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In my hour car ride to a city I was listening to this podcast from Fresh Life Church. The speaker that was on the podcast was Jefferson Bethke if you don’t know him he’s a famous Youtuber, poet, and author. Before I continue I just have to mention he’s an author of a great book called “It’s Not What You Think” I will write a blog response to it pretty soon so be looking out for that post, but I really recommend this book for my readers that need a good book to read you will definitely get something from it. Now let me continue Jefferson Bethke spoke on “What Does God require of us?” I don’t type every point he mentions in his sermon so if you would like to listen to the whole thing after you read this blog go ahead and click the link here.
When Bethke started his sermon he started to talk about the garden of eden and how God wanted Adam and Eve to go to God for all their needs and not themselves. Adam and Eve didn’t have the knowledge of good and evil but God did so they needed to fully depend on him to be able to know good and evil. He continued saying God wanted them to fully depend on him, he wanted to have an intimate relationship with them. But they broke the intimate relationship by depending on themselves by eating the forbidden fruit. Bethke continues saying how God kicked them out east of eden for breaking the intimacy, from there he says that cain got kicked out east from eden and continues saying Lot got kicked out east and continues with all these examples in Genesis that the author is trying to tell us something making east represent these people leaving the intimacy of God. Then Abram in Genesis the Father of Faith because he is claimed to be the first one who had faith in God, Abram gets called west and he says another example when the temple was built the doors where instructed to face east so when you walk into the temple you are walking into it from the west. The author using west to represent returning back to the intimacy of God. Bethke then goes on and continues talking about the first five books in the bible which is called the Torah which is literally translated to either rules or instructions. From this he continues by giving an example of his childhood explaining how his mother gave him a skittle every time he used the toilet encouraging him to use it; until he eventually realizes the purpose of using the toilet and go do it without no encouragement. He gives a funny thought, he says if he went back home and his mom would of told him the exact thing he told him if he was younger, “hey little Jeffy if you go to the bathroom I will give you a skittle!” that would be weird. He continues by asking what is different she said the exact same thing right now that she said back then but we obviously know that teaching technique is not suppose to stay but to lead into a deeper understanding. He connects his story to God, God gave us the Torah full of instructions and commands and if we followed them he will bless us and if we did not he will curse us. God was doing the exact same thing with the Torah that Bethke’s mom was doing to him with the skittles. He used the Torah as a tool to call us into more intimacy with him until we finally get it and get out of the Torah and make intimacy with God a way of life. Bethke then goes on and say that the Torah was just a shadow into what God is calling us deeper into and that is being deeper into himself (Jesus). He continues saying more about being deeper into God, but you can hear the rest of it above where I linked the podcast. His overall sermon is that God wants us, is calling us to have a deeper intimate relationship with him.