|“Although we are created in His image, we are creatures. He is the Creator. Our interests are tied to His interests. God’s grace is seen in His allowing us this link; we profit from submission to His authority. The desire for profit is not wrong, autonomy is wrong.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Examples and Commands
“And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 16:2
God told Samuel to deceive Saul into believing that he was going to Bethlehem to offer a sacrifice when in reality he went to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to replace Saul as king. God honored the Hebrew midwives because they lied to Pharaoh regarding their protecting Hebrew baby boys.62
David lied to Ahimelech in I Samuel 21 regarding his being on a mission from the king and in the process ate the sacred shewbread, reserved only for the priests. 63 As a result of David’s lie, Ahimelech died at the hand of the king’s servant.64 In the New Testament Jesus sanctioned David’s eating of the forbidden bread, ignoring both David’s lie and infringement on the sacred food reserved for the priests.65
The follower of Christ must learn to marvel at such seemingly moral contradictions, assured that God cannot deny Himself. 66 God defines morality in His commandments. This much you can know. But the Psalmist says, “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” 67 You cannot follow the footsteps of God.
Equally important, you must never emulate examples negated by commands. Biblical examples are a valid source of affirmation if no command to the contrary exists. For example, if you feel led of God to remain celibate, the example of our Lord and His Apostle affirms your right to do so. But you dare not break a biblical command on the basis of one of God’s servants doing so, nor because it appears as though God Himself did it. Commands, not examples, are normative.
62 cf. Exodus 1:15-21
Leviticus 8-10 Matthew 25:31-46 (New King James Version)
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