We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Ignorance is Bliss

Who is this God who strikes someone dead for doing something good? And if we have good intentions, should we not receive some kind of warning before we pay the ultimate price with our lives?

Well, you’re probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about. But in 1st Chronicles 13, Uzzah, a servant of David, does a good thing in a wrong way and gets killed by God in the process. As the Ark of the Covenant was about to tip over from the stumbling oxen, Uzzah reached out his hand to keep it from falling and lost his life as a result. But did Uzzah do anything wrong? Indeed he did. God had forbidden anyone except for the Levites to carry the ark–and even then, they were not allowed to touch it.

Had David fulfilled his first responsibility as king and written down all of the Words of God and read them every day of his life according to Deuteronomy 17, he would have known this prohibition. Not knowing a rule doesn’t exempt one from consequences. We see this in every area of life. For example, in sports, you can’t tell the referee that you didn’t know the rule. There are rewards for living within the rules and consequences when we live outside of them…whether we know them or not.

I have often heard it said that ignorance is bliss. I have also heard many say and live by the principle of “ask for forgiveness rather than permission.” If our desire is to enjoy the presence of God, then it’s essential that we know his rules. In Psalm 19 David writes, “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wisethe simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes . . . .”

When your eyes are open to the rules of God, you’ll be able to avoid lightening strikes.

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