The Palace of the LORD* is rarely mentioned, but there is such a place. One Scripture really highlights it:
Isaiah 6.1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord (Adonai) sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, (Rev. 4:2,9; 7:10) and His train filled the palace. 2. Above Him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings, with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3. And one cried to another and said, Holy! Holy! Holy is the LORD* of Hosts! (Rev. 4:8) The whole earth is full of His glory! 4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of the one who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (Rev. 15:8)
Many translations translate this use of the Hebrew word Hakhol as Temple, but there is no Throne in the Temple because God sits between the cherubim on the lid of the Ark. That is in the Holy of Holies, which is a small room that only the High Priest can enter and he can only enter on the Day of Atonement. To see the LORD* on His Throne, high a lifted up, He could not be in the Holy of Holies. In Isaiah, The LORD* is sitting on His Throne; nowhere He is to be seen when He is on the Ark. He is wearing His robes, with a train that fills the palace. The word translated both Palace and Temple is Hakhol. Hakhol is used seventy-seven times, translated nine times in the KJV as palace for various kings, so Palace is not uncommon.
Ezekiel 43:4. And the Glory of the LORD* came into the House by the way of the gate that faces the east. 5. So the spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court and, behold, the Glory of the LORD* filled the House. 6. And I heard Him speaking to me out of the House and a Man stood by me. 7. And He said to me, Son of man, the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, is where I and My holy name will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. The House of Israel will no longer defile, they or their kings, by their harlotry or by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.
The LORD* has a throne, which has to be outside the Holy Place, with many verses speaking of His Throne.
Zechariah 6:9. And the word of the LORD* came to me saying, 10. Take of those of the captivity, even of the lineage of Heldai, of Tobiah, and of Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon and you come the same day and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah. 11. Then take silver and gold and make crowns and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest 12. and speak to him, saying, Thus says the LORD* of Hosts saying, Behold the Man whose name is The Sprout, and He will grow up out of His place and He will build the Palace of the LORD* 13. Even He will build the Palace of the LORD* and He will bear the glory and will sit and rule upon His throne and He will be a priest upon His throne and the counsel of Shalom will be between them both. 14. And the crowns will be for Helem, for Tobiah, for Jedaiah and for Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the Palace of the LORD*. 15. And those who are far off will come and build in the Palace of the LORD* and you will know that the LORD* of Hosts has sent me to you. And this will be, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD* your God.
This passage has dual meaning, in the natural it is instruction for the rebuilding of the Temple, but the spiritual is for the Palace of the LORD*, which is to be built by the Sprout, Who is Y’shua. There is no Throne for the High Priest, so the only Throne will be for the King. Y’shua and the Father are One, so the Crown is for the LORD*, the King, the Priest upon His Throne.
Psalm 9:2. I shall praise the LORD* with my whole heart. I shall tell of all Your marvellous works.
- I shall be glad and rejoice in You. I shall sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
- When my enemies are turned back, they will fall and perish at Your presence.
- For You have maintained my right and my cause. You sat on the throne judging right.
- You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked, You have put out their name forever and ever.
- O you enemy, destructions are coming to an end forever, and the cities which you have destroyed, their memorial has perished with them.
- But the LORD* will endure forever. He has prepared His throne for judgment.
- And He will judge the world in righteousness, He will minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
Psalm 11:4. The LORD* is in His holy Temple (Hakhal), the LORD’s* throne is in heaven. His eyes watch, His eyelids try the children of men.
In Psalm 11:4 He is in His Holy Palace!
Psalm 47:9. God reigns over the nations. God sits on the throne of His holiness;
Psalm 89:15. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne: loving kindness and truth will go before Your presence.
Psalm 93:1. The LORD* reigns! He is clothed with majesty! The LORD* is clothed with strength, with which He has girded Himself! The world also is established, so it cannot be moved.
- Your throne is established of old: You are from everlasting.
- The rivers have lifted up, LORD*, the rivers have lifted up their voice; the rivers lift up their waves.
- The LORD* on high is mightier than the sounds of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
- Your testimonies are very sure. Holiness becomes Your House, LORD*, forever.
Psalm 103:18. To such as keep His covenant and to those who remember to do His commandments 19. the LORD* has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.
