Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 19, 2018

Additions

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Deuteronomy 4:2 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. (NIV)

Mankind has not followed this command.  Our disobedience of adding to what God said started in the Garden of Eden.  When Satan tempted Eve, it might have been her effort to emphasize what God said when she said to Satan, (Genesis 3:3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Notice in Genesis 2:17   God said, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” He didn’t say, “you must not touch it.”  One thing we don’t know is did Eve add those extra words or did Adam add them when he told her what God said about that tree.  God gave His command to Adam before Eve was formed.  We continue to add to what God says.  Denominations add to God’s commands, individual churches add to God’s commands, people add to God’s commands.  Sometimes we add because we think by adding to God’s commands we are emphasizing them.  Other times we add because we want it to appear God is requiring what we want other to believe, say or act.  Whatever the reason for our adding to what God commands, the reasons don’t make it any less obedient or sinful.  This is one reason it is so important for us to read, study and meditate on God’s written word and get it deep into our minds and hearts.  It’s also why we should take our Bibles to church and read along as verses are quoted to us.  Leaving out words or adding words can lead us astray.  Let us stick with what God says and not edit it according to our own fleshy desires.

 

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