Boot CampDo After Their Words – Not After Their Deeds
Do as I "say" and not as I "do"
Then spoke Jesus to the multitude and to hisdisciples; saying, the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. All therefore whatsoever they bid youobserve, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
As we wrap up this short, but delightful journey we'll take alook back across the landscape to encapsulate what the Lordas revealed to us and what contemporary applications andeffects it bears.This journey began with a morning walk. I was multi-tasking:both meditating and listening to the reading of Matthew.I was meditating on the scriptures that show us that our Godis a jealous God (peculiar starting point, huh). I began tocontrast that truth with the fact that for the servants of God, jealousy is not one of the nine fruits of the Spirit;
nor is it avirtue in us. I thought, God is jealous; and we are not to be jealous. Just here, I heard the reading of the portion of Matthew 23, given as the opening scripture (above) "…
Alltherefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
"I was caught by the interesting similarity on a purely humanlevel.Regarding "jealousy" God is intimating "
do as I say, not as I do
." And regarding the teaching of the scribes and Pharisees,the scripture is saying "
do as they say, not as they do
." Fromthere, the Lord began to talk and I began to listen intently.The "do as I
" and the "do as I
" are two modalities forteaching, learning and influencing. Both modalities are verypowerful and quite useful in the Kingdom. But we are to bewatchful and discerning in their employment. These twomodels are so vital and pervasive that you'll find themEVERYWHERE in life (whether in this world, or in theKingdom).Think of the things that you do. Why do you do them? Someof them you do because you
the behavior modeled bysomeone else. Others you do because you were told, youheard, or because you read about them. Others still will havebeen a combination of both of these models. I submit to youthat all of our learning has come from either one, or acombination, of both of these models.The things that we have learned by way of the "do as I
"teaching modality have, with few exceptions,
the consent of the intellect. You've
things or your children have
things and wheninquired into the response comes, "I guess I just wasn't
." More often than not, these have been regretfulevents, although not always disastrous. Are there items inyour home, or transactions on your credit card statementthat you wish you had given more thought to?Contrariwise, the things that we have learned by way of the "do as I
" teaching modality have, with fewexceptions,
the participation of the thinkingfaculty. Why the difference? Well, in order to convertsomething "heard or read" into something "done," thecommand must be translated (from an
)via the intellect. Have you foregone making purchases(large or small) after some genuine thought orcontemplation revealed that you didn't really have a needfor it?Regarding the application of these two principles, theyboth have benefits if employed appropriately. And theyboth can yield unfavorably, if misused or taken lightly.DO AS I
In this world
… the enemy seeks to bring us intobondage, by misuse of the "do as I
" influence modality.Frankly, the Marketing industry banks on our "eyes-closed-tightly" allegiance to this influence modality. Theyseek to draw one into compliance (read "slavery") byshowing that "everyone else is doing it;" which is a classicfallacy. The enemy also uses "peer pressure" to enslave us.Now, "peer pressure" is not
just for kids
anymore. Peerpressure for adults sometimes looks like social coercion.
In the Kingdom
… the "do as I
" discipleship modalityhas many applications. One application is that it is for theyoung and ones whose Kingdom-mindedness is still in itsdevelopmental stages. We see that the mature have anobligation to make straight paths for their feet, so that thelame (or one whose walk is not fully developed) may "doas we
Even Jesus said, "For I have given you anexample that you should do as I have done to you."
The "do as I
" modality may also be used in a human'srelationship with the Sovereign Lord God. Because when ahuman (even a son of God) approaches the Sovereign(either through prayer, through His Word, etc.) we sustainto Him, the relationship of "one whose Kingdom-mindedness is still in its developmental stages." Thereforewe may learn by doing as we discern His "doings." As wefamiliarize ourselves with the Word of God, we see in itthe "doings" of God. We see the forgiveness of God, andare inspired to likewise be forgiving. We see the meeknessof God and are inclined to be likewise, meek. Our Lord
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