To share on ‘Love’; there is love and then there is Love. Why the capitalization? 樂
There IS God! Glory. There are god’s Man made cloven images which many place hope on; we are instructed in the 10 commandments to give ALL glory to The One true and LIVING God.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Hebrew: לא יהיה־לך אלהים אחרים על־פני) is one of the Ten Commandments found in the Hebrew Bible at Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6, which establishes the nature of the relationship between the nation of Israel (of which we have been adopted) and God. The covenant initiated by Yahweh after delivering the Israelites from slavery through the plagues of Egypt and the Exodus.
To further research this, we read the example of false gods versus The ONE true God.
Elijah arrives at the palace and receives a less than welcome response from Ahab. He accuses Elijah of being the troubler of Israel. But Elijah responds that Ahab and his family are the real cause of all the trouble in Israel. He also orders Ahab to summon all the people and the prophets of Baal to meet him at Mount Carmel.
-When everyone had arrived, Elijah asked the people who they were going to follow – God, or Baal? They had no answer.
-Elijah told them that he was the only prophet left of God’s, but that Baal had 450 prophets. Then he offered a challenge. They would offer sacrifices and see which god responded with fire.
-Elijah told the prophets of Baal to choose a bull and cut it into little pieces and place it on their altar.
-Then Elijah told the prophets of Baal to begin praying. For at least four hours they prayed and nothing happened. They began dancing around the altar and nothing happened.
-Elijah began to tease them saying, “Shout louder!” He told them that perhaps Baal was busy, or traveling, or deep in thought, or sleeping.
They cut themselves with swords, hoping to get Baal’s attention but there was no answer.
-Afternoon turned to evening and still there was no response from Baal.
-Finally, it was Elijah’s turn. He called the people of Israel to him and he began to repair The Lord’s altar. He took twelve stones for the twelve tribes of Israel and built the altar. Then he dug a large trench around the altar. He arranged the wood on the altar and cut his bull into pieces and put it on the altar. Then he called to some of the people to fill four large jars with water and pour it all over the wood and the offering.
-The people filled the jars two more times. There was so much water that it ran down the sides of the altar and filled the trench. There really was no way that a fire could burn this sacrifice. It was much too wet, even if Elijah had tried to start the fire himself.
-But then Elijah began to pray:
“O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.”
-And the fire of God fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the soil and even the water in the trench! God had answered. And not just with a little smoke or a flickering flame, but with a fire so powerful and so consuming that it even dried up the water!
-Elijah had prayed that God would show His power to the people so that they would also know what He could do in their hearts, despite their having turned away from Him for so long.
– The people replied, “The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!”
God IS Love, Amen.
Love/love – Charity
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Maturity in Christ.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to Face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13