I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.
We become like that which we worship.
Nike knows this. They pay professional athletes millions of dollars to wear their sneakers and endorse their t-shirts. And what happens because these popular athletes wear Nike shoes? People all over the world dip deep into their pockets to purchase Nike shoes and other apparel because it provides a connection between themselves and their favorite athletes. Whether or not buying Nike shirts and shoes gives the purchaser a competitive advantage…I really doubt it.
I don’t have a favorite athlete so I guess I can go on wearing whatever kind of shoe is on the clearance aisle!
God is jealous for our worship.
His jealousy is not because HE is needy. It’s because WE are needy.
We gravitate toward what is familiar, common, and easily accessible. We are drawn to what is lowly rather than the One who is holy.
Have you ever wondered why the 2nd Commandment is against making images of God to worship?
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
The Israelites tried many times to CREATE gods for themselves that reeked of things that were familiar. The first such god they tried to create was a golden calf. At other times, especially after they entered the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they set up altars to the god Baal and erected Asherah poles; gods carved of wood and stone worshipped in Canaan. The Lord warned them in the 10 Commandments not to even attempt to make an image of Him.
God does not give himself to being defined by our limited abilities or confined to our small imaginations. He is infinite. The creator of all things cannot be summarized by the shaping of things that we might worship Him.
God declares His holiness. To be holy is to be separate. God is not like any of the animals. He is greater than all of the celestial lights. He fills the universe, yet is mindful of every atom He spoke into being.
God calls His people to be holy because He is holy.
Rather than gravitating toward what we know we can control, that which is lowly, God calls us to reach toward Him, the One who is holy. We can’t control Him or define Him, but we know He’s good. We know He is gracious. We know He is forgiving. We know He loves.
God is love.
1 John 4:8
When we worship God, we allow Him to cultivate us so we can bear the resemblance of our Heavenly Father.
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