|The Patriarch's Obedience to God's Commandments|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Monday, 22 June 2009 01:34|
The Patriarch's obedience to God’s Commandments
When we discuss commandments, we usually think of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses as recorded in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 6. There were, however, commandments given by God before and after the Ten Commandments were given on Mount Sinai. The first commandment was given to Adam and is recorded in Genesis 2:16-17. Adam and Eve broke that commandment and sin entered into mankind and his world. Since the Fall the One True God has given commandments to chosen leaders called patriarchs.
Noah was in the tenth generation from Adam, having descended from the line of Seth. In Noah's day, the world was full of violence and bloodshed. Sin was rampant. “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:5-9)
Grace is the unconditional free gift of God. It was given to Noah because of his faith in the One True God. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Heb. 11:7) The One True God “did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly.” (2: Pet. 2:5) The Lord Jesus Christ is our righteousness (Jer. 33:16). “My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.” (Psm. 119:172) “Thus Noah did; according to all God commanded him, so he did.” (Gen. 6:22) Noah and his family were saved and blessed because of his righteousness and obedience to God’s commandments. "And whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." (1 Jn. 3:22)
Abraham is called the friend of God (Isa. 41:8). The key to Abraham’s close relationship to his Maker is his faith and obedience to God’s commandments “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 11:8-10)
God tested Abraham's faith to the limit when He commanded him to offer his only son as a sacrifice. Scripture indicates that Abraham somehow knew, that he deeply believed that God would raise his son from the dead (Heb. 11:19). God was so moved by Abraham's faith and obedience that He guaranteed His blessings to be upon Abraham and his descendants from then on, both physically and spiritually (Gen. 22:15-18) "And I will make your (Isaac) descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws" (Gen. 26:4-5).
Contained in the promises to Abraham was the promise of salvation to all people who would become Abraham's seed (his descendants). Through Abraham all families of the earth were to have access to God's blessings (Gen. 12:3). God confirmed the promises to Abraham because he obeyed God's commandments (Gen. 22:18).These promises to Abraham were not limited to the physical, but included spiritual blessings extended to all mankind. Paul understood that salvation was not just for Jews or Israelites, but for all humanity. He was shown that the “Seed" being referred to was the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:8, 14-16).
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