I love cornbread! It’s delicious when it’s hot out of the oven, spread some butter and lather on some honey…Mmm Mmm Good! But I like it even the next day. You take some sweet cornbread break it up in a bowl and pour cold milk on it. Wow! It’s better than Lucky Charms! The thing that almost always gets me with cornbread is the directions. We have made it all different ways. We have made it from a box or from scratch. We have made the simple version and the complicated, separate-the-egg-whites-from-the-yolk-version. Almost every way you make it has one simple step in it which I almost always miss: “Pour the batter into a greased dish.” I get too eager and start pouring before I finish the rest of the sentence. Yes, we are usually scraping the Pyrex dish after we have finished the scrumptious cornbread. If only I would follow the directions precisely.
“As the Lord commanded Moses.”
This phrase appears a lot. Sometimes the redundancy is almost like the refrain in a chorus. Actually, this phrase appears 57 times in the Bible. It’s most concentrated uses are in Exodus 39-40 and through the book of Numbers. They built the Tabernacle as the Lord commanded Moses. They sacrificed as the Lord commanded Moses. Everything they did in order to approach God had to be done as the Lord commanded Moses. Moses showed them the way, and as long as they did it as the Lord commanded Moses, they would be blessed.
They saw the connection between obedience and blessing through the instructions from God through Moses. If they wanted to eat, they needed to collect manna on the right day. If they wanted God’s favor then they needed to be right with Him through sacrifice. They needed to live as the Lord commanded them. A great illustration of their daily obedience is seen in their walk with God through the wilderness. As long as the aura of God’s presence remained on the Tabernacle, they abode in their tents. As soon as the cloud was removed from the Tabernacle, they knew it was time to move. It didn’t matter if it was night or day, whether they were healthy or sick, or if they felt like it or not; they were to respond as the Lord commanded.
If an Israelite, in the desert, had taken it into his head to make some movement independent of Jehovah; if he took it upon him to move when the crowd was at rest, or to halt while the crowd was moving, we can easily see what the result would have been. And so it will ever be with us. If we move when we ought to rest or rest when we ought to move, we shall not have the divine presence with us (Thoughts for the Quiet Hour).
Do you live your life as the Lord commanded? Do you devote your life to the work of God as the Lord commanded? Do you parent as the Lord commanded? Do you love your spouse as the Lord commanded? Do you invest your time, talents, and treasures as the Lord commanded?
When we live “as the Lord commanded” we are guaranteed His presence will go with us.