HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT US, Shofar eBook Chapter 9
Posted by Shofar/Liz
I was mistaken about a continuation of Chapter 8 with ‘America Under Judgment’. It is not a topic in the ‘Sounding the Shofar-Exhortations for the End Times’ eBook, but on ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes ‘America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment‘. I highly recommend that you read this very long and detailed post if you are interested in this subject, and/or also read Is America Under Judgment?
HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT US
God has very strong feelings regarding His Word and how we regard His Word. To love God is to love His Word. To love God is to obey His Word. To be blessed by God, we need to know His Word and we need to follow it. God is made known to us through His Word, and His Word reveals Himself to us. John 1:1 states,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
“… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4).
God honors His Word above everything in the universe, even above His holy name. Psalms 138:2 states
“… for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”.
Thus God has very strong feelings when we disobey His Word!
God feels rejected and despised, reproached, ignored, and is provoked to anger. The Bible is replete with judgment from God for disobeying His Word and because of the way His people lived.
REJECTION OF HIS WORD IS REJECTION OF GOD
When we reject God’s Word by disobeying it, we sin against God. Not believing His Word GRIEVES God greatly. To reject His Word is to reject God Himself. In 2 Sam12:9-10, God regarded David’s sins of adultery and murder as an act of DESPISING him. He spoke to David through the prophet Nathan:
“Wherefore hast thou DESPISED the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou has despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.”
In Bible references to Bathsheba, God reveals His feelings about her adulterous relationship with David. In 2 Sam 12:15, there is no mention of Bathsheba by her name, only as ‘Uriah’s wife’. In the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1, unlike the important women named, such as Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Mary, Bathsheba’s name is excluded; she is referred to as the “the wife of Urias” (Mt 1:6).
This is but one Bible account of many that reveals how God feels about sin, and that disobedience is as an act of despising God. Regarding sin, Jesus said,
“… Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
REPROACH- GOD’S NAME IS REPROACHED
When confronted by Nathan the prophet, David confessed, “I have sinned against the Lord”. But there were many consequences of his sins. The Biblical principle of sowing and reaping was set into motion. First the child he had with Bathsheba died.
“Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.’” (2 Sam 12:14).
Later, violence, bloodshed, and murders would besiege King David’s family until his death, because of his murder of Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba! God chose David as king to reign over Israel. His was a kingdom of power and order as God favored David mightily. Prior to his affair with Bathsheba, King David,
“reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people. And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host… and David’s sons were chief rulers.” (2 Sam 8:15-18).
But David broke God’s commandments by committing adultery, deceit, and murder. He brought REPROACH upon God’s name. God had expected him to be a righteous king, but instead, his occasion of sinning against God brought reproach on David’s own reputation as a leader. Joab, the captain of his army, lost respect for him because David involved him in the conspiring of Uriah’s murder, by placing Uriah in the front line of the battle to have him killed (2 Sam 11:15).
When Christian leaders don’t live Christ-like lives and sin against God, they blaspheme God’s name and bring REPROACH upon God, the Church, and themselves. They stumble other believers, and allow Satan to attack them and the Church. They bring disrepute upon themselves and the body of Christ, and God’s name is blasphemed and reproached before all in the world!
When we ourselves are poor testimonies and are spoken of in a bad light, we not only bring shame to our family and friends, but also to all Christians. But most of all, we bring shame, and REPROACH to God’s name. We should know and do better– for God chose us to be the salt of the earth and light of the world! (Mt 5:13-14). Mt 5:16 states,
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
IGNORED- God Forsaken and Forgotten
In the book of Jeremiah, God lamented over His people and said that they have “forsaken me, gone far from me, my fear is not in thee, they have forgotten me days without number” (Jer 2:5,13,19,32). The prophet Jeremiah was given the message for the people to return back to God. The people of his day were,
“a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face…” (Jer 65:2-3).
God said He would bring judgment upon them,
“because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear, but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not” (Isaiah 65:12).
The people were perpetual backsliders who refused to return to God; they rejected the word of the Lord; they were all adulterers and treacherous men, did not pursue truth upon the earth, but proceeded from evil to evil, and had forsaken and forgotten God (Jer 9:2-3).
What makes people forget God and backslide? God is forsaken and forgotten because He is not important in their lives and other gods have replaced Him. In the parable of the Sower, the seed, being the Word of God, could only bring forth fruit when sown in good ground that was ready to receive it. Wayside, Stony and Thorny Ground Christians don’t understand the importance for knowing God’s Word and have no delight in it. The Lord said,
“You have not heard me, listened to me; you didn’t want to listen to me or answer me as I rose up early speaking to you. You didn’t listen ‘but walked in the counsels and the imagination of your evil heart, and went backward” (Jer 7:13, 24; 8:6 paraphrased)
God is IGNORED!
The Barna Group, a national Christian research company, recently published a 104-page study that interviewed 1,008 Hawaii residents in February 2011. What is interesting is that almost 50% of those who don’t go to church anymore say that they’re not interested in ever attending church again. They don’t think it is important to go to church and refuse to attend! And of the 73% who say that they are Christians, only 4% subscribe to an evangelical view of God of believing in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the Word of God as the authority to live by, sharing the gospel of salvation, and other fundamental tenets of the Christian faith. These findings indicate that today’s churches may be serving little or no spiritual value, and in particular, do not have clear teachings as to what it means to be a believer in Jesus Christ! The mission of the church is unclear; the Word of God is not taught; the people are without faith! Is it no wonder then that God is ignored, forsaken and forgotten!
Next- Conclusion, God Grieved and Provoked to Anger https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/an-angry-god-conclusion-chapter-9-shofar-ebook/
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Posted on November 18, 2012, in Sounding the Shofar eBook and Related Posts and tagged Adultery and Murder, Bathsheba, David, Despising God by Despising His Word, God Has Feelings!, Ignored and Forsaken, Rejection of God's Word, Uriah, Weakness and Failures of the Church. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.