In reading all of these passages I quickly noticed how generous God is in giving us the details. In the building of the tabernacle we are told all the details of what was made:
“9 The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits and the width of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains had the same measurements. 10 He joined five curtains to one another and the other five curtains he joined to one another. 11 He made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set; he did likewise on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second set. 12 He made fifty loops in the one curtain and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set; the loops were opposite each other. 13 He made fifty clasps of gold and joined the curtains to one another with the clasps, so the tabernacle was a unit.” (Exodus 36:9-13 NASB) The description continues through the end of the chapter…
In the Proverbs passage we are given a contrast between what a righteous person looks like versus a wicked one.
“The way of the fool is right in his own eyes,
But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
A fool’s anger is known at once,
But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
He who speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.” (Proverbs 12: 15-17)
Jesus tells us in detail how the world will view us since we love Him. They will hate us because they hated Him. We are definitely living this today. It’s often painful to turn on the news to hear how God’s values have been corrupted.
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ (John 15: 18-25)
But the good news is that we must be doing something right when they hate us, because they see us as different. God wants us to be set apart and look different to the world. So how are we to proceed in this world that hates us? Once again God gives us detailed instructions.
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” (Ephesians 5: 15-21)
Thank you for being a God of details. You have given us clear instructions of right versus wrong and how to be set apart as your people. When we get bogged down by the world hating us, help us to remember the reason you want us to look different. You want Your light to shine through us so that people may come to You for salvation.