Hello everyone!! As always I would like to thank you for dropping by my blog page once again, or if you are new welcome! My hope is that you may be blessed through this site. If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior my prayer is that you will. Now we started a series a few days ago about God’s laws (The Ten Commandments) and tonight we find ourselves at Commandment 2. The expanded version as found in the Holy Bible (New International Version) or NIV. It is stated as such:
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Now I don’t know about you, but when God says something like this it tends to get my attention. What is God telling us here? I believe he is reinforcing what he said in the first commandment when he said, “You shall have no other Gods before me.” He is the one true God! All glory and honor goes to him. We should do exactly what he says at all times even if we don’t understand or see the relevance in it. Walking by faith not by sight. This commandment simply means that when we worship God we are to go to Him in prayer and worship Him. Give thanks to Him. Not a picture, not a cow, not a statue………..You see where I am going here with this? Many people are mislead and all to often they are blind. Jesus made it possible to go to God through his dying on the cross at Calvary. He is our chief intercessor to God himself on our behalf. When we don’t know what to say or how to say it Jesus is interceding for us. Isn’t that awesome, and very humbling?
The man that died for you is pleading to God on your behalf. That is true love. So don’t you think that it is justifiably right to keep this commandment? As I have said before there are many of those who are lost. They think they can dabble in the occult and become spiritually fit. There are some that pray to statues. Don’t just take my word for it. Pick up the bible and read. It is all in there.
Here is a little more of the story with Moses, his brother Aaron the high priest, and the Israelites. Moses had gone up mount Sinai to hear Gods instruction, and he was gone for a long time. Not knowing what happened to Moses the Israelites pleaded with Aaron to make Gods to go before them as God had done when delivering them from Egypt. Now I believe that Aaron knew better he just didn’t do better. So get this, he said, “Take off the earrings that your wives, your daughters, and your sons are wearing and bring them to me.” He then fashioned the gold into a calf, an idol.
Aaron then built an alter in front of the calf and said there will be a festival tomorrow. Bad, bad, bad. The question I have for you is this. When we are seeking God’s direction in our life and we don’t get a clear answer from God. Do we continue to wait on God for the answer in his timing, or do we take matters into our own hands? I’m sorry to say we are a lot like the Israelites in many ways. Including this one. We think we need to fix things on our own. Now if we knew the answer why did we go to God in prayer in the first place asking for direction? Speaking for myself, I have to make myself wait on God’s response. I am not patient by nature. It is also safe to say that God knows me better than I know myself! Think about it and you will agree.
Now continuing on God knew what was going on with the Israelites and was burning with anger. He told Moses to leave him alone so his anger could burn against those stiff necked people. He was going to destroy them, and then Moses interceded for them. Pleading for them. Then The Lord God said he wasn’t going to destroy them and Moses returned from Mount Sinai with The Ten Commandments that were inscribed on two stone tablets. The tablets were Gods work and in his handwriting. When Moses got to the bottom of the mountain and saw all that was happening he threw the tablets to the ground and broke them.
The story goes on to say that Moses, standing at the entrance to the camp said,” Whoever is for the Lord come to me.” The Moses said. “This is what the Lord God of Israel says, ‘Each man strap a sword to his side.” Then the Levites went through the camp and killed about 3000 people that day. Sin has it’s drawbacks. You see we all deserve a death sentence. Most people will disagree. They think they are good people, they might be, but to who’s standards? God wants our full, undivided attention. He is the one who created us. He wants what is best for you and for me. The only way for us to even get a glimpse of what he wants is by his written word in scripture, and by developing a relationship with Him through prayer.
Are you actively seeking a relationship with Jesus? Are you setting aside time each day for scripture reading and meditation? I know it is hard to do, but we owe it to God. This is the least we can do to show our honor and praise for him. I promise you that you wont be sorry. When you seek God you will find him. He will make himself known to you.
Thank You for stopping by once again!!—————————-May God Bless You Richly!————————–Your Brother in Christ———————————–Matthew J. Leiker