing we think about till it is taken care of. This makes me think about how important our word is. Thinking how we need to be very careful what we say we will do. How about what we say about others; “Even it, I will recompense it upon his head.” If we are obedient, there are blessings for doing the right things, showing mercy and telling the truth or keeping our mouth shut!

“So, shall thou find favor” Favor is to be esteemed highly or shown approval.

“and good understanding: in the sight of God and man!” That is not a bad place to live. You may want to accept Jesus before your time runs out. The Bible says today is the day of salvation. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. He loves you so much He gave His life that your sins could be forgiven. He wants you to live with Him forever. Jesus is the way the truth and the Life! None comes to the Father but by Him! “His way” The wonderful offer is only offered for a limited time. Accept it today! It ends at death! Come while He “Exhorts to Obedience.”

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