In prayer I asked, “Deuteronomy 6” was the Spirit’s response, again…”
In my post “Seven pillars, seven eyes” I began with “The Lord our God the Lord is one.” This was the first time I quoted that phrase, an honored phrase of the Jewish faith.
I knew the phrase but I confess I did not know the address in the Old Testament Word. The day after I posted “Seven Pillars” I asked the Holy Spirit where He wanted me to read, He said Deuteronomy 6. Ok, as usual I did not know what was there. Low and behold, verse 4, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: …” Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV)
Maybe it is only for me to know and be encouraged that He is meeting me in these morning encounters. I have prayed that in expressing what He gives me that it would be received by as many as possible. I give my expectations to the Lord as I receive this encouragement to proceed with absolute assurance that I am serving Him in trying to reach the world.
Also in Deuteronomy 6 is verse 16. Because I had already been to this address I felt there was more to be gleaned. Verse 16 “Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.” (KJV)
You find this story of Massah in Exodus 17:7. Moses also named this place “Meribah” because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel against Moses and God.
Exodus 17:7 (KJV) “ And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us, or not?”
This is what I believe the Holy Spirit is saying in these days to us, “There is a time coming when God’s people will cry out, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’ Do not be a part of them who test the Lord faithful and true. His presence in you will be your confidence as you say “Though He slay me yet will I praise Him.”
Imagine Christ dying to His royal position in heaven in order to come here, to love and be loved, then be hated, beaten and crucified unjustly. Is it too much that God expects us to grasp our need to die to our life here symbolically (at least) in order to enter His house of royalty for eternity?
Let us embrace the reward and glory in the opportunity at Christ-likeness. If we reject it, as Daniel said in 12:2-3 (KJV) ”And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
Please … forward this post. Ask at your church for an email address to a missionary in some obscure nation. Plant the seed of preparation found in these posts so the “many” who will forsake their faith by saying “Is the Lord among us or not?” will become fewer, to His glory.
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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