God could have saved Noah and his family by any means he desired, but he chose to save them by water. 1 Pet 3:20 When God commanded Noah to build an ark, Noah could have reasoned why build an ark when no water has ever fallen from the sky since the world began. He concluded, it didn’t matter why to build an ark, but rather that God commanded such. This was a matter of trusting in God’s judgment and casting aside his own judgment, and obey.
When Abraham was told to take his son and slay him, it must have seemed like a ludicrous thing to ask of him, but he immediately set forth to carry out God’s commandment. It didn’t matter to Abraham why God had commanded him to kill the only son he had by Sarah, but that such was commanded. Abraham trusted in God’s judgment and cast aside his own opinions, and obeyed.
God could have delivered Israel from the hands of Egypt by any means, but he chose to do such by the hands of Moses. It didn’t matter why God chose to plague Egypt 10 times before Pharaoh reluctantly released them. It didn’t matter why God chose to allow Israel to escape through the Red Sea as by dry land by the raising of Moses’ rod. It didn’t matter why, but rather that God had commanded such. Moses trusted in God’s judgment and cast aside his own opinions, and obeyed.
Today, Christians are commanded to obey the gospel of Christ in order to be saved. As silly as it may sound, God commands all confessed believers in him who desire to be saved to repent and be immersed in water. Yes, man has questioned why baptism is required of those who believe Jesus is the Christ, but it doesn’t matter why, but that baptism was commanded. If we are to become a Christians, we must trust in God’s judgment and cast aside our own opinions, and put our ‘Faith’ in action and obey God rather than men.
All of the commandments of God are to be obeyed, no matter the reasons why we can’t see the wisdom contained in them. Christians are commanded to meet on Sunday to partake of the Lord’s supper and to give of their means, despite the fact we have 6 other days in which this could be achieved. Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3 Christians are commanded to sing with their voice and make music in their hearts, despite the fact that instrumental music would sound so much better to them. Eph 5:19 Christians are commanded not to eat in the church and to shame them which have not, but are commanded to eat at home, separate and apart from the assembly, despite the fact many will say we don’t shame anyone. 1 Cor 11:34 Christian women are commanded to remain silent in the churches and not to be speakers in the assembly. 1 Cor 14:33-40 It doesn’t matter why women were silenced, but rather that God commanded such to be done. v37
It was the faith and obedience of Noah which saved him and his family when God commanded him to build an ark. It was faith and obedience which saved Abraham when God told to slay his son. It was the faith and obedience of Moses which saved Israel when God commanded him to raise his rod and walk through the Red Sea as by dry land. Even so, it is the faith and obedience of the gospel and doctrine of Christ which saves a Christian today.
It was Samuel who declared unto King Saul that obedience was better than sacrifice, and to harken better than the fat of rams. 1 Sam 15:22 It was Jesus who said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.” Lk 8:21 “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Lk 11:28 It doesn’t matter why Noah was commanded to build an ark. It doesn’t matter why Abraham was commanded to kill his only son by Sarah. It doesn’t matter why Moses was commanded to lift up his rod. Even so, it doesn’t matter why we are commanded to hear the gospel, believe and confess it, and repent and be baptized in order to be saved. It doesn’t matter why Christians are commanded to sing without music. It doesn’t matter why Christians are commanded to eat at home. It doesn’t matter why women were silenced in the assembly. What does matter is that God commanded it, and it is God who holds the power of eternal life or eternal damnation. Tit 1:2 f; Mt 10:28 “Let us hear the who conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccl 12:13