Not so much a fair production of what God has in mind for us, nevertheless, He uses this as an example of His relationship with His people. In His daughter Israel He always revealed Himself to His people throughout the Holy Scriptures, in His Temple in Jerusalem, and in the Synagogues throughout the land. God cannot change, so, why have we these imaginations that He is different today than in the past with His daughter, Israel? If one daughter is in the Father’s family, why would we think that the other daughter should be treated differently? Judah, the sister of Israel, is in the same family. Our Lord married them, both.
In times past Our Lord, God, Jesus Christ, married His apple of His eye, PSALM 17:8. He knows that blindness thrives without sight. He has always kept His family within His sight. He was not blind to the fact that He created us in His likeness, and in His image, GEN. 1:26. He gave us eyes, also, to prevent us from falling on our face in disgrace. The same goes for our spirit which was God breathed in everyone of us, (humans ), GEN. 2:7. As then, so it is, now. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. We fail to remember that God breaths life into us, from Adam, till, now. Without getting too involved, let us stay within the simplicity, for now, within the confines of God’s relationship with His bride.
Our Lord’s first bride was Israel. Although a metaphor, the ” apple ” represented something, not only pleasing to the eye, but also a source of inspiration within one’s being. It provides the determination to guide, direct, and protect the bride that you have chosen, for yourself. This supports the jealousy, within one’s self, of the intimacy the husband and the bride exhibit towards one another, EXODUS 20:5; EXODUS 34:14. There was something within the woman for the man to take notice. His eye was fixed on her. Her inner beauty, and her outward beauty was seen by the groom, and by Him, alone.
God chose Israel, a Canaanite, amongst all other peoples in the world. Israel’s father, Abraham, was an Amorite, and her mother was a Hittite. Our Lord, God, says that she was comely when born, and no one cared that she existed. Her umbilical cord was left uncut, and unclean. She was naked, dumped in a field, unwanted, and left to die. God saw her kicking in her own blood from birth, and told her to LIVE ! He helped her thrive. She grew up to become a beautiful jewel. Her breasts became full, and her hair grew long. Still, she was naked. Afterwards, God saw her again, and she was old enough to marry. He wrapped His cloak around her and declared His marriage vows. She became the bride of the Sovereign Lord by the covenant that He had proclaimed making her His bride.
God washed her clean, and rubbed fragrant oils over her. She was clothed in priceless clothing of linens and silk. She was adorned with necklaces, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and a nose ring and a crown studded with finely polished jewels. She was fed the finest foods, and was more beautiful than ever. She looked like a queen, and so she was. Her fame became known throughout the world because of the splendor bestowed upon her by our Sovereign Lord which perfected her beauty.
In time she ignored what God had done for her. In her arrogance, she began to trust herself. She prostituted herself with the world. She gave the jewels God gave to her to be fashioned into idols, and shrines for them to carry out her prostitution. She took the very gold, silver, and jewels, that our Sovereign Lord gave to her, and made statues of men and worshiped them, and committed adultery against her husband, the Lord, God. She then, also, had sacrificed her children, born to God, as a sacrifice to the gods that she now worshiped. It wasn’t enough that she prostituted herself, she sacrificed the children that belonged to God.
She sealed her destruction, and provoked the anger of the MOST HIGH, GOD. She built her shrines on every street corner. Her alters were everywhere. The Sovereign Lord had said that she had a sick heart, prostituting herself without asking for payment for her love. She became an adulterous wife that takes in strangers instead of her own husband. She became worse than a prostitute. Prostitutes charge for their services, but she gave it away. She became such a whore, that she bribed those to go to lie with her. There were none in the earth that were spared of her evil ways, EZEKIEL 16:1-43; and in JEREMIAH 3:1-21, GOD DIVORCES, HIMSELF, ( GENESIS 22:8 ), from Israel. However, He has so much compassion He calls her back, but not as before. Being God, He can ask to remarry her, JEREMIAH 3:1.
And, as for today’s church, Judah, the same judgement will befall her. The church is still involved in idolatry, and all sorts of abominations before the eyes of the Lord. Abortion is no different than sacrifice of the children promised to the Sovereign Lord. The greatest contrast between us and Israel is that we’ve become worse in our sinfulness. There are so many prophets lying in wait to deceive those who might be saved, JEREMIAH 5:2, 31.
It comes down to this, unless two are in agreement, they cannot walk together. Whether it be good or bad, every movement of mankind must be in the harmony of the purposes, works, and beliefs of all parties involved to extract any benefit at all. As in any relationship, or business, neither can be efficient if all parties involved do not agree as to how the enterprise is to be enforced to produce an equitable conclusion, satisfactory to all parties involved. Agreement is crucial in all endeavors God pursues. The problem lies within men. Men do not choose as God chooses.
