I am so happy to share with you what the Lord is teaching me through His word.
Have you ever received a love letter you have hung onto forever?
There's a special one for you from the Father. Picture the Bible as His love letter for you---with many pages. Picture the ten commandments as a love letter carved in stone!
We will be learning through them one by one.
For now, let's take a peek at the preparation for the writing of that love letter:
Exodus 19: 4-6
You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."
|God lovingly reminds the Israelites of how He has brought them out of captivity- not in a slow, laborious way, but in miraculous ways. He reminds them of how He parted the waters for them, how He literally carried them into safety and out of danger. This He did despite their fears and their complaining. He did it in spite of their lack of faith. He reminds them that He brought them to Himself...and not just turned loose in the desert.|
|He often does the same with us. He reminds us of how He has to let us stumble and fall as we grow. But He always is there to lift us back up and carry us out of the messes we create for ourselves. Each time He does it, it is in a more intimate way. Each time, we grow more. Each time, He cradles us in love.||
|I love the example
of the mother Eagle. She builds that mammoth nest that is at
least eight feet by eight feet, as deep as 20 feet, and weighing a couple
of tons. She fills it up with leaves , animal fur, and down from her
own breast, making it warm and cozy. What a snug, safe place for her
eaglets! No wonder they have no desire to venture out on their own.
But when the time comes, she takes them out to the sky and drops them! Poor little guys go plummeting to the earth with no idea how to help themselves.
Mamma eagle watches, and swoops down just before her baby crashes, flies under him, and picks him up. She flies back up toward home....and again drops him. Over and over, she repeats this pattern. Each time, she swoops down to save him and bears him up....on eagles wings.
|As we look back on
our own lives, we see the blessings God has provided. We too,
plummet, and have nothing between us and the abyss. We "were
without hope and without God in the world." (Eph 2:12).
But for us, Christ has swooped in to save us from the big crash. He picks us up and carries us home. He gave us all we have. He sustains us and keeps us on a daily basis.
God tells the Israelites "if you will indeed obey My voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."
He does the same for us:
He calls us to Himself.
He bears us on eagle's wings.
He gives us His promises if we obey.
He makes us become a kingdom.
|God gave His
commandments because He knew ahead of time where we needed direction
He knew the consequences of wrong decisions.
We always need help beyond our experience or age - and He knew that beforehand. Out of love, He prepared for us very clear directions.
Psalm 119: 97-100
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Continued:Personal Preparation| No Other Gods|Empty Images| Guard Your Mouth| Sabbath rest |Honor Your Parents| You Shall Not Murder|You Shall Not Commit Adultery|
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If you are
interested in further study, I recommend "The Ten(der)
Commandments" by Ron Mehl.
(Thank you, Beth, for loaning me that
(Thank you, Beth, for loaning me that book!!!)