Loving God with ALL

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20 And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Exodus 20:1-7

37 And He [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. Matthew 22:37-38

The Lord begins the Ten Commandments by reminding the people that He is God and that He has the authority to give these commandments. In fact, He repeats “the Lord your God” five times (vs. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12). These commandments were to help the Israelites know and understand how they were to love God with ALL…just some thoughts:

  • There are to be no other “g”ods…that would be no one or nothing loved, treasured or valued greater that the Lord whether it was a hand-carved idol or the image of creation or something on earth. No false gods, period. There is an entire listing that is appropriate for today…possessions, money, intellect, self, status, etc. the list of what is treasured more than the One True and Living God is far greater than I could list here.
  • The Israelites were not to bow down to them or serve them, nor are we. In 1 John 5:21, the Lord speaks, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” I believe this important to understand in this day and time when the enemy has sown the lie that we can love and worship Jesus and an idol. The enemy really doesn’t care which idol we choose as long as it is one that keeps us from loving the Lord with ALL. The Lord speaks to say, No other gods for I Am the Lord your God and I am jealous for you (Exodus 34:14). Please note, not “of you” but “for you.” I love you so much that I will not share you with an idol who cannot be compared to Me and can do nothing for you. God is our Creator, Deliverer, Rescuer, Redeemer and Savior! Surely, He deserves an exclusive relationship!
  • In verse 5b, the Lord is not saying that the children will punished for their parents sins (Ezekiel 18:4) but that the sins of the parents will impact the lives of their children. This will cause the children to sin and be punished. On the other hand, the right relationship with God, serving no other god, loving God with ALL will lead the children into blessings (John 14:23; John 3:36; 1 Timothy 4:8). Choices have consequences…we should make choices with the view of blessing our children instead of passing on the spirit of disobedience and rebellion.
  • The Lord is Great and greatly to be praised (Psalm 145:3). God is Great and greatly to be honored. We are to honor the Name of the Lord in all we say and do. The Name of the Lord encompasses His total being, His character and nature. The Israelites were to bring honor to His Name rather than throwing His Name around loosely in any kind of way: cursing, swearing, absent-minded invoking of this Name, promises made in His Name and then not kept. Jesus taught the disciples to begin prayer by hallowing the Name of the Lord (Matthew 6:9). Philippians tells us the honor that is due:  Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 

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The commandment of love

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36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

As we read the Words above, the veil is opened and we see the Old Testament being fulfilled in the New Testament. We gain further understanding of the principle, “the Old Testament is the New Testament prophesied and the New Testament is the Old Testament fulfilled.”

Now, please…no one take offense or get upset…but just in case, I thought this graphic which places the Ten Commandments in such simplicity would help us.

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  1. 37 And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.
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  2. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Commandments 5-10.

We were created for right relationship with God and man…it is a relationship of love that puts God’s glory on display! Right relationship with God will always bear the fruit of right relationship with others.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16

Romans 13:8-10
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and the Lord continues to speak in regards to His commands. I pray you will be blessed and encouraged by the following Scriptures and quotes. Blessed is the Name of the Lord!

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Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. Ecclesiastes 12:13the-commandments-4Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. Psalm 119:129
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And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6

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    Your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8the-commandments-7“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17the-commandments-9“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:18-19

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but My Words will not pass away

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As we have stated before, the ceremonial/sacrificial system was fulfilled by Jesus:

“First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. 10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” Hebrews 10:8-12

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

God remains the same, yesterday, today, and forever…the moral law remains intact. Man’s intellect, wisdom, self-will, self-interest expressed in rebellion will never change this truth.

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24:35

A careful reading of the New Testament will help those who want to discount the Old Testament to know that nine of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament. The exception is the Sabbath Day but the principle regarding rest remains intact, we will discuss later.

We are saved by grace through faith into a new and abundant life. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” No longer enslaved to sin but set free to live for Christ as a display of His glory. It is our blessing to be reminded of at least a couple of things Jesus spoke in regards to the commandments:

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15

“Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” John 14:21

“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” John 14:23-24

“If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.” John 15:10

and from John:

“By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.”
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For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous). 1 John 5:3

“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.” 2 John 1:6

 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

The Ten Commandments helps us to see and know the character and nature of the True and Living God and His great love, grace, and mercy. The Commandments will also show us His expectations of just how we live out the new lives He has given us! It is our privilege, the overflow of our love is our obedience.

