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Study Series: HOJN
"Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God: … Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways. … and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them." (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 6-7, 14 NASB)
Our study this week illustrates what happens as a result of disobedience. We all know what consequences are. We all have things in our life that we wish we would have never done, or wish we would have done differently. And for some of those things we have suffered consequences. And for some of those things we have missed God's promised blessings had we chosen His way. Sometimes the effects are costly and prolonged and sometimes they are a smaller loss, extending for only a brief amount of time. Yet when we choose to live in a state of disobedience we are essentially in a state of exile, serving whatever king we set over us. Could our king be the pursuit of more money, an obsession with physical appearance, happiness or pleasure-seeking, personal power or success, our precious precious time, intellectual knowledge or wisdom, or bigger and better (and more) material things? Our it could be a much loved hobby, an imprisoning addiction, or even another person? Maybe even a preoccupation with what other people think. This is only a diminutive list – it could go on and on. Whatever the king may be, it in essence becomes our enemy (even if it is not necessarily a bad "king") for it rises up against us, blinding and paralyzing us from the one who is able to defeat if before us. But just as Jerusalem was prophesied to have hope, so do we, no matter what king we put in front of God Himself.
So where does that leave those of us that have or may still (or will likely again) put another king in the forefront of our lives? Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6:11-16 (NASB), "But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time -- He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen."
Our pursuit of the one and only King of kings is an ongoing pursuit. He alone will bring us out of exile. He alone is our hope.
Scripture quotations marked (NASB) are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.