You Have To Choose (and time is running out)
In Matthew 24 Jesus uses tool of teaching by illustrating his lesson through a parable. This time it concerned our preparation and expectation for his return. Now read this slowly and carefully because it is a passage that many just skim over: Continue reading . . .
A section of Scripture I love to re-read now and then, is: Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 12-13. The reason is because it is rather sobering:
“Listen, Israel: Yahweh is our Elohim. Yahweh is the only God. Love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates . . . [Now this is the sobering part I was talking about] be careful that you don’t forget Yahweh, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt. You must FEAR Yahweh your Elohim, serve him, and take your oaths only in his name.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 12-13)
Does that really mean that we are to FEAR him, as in be AFRAID of him? Yep. Even as believers, we have remain conscious of who and what he is: The God, the Elohim, of Creation, who possesses the power of life and death; of judgment and salvation; of Grace or ruin.
Yeshua made it perfectly clear when he said, “I didn’t come to JUDGE you, you are already judged. I came that you could have life.” See, whether you like or not; whether it fits into you philosophical framework or not; whether you even agree with it . . . it is a reality you must face.