Good evening y’all. Today we are looking at Exodus 34.
Be blessed 🙂
God is such a loving God. Though the children of Israel had sinned against him by bowing to the golden calf, He was willing to forgive and give them a ‘Do Over’. He gave them a new promise.
God promised to do so much wonder and mighty miracles for the Israelites, that through the miracles, other nations will tremble and fear Him and know that He is the God who has done all this marvelous things. But notice there was a condition to the promise – They had to obey God’s commands fully and be totally devoted to Him.
“The Lord said: I promise to perform miracles for you that have never been seen anywhere on earth. Neighboring nations will stand in fear and know that I was the one who did these marvelous things. I will force out the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, but you must do what I command you today. Don’t make treaties with any of those people. If you do, it will be like falling into a trap. Instead, you must destroy their altars and tear down the sacred poles they use in the worship of the goddess Asherah. I demand your complete loyalty—you must not worship any other god! Don’t make treaties with the people there, or you will soon find yourselves worshiping their gods and taking part in their sacrificial meals. Your men will even marry their women and be influenced to worship their gods. Don’t make metal images of gods”. (Exodus 34:10-17 CEVUS06)
Don’t make treaties with the people, if not you will fall into their trap… This got me thinking: Am i in any way making treaties with the world around me? Am i compromising here and there because everyone is doing? Have I started following the world’s way of doing things without even realising it?
God clearly told them if they made treaty with the people of the land, they will find themselves worshipping their gods. They will be polluted and no longer loyal to God.
This reminds me of King Solomon. He started great but he got carried away and ended up marrying so many pagan wives that they turned his heart away from God.
“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the lord . In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the lord his God, as his father, David, had been”.(1 Kings 11:1-4 NLT)
Paul in his letter to the Romans also stressed the fact that we shouldn’t be influenced by the world around us rather we should fix our attention on God.
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you”.(Romans 12:2 MSG)
We cannot have one foot in Gods Kingdom and another foot out in the world. We have to choose which camp we belong to. God said to the israelites – “I demand your complete loyalty—you must not worship any other god!”. God is a jealous God.
God is saying same to us today. He demands our complete loyalty. He will not share us with any other god.
Today is a new day and God is offering us a ‘Do Over’. I pray we will accept His offer and make the decision to be totally devoted to Him and serve Him wholeheartedly. Amen.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed night 🙂
***With God all things are possible***