Fox Byte #22: Obeying Without Understanding

Andy Griffith and Nick Adams as two young recruits who have good hearts, but lack understanding.  From the 1958 Warner Brothers comedy "No Time For Sergeants".
Andy Griffith and Nick Adams as two young recruits who have good hearts, but lack understanding.  From the 1958 Warner Brothers comedy “No Time For Sergeants”.

Following Yeshua really is a matter of the heart.  No matter what we say we believe, we will only do what is in our hearts.  Look at what Yeshua said about that:

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.  For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.  (Luke 6:45 NKJV)

But how do we know what is good and what is evil?  That was God’s whole point in giving His commandments (Torah).  That was why Yeshua lived His sinless life in obedience to His Father’s commandments – not only to die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, but also to show us how to live.  We are supposed to imitate Messiah Yeshua; He is to be our example in everything.

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Fox Byte #21: Pretend Soldiers

Three warriors who bent the rules to fight for their countries in time of war:  Calvin Graham, 12-year-old US Navy veteran of World War II; Frances Clalin Clayton, aka Jack Williams, who enlisted as a man in the US Army during the American Civil War; and Hua Mulan, who served in the army of ancient China in place of her aged father.
Three warriors who bent the rules to fight for their countries in time of war:  Calvin Graham, 12-year-old US Navy veteran of World War II; Frances Clalin Clayton, aka Jack Williams, who enlisted as a man in the US Army during the American Civil War; and Hua Mulan, who served in the army of ancient China in place of her aged father.

Now we come to something very important.  We should want to produce “good fruit” and store up treasure in heaven, but just doing good things is not enough.  Going through the motions to do good things because they seem right, or because someone told us to do them, or to impress someone, or for any reason other than what God explained really does no good at all.  And what did God say?  That is another question someone asked Yeshua.  He answered it this way:

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment,  And the second is like it:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  (Matthew 22:34-40 NKJV)

Love, then, should be our motivation – love of God, and love of other people.  The Apostle Paul said as much when he wrote, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”  (Galatians 5:14 NKJV)  But then we come to another question:  What is love?

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