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10/21/15 Relationship with God

Published: Wednesday, 21 October 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “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.  Exodus 20:1-5

All activities, works, thoughts, and plans of God are to achieve one purpose and only one purpose: have a strong and healthy relationship with you as a Believer.  Most of you will recognize the above passage from Exodus that identifies the 10 Commandments.  These are the first two commandments.  They describe God’s expectations of a relationship with every man, woman, and child.  The setting is at Mt. Sinai where all of the Hebrews that Moses led out of Egypt were camped.  They spent about two years at Mt. Sinai to learn more about God.  It had been 400 years since God had any direct dealings with the Hebrews until He empowered Moses to deliver them from slavery. 

 

The first statement is, “I am the LORD your God,” like God introducing Himself to the people.  The proper name for God is YHWH.  The Hebrew language does not contain any vowels.  The correct pronunciation has been lost because the Hebrews thought that no one was righteous enough to speak His name aloud.  We pronounce it as “Yahweh”.  To know when the original Hebrew used the proper name for God “YHWH”, modern translators used a technique of capitalizing all the letters of LORD, but reducing the font size of the three last characters.  Therefore, when you see in your Bibles, LORD, you know that it is referring to the proper name of God.  This becomes extremely important to know when God is being referred to.

The remaining passage describes God’s expectations of your relationship with Him.  It says that you should have no other gods in your life.  Something in this world can become a god to you when you devote time to it ahead of everything else.  My career was a god to me for the first seven years of employment.  I did not think of other things in my life other than my job.  I look back on those seven years with a harsh judgment of myself because I had a beautiful and devoted wife and two unbelievable children.  I wish I had not missed their early lives, but it is too late.  This is what another god will do to you.  You will miss the important things in your life.

God continues to explain His expectations of a relationship with you when He says that you should not make an image that you will worship.  For many men, a car can easily become an image that is worshipped by them.  For women, it could be certain cosmetics or a TV talk show that takes precedence over other things in their lives.

Finally, God says He is a jealous God.  He doesn’t want to share you with anyone or anything else.  Your relationship to Him should be first in your life.  This relationship between you and God takes work just like with any other relationship.  The depth and strength of your relationship with God is determined by the amount of time spent together and talking about things.  This is what God desires – a working, talking, and living relationship with you.  Let Him know how you feel about things. Listen to Him through the Holy Spirit.  Your life will be different with a strong relationship with God. 

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