Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, March 10, 2019

Theme: THE SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE

Text: “But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people”. – Romans 10:21.

Comment: The children of Israel were a disobedient people. A striking instance of their tendency for disobedience occurred just 40 days after they had been given the 10 commandments and other sundry instructions from God.  (Exodus 20:1-17; Chapters 21-23) When Moses finished reading the 10 commandment and other laws to the Israelites, they responded positively by promising to obey all the laws. “… and all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do”. “…and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient”.  (Exodus 24: 3,7)  However, when God instructed Moses to climb to Mt Sinai, to collect the two tables of stones upon which the laws were engraved or written, and spent 40 days and 40 nights there, the Israelites backslided.

They broke the very first law of the 10 commandments (which says, “Thou shall have no other god before me”) by making and worshipping the golden calf. On that occasion, 3000 of them lost their lives. (Exodus 24:12,18; 32:1-6,26-28)  Nehemiah the governor recalling this and other incidents stated: “Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew the prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.” (Nehemiah 9:26) We should not make the same mistakes as they did.