One of my favorite worship songs is “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan (sung here by Kim Walker and Jesus Culture). The very first line in the song says, “He is jealous for me.” When I read today’s verses, that fact jumped out at me from the page. I won’t quote the entire passage, but if you read 2 Kings 17: 34-39, you’ll note that God commands the Israelites, no less than 4 times, to worship only Him, NOT other gods. Of course as we know, “they would not listen” (2 Kings 17:40a) and they paid the price.
The interesting thing about this passage is the somewhat lesser emphasis on how they should keep “the laws and commands He wrote” (2 Kings 17: 37b) and the juxtaposition with Galatians 4. Paul is concerned the Galatians are being enslaved by “those weak and miserable principles” (Gal. 4:9) – the laws. As we know, God gave Moses the law as a way to keep the Israelites in check. But, as Julie said so eloquently in yesterday’s post, “He gave them the Law through Moses, an unattainable set of rules to guide them, but also to show them that they couldn’t truly be righteous by themselves, no matter how hard they tried.” They seem to miss that last part.
Do I miss that part? I think the answer is Yes, sometimes I do. As Julie was alluding to yesterday, it is so easy to get caught up in the legalism of checking the boxes and forget that at the end of the day, he simply wants us to worship Him. He wants us to love like He loves. He wants us to be jealous for Him. And most importantly, NOT to worship other gods.
Lord, I accept your grace and truly admit that I am a sinner. I pray that obeying your decrees will be a natural outpouring of my grateful heart and not an obligation. You deserve all of my worship. I am happy to give it to you. Let my whole life be in worship to you and you alone!! Amen