Weekly Pursuit – Week 3 of August

Aug 17, 2015 by


Jer. 2:2 “…Thus says Jehovah: I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, the love of your bridal days, when you followed after Me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.”


God’s law was given in a courting way. By giving His people the law in such a way, God made known to them what kind of God He is. …In the New Testament as well as in the Old Testament, God is courting man. The commandments in 20:1-12 were given not in a legal way, but in a courting way. In giving the law to His people, God wanted them to become His lovers.

According to the Old Testament, God loved Israel with such an affectionate love. In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord said to His chosen people, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” What we have here is not the love between friends, nor the love of a rich person toward the poor; it is a courting love, a love which leads to engagement and marriage. Because the Lord had such a love for His people, He “took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt” (Jer. 31:32). This is also the love in Jeremiah 2:2, a verse which speaks of the love of Israel’s betrothals. Mainly, the love revealed in the Bible is this love in courtship, engagement, and marriage.

As we pointed out in the foregoing message, in bringing His people out of Egypt and giving His law to them, God was courting them, wooing them, and seeking to win their affection. As strange as it may sound at first, God actually courts His people. Because He has courted us, we are in the church life today. Not only is our God the processed God, the Triune God who has passed through incarnation, human living, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension in order to come into us as the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit; He is also the courting God, the God who comes to us and woos us, seeking to win our affection. This kind of love was displayed in Exodus 20 when God came to His people and gave His law to them. (Life-Study of Exodus, Chapters 53 & 54)

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