Did God Say?

Most Christians will recognize ‘did God say?’ as the question the serpent asked Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3.1)

Some translations will add the word ‘really’… as in ‘Did God really say?’

What then did God say?

And Jehovah God layeth a charge on the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden eating thou dost eat; and of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou dost not eat of it, for in the day of thine eating of it — dying thou dost die.’ Gen 2: 16, 17 Youngs Literal Translation.

There are many things that can be discussed from these verses, but my thinking lately has been about what we do with what God did say. First, do we believe it? Here I am asking ‘believers’ not the folks who do not believe.

Everything in the universe has a ‘code’ – or rules it runs by.

If God says something, does it make it a command?

This brings to my mind all the law-breaking I see on the news. For weeks there have been protests in Hong Kong. These continued after the original reason for the protest ended.  Read more here 

Then there were protests over Indonesia’s proposed law changes…

The unrest was sparked by a proposed Bill that includes dozens of law changes – from criminalising pre-marital sex and restricting sales of contraceptives, to making it illegal to insult the president.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-violent-law-change-protests-11945346

 

My Way or No Way

It sounds as though this is what we are coming to, if we are not already there.

A simple example…

speed limit sign

How many people obey the speed limit?

It is not a ‘suggestion.’ It is a law.

You will discover this if you are caught breaking it… there is a fine.

Beach closed sign

If you are a beach goer, this might be something you might see. Image: did God say beach

https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/north-cottesloe-beach-closed-after-shark-sighting-ng-b881337656z

Not everyone pays attention though. The result is often an expensive rescue… at taxpayers’ expense.

If you identify as Christian…

That first breaking of God’s word has had some far-reaching consequences.

What do you think about the Ten Commandments? Do you believe they are applicable today?

Well, what about the ‘Two Great Commandments’ as spoken by Jesus?

Are we at the same point as people were here?

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21: 25 ESV

This ended up with the nation sliding more and more deeply into depravity. (There is an interesting, but long, article here.)

Learning from what God said

When I researched the background and culture for the Apostle John Series (https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/apostle-john-series-2/ ) I discovered a great deal.

One, they lived according to what God said.

Two, they often lost their lives because they did.

There were many who claimed to believe, but ‘did what was right in their own eyes.’ They were often the ones who set up false groups.

King Solomon wrote ‘there is nothing new under the sun,’ and there is much evidence of that today. However, consider this… God’s throne is above the sun.

Believe whatever you believe, consider your destination, and treat others as you would like to be treated.

Susan

2 thoughts on “Did God Say?

  1. A good article – thank you Susan.
    I found it particularly interesting that you mentioned the speed limit ordeal – it struck a cord in me. About 15 years ago a friend of mine called me with a very distraught mindset. He had always gotten a permit in the big game draw, but that year it missed him. So he said that he was going to get his regular beast regardless. I told him that it would be poaching, and that’s not what he wanted to hear. He asked me if I would report him if he went and got himself a moose. I didn’t know right away how to answer. I said that he would be breaking the law, and his conscience could lead him to repent afterward, and that the law would then deal with it accordingly. So he asked me a question, which kind of turned the table. He asked if I had ever not completely stopped at a stop sign, to which I had to reply, of course it has occurred a few times. So he asked if I would now go and turn myself in. OUCHY!! That struck a nerve in me, because I realized that of course, I was guilty, guilty, guilty!! I was also always a speeder. I will never forget that moment, because it caused me to examine myself deeply, and in honesty. The next day, I started concentrating on my driving habits, and I was shocked at how lawless I had always been on the highway. I learned to stop at stop signs, and the hardest was to slow down to speed limit. But I had prayerfully considered my faults, and came to realize that whether my speeding (or going through stop signs) caused a accident, or whether I would just get a ticket, or even if nothing happened and nobody noticed; I was still breaking the law before my Creator. I am still grateful for that conversation.

    • For us, as humans, we categorize sins into ‘big’ and ‘little’ – or not so much. But in God’s eyes sin is sin. No shades. Your comment about not fully stopping at a stop sign gave me a smile. Many years ago, when working as a nursing sister in a rehab facility, I worked some shifts that finished at 11.30 pm. The drive home was through an isolated and not salubrious stretch of road. One night a couple who were nurses on the same shift followed me up that stretch because it was on their way home. Next day, one of them said that I had made more of a comma than a full stop at the stop sign in that area. Since then, I have remembered LOL
      Evaluating ourselves is always a challenge. Well done for what you have done.

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