2 Chronicles 18:18. Again he said, Therefore listen to the word of the LORD*! I saw the LORD* sitting upon His throne and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left. (Rev. 4:2,9; 7:10; 18:18) 19. And the LORD* said, Who will entice Ahab king of Israel, so he will go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one spoke saying after this manner and another saying after that manner. 20. Then a spirit came out and stood before the LORD* and said, I shall entice him. And the LORD* said to him, How? 21. And he said, I shall go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.
Matthew 5:33. Again you heard that it was said to the ancients, ‘You will not swear .falsely, (Num. 30:3) and you will keep your oaths to the Lord.’ (Deut. 23:22) 34. But I say to you not to swear at all: neither by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 35. nor by the Earth, because it is His footstool, nor by Jerusalem, because it is a city of the great King, 36. nor by your head may you swear, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.
Revelation 4:9. And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanksgiving to the One Who sits on the throne,
Revelation 19:4. Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell and worshipped God, the One Who sits upon the throne,
Revelation 20:11. Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who sits upon it, from Whose presence the earth (Ps. 114:3,7) and the sky fled and a place was not found for them. 12. Then I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. And scrolls were opened, and another scroll was opened, which is of life, (Exod. 32:32,33, Ps. 69:29, Dan. 12:1) and the dead were judged according to their deeds, (Isa. 59:18, Jer. 17:10, Ps. 28:4; 62:13, Pro. 24:12, Rom. 2:6, 1 Cor. 3:8) by what had been written in the scrolls. (Dan. 7:9,10) 13. Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it and Death and Hades gave up the dead, those in them, and each was judged according to his works. 14. Then Death and Hades were thrown violently into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15. And if someone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Isa. 30:33)
Revelation 21:5. Then the One Who sits on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new,” then He said, “You must now write, because these words are faithful and true.” 6. Then He said to me, “It has been done! I AM the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End. (Isa. 44:6; 48:12) I shall give freely from the fountain of the water of life to the one who thirsts. (Isa. 55:1) 7. The one who conquers will inherit these things and I shall be God to him and he will be a son to Me. (2 Sam. 7:14) 8. But for the cowardly, those of little faith, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all the liars – their part is in the lake that burns fire and sulfur, (Isa. 30:33, Gen. 19:24, Ezek. 38:22, Ps. 11:6) this is the second death.”
Revelation 22.1. Then the angel showed me a river of water of life, Torah, bright as crystal, going out from the throne of God and the Lamb. (Ezek. 47:1, Jl. 3:18, Zech. 14:8) 2. In the middle of its street, also on each side of the river, is a tree of life making twelve fruit, yielding its fruit each month, and the leaves of the tree are used for the healing of the multitudes. (Gen. 2:9; 3:22, Ezek. 47:12) 3. And there will no longer be anything there that is cursed. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him 4. and they will see His face, (Ps. 17:15; 42:2) and His name will be upon their foreheads.
The Throne will be for both God and the Lamb, so when Y’shua said “the Father and I are One” you know that is true. See John 10:30, Deuteronomy 6:4.
All these Scriptures and many more establish that the LORD* has a Throne and that many will see Him on the Throne, which is in His palace, not in the Holy of Holies. The Palace of the LORD* is probably similar to Solomon’s Palace which had a Hall for Judgment:
1 Kings 7:7. Then he made a hall for the throne where he could judge, the hall of judgment, and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other.
The Palace of the LORD* also has a Hall for Judging, with the Throne occupied by both God and the Lamb.
The Widow of Zarephath was a woman who had to know for sure that she had heard from God.
1 Kings 17:8. And the word of the LORD* came to him saying, 9. Get up! Go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain you. 10. So he got up and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the entrance of the city, behold, a widow woman was there gathering sticks and he called to her and said, Bring me, I pray you, a little water in a vessel, so I can drink. 11. And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, Bring me, please, a morsel of bread in your hand. 12. And she said, As the LORD* your God lives, I do not have a cake, but a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a cruse and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, so I can go in and prepare it for me and my son, so we can eat it and die.
Here is where she must be confident that she heard the LORD*!
