Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A View of God's Solid Law from a'top My Wobbly Stepladder

This afternoon while awkwardly balancing myself up in the air, puttying sheetrock seams of a skylight tunnel  (puttying being my least favorite thing to do only to be outdone by sanding it back off, but alas it's a seemingly never ending part of  my daily life ) I began to thinking. My mind turned to Gods Law and all of the verses and principles that surround it. So I started reciting the Commandments and the first one hit me hard like never before, "You shall have no other gods before Me." What is this! my mind cried out, I had never before seen just how very, very incredibly sad and heartbreaking this one command alone truelly is. The One and Only God, our Creator God has had to tell pitifully dependant little us to have no other gods before Him! It is such an amazingly undeserved  act of love and patience for the Lord to even speak these words. Freshly free'd Israel nor us have absolutely no excuses, we know who has saved us, we know where every good blessing comes from, our manna falls daily never a true need left unprovided for. Could the children of Israel, Gods chosen people, a nation of millions of "rational" men and women,  really wake one morning gather the Heavenly manna and then proceed to gather together the gold to make themselves a "god!" Have I ever done that? Do I do that? I know I do. As I thought on further it just got all the more pitiful. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain," to despise the Holy name of God as filth, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy," why is it so hard for us to accept the rest that He gives us, why do we fight such a merciful gift? "You shall not murder," should we be the ones to choose when a life God has given is to come to an end? Just because that life has become the object of our hate. "You shall not commit adultery," is a holy covenant between ourself, the one we love, and most importantly The Lord God something we should easily forget, take lightly, or dare to break in mind or body? And so on and so forth with every other commandment. It became increasingly apparent to me just how tragic it is that we as humans even needed to have these Laws and Commandments written down. Don't we even know what is good, right, and true. Our love for God and our neighbor is so cold and lifeless that selfishness and disgusting greed corrupt our worship, thoughts, speech, desires, and actions. Not one of us is free of this guilt. As I read Psalm 119, again and again the writer (David?) pleads for the Lord to teach him His Law to make it a part of him, this law is Gods love in us. On the New Earth Gods Law will be fulfilled in its completeness and every life will be lived not meerly under it, but through it. No longer will we tell ourselves and others YOU shall NOT steal, but Gods Love in us will be our Law and our pure thoughts and actions will all flow from this law that will be part of our very being.

   Hebrews 8:8 
...Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
 9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
 10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
 11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
 12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
 13In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.  

Psalm 119

 169 Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
         Give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before You;
         Deliver me according to Your word.
171 My lips shall utter praise,
         For You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,
         For all Your commandments 
are righteousness.
173 Let Your hand become my help,
         For I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
         And Your law 
is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
         And let Your judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
         Seek Your servant,
         For I do not forget Your commandments.


Caitlin said...

Sometimes I like having mindless (or seemingly so) work to do - because my mind can wander and ponder and travel far away and back again... and, more often then not, in the journeying I learn something vitally important about God.

Teddy said...

:) Caitlin, that is very true! I unfortunately do that so often that I forget what I am actually doing, lol. My thoughts go a'lot deeper than my awareness and commonsense. ;) I keep getting told its because I'm a man? lol

I think its amazing how God keeps bringing one certain thing up everywhere you look until you have thoroughly learned the lesson He has for you.