Precedents for learning
Focus: Romans 15:4 - KJV
4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
God is righteous and promotes righteousness. Over the ages, man has lived on the earth from age to age without a clue on how to please the Lord. When the Lord choose Abram to bring forth a nation that will be a specimen of how mankind ought to relate with God on earth, it was by his believe and trust in God that he was counted to be righteous. From age to age, others lived before the Christ took human flesh and none was able to fulfil the requirement of righteousness. However, a little here and a little there, certain aspects of their lives gave examples unto us of how they were pleasing in part unto the Lord. So, their lives became examples unto those who have lived after of how to and how not to live if we must be pleasing unto God. Nonetheless, the life of Christ became a perfect example and precedent of how to relate with God perfectly and God Himself said so by commending Him to mankind as the perfect example. All of these acts were committed to writing that we may consider their actions as precedents for our learning so that we should observe and understand how God being Love would rather that we live together in truth, love and fearlessness as we glorify God for the life of Jesus Christ.
As we all have something to learn from and reflect upon, it becomes almost unimaginable that we fall into the same or similar errors as those who had been before us. Particularly, that we ought to draw credence from the life of Christ so as to live a pleasing life unto the Lord. We are to therefore learn and keep away from the mistakes of old even as we strive to be like the Christ fully in all that we do. Difficult? Maybe for those who are used to living by the flesh. Achievable? Yes! For those who are determined to make it to the end.
SOLUTION: Keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and follow His perfect example in all matters. There is nothing we experience that He didn’t. therefore, never lose focus.
There is a height that we seek to attain in you Lord! Please help us to get to the place of perfection in you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Please illuminate our hearts the more through the learning of the scriptures that we may emulate the good deeds of those gone past and avoid their errors to the glory of your name in Jesus’ name. Make us victorious to the very end dear Lord in Jesus’ name.