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Listen to My Voice

What does it mean to listen to God?
Deuteronomy 5:27
[27] Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey.”

James 2:12
[12]  Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,

Some people don’t listen to God?

Story of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu

Leviticus 10:1
[10:1]  Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. [2]  So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.
– A Censer

Book of Leviticus – Background
- Command of God for Israelite nation to have proper worship and right living.
- Receiving God’s forgiveness and acceptance = holy living + spiritual growth .
- This is the first book studied by a Jewish child

Son’s of Aaron are just doing their normal ritual but struck Death .. We may ask why?
They failed to listen to God’s commandment and follow exactly what needed to be done.

Sins of sons of Aaron due to they fail to listen..
i) They took their own censers instead the scared utensils.
ii) Offer it together instead of just one.
iii) They took over the role meant only for high priest.
iv) Ordinary priest burnt it on the golden alter, their pride of not seeking advise leads to the error.
v) They offer incense at an unauthorized time (normally morning & evening)

Matthew 15:8
8]  “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
[9]  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ * ” [10]  Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand….”

Today, a person may claim that his god is the Creator God, but if he is not obedient to the Creator God's commandments, he is merely fooling himself.

People honoring God with just with their lips but not with their hearts, hence action is not there

Consequences of people don’t listen to God?

Failing to listen to God has its consequences

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
[8]  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. [9]  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.

Everlasting Destruction

Those that listen to God?

Take heart for those who listen to God and does his will..

Revelation 2:10
[10]  Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

John 10:25-28
[25]  Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, [26]  but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. [27]  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. [28]  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

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