The First Commandment: All Your Mind
“HEAR, O ISRAEL; THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD: AND THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL,
AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND …
(from Mark 12:29,30)KJV
“How dare he!” Haman stomped around his house declaring his disdain for the one man who wouldn’t bow. One man, among the thousands, devoured Haman’s glory. “He will pay.” Haman slammed his fist against the wooden table. An evil glint shone in his eyes revealing the wicked plot in his mind. “Not only will Mordecai pay—but all his people must pay.”
If you don’t know the rest of the story of Haman and Mordecai, check out the ending in the book of Esther found in the Old Testament. I could tell you the end, but what fun would that be?
The point of including this tidbit is to introduce the evil lurking in the unregenerate mind—the mind that chooses to reject truth.
In the beginning Adam discovered the repercussions of trusting his mind over the mind of God, when he chose to defy the Lord’s command and ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All he had ever known was good, until he chose to taste evil. One thought ruled by one desire brought death to all. How dangerous is the mind ruled by self and its insatiable appetite.
As generations passed, the hunger to satisfy the immoral character of the flesh grew into an infectious malignancy that grieved God’s heart.
“And the LORD said,
I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air,
for it repenteth me that I have made them …
And God looked upon the earth, and behold,
it was corrupt;
for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”
Genesis 6: 7, KJV
All but Noah and his family, who found grace in the Lord’s sight. Through Noah, the Lord would fulfill his word to Adam. One would come. He would crush the evil one who ruled in the minds of those—
- who sought a way other than God’s way,
- who created their own truth,
- and brought about their own death.
His creation had chosen a different way, the way of self.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Proverbs 14:12, KJV
In his love, the Lord gave his people the Law to show them the way to have a relationship with him and live in peace with others. The Law revealed the truth of who God is and showed people the way to life—a good life in the here and now and life with the Lord forever. The Law was good.
“Wherefore the law is holy,
and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”
Romans 7:12, KJV
One problem still remained. People, apart from God, are not holy, just, or good. There is nothing wrong with the Law. The wrong lies in our thinking, our understanding, our knowledge of God.
Hence, God himself, in the person of Jesus Christ came—
- to be our way to the Father,
- show us the truth of the Father,
- and fill us with the life of the Father.
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.”
To love the Lord our God with all our mind—we need a new mind—a new understanding, a new way of thinking. More on this the next time we meet.
Haman had his life figured out in his own way of thinking. Little did he know of his future. The Lord has his own thoughts for his people and a plan for those who continue to let their own minds guide them.
For His Own:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11, KJV
For the World:
“But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall be also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood
they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noe entered into the ark …
Whereby the world that then was,
being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now,
by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire
against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men …
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night …”
(Matthew 24: 37,38; 2 Peter 3:6-7, 9, 10a, KJV)
Of which mind are you?