1 Kings 17:13. And Elijah said to her, Do not be in awe! Go! Do as you have said, but make me a little cake of it first and bring it to me and afterward make for yourself and for your son, 14. for thus says the LORD* God of Israel, The jar of meal will not empty, neither will the cruse of oil fail, until the day the LORD* sends rain upon the earth. 15. And she went and did according to the word of Elijah and she and he and her house ate for many days. 16. The jar of meal did not empty nor did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD*, which He spoke through Elijah.
Then something happens that makes her question if she was to really supposed to sustain Elijah.
1 Kings 17:17. And it was after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18. And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man of God? Have you come to me to call my iniquity to remembrance and to slay my son? 19. And he said to her, Give me your son. And he took him from her bosom, and carried him up into a loft where he stayed, and laid him on his own bed. 20. And he cried to the LORD* and said, LORD* my God, have You also brought evils upon the widow with whom I am staying by slaying her son? 21. And he stretched himself upon the boy three times and cried to the LORD*, and said, LORD* my God, I pray you, let this boy’s life come into him again. 22. And the LORD* heard the voice of Elijah and the life of the boy came into him again and he revived. 23. And Elijah took the boy, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother and Elijah said, See, your son lives. 24. And the woman said to Elijah, Now, by this I know that you are a man of God, that the word of the LORD* in your mouth is truth.
The widow is at last firmly confident that she did what the LORD* wanted her to do. She is a Heroine for her obedience.
Enjoy the excellent video below that depicts The Widow of Zaraphath’s faithfulness:
Video credit: Alisa Anglesey
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Deborah became a Heroine as the Judge over Israel when she ordered Barak to form an army and fight the army of Jabin’s general Sisera.
Judges 4:4. And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidot, judged Israel at that time. 5. And she lived under the date palm of Deborah between Ramah and Beit-El in Mount Ephraim, and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6. And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh Naphtali and said to him, Has not the LORD* God of Israel commanded, Go and draw toward Mount Tabor and take with you ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? 7. And I shall draw to you Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude to the river Kishon, and I shall deliver him into your hand. 8. And Barak said to her, If you will go with me, then I shall go, but if you will not go with me, I shall not go. 9. And she said, I shall surely go with you, but the journey that you take will not be for your glory, for the LORD* will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.
That woman was Jael, with Deborah’s prophecy right on.
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Leah became the wife of Jacob knowing she would be the lesser of his two wives, but her humility and quiet love brought her the blessing of six sons and a daughter. She also became much loved by Jacob and is buried beside Jacob in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. When Jacob and his family left to return to Israel, both Leah and Rachel were consulted by Jacob about going to Israel.
Genesis 31:11. And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, ‘Jacob!’ And I said, ‘Here I am.’ 12. And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the flock are ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted, for I have seen all that Laban does to you. 13. I AM the God of Beit-El, where you anointed the pillar, where you vowed a vow to Me. Now arise! Get out from this land! Return to the land of your kindred!’” 14. And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there still any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15. Are we not counted by him as strangers? For he has sold us and has also quite devoured our money. 16. For all the riches which God has taken from our father, that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”
Leah’s humility and acceptance of a difficult situation brought her respect and honor as a Heroine in Israel. Today in an Orthodox Jewish home in Friday evening Shabbat Prayers, the father prays over each girl, saying, May God make you as Sarah, Rebeccah, Rachel, and Leah.
Rebeccah respected the Word of the Lord when He told her there were twins in her womb. The LORD* then went on to say the elder, Esau, would serve the younger, Jacob. That prompted her to coax Jacob to imitate Esau. Rebeccah waited twenty years after marrying Isaac to have these babies.
Genesis 20:20. And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebeccah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. 21. And Isaac entreated the LORD* for his wife, because she was barren, and the LORD* was entreated by him and Rebeccah his wife conceived. 22. And the children struggled together within her and she said, “If it is so, why am I like this?” And she went to inquire of the LORD*. 23. And the LORD* said to her, “Two nations are in your womb and two kinds of people will be separated from your body, and the one people will be stronger than the other people and the elder will serve the younger.”
They were married twenty years when Isaac prayed for Rebeccah to get pregnant, so he was sixty years old when she became pregnant. Rebecca was a heroine because of her going to get married, traveling a great distance to marry a man she did not know, showing a very trusting heart, then waiting so long for children. When the boys were over seventy years old she overheard Isaac telling Esau that he would give Esau his blessing when Esau would bring him some venison.
