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Jesus Charged us to Live By the Word of God

One of the first stories in the gospels is the record of Jesus being tempted by the Devil.  His famous response sets the example of how we are to live.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 ASV)

He emphasizes here that we are to live by the word of God!  Jesus fasted for 40 days to illustrate that it was more important to live by the Word of God than anything else.  Jesus showed that to live by the Word of God simply means to act in every situation as God would have us instead of doing what we would like to do when what we would like to do is different from what God would have us do.

Luke records that teaching the Word of God was what Jesus did and the people “pressed” him to teach it:

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, (Luke 5:1 KJV)

Jesus taught about the Word of God in the parable of the sower and the seed where the sower sowed seed in various places and got various results.  He emphacized the point when he declared:

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11 ASV)

This parable is about the growth of the Word of God.  Jesus goes to great lengths to explain this in the verses following the parable:

And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And those by the way side are they that have heard; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience. And no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but putteth it on a stand, that they that enter in may see the light. For nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and come to light. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinketh he hath. And there came to him his mother and brethren, and they could not come at him for the crowd. And it was told him, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. But he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these that hear the word of God, and do it. (Luke 8:10-21 ASV)

Here we see various responses to the Word of God in people’s lives, the ultimate being to hold fast to the Word and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luke 11:28 again emphasizes Jesus’ promotion of the Word of God.

 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:28 ASV)

In Matthew 15:5-6 we see more verses that emphasize Jesus stand on the importance of the Word of God in Peoples lives:

 But ye say, whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith thou mightest have been profited by me is given to God; he shall not honor his father. And ye have made void the word of God because of your tradition. (Matthew 15:5-6 ASV)

This is certain, that Jesus lived by the Word of God and taught others to do likewise.

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February 20th, 2012 Posted by | Jesus' Teaching and Miracles | no comments

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