God’s Commandments—His Rules Have Reasons

God’s Commandments—His Rules Have Reasons

By Wayne Stiles

The names may not sound like much to us.

Names like Beth Shean, Taanach, Ibleam, Megiddo and Gezer. These were cities whose residents the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim failed to drive away.

So what? Why not let the inhabitants live in this region since they wanted it so badly?

The Lord knew why.


(Photo: Megiddo sat in a strategic spot. Courtesy of Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The failure of the tribes to drive out the inhabitants defied God’s commandments to resist the culture. Instead, God’s people tolerated the culture . . . and then embraced it.

Their example urges us to evaluate God’s commandments in our own lives.

His rules have reasons. (And they are good ones.)

The Reasons for Rules

Ephraim and Manasseh refused to drive out the Canaanites in these key cities. These sites dotted the busy international highway that represented the front door to Israel. Not taking control of these cities amounted to not locking one’s doors at night.

This compromise produced disastrous results, just as the Lord had it would:

Their gods will be a constant temptation to you (Judges 2:3, NLT).

God’s Commandments Serve to Protect Us

It always seems easier to mingle with the culture than to oppose its influence—to find the middle ground rather than stand on our own.

But God knows better, and so He commands us:
•“Do not be conformed to this world.” (Romans 12:2)
•“Flee immorality.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)
•“Do not covet.” (Exodus 20:17)

God gives specific commands to protect us from dangers we cannot discern on the surface. (Tweet that.)

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God’s Commandments Reveal that All Decisions are Spiritual Ones

Controlling those key cities in Israel meant monitoring key points of entry into their lives. It wasn’t just a military issue.

It was spiritual.

In the same way, we must guard the critical points of entry into our hearts. For example:
•church doctrine
•music, television
•the Internet

No doubt, obedience to God’s commandments is tough. It comes at a hard price—but not as hard as the results of compromise.

Just as with the Canaanites, our culture fights to stay entrenched in our hearts—hearts we have given to God. As we consider our culture’s tug today, we must also consider God’s words again:

They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a constant temptation to you.”

God knows more of what we need than we know ourselves.

Question: How do you apply God’s commandments to guard against your culture?

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2 Responses to God’s Commandments—His Rules Have Reasons

  1. Many young people (not only the young) consider God’s commands as a ‘killjoy’ with no reason, but when they ignore God’s rules and go their own way, it isn’t long before they start to drift and learn the hard way that His way is right. Friendship with the world IS enmity with God.

    We know that God only wants the very, very best for His children and that His rules are designed to shield and protect us.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Compromise is easy when everything is going well at home, work and play. It is during the hard times when the rubber meets the road, that we really know how mired we get in the thoughts, values and things of this world. As I visited Megiddo in December 2012, it struck me what a desolate place it has become aside from eager tourists. I wondered if I would have the perseverance to continue in my faith and to fulfil God’s purpose for me. I pray I will be an influence for eternal life and not leave behind desolation by compromise. Yes, we need to frequently review the vibrancy of our spiritual lives – if we are following closely to the Word of God and that our faith has not grown cold. May The Lord help us with the little foxes that come to spoil our relationship with The Lord and with people we should influence.

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