Genesis 27.1. And it was that when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 2. And he said, “Behold now, I am old, I do not know the day of my death. 3. Now take, I beg you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field and take me some venison. 4. And make me savory meat, such as I love and bring it to me, so I can eat, so I can bless you before I die.” 5. But Rebeccah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison and to bring it.
Genesis 27:6. And Rebeccah spoke to Jacob her son saying, “Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother saying, 7. ‘Bring me venison and make me savory meat, so I may eat and bless you before the LORD* before my death.’ 8. So now, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9. Go now to the flock and fetch me from there two good kids of the goats, and I shall make savory meat for your father, such as he loves. 10. And you will bring it to your father, so he may eat and so he can bless you before his death.”
Remembering the LORD*’s statement to her that the elder would serve the younger, Rebeccah engineered the deception of Isaac so Jacob would get Isaac’s blessing. That made Rebeccah a true Heroine.
Do Not Bring an Abominable Thing into Your Home!
Deuteronomy 7:26. Neither will you bring an abomination into your house, lest you become a cursed thing like it, but you will utterly detest it and you will utterly abhor it, for it is a cursed thing.
There are many objects we can have in our houses that should not be there, from the obvious such as small images of Buddhas or Hindu gods or symbols that look cute or artistic that have been gathered on overseas trips. There are many posters from musical groups or movies, and many books that bring evil spirits with them. Even watching TV or Streaming can bring in evil spirits, so be careful!
Genesis 17:15. And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you will not call her name Sarai, but her name will be Sarah.1 16. And I shall bless her and give you a son also from her. Yes, I will bless her and she will be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will be of her.”
Sarai/Sarah had quite some life, traveling into the unknown, struggling with being barren, but having promises from God that she would have a son. For years she lived as Sarai, meaning Abram’s princess. When Abram’s name was changed to Abraham in Genesis 17:5, the LORD also changed Sarai from being his Princess to Sarah, making her a full princess, no longer a possession of Abraham (Genesis 17:15). She put up with twice being taken into the harem of a king, once with pharaoh, and then later with Abimelech.
Rahab, who hid the spies sent to Jericho by Joshua risked her life when she took them to her roof and hid them from the king’s messengers. From this heroic act, she not only preserved her life and the lives of her family, she became part of the lineage of Y’shua.
Joshua 2.1. And Joshua the son of Nun secretly sent two men as spies out of Shittim saying, Go view the land and Jericho. And they went, and came into the house of a harlot named Rahab and lodged there. 2. And the king of Jericho was told saying, Behold, men of the children of Israel came in here tonight to search out the country. 3. And the king of Jericho sent to Rahab saying, Bring forth the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out the whole country.
Rahab Hides the Spies
Joshua 2:4. And the woman took the two men and hid them and said, Men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5. And it was about the time of shutting of the gate when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know: pursue after them quickly, for you will overtake them. 6. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof. 7. And the men pursued after them all the way to the Jordan to the fords, and as soon as they that pursued after them had gone out, they shut the gate. 8. And before they had lain down, she came up to them on the roof 9. and she said to the men, I know that the LORD* has given you the land and that your terror has fallen on us and that all the inhabitants of the land are faint hearted because of you. 10. For we have heard how the LORD* dried up the water of the Reed Sea for you, when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorite, Sihon and Og, who were on the other side of the Jordan, whom you utterly destroyed. 11. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts melted. Neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD* your God, He is God in heaven above and earth beneath. 12. Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD*, since I have shown you loving kindness, that you will also show loving kindness to my father’s house and give me a true sign 13. and you will save alive my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. 14. And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if you do not tell this our business. And it will be, when the LORD* has given us the land, that we will deal in loving kindness and truth with you. 15. Then she let them down through the window by a rope, for her house was on the town wall and she lived on the wall.
Genealogy of Y’shua
Matthew 1.1. A scroll of the genealogy of Y’shua Messiah, Son of David, Son of Abraham. 2. Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob begat Judah and his brothers. 3. And Judah begat Perez and Zerach by Tamar, and Perez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, 4. and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nashon, and Nashon begat Salmon, 5. and Salmon begat Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed by Ruth, and Obed begat Jesse, 6. and Jesse begat David the king. (1 Chr. 2:10-12)
The name Salmon is transliterated Salma in1Chronicles 2:11. English transliterations are problematic at best because they were made primarily from Latin, but also from Greek; languages that do not have the letter V. Those transliterations were made before the use transliteration charts, so they are often inconsistent, but have been kept by tradition.
