The Outpouring

I recently heard a Bible teacher explain the Mezuzah. It’s a small case, attached to the doorposts of Jewish homes. It contains two small scrolls with these scriptures written upon them.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with ll thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto they children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on they gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, KJV)

And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain in your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in the corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:13-21, KJV)

Both of these passages speak of loving the LORD your God. Both say teach them to your children. Both say keep them before you, including on your doorposts, thus the Mezuzah.

But what can we as Christians learn from this? Many in the Body of Christ have been looking for an outpouring of the Spirit to come in the last days. A time when the former and later rains come together. A time when there is a great awakening to God. In Deuteronomy 11 it tells us that He gives the rains as His people obey His commands. What is His command to the church?

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Mattew 22:37, 39, KJV)

The very command He told the Jewish people to keep before them always. And it was obedience to His commands that would bring the rains.

He’s calling us up higher for a reason. He is calling us to obedience to the command of love. He wants us to teach our children. Why? There’s an outpouring coming as we walk in love.

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