Precise Details

All have seen or listened to an infomercial about the latest medicine or “miracle drug,” the one promising life-altering experiences, but with the forfeit of certain comforts and pleasure. The drug makes one symptom disappear, but the possible side effects always put fear even into the strongest of men. The commercial is no longer an invitation to a new life, but a confusing predicament placed upon any user due to the dire side effects. Therefore, you choose rather to do without, instead of suffering the unintended consequence(s). Also, what about the commercials for a new car? The commercial promises something seemingly “to be too good to be true,” but we are hooked until we read the finer print. Upon reading the precise details, the situation is clarified -- neither we nor anyone else would ever qualify for such a discount or deal. Both of these examples are used to display how often the finer points are lost in translation or left unsaid to make the possible sale. The gimmick or sales pitch is more important than explaining the precise details of each arrangement.

The religious world has fallen ill because of these types of gimmicks and sales pitch ideas to win new members. They have allowed the precise details of God’s Word to be lost in a maze of new hermeneutics, light shows, entertainment, social gospel, etc. They have continually put more emphasis upon numbers than true obedience. These tactics are not only causing the religious world to suppress the truth, but they are resulting in a division in the Lord’s church. If a congregation is not growing, it is willing to “water down” the details to better ensure its like-ability within the community. It has become more important to allow Facebook and Twitter updates during services, than being focused upon the acts of worship described and shown in the New Testament. The precise details of God’s Word are being thrown to the side for the latest and greatest gimmick.

In the sight of God, what is more important - the details or the end result? To prepare for the flood, God did not instruct Noah to build an ark of his liking, but gave him precise details. God told Noah to build the ark out of gopher wood, pitched inside and out, 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. Noah was instructed to bring a specific number of animals; two of each kind (male and female) and seven of every clean animal. Upon receiving these dimensions and instructions from God, Noah did not complain or argue over the height and breadth, but he did according to all that God had commanded him (Genesis 6:22).

Another instance of God’s precise details and man’s inability to adhere is found in the case of Uzzah touching the Ark (2 Samuel 6:1-7). Uzzah had failed to obey the precise details, pertaining to the transportation of the ark, and lost his life because of it. The ark was not to loaded onto an ox cart, but carried by the poles on both sides, so that no one would touch the ark (Exodus 25:13-15). God had also told Moses that only the sons of Kohath were to carry/transport the Ark of the Covenant (Numbers 3:27-31). In this example, God’s precise details were ignored or misplaced and Uzzah paid with his life.

If these stories contained in the Old Testament were written for our instruction, what do we learn about paying attention to the details? God has always required man’s complete devotion to His will. As Jeremiah said, “I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps” (10:23). God has given to mankind everything that pertains to life and godliness, but he must be willing to obey every command. No man has ever been excused from following the laws of God. Even Jesus throughout His life was accomplishing every “jot and tittle” of the Law (Matthew 5:18).

The precise details of God’s Word are not hidden from anyone that is able to open and read the Bible. May we then study diligently to be a workman that is not ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15). As the religious world is carried farther into apostasy by each new gimmick that glazes over the precise details of God’s will, may we remain faithful to our calling and be found blameless and spotless upon Christ’s return. The small writing must be stressed and the real effect of God’s grace is the only hope and assurance that we will ever need.