Jacob 2:25. And likewise also Rahab the idolatress, was she not made righteous by works, when she gave hospitality to the messengers and then sent them out another way? 26. For as the body is dead without a spirit, so also faith without works is dead.
Rahab is literally called a harlot in the Hebrew text, but any use of harlot or harlotry in Hebrew can also be a reference to idolatry, as with the book of Hosea. So, Rahab may well not have been a harlot, but she surely had been an idolater in Jericho. Rahab was certainly a Heroine for risking her life to help the spies. She converted and married Salmon, bearing Boaz, who also married a convert, Ruth.
The quantities of the metals alone are staggering;
Gold: 29 talents, 2,175 lbs. 34,800oz $45,240,000 2018 prices c. $1,300/oz.
730 shekels 18 lbs. 292oz 3,796,000 That comes to $49,036,000
Silver: 100 talents, 7,500 lbs. 120,000 oz. $1,920,000 2018 c. $16/oz
Bronze: 70 talents 5,250 lbs. @$1.63/lb. $85,575 Scrap Bronze c. $1.63/lb.
2,400 shekels 60 lbs. $ 68 Bronze totals $85,643
The three metals weigh 15,003 lbs. Seven and a half tons of metal, just for the Tabernacle. The people still had more gold, silver, and bronze.
Firstborn of Herd and Flock
15:19. “All the firstling males that come from your herd and your flock you will sanctify to the LORD* your God. You will do no work with the firstling of your ox or shear the firstling of your sheep. 20. You will eat it before the LORD* your God year by year in the place which the LORD* will choose, you and your household. 21. And if there is any blemish in it, as if it is lame, blind, or has any ill blemish, you will not sacrifice it to the LORD* your God. 22. You will eat it within your gates, the unclean and the clean will eat it alike, like the roebuck and the deer. 23. Only you will not eat its blood. You will pour it on the ground like water.”
16.1. “Observe the month of Aviv and keep the Passover to the LORD* your God, for in the month of Aviv the LORD* your God brought you out of Egypt by night. 2. Therefore you will sacrifice the Passover to the LORD* your God, from the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD* will choose to place His name there. 3. You will eat no leavened bread with it.”
Feast of Unleavened Bread
“You will eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, for seven days, for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste, so you will remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. 4. And there will be no leavened bread seen with you in your entire border seven days. Neither will anything of the meat, which you sacrificed the first day at evening, remain all night until the morning. 5. You may not sacrifice the Passover offering within any of your gates, which the LORD* your God gives you, 6. but at the place which the LORD* your God will choose to place His name. There you will sacrifice the Passover offering at evening, at the going down of the sun, at the season that you came out of Egypt. 7. And you will roast and eat it in the place which the LORD* your God will choose, and you will turn in the morning and go to your tents. 8. Six days you will eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day will be a solemn assembly to the LORD* your God, you will do no work on it.”
Feast of Weeks
16:9. “You will number seven weeks for yourselves: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as you begin to put the sickle to the grain. 10. And you will keep the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, to the LORD* your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you will give to the LORD* your God, according as the LORD* your God has blessed you. 11. And you will rejoice before the LORD* your God, you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite that is within your gates, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow that are in your midst, in the place which the LORD* your God has chosen to place His name there. 12. And you will remember that you were a bondman in Egypt, and you will observe and do these statutes.”
Feast of Booths
16:13. “You will observe the Feast of Booths, Sukkot, seven days, after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and from your wine press. 14. And you will rejoice in your feast, you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your gates. 15. You will keep a solemn feast to the LORD* your God for seven days in the place which the LORD* will choose, because the LORD* your God will bless you in all your increase and in all the works of your hands, therefore you will surely rejoice.”
Three Feasts Mandatory Each Year
16:16. “Three times in a year all your males will appear before the LORD* your God in the place which He will choose during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Sukkot. And they will not appear before the LORD* empty: 17. each man will give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD* your God which He has given you.”