The motivating factor behind the study and the subsequent writing of this article came from the texts of this hymn.
1. Holy Words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh let the ancient words impart.
2. Words of life, Words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam
Ancient words will give guide us home.
3. Holy words of our Faith
Handed down to this age
Came to us through sacrifice
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.
4. Martyr’s blood stain each page
They have died for this faith
Hear them cry through the years
Oh! Heed these words and hold them dear.
Chr: Ancient words ever true
Changing me and changing you,
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.
There is no doubt that we live in a religious world; a world where Christians highly regard God, but ironically, despise His word. This is the greatest marvel of our generation.
We ‘honour’ (that’s what we call it) God with our songs and dance steps; with our attendance at meetings, planning of religious events; with our acceptance to be workers in His vineyard; with our willingness to sponsor religious programmes and projects, but sadly, we end up with lifestyles that spite His word.
Jesus said in John 8:37: “I know that you are Abraham’s seed, but ye seek to kill me, because MY WORD HAS NO PLACE IN YOU.”
If you have ever seen a Christian without any regard for the word of God, you have seen a supposed child of God capable of putting Jesus to death the second time. No matter the amount of Abraham’s seeds he claims dwells in him, as long as he has no respect for the word of God, he will live to misrepresent Christ in world already set up to disregard the Light, Jesus Christ.
It is no longer impossible seeing Christians handpicking the word of God to obey or to dump aside. We search the Bible for God’s promises of good things, while we overlook His instructions and corrective words. We handpick scriptures that are favourable to us and close our eyes to those urging us to shun certain practices in our lives.
Today’s Christians believe that God is faithful to bless, but in our delusion, we fail to see that this same God is faithful to judge His disobedient Children. If indeed you have faith in God to accomplish His word of healing in your situation, then you should also have faith in the same God to accomplish His word to punish all unrighteousness.
I really cannot be convinced that there is a way of separating God from His word. How can you say you love God when you disregard His word? What better way is there to show your reverence for God than obeying His words? How exactly can a man say He honours God, yet he lives to dishonor His word?
I have questions in my heart as I write and surely, these are questions in the heart of God for His Children. You know how we won’t stop surprising God. We are too complex for Him to understand and I mean, too impossible for Him to make any sense out of us. We are simply too confused!
Can anybody separate you from your word? Wherever your voice is being aired and people wish to know the person talking, your name will always be mentioned. Why? Well, it is because it is you. You may not be there physically, but your voice brings you to the scene.
The lie sold to many of us by the devil is that we can separate God from His words. The devil keeps telling us that God is one person and His word is another. He is really making us look silly before God by telling us that we can choose to honour God and disregard His word without qualms. The erroneous line of thinking we are all possessed with is that it is easier to love God without His words. Is God not better loved without His commandments?
“Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for Me? And what kind can be My resting-place? (Acts 17:24) For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being (by and for Me), says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres my commands.’” Isa. 66:1-2 (Amplified Bible)
Please note that the heaven you want to give God is already His throne and the earth you are promising to win for Him, is already, nothing, but His footstool. By this, God is trying to say that there is practically nothing in heaven and on earth that you can offer Him that can thrill Him.
The best of your gifts cannot keep His mouth drooping. There is nothing that He cherishes more than you living right by His word. Any other thing you offer God, outside a life of obedience to His word is nothing, but a foot rag.
Abi? If the entire earth is merely His footstool, how do you describe your earthly gifts offered to Him from a disobedient life? They are foot rags and sheer particles of dusts! He said it, “What kind of house would you build for me?” God’s very own hands made everything. The dance of praise of a disobedient child is, therefore, a dance of shame before Him.
“But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard…” While members of your family, Church and the society may look at your direction and give you some regard, God says the one He will look at and have regard for must meet a condition. He is trying to say that He has no regard for any Tom, Dick and Harry or any Oluwaseun, Temiloluwa and Tijesunimi, particularly if they have no regard for His word. Nothing thrills God more than an obedient child.
Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice fo the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifices and to heed than the fat of rams. I Sam. 9:22
Are you easily broken by God’s words? Do you tremble at His word and live by it? When it comes to obeying God’s words, how humble are you? If God says a thing that happens to be against your natural lust, who wins? I guess you have been winning, because in the real sense of the matter, God has since stopped to contend with you. You can go ahead and live your life!
But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres my commands.’” Isa. 66:1-2 (Amp)
He will regard you not by the titles you wear; not by the amount of money you support His work with; not by many things we think are important, but by the disposition of your heart to His words. He says: “He who trembles at my word and reveres my commands.”
Please note that He said “…he who reveres my command” (Revere = to regard somebody with admiration and deep respect) and not “…he who reverses my command”. (Reverse = change something to the opposite direction).
Unfortunately, instead of us revering His commands, this generation, to its shame, is good at reversing His commands. It is a dishonor to Him that we have reversed, edited, diluted and maligned His words.
I know you may not actually be a Bible person, but please pardon me for asking you this time around to check some scriptures. Thanks for the indulgence.
John 14:23-24 (Amplified Bible) reads: “Jesus answered, if a person (really) loves Me, he will keep My word (obey My teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. Anyone who does not (really) love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but (comes) from the Father Who sent Me.
Will I be demanding for too much by asking you to read the above verses again, but slowly this time around? Now that you have done so, may I ask, “How does Jesus identify those who REALLY love Him and those who He resides with?”
Well, it is not by any other thing that may appear good, but simply by our responses to His word. If you sincerely love Him as you sing and claim, then He is waiting for you to obey the last instruction He passed over to you. Maybe I should say that many do love Him, but only a few really love Him.
And if I have to go by this scripture, I think He is more interested in those who really love Him than those who just love him. Is that strange? Won’t you also prefer those who really love to those who meagerly love you? Those who really love demonstrate their love by action, but those who just love, does so only in words. God determines your love and respect for Him by your response to His word – nothing else!
I have reckoned that if it was something else apart from His word that brought me to Christ, then according to John 2:23-24, He cannot rely on me. I am, therefore, very unreliable.
“While Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in Him as they saw the miracles he performed. But Jesus did no trust himself to them, because he knew them all. There was no need for anyone to tell him about them, because he himself knew what was in their hearts. (Good News Bible)
Why am I following Jesus? I hope it is not, like many of us, because of the things we heard He’s capable of doing. Things like miracles, miracles and miracles. Is it not a situation of praying that Jesus should continue with His miracles in our lives, while we continue to live a life of disobedience? We really do not love Jesus, at least not by His word, but by the juicy things He has to offer. This is obvious!
THE ANCIENT WORD: The word “Ancient” means VERY OLD or something or someone that has being from the VERY BEGINNING. You may also say it means OLD-FASHIONED, but in this case, it means AGELESS. Whatever is ancient is unchanging, timeless and everlasting.
If God, according to Daniel 7:9,13,22 is, therefore, The Ancient of days, then so are His words. His words are ever relevant in all situations, because God Himself is ever relevant. His words remain timeless and ageless, because God is the same. God is old-fashioned and so are His words. Is there any reaction to that? You must know that God is timeless. The word is God and God is the word.
If it is true and it is true that in Heb. 13:8 the Bible says: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” then The word is also the same yesterday, today and forever. Every other thing changes, but not God and surely, not His word.
If the words of a man constantly change, the conclusion is that the person is unreliable. However, God’s words do not change, because God is very reliable. Time and season, modernization or civilization cannot change God and His words.
Joseph, Esther, Daniel and others understood this perfectly. They left the rural lands of Israel to the modern worlds of the Egyptians and the Babylonians, yet they saw God and His words as the same in their two different worlds. They respected God in a modern world, because they reckoned that God’s word is the same all over. If they loved God and lived by His word, why shouldn’t we?
Burning Bush Boy