God Wants to be Our God
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that
they make them fringes in the borders of their garments
throughout their generations, and that they put upon the
fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
39 And it
shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon
it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and
do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and
your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be
holy unto your God.
41 I am the LORD your God, which
brought you out of the land of Egypt, to
be your God: I
am the LORD your God.
God wanted to be their God. God desired to be with them
and allow them to have His presence with them
continually. He wanted to care for them, feed them and
give them His salvation. How it must have grieved Him to
see them turn away from Him and allow unbelief to set in
so many times.
The children of Israel were chosen from out of among
many nations. This was His chosen people. He chose this
people to bring salvation to the whole world. All God
wanted in return was for them to have respect unto His
commandments and not take them lightly. The commandments
were to be obeyed and followed. They were the word of
God. To ignore them was to despise them.
At first this fellowship with God and the written word
was given only to Israel. Perhaps that may be because
the only one who had faith in God at one time was
Abraham. The Gentile nations had no hope and were
without God. Yet we do see occasions when God cared for
other nations and allowed them to come to Him through
God Wanted to be their God also.
Examples of this is Rahab.
Rahab heard that God was moving among the Israelites.
She heard of the crossing of the Red Sea and how the
Egyptians were defeated. When the spies were sent into
the land where Rahab lived, she hid the spies from her
fellow countrymen. In doing this she hoped to save her
family and herself from the wrath of God.
Rahab was actually a harlot. Yet God gave her a chance
to be saved just because she believed and feared God. In
verse 11 below, she states that their God was God in
heaven and the earth beneath. Her faith in God delivered
both her and her family. Isnít God wonderful. His plan
of salvation from the beginning was meant for all
Here is the story in Joshua
Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim
two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even
Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house,
named Rahab, and lodged there.
2 And it was told the
king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in
hither to night of the children of Israel to search out
3 And the king of Jericho sent unto
Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to
thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be
come to search out all the country.
4 And the woman
took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There
came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the
gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither
the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for
ye shall overtake them.
6 But she had brought them up
to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks
of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto
the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them
were gone out, they shut the gate.
8 And before they
were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
9 And she said unto the men, I
know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that
your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the
inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red
sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye
did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the
other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly
11 And as soon as we had heard these
things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain
any more courage in any man, because of you: for
the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in
12 Now therefore, I pray you,
swear unto me by the LORD, since I have showed you
kindness, that ye will also show kindness unto my
father's house, and give me a true token:
13 And that
ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my
brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and
deliver our lives from death.
14 And the men answered
her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our
business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us
the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window:
for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon
16 And she said unto them, Get you to the
mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide
yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be
returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this
thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of
scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us
down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy
mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's
household, home unto thee.
19 And it shall be, that
whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into
the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we
will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in
the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand
be upon him.20 And if thou utter this our business, then
we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to
21 And she said, According unto your words, so
be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and
she bound the scarlet line in the window.
This story is an example of how God did not leave the
Gentile or unbelieving nations in the dark.
Somehow through traders, travelers and messengers, His
word gets out. Rahab knew that God had given the
land she lived on to Israel. He recognized this by
faith. She was actually saved by faith.
Another Example: Ruth
And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back
unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after
thy sister in law.
16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not
to leave thee, or to return from following after thee:
for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou
lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God:
The book of Ruth tells the story of a man named
Elimelech was lived in Bethlehem-judah. A famine in that
land caused him to take his wife, Naomi and two sons,
Mahlon and Chilion to go into the land of Moab to
survive. Both sons married. One married Orpah and the
other married Ruth. Moabites did not serve the true God
but had gone into idolatry. The Moabs descended from the
family of Lot, Abrahamís nephew. So at one time they
After a time, Naomiís husband died. Later the two sons
died also. It was then that Naomi decided to return to
her own homeland. She heard that the Lord had brought
her homeland out of famine. She instructed her
daughters-in-law to return to their own families. After
much weeping and tarrying, Orpah returned home but Ruth
clave to Naomi refusing to go back.
Ruth chose to go with her mother in law and chose her
God rather than the false gods of her own people. Ruth
became part of the direct line from which would come
Jesus Christ, the savior of the whole world. So we see
that even though the law and promises were given to
Israel, through faith and determination, those outside
of Israel could enter into a relationship with the true
and living God.
After the coming of Jesus Christ, salvation came unto
the whole world, not just Israel. Now all who believed
upon the Son of God, Jesus Christ could be adopted into
the family of God. God becomes our God too. God wants
this so much that He thought of a way to reconcile us to
Sin separates us from God and keeps us from having
fellowship with Him. When Jesus willingly died on the
cross, He actually was paying the penalty of sin in our
place. This became the way of salvation for all. Like
any gift though, it can be accepted or refused. We can
refuse this way of salvation and be lost forever or we
can accept this salvation and become a child of God with
the promise of eternal life.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his
promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come
We see Godís desire for us in the above verse. He is
unwilling that any should perish. He wants to save. He
wants to be our God.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not
seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things which God
hath prepared for them that love him.
To those who love God, God has prepared a wonderful
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God wants to be our God.
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