God says to love your enemies as yourself, but, if we have just the slightest inclination questioning such a principle then our souls lie as far as the East is from the West with God. We, in fact, are not in harmony with God. Just because you say to yourself that you are in covenant with God, does not mean you are walking in harmony with God. If, because you reason that God threatens your way of life, then God is in disagreement with us. Our relationship with God must be intimate. Our life with Him must be as sincere as the word “ sincere ” suggests. Our life here, with Him, should mirror our life with Him in heaven.
Throughout history, Adultery, and Fornication are looked upon as the most serious, and the severe punishments attributed to these actions people partake in were, also very severe. The intercourse between God and man demands an intimacy of His love, His mercy, and judgement. This relationship depends on our acceptance of God’s terms, and not ours.Do we walk in the flesh, or in the spirit of agreement with God? The moral law reigns above all others. Our salvation depends on us honoring Him for redeeming us on the cross of His Son on the cross.
Spouses and friends are not the same. You need not agree with a friend on everything. One constant does remain, though, as in a relationship with a spouse, there must be agreement in walking together. Their company is fulfilling in the sense that they may cheer your life. There is no urgency to conform our minds, our souls, our hearts, and our strength to offer a pleasing response towards them. Walking with a friend comes with no fear, and trembling, as with one who wants to please their spouse. As they talk with each other walking down the street, the same is with the spouse, only more intimate. The closeness that we experience with our spouse can be experienced by all Christians with God. Our conversations with God include Him talking to us. It is not impossible for all Christians to have conversations with God if we are walking with Him. This, then, is CLIMAX of the intercourse between God and man. It is this climax that allows us the power to soar above all of life’s calamities. It is the knowledge, that, even, if we do not hear Him we know He is with us traveling together with us, comforting us along the rough trail in this wilderness.
The inconsistency of the realization that God is present with us is due to sin. The slightest hint of sin will prevent God from walking, and talking with you. Something is out of agreement. You may not even be conscience of the slightest deviation from the marriage vows between you and God. In the Garden of Eden, God walked and talked with His creation. Why should He change, now, considering that God cannot change? To have the unending fellowship with the all powerful, invisible God is why we, as Christians, those of us who comprise Judah, have been created. To have such a relationship, the Creator of His creation, developing intelligent conversation between both because of interests common to both.
Many try to achieve this closeness without taking the necessary steps to achieve it. First of all the sinner must come to terms that he has a need that only God can fulfill. A sorrowful attitude must follow, and that only comes from the gift of repentance, given to those He has chosen, ACTS 11:17, 18. Then he must ask, and allow our Lord Jesus Christ in their heart knowing how deceitful the heart is, to begin cleansing our moral compass directing, guiding, and protecting us from all externals that might keep us from Him. We must also profess our allegiance to Him by being baptized in water, representing the cleansing of His precious blood that was shed on the cross, washing us from all evidence of sin, and the death and resurrection of us in Christ. Though symbolic, it is a factual hope of all who are called to partake in the ” BORN AGAIN “ experience enjoyed by all who believe.
When two walk together it certainly describes both parties in pursuit of the same goals, and achieving them together. Although, when we walk with our Lord, God, we are attuned to the fact we are in His Divine presence, always. In the Scriptural sense of walking together implies a perfect adherence to God’s law, and the unselfish acceptance to do the will of God. His law is flawless as He is. There is a big problem with only one solution. Our will runs from His law. When we come in contact with it we find it to be a consuming fire; absorbing all life. The law never saved a soul. Now, we as dead men, can’t walk together. Our conscience pushes away from it’s condemning nature.
The one who injures another can’t be in a position to be the one who forgives. They seem to be the one’s who holds a grudge. When someone is lost they seem to wander aimlessly through life. With no direction, how can one find their way? Without a compass to rely on, how can one navigate through the rough seas? The world continues to compete for your confidence in it’s determination to keep you in the dark. Because the law is what it is, and has done what it was intended to do, it has put us at odds with the very One it was to draw us closer, to. There is a distance between us and our Lord, but there must be peace made for us sinners. To attain peace the law must be satisfied.
God had made provision for us to walk with Him, again. In GENESIS 3:15 our Lord, God cursed the serpent which deceived the man and woman whom our Lord walked with, in agreement, in the Garden. They now have knowledge of good and evil as only the Lord, God knew. A PROBLEM WITH ONLY ONE SOLUTION. A substitute for the weakness of the creature against the evil one. God had to provide, HIMSELF, as a sacrifice. God provided the solution the problem required, GENESIS 22:8. God gave to His law all that it required. His son became the substitute for all sinners. He is our peace. Jesus Christ has now freed my conscience from the consequence of sin, and has made my conscience fall in love with the law. Obedience is now the agenda for my conscience to follow. Although, the law still brings attention to my disobedience of the law, the reconciliation of the law, by Christ Jesus, is accomplished.
