Devoted? To your desire? Or to God?
Deuteronomy 9-11 /Acts 12-14
10:12-16 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the LORD’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good. The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the LORD your God. Yet the LORD chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above every other nation, as is evident today. Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn.
13:44-45 The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.
14:15-17 “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings like yourselves! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. In earlier days he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but he never left himself without a witness. There were always his reminders, such as sending you rain and good crops and giving you food and joyful hearts.” But even so, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them.
OT Flash Points
I’m not giving you this because you are righteous
It is only because of the wickedness of the inhabitants and My promise to Abe, Izy, and Jake
Your God is God of gods – fear and worship Him
Obey Obey Obey
NT Flash Points
Jews vs. Gentiles
Jews – jealousy because of the crowds
Gentiles – pagan orientation
Unstable culture – easily incited either way
Intimacy – being one
Devoted to your desire? Or to God?
Delight in the LORD
I have no questions of God about my life
Knowing Him answers all