Just do what the Lord says

Luke Bible Background

03.26.2016 New Testament: Luke 5.4–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 5.1–16 on March 26, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

People argue all the time whether they have to do what the Lord says. Some actually argue that obedience is not necessary for salvation, that our salvation is allegedly all of God’s grace. Listen, if the Lord said to do something, do it, just as Peter learned,

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5.4–5).

Peter thought for a moment that he knew better than the Lord does. Peter made it sound as though he would do as the Lord had said, which in reality Peter only wanted to prove the Lord wrong.

The rest of the episode shows that Peter learned his lesson, for he confessed to being a sinful man for having doubted the Lord.

Questions:

  • Do you look for ways to get out of obeying the Lord?
  • Why?
  • Why not simplify life and do what the Lord says from the beginning?

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