We Turn Our Heart to the Lord and Feast

New JerusalemHere is one more OT picture of our NT spiritual eating. Second Kings 23 records the cleansing of the temple, Jerusalem, and the land of Israel (v. 4-20, 24). The cleansing removed all that was related to idols. This was based on reading the words of the Bible and having a heart for these words (v. 2-3, 25).

After the cleansing, they had the feast of the passover and the seven days of unleavened bread (v. 21-22, plus 2 Chronicles 35:17). Second Chronicles 35:18 tells us, “a Passover like that had never been held in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet.”

Such a marvelous feast apparently had its roots in the cleansing. We also might need cleansing. Today idols are unlikely to be physical objects, but they could be any thing or any accomplishment we envy, desire, or pursue. Colossians 3:5 tells us that greediness is idolatry.

First John 2:15 tells us, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.” The Greek words translated “love for the Father” are literally “love of the Father.” English translations are split between “for” and “of” (see *). The RecV note** on “love for the Father” says,

Lit., the love of the Father; referring to the Father’s love within us, which becomes our love toward Him. To love Him with such a love is to love Him with the love with which He has loved us and which is enjoyed by us.

This is the key: we ask the Father for more of His love to be realized by us so that it may respond as more love from us to Him, thereby replacing our love for things (idols) in the world. Father, fill us with Your love so that we may love you more and hold a feast to You.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

* “Of” is in KJV, Darby, ASV, NASB, ESV, and others. “For” is in Weymouth, NIV, HCSB. Thanks to Bible Hub for displaying these.

** Note 3 on 1 John 2:15 in The Holy Bible, Recovery Version published and © by Living Stream Ministry

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  1. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life” | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View

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