May 27, 2019

GOD RENEWED HIS COVENANT

And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.  Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.  Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.  But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),  lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.(Exodus 34:10-16).

The children of Israel have been set aside as a spectacle for the display of the glory of God in all the earth. God is renewing His covenant with them by again emphasizing that the land they were going to occupy are filled with people who are idol worshipers. God promised to drive these inhabitants out of their land because they worship images which is their god and sacrificed human beings to them. Because they have polluted the land, God tells them not to make any covenant with them but to destroy their altars and sacred pillars. The reason the Lord is saying it again is because the children of Israel are prone to straying away quickly. The first 40 days and 40 nights that Moses spent on the Mountain caused them to commit sin by making Idol for themselves (the gold calf).  God has forgiven them of that sin and He is now reminding them that that they will encounter images there but they should destroy them because He is the only God that there is. They must not worship these images because He is a Jealous God.

As we move on  in this journey, we will see if they strictly adhere to this covenant. They have sinned once with the gold calf, and many people perished as a result of this, have they truly learnt their lesson? We will be able to answer these questions as we go on. If we can relate it to the happenings of today, do we not see the same thing repeating itself over and over again. For example in our society of today we hear of school shooting and many people getting injured, yet before long again you hear of the same thing in another school. In course of a year many schools have experienced the same problem . Why are we repeating the mistakes of others?  Do we not know that killing people is a sin? Hell fire is their destination. The number of evil doers is skyrocketing everyday.  Other forms of killing involves committing suicide because of one problem or the other.  Many such deaths (suicide) has taken so many lives including very young children that should be ignorant of such things.. Many other deaths are found in families because of argument or misunderstanding between husbands and wives, or children and parents. In different places of work, a disgruntled worker can go on killing spray just to revenge of wrongdoings. The list goes on and on. Why has the world become so unsafe and we are so helpless. Apart from the eternal judgment, many people that are caught doing evil end up in Jail. Should that not be a form of deterrent to other people?

I wish all of us can submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and allow His spirit of mercy, love, kindness, dwell in us, because if we do, the world be better than it is today. There is a vacuum in us, if we don’t fill this vacuum with positive things (things of God), Satan will fill it up with his own spirit, and the result will be destruction, killings and every form of evil. This is why our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to go into the world and preach the gospel, and those that believe, we should baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that He commanded us. Satan is taking advantage of our lukewarm attitude, so we should get up and start to witness to souls that are yet to give their life to Christ. May the Lord continue to push us out to evangelize for Him in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed.

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