Don’t let God speak to us!

Consider this encounter that Moses and the people of Israel had with God right after God had given them the Ten Commandments …

All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.   Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”   Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”   So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.  Exodus 20:18-21 (NASB)

When God came near, the people did not want God to speak to them directly – they wanted God to speak to them through Moses.

How often today do we as Christians act exactly the same way as the people of Israel?

But we’re not called to know somebody who personally knows Jesus … we’re called to know Jesus personally ourselves.  And just like any other relationship that takes an investment of time, effort, love and ourselves.

In the above passage (and throughout the OT), God chose to speak to the people through His prophets (like Moses) … so in the encounter above, according to Moses, it seems like their response was to be expected.  God’s intent in the thunder and the lightning and the trumpet and the smoke was that the fear of God would remain on the people , so that they would not sin.

But the way of the new covenant … the way of Christ … is that every believer knows and is known to  Jesus the Son, God the Father and the Holy Spirit … that God speaks to each and every believer … NOT just leaders, teachers, etc.

“I (Jesus) am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.   Every branch IN Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.   You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.   Abide IN Me, and I IN you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides IN the vine, so neither can you unless you abide IN Me.   I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides IN Me and I IN him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  John 15:1-5 (NASB)

If apart from Christ a believer can do nothing, then each and every believer must abide IN Jesus and Jesus IN him or her … it’s first-hand knowledge … not second-hand … that brings us into that relationship.

How many of your best friend relationships are based on second-hand knowledge?

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.  John 14:23 (NASB)

Knowledge of Jesus the Son and God the Father comes through a love relationship and that love relationship is developed by knowing Scripture and keeping Scripture in your heart along with all the experiential ways that love and Scripture comes into play in our moment-by moment lives and relationships.  And then … both the Father and the Son make Their abode IN the believer!

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be IN you.  John 14:16-17 (NASB)

IN conjunction with the relationship with the Father and the Son, the Father pours out the Spirit of truth … the Holy Spirit … INto the believer … the Holy Spirit abides with the believer and will be IN the believer.

From personal experience through the first 45 years of my life I can say … don’t simply get your teaching on the Bible second-hand … there is so much knowledge that God wants to bestow upon you and second-hand knowledge is but a drop in that bucket … a drop, I might add, that is part but not the entirety of God’s plan.

… that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, IN whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:2-3 (NASB)

IN Christ Jesus are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!

Thank you Lord for sharing that treasure with Your children!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to Don’t let God speak to us!

  1. savedbygrace says:

    the reason today why people (also Christians) are afraid to draw near to God is simply because

    “they are living in the Old covenant mentality”

    yes, the Law. the Law brings nothing but punishment to the sinner. it condemns, terrorize and ultimately issues death

    the First Pentecost was when the Law was given.. Three thousand people died! (Exodus 32:28)
    but on the Second after Christ’ Resurrection… Three thousand people got saved (Acts 2:41)

    that is why we preach the true gospel, which is Grace. as Christians we have to have a “new covenant” mentality as we are in the new covenant.

    the Law kills, but the Spirit gives Life – 2 Corinthians 3:6

    (2 Corinthians 3:7–9)

    we are not ministers of the old which is “the ministry of death” and “the ministry of condemnation”
    but we are ministers of the new covenant which imparts Life!

    we come NOT to mount Sinai, but on mt Zion.

    so if anyone sick? Let him receive the Grace of God and the gift of righteousness AND HE SHALL REIGN IN LIFE! over sickness over depression over lack over sin over death. for Christ reign, so do we!

    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
    – Romans 1:16-17

    – grace and peace to you brother!

    • bwebbjr says:

      I agree wholeheartedly with your old covenant assessment … good comment!

      The Spirit does indeed give life.

      And grace and peace to you as well my friend!

      Bernie

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