What is our part? Obedience! We obey because we are now free from sin and death. Our Lord, God, Jesus Christ did for me what I could not do, although I was still sinning. BUT!
Even in the relationships we are involved in, the lesson still holds true, and more easily understood. A truth involving us in marriage can sometimes convey to us what God would have us learn. He wants a true, and total love in return for His true, and total love for us; no exceptions. As in the beginning of this article, God gives us a portrayal of two women, ISRAEL, and JUDAH, committing adultery. Our Lord Jesus Christ issued a decree of divorcement from Israel. He also said that He would take them back, but knew that the emotional destruction experienced by the one which the offense had been committed against cannot not be easily overcome in the flesh because it disrupts every aspect of the human creation. The heart, the mind, the soul, and the body are all affected. Unlike Fornication, which is the physical separation of the bond of two people, Adultery is more cunning, and subtle; deceiving the one who commits it. Because it’s not sexual intercourse the commission of Adultery goes undetected in many cases.
Adultery is not tolerated at all by God in any form. Because of it’s destructive nature of the sin, God gave man permission to separate, permanently, with a decree of divorce due to Adultery, and Fornication, and it still applies, today, MATTHEW 5:32. Many would take that verse and say that only physical, sexual intercourse is cause for divorce. FALSE!!!!!!
We see a follow-up in I CORINTHIANS 7:1-11. The husband has full, not some, authority over his wife, and the wife has full, not some, authority over her husband. Now, we must not even have thoughts of others in marriage as God has no thoughts for others in our marriage to Him. Think of it, and you have done it. A good example of this is a recent story of a married couple. They both endured the hazards this world presents to us. Several years ago he offered to drive another employee of the company he worked at to and from work. They were of the opposite sex and this innocent act created problems between him and his wife. After several days his wife asked him to stop driving her to, and from his place of employment. He complied to her wishes with no argument. He and his wife were newly converted and did try to do the right things in the sight of our Lord.
As we all know, we have working relationships with those of the opposite sex. That’s fine, but there is a line that should not be crossed as in our relationship with God. Let’s keep it all business at our place of employment; avoid any meetings outside the workplace with those of the opposite sex; meet them in groups; find polite ways of ending personal conversations; avoid consistency in the relationship; don’t share your personal feelings; be totally honest with yourself; avoid, at all cost, cordial hugs and kisses, or dancing with others of the opposite sex; don’t drink around the opposite sex; show your commitment to your spouse daily; and finally avoid all appearances of evil, I THESSALONIANS 5:22.
Unlike the husband, the wife allowed men to call her at home, although she was a shipping manager. The problem arose when others would call, and were not drivers. Though her justification was that they were having problems with fellow workers, she would speak to them in another room, privately. Her husband asked several times for her to put a stop to it, but she continued to justify it. Several years passed when he stumbled upon a shopping bag with cards, letters, and notes from three different men. They had gone to their pastor, but not to a good Christian counselor, and just prayed and, in time, were able to come to a reflection of a marriage, but a mere copy of one. Five years latter he found out that she was still talking to one of the men.
Besides the fact that there was no sex, when does the affair stop? He did divorce her. Just as God did with Israel, he warned her of her actions, but she continued. Apparently, without making rash assumptions, we make a rational judgement against her actions. She did find no fault with her actions, although her husband warned her to stop, his heart was broken and all trust in her vanished.
AFFAIRS ARE NOT ABOUT SEX. They are about one having the control over ones’ life and not having to answer to anyone, even God, in this case. Intimate details, and energy reserved for the marriage, are now in the hands of those who have no right to them. As with the Israelites, the world offers opinions and perspectives unknown to us. Affairs present a freshness by meeting someone new. Our independence is not thwarted, and we have no need of another in our life. Meanwhile, marriage requires teamwork. God needs our cooperation as much as we need His cooperation. God is needy, and we are needy. There is no truth in one having independence of their life. The exact manner of those who want independence have their lives dictated to them by the laws set up in this world, and controlled by Satan. Continuing in this train of thought proves that there is no true independence and that we are all creatures of need.
As a norm, since the fall of mankind, we have an appetite for power and control. When a friend dies we ask how they died. Are we looking for a sign that their passing was an incident or a physical defect that makes them different than you? Then we are informed it was a heart attack. They smoked, and had heart disease in their family. You jog and are into health food. We believe that we’ve dodged the bullet because we stay in shape. Quietly you convince yourself that it couldn’t happen to you because you stay in shape. Control is paramount. We haven’t the slightest idea of how often we think about it, and act on it without noticing.
CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER, EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED?