4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord;
5 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
6 And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart;
7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
8 And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
God had led His people out of captivity to the Egyptians, brought them through the waters of the Red Sea and now they had entered the Wilderness that lay between them and the Promised Land. And it was here that God tested His people to see if their love for Him was strong enough to allow them to put their absolute trust in all that He did for them.
Deuteronomy 8:2 reads, “And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not.”
Unfortunately, the children of Israel failed in their love for God and as a result refused to believe and trust His decisions that were made for their own good. Forty years wasted in the self-imposed isolation of the desert because they refused to take God at His word.
As we have mentioned in a recent post, Brennan Manning said that God has only one question for you, “Do you know that I love you?” The Israelites saw God cast ten plaques upon the greatest nation of the day and totally humiliate and humble that powerful nation. They experienced the night of the Passover when the first born of Egypt died under the work of the Angel of Death. They knew they were spared by the spreading of the Lamb’s blood on their doorposts, and the Angel passed them over.
They experienced the parting of the Red Sea as God led them through on dry land. They travelled under the protection of the cloud by day and the pillar of fire at night. When they hungered they received manna and when they thirsted God provided water. Their clothes didn’t wear out; their enemies had no power to fight against them because of God.
And yet for all of this they refused to give Him their love and trust. The Israelites had seen the love of God and had experienced it first hand but couldn’t give it back. Is this not what real sin is? It is turning our back on the hand of God that reaches out to deliver us out of slavery to sin, Satan and death.
I’ve been thinking about Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in regards to a sermon that I will be preaching this week. And what keeps jumping out at me is verse 9, “And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” This of course refers to the Passover and I love the way that the writer of Deuteronomy connects this amazing event of protection, and deliverance with God’s love.
On the night of the Passover they killed the lamb and put its blood on the framework of their homes. But in a real sense, what is written in the blood is our love for God and His love for us.
Manning is right; God loves us with a wild, crazy, unfathomable love that is written in His blood. When all hell breaks loose in your life and everything comes crashing down do you run from God or to Him? Is your trust in His love big enough to hold you against the storms that batter you every day of your life?
So many people refuse to allow God’s love to be written on the doorposts of their hearts because they feel so unworthy. They think their sins are too great, too varied, and too terrible for God to accept them. Nothing we have ever done can chase away God’s awesome love for us.
And here is more good news. God says that when we come to Him and repent of our sins they are not only forgiven but also forgotten. I wish I had a tower and I could stand on it all day long calling out to the world “You are loved by our awesome God!”
If you ever doubt that love God has for you just look at the cross. Write on the door of your heart in the blood of the Lamb “I am loved.” If you do, you will save yourself a great deal of time that would have been wasted wandering in the wilderness of this world. You will find direction, purpose and life.
You are precious in His sight.
God’s plea is to let Him write His love on our hearts…
* Please take the time to read some of the stories of Christians who are experiencing persecution for their total commitment to Christ. They need our support and prayers.. http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/ there is much more on the internet…