Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
June 10, 2011
It was just over a year ago that I wrote All Dogs Go To Heaven -
I put a statement in there that some would not agree with what I wrote. Same goes for this one. Some will even say that I'm totally wrong. My only response -
If you're a regular reader -
“How much do I owe you?” said the man to his Lord.
“For giving me this day and every day that’s gone before.
“Shall I build a temple, shall I make a sacrifice?
“Tell me Lord and I will pay the price.”
And the Lord said: “I won’t take less than your love, sweet love.
“No, I won’t take less than your love.
“All the treasures of the world could never be enough,
“And I won’t take less than your love.”
Know the song?
It's called I won't take less than your love, by Tanya Tucker -
In the song, a similar conversation takes place between a husband and his wife -
Not a Christian song -
Maybe God would like to go to a concert with us?
That's my conclusion -
And why did I start at the end?
Yesterday, I was just laying on the couch in the early evening taking a break -
The songs from the musical play Mama Mia were playing.
Quite often, this one reminds me of something that God would say to us.
Don't go wasting your emotions, lay all your love on me.
Don't go sharing your devotion, lay all your love on me.
Matt 22:37 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
No wonder it reminds me of something He would say -
After that, I felt like I really wanted to listen to a song called Jerusalem Ridge. Don't know who wrote it -
With apologies to people who think their first instinct if they saw Jesus would be to bow down or lay down and worship Him -
Ever since I was in grade school, God, The Father -
As for Jesus -
Then I see myself going to a concert with Jesus.
And Jerusalem Ridge is being played.
Jesus asks me if I liked it.
Of course I did.
Then He tells me -
Of course -
Except that now I've got tears coming from my eyes and such a feeling of joy.
Can't wait for that experience to really happen!
I've been reading a book series -
After finishing that, I'm about half way through Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud, by Philip Yancey. That is totally about not only what we want from God -
He talks about our disappointment with God -
here's a striking excerpt from the book -
As I read through the Bible in my winter aerie <he was in a snow-
Like going to a concert with Jesus, maybe?
Some will strenuously object to this, I'm sure.
From John 2:1-
Jesus Changes Water to Wine
Jn 2:1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
Jn 2:4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
Jn 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Jn 2:6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jn 2:7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Jn 2:8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
Jn 2:11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
It wasn't even Jesus' time yet -
And look at what He did.
The best wine was served at the beginning of the wedding -
Let's go back to my friends playing at the pizza parlor -
I wrote about seeing God's gifts to us in something as a piano -
Think about that music now -
Turning the water into wine was a miracle -
Still think He doesn't want to be our friend? Maybe He wants us to just worship Him all the time and nothing else?
Jn 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
He wants to be our friend. He told us that very plainly.
Worship Him -
There's many movies, books, and other things that would lead us to believe that when we die we will become angels. Don't know where that comes from -
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
There are many references in the Bible to the angels worshiping God.
But there a lot of references where God interrupts people in the middle of their fear of God worship" -
We hear the words every Christmas season at church pageants when children dress up in bathrobes and act out the story of Jesus’ birth. “Fear not!” lisps the six-
These were also God’s first words to Abraham, and to Hagar, and to Isaac. “Fear not!” the angel said in greeting Gideon and the prophet Daniel. For supernatural beings, that phrase served almost as the equivalent of “Hello, how are you?” Little wonder. By the time the supernatural being spoke, the human being was usually lying face down in a cataleptic state. When God made contact with planet Earth, sometimes the supernatural encounter sounded like thunder, sometimes it stirred the air like a whirlwind, and sometimes it lit up the scene like a flash of phosphorous. Nearly always it caused fear. But the angel who visited Zechariah and Mary and Joseph heralded that God was about to appear in a form that would not frighten.
What could be less scary than a newborn baby with jerky limbs and eyes that do not quite focus? In Jesus, born in a barn or cave and laid in a feeding trough, God found at last a mode of approach that humanity need not fear. The king had cast off his robes.
And then I think of all the times I've heard someone say something along the lines of -
True enough -
Assuming one stays with the concept of fear God -
At best -
To go beyond that -
So that leaves us a choice to make between three options:
It's like flipping a coin. Yes -
One side is fear (option 1)-
Option 2 is like having the coin land on edge. Not likely to happen. On top of that -
Rev 3:14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Rev 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Let's look at the options again, with this in mind -
Jerusalem Ridge is six minutes and thirty four seconds long. So all this happened in less time than that. When it ended -
To close this out -
I wonder -
It's not just us who wants to be with Him.
He wants to be with us!
Even the angels have the free will to follow God -
So what is it about us that makes God want to be with us?
Why does He want to be our friend? (fear not)
Why does He care so much about us? (He laid down His life for His friends)
Why is He so passionate about us? (I wish you were either hot or cold...)
I'm not going to answer this question for you.
God didn't make this huge army of little robots that all do the same thing.
He made us different -
He has different expectations / desires / wishes for each of us.
It's up to each of us to engage Him -
And then go for it.
The creator of everything wants to be your best friend!
As usual, the music is on right now while I'm writing.
At the moment, it's a photo video from the Passion 2010 event.
Great music by Chris Tomlin.
The scene when I just looked over to the screen -
DO SOMETHING NOW
If you're into music -