ב ” ‘You are to have no other gods before me.
You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline – you are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, ADONAI your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents, also the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot. (Deu 5:7-10 CJB)
Abba, YOU are to be the only God we serve…the One True God! There is no creature upon this earth who can compare with You. No image we can create that will truly represent You.
Abba, it is so easy to turn toward an image…as a reminder, at first. Then, perhaps as a comforting reminder. Eventually, though, the image can become an idol in our lives…taking Your place in our hearts. May it NEVER be! Keep our hearts and minds focused on YOU…not on some image. May the works You have done be our reminder of who You are and what You have done…not some image. May we keep our lives and our homes clean of such things!
Adonai, You love us and want what is best for us. Your jealousy is not some petty emotion such as is birthed out of the hearts of mankind. It is born out of Your love for us and a desire to see us not get hurt. You know that, if we worship anything or anyone but You, we WILL get hurt. It is born out of desiring the same kind of faithfulness from us toward You that You have toward us! May we be found faithful!!
Abba, may those who are elders, teachers, shepherds and leaders…those in any position of influence, no matter how great or small…be faithful in what they teach and in how they live. May they be faithful to Your Word…not bending it in any way, but keeping to the true meaning. May they lovingly correct those who are falling astray. May they keep watch for wolves amongst the sheep. May they show, as well as teach, how to walk in Your Ruach/Spirit.
Abba, may we all stay close to Your teachings, to Your Torah, to Your commands, to Your mitzvot. May we listen eagerly and study earnestly to know how You would have us live and show our love for You and for one another. May we teach our children. May we teach one another and admonish one another and encourage one another. May we spur one another on to good works.
Abba, there are some in Yeshua’s body who draw fire from the adversary. They and their families are under attack. Please protect them all, Abba. Place a hedge around them that the enemy cannot penetrate. Fill them with Your healing Shalom and Your rest. Strengthen them. Comfort them. Touch them in the deep places that only You can touch. Bring them encouragers who will faithfully walk alongside of them. Help them to see Your provision according to Your plans and purposes. Bless them, Abba.
May we all, during this Shabbat and throughout the coming week, set our hearts and minds upon You. May we listen for Your voice amongst all the other voices from the world that clamor all around us. May we carve out times of being just with You. May we especially keep Your appointed times. Open our eyes to understand Your holy will for us.