The first love.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Do we understand what is meant when Messiah says, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”  What would be our first love?

So, in order to understand what we love first, let’s take inventory of who and what we love. It seems that the first thing that comes to mind is that we love ourselves, and the things that we have, our possessions. But I have a strong inclination to look farther than just ourselves.

I believe He is speaking of our relationship with YHWH when He walked with Adam in the Garden and enjoyed His creation, the time before the fall of man.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them. 
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Here is where we need to look at Adam’s relationship with His Creator, how could he not love his maker. It’s no different for him, than for us to say that we love our mother who bore us. The giver of all life is our first love.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

So up until the time of the fall, Adonai walked in the mornings, among the trees and His people in the garden, and so loved Adam that He gave Him a woman to keep Him company, taken from His own rib, He formed and shaped Her.

Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 

Definitely there is a wonderful love relationship going on here, and Adonai is taking care of all of His children’s needs and up until the time of the fall His children were obedient to Him, and returned His love.

And what caused the Fall? The breaking of His Commandment to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16, 17)

We need to get back to that love relationship, and this is what Yehoshua is telling us when He says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

There has been a separation and Yehoshua spoke of repairing it when He said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  (John 14:21)

So, why is obedience the fruit of a love between Adonai and His Children?

1st John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

He asks so little of us, in order to reestablish the relationship, yet we make all sorts of excuses to not obey God. It’s too much trouble to keep Ten Commandments, or refrain from eating unclean foods, or to honor God’s appointed times, like Passover and 1st Fruits, or His Sabbath?

Truly we have separated ourselves from our first love.

Did He not say, “If you love me Keep my Commandments.”?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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