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You, God, are my

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You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.1 John 3:16-18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! Today we will look at some Scriptures and quotes regarding the big “O” word, OBEDIENCE! I pray you will be blessed and encouraged in the Lord!
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

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We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him. Acts 5:32

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

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Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

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We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

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And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 6

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love, faith, mercy, and praise

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Jude

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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Leadership 101

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13 The next day Moses sat down to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning until evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw everything he was doing for them he asked, “What is this thing you’re doing for the people? Why are you alone sitting as judge, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?”
15 Moses replied to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach them God’s statutes and laws.”
17 “What you’re doing is not good,” Moses’ father-in-law said to him. 18 “You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone.19 Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him. 20 Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do. 21 But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place them over the people as commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. 22 They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear it with you. 23 If you do this, and God so directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied.”
24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 So Moses chose able men from all Israel and made them leaders over the people as commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. 26 They judged the people at all times; they would bring the hard cases to Moses, but they would judge every minor case themselves.
27 Then Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, and he journeyed to his own land.
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It has been said that if you want to be an effective leader, go to the Book of Nehemiah. I would add, after stopping by Exodus 18 first. We find so many characteristics of good leadership in these few verses. I will simply list and you may expound upon them or give additional ones.

  • living/working in humility
  • being approachable
  • providing a safe environment
  • listening/hearing others
  • receiving suggestions/points from others
  • communicating and sharing of information
  • delegating work
  • making decision for success rather than self
  • dying of self-interest, not me but we
  • having the interest of others at heart
  • teaching and developing others
  • providing growth opportunities
  • treating others with dignity, value, and respect
  • building of others
  • displaying the glory of God
  • providing oversight without micro-managing
  • COMMUNICATION

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
    I will pay them back,”
    says the Lord.

20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
    burning coals of shame on their heads.”

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:3-21)”

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Moses recounted all…

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Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, along with Moses’ wife and sons, came to him in the wilderness where he was camped at the mountain of God. He sent word to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, bowed down, and then kissed him. They asked each other how they had been and went into the tent. Moses recounted to his father-in-law all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardships that confronted them on the way, and how the Lord delivered them.
Jethro rejoiced over all the good things the Lord had done for Israel when He rescued them from the power of the Egyptians. 10 “Praise the Lord,” Jethro exclaimed, “who rescued you from Pharaoh and the power of the Egyptians and snatched the people from the power of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all gods, because He did wonders when the Egyptians acted arrogantly against Israel.”
12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in God’s presence.


Bless the Lord! The last time we looked at Exodus 18, we were told that Jethro said “I have heard all.”  Today, we are told that Moses “recounted to his father-in-law all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardships that confronted them on the way and how the Lord delivered them.”

This passage encourages us to personally tell the wondrous deeds and movements of the Lord in our lives. There is a song that we use to sing and the words are “you don’t know what the Lord has done for me.” While I understand the message of the song, it is not one of my favorites because the reason people wouldn’t know what God has done for me is because I haven’t told what God has done.

Jethro’s saying “I heard all about it” did not stop Moses from taking the time to personally share from his heart the goodness of the Great God, I AM THAT I AM.  Now, “about” is a good thing but when I have the personal, inside, intimate knowledge and the heart to share it personally, those God is speaking to through me have opportunity to draw closer to the Living God! Verse 8 says that Moses did not share just the outcome but all the hardships that confronted them along the way and how the Lord delivered them. This is much different than a simple speaking of the trouble and the outcome.

Moses shared all that happened and the many opportunities that he and the Israelites were privileged to witness and experience the Lord’s glory – His hand of strength, His power to open their mouths before this cruel pharaoh, God’s presence and voice, His protection and provision, the details of every plague, God’s power to cause plagues in Egyptian homes while not allowing them in the Israelite homes, the wailing of the Egyptian mothers at the death of their firstborns, the opening of the Red Sea, passing over on dry ground, miraculous signs and wonders, His mighty hand and outstretched arm – the glory of the God!

Jethro heard all and believed it is safe to return his daughter and grandsons to Moses. But after listening to Moses’ all he is now able to rejoice and exclaim, “Praise the Lord who rescued you from Pharaoh and the power of the Egyptians and snatched the people from the power of the Egyptians.  NOW I KNOW THAT YAHWEH IS GREATER THAN ALL  gods, because He did wonders when the Egyptians acted arrogantly against Israel.
Jethro moves from knowing about to “Now I know!”

I believe the Lord would have us to have a ‘selah’ moment…

We live in a world of busyness that is primarily self-focused, self-indulgence, self-satisfying…somehow some believers have been deceived into thinking God is all about blessing ‘me’ and my main focus should be all about ‘me’ getting my blessing. Now, don’t get me wrong. Our God is the God of multiple blessings…we have all received grace after grace after grace. My, my, my…Hallelujah!

BUT we should never be so self-focused that we forget that we are blessed to be a blessing! God still delivers and He continues to use man in His work.

