Word from God – August 12, 2022 – Keeping God’s commandments

Whilst in prayer, the Lord was leading me to read Jeremiah 18 and Ezekiel 11. And praying on this word this is what I received from God as the underlying theme regarding walking in our Creator’s ways.

When reading Jeremiah 18 it explains how God is our potter and we are the clay.

Jeremiah 18:6 - O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

God was asking the nation of Israel to repent, to repent from doing evil in His sight , otherwise judgement was coming to Israel and more specifically Judah. And we see in the verses below that the men of Judah chose to rather walk after their own devices and in their own evil ways.

Jeremiah 18:11-12                                  11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.                                                           12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. 

But what is this evil really ? We get more of the answer in verse 15.

Jeremiah 18:15 - Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;

We see the ancient way refers to days of old. Many may say this refers to God’s Torah , which is made up of His commandments, statutes and judgements. Although , this is what I have come to believe, I don’t necessarily believe it means keeping all 613 commandments of the law, but rather those that are perpetual such as the ten commandments and the biblical feast days. Some of the Torah also doesn’t apply to everyone, for example some are for women, for priests etc. And thankfully Lord Jesus Christ is our high priest and those sacrificial laws and offerings have been replaced , and as part of a new covenant Lord Jesus Christ is our High Priest who intercedes on our behalf. He himself became the ultimate sacrifice.

Also an important note is that we keep the commandments as we are saved, we are not saved by keeping them but only through grace and through faith in Lord Jesus Christ. However there are also blessings in keeping the commandments and curses for not doing so.

A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

Deuteronomy 11:27 KJV

Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Proverbs 7:2 KJV

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Matthew 19:17 KJV

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

John 15:10 KJV

Does this mean we are perfect or aim to do things on our own? Absolutely not ! We should never be doing this mechanically or just for the sake of doing it, that is religion. Also none of us are perfect, we all sin, but God provides His Mercy in that when we sin we confess that sin and according to 1 John 1:19 , if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us for our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That is why living a repentant life is also important, including daily repentance.

If we go back to the verses above we also see what the Hebrew word for walk really means. It is the work yalak, which means to walk in counsels and statutes and in this case it is the counsels and statutes of the Living God. In Jeremiah 18:15 we see that the way the people chose to go translates to a bad sense meaning walking in evil ways… away from the commandments of God, which in essense is sin.

I was then lead to read Ezekiel 11 and this for me was another witness as these words stuck out to me. God was speaking to the rulers in Israel at that time and how He would bring judgement upon them for not walking in His ways.

Ezekiel 11:12 And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

The verses in later in the chapter express how God will restore Israel especially if they choose to walk in His ways.

Ezekiel 19-20:                                                    19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:                                                             20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

I do believe this is a promise of these end days , God is indeed giving us a new heart and putting a new spirit within us, that we may walk in His ways always and forever.

I pray that this word, gives you some food for thought. Always pray and take things to God, ask Him about this word and if it is relevant for you. I pray this blesses you ! Shalom.