Keep the Charge
Former President Barak Obama ran a campaign hinged on the word “change.” If you have an ounce of initiative, you more than likely have a desire to make a difference as well. You want to change the world for the better.
In Leviticus 7-8, we see the weighty responsibility placed on Aaron’s shoulders. He was the mediator between God and the people, but he also represented God’s ideal for the entire nation of Israel. A few chapters earlier, God told the people that He desired them to be a nation of priests to the world (Exodus 19:6). They were to draw the world to God by their devotion. They were to teach the world the ways of God. They were to mirror His holiness. How they did this is hinted in the challenge to Aaron, “Keep the charge of the Lord” (Leviticus 8:35). The nation was given this same responsibility.
Deuteronomy 11 begins and ends with the same Hebrew word used for “charge.” The people are told to keep the charge and they had better or else (Deuteronomy 11:1, 32). What was the charge? Check out Deuteronomy 10:12: “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul…” This enormous responsibility is repeated in Micah 6:8 where the prophet urges the people to repent from their failure to keep the charge. Christ said, “Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). The the rest of Luke 11 he criticizes the Pharisees because they think they are pleasing God by trying to change the world their way. They forgot to keep the charge!
If the past four millennia demonstrates that people forget to keep the charge, is it not possible, even probably, people in the twenty-first century have failed to keep the charge?
Paul warns Timothy to keep the charge. He explains that followers of Christ have obtained mercy (they have been saved) so you can display Christ to the worlds in order that others might believe on Him to life everlasting (1 Timothy 1:16-19). You are now the one commanded to keep the charge. Some have neglected the charge, and all their shipwrecked life is good for is a warning.
After, President Obama won the election, a crop of bumper stickers retorted, “Keep the Change.” You can use the reminder as well. You will not truly change the world for the better. God alone can bring change. Keep the Charge!
We shall everyone of us have a charge to keep, an eternal God to glorify, an immortal soul to provide for, one generation to serve.
— Matthew Henry
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