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Just wondering if you know anyone that is in bondage, anyone living in misery, anyone oppressed, anyone that needs to be loosed, anyone who needs to be unshackled, anyone who needs to be set free? Today is a great day to walk in our calling to be an instrument of righteousness and ask God to give us opportunities to recount all that the Lord has done. His love, grace, mercy, protection, provision, deliverance including the hardships, etc…to tell HIS STORY, all Jesus has done that whomsoever would be rescued and set free. 


Mark 16:15-16
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
 

Romans 6:13
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

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Hear me, my people, and I will warn you—
    if you would only listen to me, Israel!
You shall have no foreign god among you;
    you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

11 “But my people would not listen to me;
    Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
    to follow their own devices.

13 “If my people would only listen to me,
    if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies
    and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
    and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
    with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Psalm 81:8-16

The Lord speaks to Israelites in verse 8, “Hear me, my people, and I will warn you – if you would only listen to me, O Israel!” God demands their diligent and serious attention.  

Sometimes, there is a need to speak to our children in this same way,  ‘if you would just listen to me, life would be better.’ That’s what God is doing here. He is saying, ‘you are my child, I bought you with a price, I am your Lord and your Redeemer, you’re not to have any foreign gods among you and you shall not bear down to an alien god for I am a jealous God. I am not jealous of you but for you. I redeemed you, not for some other little, pretend ‘g’od but unto Myself!

It remains true today, Jesus paid the price for our freedom. It was not so we could go around tasting, flirting and playing with the powerless, imitation ‘g’ods of power, position, money, drugs, alcohol, night life, and sex; or our emotions, bodies, clothes, vehicles, and houses nor our spouses, children, and self- the biggest ‘g’od of today.

The Lord warns, you’ve got a taste for a whole lot of things that can only give you temporary satisfaction but know that I, the God who bought you out of Egypt, out of sin and bondage, am the all-sufficient God and the only One who is able to keep you and satisfy you.  But the Israelites would not listen (verse 11) no more than many today.

In verse 10, the Lord invites us, “open your mouth and I will fill it.”  The picture here is a mother bird and her baby waiting with its mouth open wide. Only its mother knows what to put, how to put, when to put, how much to put in its mouth that it will have the strength it needs to grow, mature and fly. The Lord says, I wonderfully and fearfully created you and long to fill, nourish, and to satisfy you like no other can…stop chasting and tasting everything this world offers for I won’t share you – you are mine, I have summoned you by name (Isaiah 43)!  Listen to Me, my child, I and I alone am your only true source, I Am that I Am, everything you need! Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.  I’ll fill your cup until it overflows.  Taste and see that I am good – the man who delights in me will lack no good thing.

I promise to satisfy your desires with good things (Psalm 103:5), satisfy you in the morning with My unfailing love, you will sing for joy and be glad all your days (Psalm 90:14), the man who hungers and thirsts (has a taste for) righteousness shall be filled (Matthew 5:6), satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:9), your soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods (Psalm 63:5). What a smorgasbord, a banquet!

Eat and declare with Jeremiah 15:16, “when Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your Name O Lord God Almighty.”  God is faithful; He speaks today and promises that if we will just open our mouths, our hearts – He will fill it! He is the only One who can truly fill us until we hunger and thirst no more.

He gives us the testimony of verse so we can see how the ungrateful hearts of the Israelites caused them to experience the justice of the Holy God as He “gave them over to follow their own devices.” I don’t know about you but just the thought of being left to my own devices causes my heart to flutter. 

Now for the saved, we’re not talking about losing your salvation but we are speaking of a relationship where a person has chased after everything this world offers instead of a real, true, vibrant, intimate and personal relationship with the God who saved them.  God says today, if you choose to flirt and play while in relationship with Me, but I warn you, it will only bring heartbreak, trouble, and discipline. He comes today to offer you the same Word of hope that He gave the Israelites in verse 13, “If My people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hands against their foes.” He says, it’s not too late, if you would but listen now, if you would follow My ways, I would subdue your enemies and feed you “with the finest of wheat and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

The Lord speaks, I want you to know that I sure do have a taste for you.  In fact, I’m hungry for you, that’s why I gave my Son, my love, my desire for you is just that great. You see, before you were ever born, I knew you and loved you and I’ve been courting you all these days of your life because I desire intimacy with you. I know you have other lovers but if you will just repent of them, and put them behind you, I will forgive and forget – it will be as though they never were.  I also know that you don’t have much to bring to this relationship but if you will just bring your love and your heart totally surrendered, I will do the rest. It’s time to stop tasting all those imitation ‘g’ods and allow me to fill you with Myself.  I promise that when you do, you’ll be able to sing with joy to God your strength; you’ll understand that you’ve got something to shout about.  O come on now, Taste and see that I am good; the man who trusts in Me will lack no good thing. 

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