TRUTH: How We Treat the Lord with Contempt.


In the post, TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt! , I urged us to not treat the Lord with contempt or to live in 3D. That is to demonstrate Disbelief, Disobedience and/or Dishonor. In instances that I have explored in the Word of God, there has been a great cost to those who lived in 3D or treated the Lord with contempt. When God does something in our lives, we should worship Him rather than forget Him.

Perhaps, one of the most poignant examples of living in 3D or How We Treat the Lord with Contempt can be found in Numbers 13-14. If you recall, this is where Moses, on the Lord’s command, sent 12 spies to see the land God promised to give them as an inheritance. Of the 12, only Joshua and Caleb believed that God would do what He said He would do – give them the land. The other 10 did not believe God. As a consequence of their disbelief, the entire camp was dissuaded from believing in the promise God had made to the Israelites via Abram to possess the land God would show him.

Listen to these warnings about the TRUTH: How We Treat the Lord with Contempt.

Exodus 23:21 – Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.

“‘The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.

Numbers 14:11 – The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?

Numbers 14:23 – not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Numbers 15:31 – Because they have despised the Lord’s word and broken his commands, they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.’

Numbers 16:30 – But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”

Deuteronomy 17:12 – Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the Lord your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel.
Deuteronomy 31:20 – When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods(crf) and worship (crf)them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant.

1 Samuel 2:17 – This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt.

2 Samuel 12:14 –  But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”

In Jeremiah 14, we see another cost to the people for treating the Lord with contempt. Even in that instance, God wants the people to humble themselves, ask for forgiveness and seek Him. Listen to what He tells Jeremiah to tell them in verse 21 after all the judgment that He pronounced on them.

For the sake of your name do not despise us;
    do not dishonor your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us
    and do not break it.

We need to humble ourselves because we are just like the Israelites and Moses who broke faith with Him by failing to believe in Him, by failing to regard Him as holy. We are a stiff-necked people.(R How We Treat the Lord with Contempt.

Please join me in humbling yourself before the Lord today asking Him to forgive you for living in disbelief, disobedience and dishonoring Him. This is our only hope to escape the cost or consequence for showing contempt to the Lord.

 

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