Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why Waste Words When We Can Be as God to Others

     "He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him," Exodus 4:16.
     Nothing is as irritating as listening to someone babble about something they obviously know little about.  I should know, I've been a master of this.  We've all done it and most certainly will do it again.  Yet, when it comes to the important issues of life: salvation, ethical living, relationships etc., etc., why do we allow ourselves to be suckered into believing people who have no idea what they are talking about.  Why do we listen to psychologists talk about important spiritual issues or politicians pontificate on principles or to Oprah about...anything.
     We have an authority to turn to and it is remarkable how knowledgeable He is about anything to do with life that we need to know.  He knows our hearts, He knows our sins, He knows our talents and He knows everything else there is to know about us.  In fact, we are made in His image.  We still bear His image even after we have marred our bodies and souls with disfiguring, Quasi Modoish sin and evil.  He knows us better than we know ourselves because He created us and He wrote the owners manual, the Bible, for us to figure out life's questions.
     I love the Pentateuch, the Books of Moses and I have been fascinated by the verse quoted above for a while now.  In a nutshell, God is furious with Moses for doubting Him and coming up with all sorts of excuses to not obey Him.  Finally, God tells Moses that He will send Aaron, his brother, with him to speak for him in the presence of Pharaoh.  God will tell Moses what to say so Moses can tell Aaron who will repeat it to Egypt.  The consequences Moses doubt and Aaron's help will plague the Hebrews for years to come but God in His grace gives Moses what he seemed to want.  What is so intriguing though is that line: " shall be as God to Him."  Really, wow, how does that work?  Well, we can figure out easily what it doesn't mean.  It in no way is saying that Moses is as God or a god.  We know that from what the Bible plainly teaches about God.  God's exclusivity had already been impressed upon Moses from earlier in his encounter with Him.  So, what does this mean then?  Oh brothers and sisters, this is so amazing and wonderful what this means.  This is so life changing and encouraging, so humbling and awesome that we must take it to heart!  It means that when Moses spoke the word of God to Aaron, Moses was as God to Aaron!  How awesome and simple.   When Moses spoke God's word to Aaron it was authoritative as if God Himself were speaking.  Now stop, drop and roll!  Meditate on that verse a minute or two.  Chew it real slow and pray it back to God.  Ask God to "Hide His word in your heart so you do not sin against Him."  Let this soak in.
      What application does this have for us?  Well, the next time you get into a discussion about the meaning of life, you can do no better than quote Genesis 1:26, John 3:16 or Psalm 1.  Don't babble endlessly about some crank belching out philosophical flatulence, go to the source.  Drop the word of God like napalm, pray over it and let it do God's work.  When someone wants to know about depression or some "psychological problem", go to Job 38-41 and then to Hebrews 12:1-2 and let them know that the surest cure for depression is a lack of self-esteem and a ponderous dose of Christ esteem.   Let the counsel of God drive your knowledge of every area of life and let it be your sword of the Spirit.  Only the Word of God can divide soul and spirit so why do we try to impart wisdom from our feeble minds?  What was God's response to Job and his friends pathetic attempt at wisdom?  "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.  Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?"  Job 38:2-4.  Pretty good question from God huh, well do you have an answer?  Neither do I.  Let's let His word do the talking!  God Bless you and learn, live and love the glorious Gospel!

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