In order to belong to God, one must first believe he exists. This wasn’t the problem with the people of Israel and Judah. They believed in God, but their struggle was worshiping God only. God would use the prophets as His mouthpiece to call them to repentance so he could restore them. Israel had trouble keeping the covenant and obedience to God. The first commandment clearly states; “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD, your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:3-6) God used the prophets to speak to Israel, to tell them to turn from worshipping man-made idols and allow God to restore them. God warned the people of Israel through the messenger Amos “On the very day I punish Israel for its sins, I will des...
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...rselves. We may not be worshipping a golden calf but we do worship the mighty dollar. Our careers, schedules, agendas, all come before God. We use God as if he is a Jeannie in a bottle and only call on him when we are in need of something. We think if we throw some money in the offering, we have done our part; That should take care of the poor and needy, we have done our religious good deed and we go home feeling quite satisfied. If we would understand Gods desire is to have a relationship with us. He created us to commune with Him. To spend time in His word, finding out what pleases Him, and then because we love him we will begin to live accordantly. “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:16–17).
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