Now the LORD said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered. “So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain. Ex 34:1-2
Before you can “cut out” God’s Word to give to someone else, first realize you need to “cut it out” for yourself! God’s word is a mirror to examine ourselves not a periscope to check out others and criticize or critique the saints! Go to God’s Word in your devotional time, listen to God’s Word on the radio or at church always with an ear towards what God is saying to you alone. After you cut it out for yourself, you will discover God is ready for you to carry it out to others.
As Moses needed to make a place for God to inscribe His message to him. So we too need to make a place for God to speak to us. We must also “cut out” some time for God to receive God’s Word. God could easily have just given it all to Moses verbally. But God wanted Moses to have a more permanent record of His Word – written in stone! So we need to make an appropriate place/time for God to transmit His eternal Word to our lives. Whether it’s in your den after you wake up, your backyard after the kids get off to school or in your car in the parking lot before work, have a physical place to hear from the Lord. If you “cut out” the place God will fill the space with His glorious Word to you.
God tells Moses to be ready to receive His Word in the morning. God gave fresh bread for the day every morning. Those who went out to gather it had all they needed. Those who didn’t, didn’t! It’s a decision of faith to be ready and to come to receive from Him.
When Moses came to receive God’s Word it was also to present himself to the Lord. It’s not merely about catching new insights from the Bible or fulfilling some religious duty to read scripture daily. It’s about being with Jesus, the Living Word personally! It’s an act of worship (“present yourself” see Rom 12:1-3).
Today “Cut Out” a place and a time to be with the Lord and hear from the Lord through His Word. Present yourself to Him in humble surrender and personal worship and see what God will do today! Mana up!
Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ “Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” Ex 33:12-16
Interesting, Moses cries out to the Lord for help and reveals his innermost desire. Like Paul who said his goal for his life was simply to “Know Him.” Philippians 3:10, Moses before him said in essence the same thing nearly 1500 years earlier!
In addition Moses seems to want to remind the Lord that the nation of Israel is actually the Lord’s people and not Moses’ responsibility. Sounds a bit like a mother who says to her husband “Please talk to your son about his behavior.” It’s good to remind the Lord (and obviously ourselves) that our kids are His kids, our spouses are actually His kids, and those we minister to are indeed His kids and not primarily ours! I think the Lord enjoys us realizing this. The battle belongs to the Lord and so do all the troops!
Finally, Moses says if you don’t go with us personally, let’s not even try to do this thing. It’s with you or nothing at all! God, your presence is what distinguishes my life and your people’s lives from those of all the other people on the planet. I love that! Lord may your glory rest on us so that it is undeniable that you are with us. Like Paul would write later of an unbeliever who visits a spirit-filled church meeting. He said when they hear God speak through the message, they will fall on their face and declare “God is certainly among them!” 1 Cor 14:25
“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 It has been wisely said “The secret of prayer is prayer in secret.
Consider Moses. “Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp. And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent.” Ex 33:7-8
People are simply drawn to a man or a woman who chooses to meet with and seek after the living God! Don’t try to get others to esteem you as a spiritual person. That won’t last or won’t work. Rather, seek the Lord in private and others will be aware and drawn to you for something about you that simply cannot remain hidden.
When Moses came down from a face to face meeting with God on Mt Sinai. His face glowed because he had been speaking with God (prayer). Mo had the glow that did show don’t you know! Want people to see the Lord reflected in your life? Go spend some time today out in the tent of meeting!
“If the world is against the truth then I am against the world.” – St. Athanasius
Standing up for the truth will make you a pariah in a world that has always and will always suppress the truth that condemns man’s proclivity to sin.
Jesus said at His trial that He came to bear witness to the truth. At this statement, Pilate sneeringly replied “What is truth?”
Indeed that same attitude exemplifies a world utterly adrift in the sea of post modern humanism.
Yet all Pilate did was to prove convincingly, that many people cannot see the truth even when it is staring them in the face!
Today, well known social activist and speaker Tony Campolo has announced he is changing his position on Gay marriage (see link below to read his full statement).
Let us be crystal clear, the God who created every person engaged in homosexual sin and then sent His Son die for those very sins has never and will never change His position on this subject.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NASB)
Shortly after Dallas Seminary was founded in 1924, it almost folded. It came to the point of bankruptcy. All the creditors were ready to foreclose at twelve noon on a particular day. That morning, the founders of the school met in the president’s office to pray that God would provide. In that prayer meeting was Harry Ironside. When it was his turn to pray, he said in his refreshingly candid way, “Lord we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are Thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money.”
Just about that time, a tall Texan in boots and an open-collar shirt strolled into the business office. “Howdy!” he said to the secretary. “I just sold two carloads of cattle over in Fort Worth. I’ve been trying to make a business deal go through, but it just won’t work. I feel God wants me to give this money to the seminary. I don’t know if you need it or not, but here’s the check,” and he handed it over.
The secretary took the check and, knowing something of the critical nature of the hour, went to the door of the prayer meeting and timidly tapped. Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, the founder and president of the school, answered the door and took the check from her hand. When he looked at the amount, it was for the exact sum of the debt. Then he recognized the name on the check as that of the cattleman. Turning to Dr. Ironside, he said, “Harry, God sold the cattle.”
Today we are being asked to spend some time seeking the Lord in humble prayer for ourselves and our nation.
President Abraham Lincoln wrote this in 1863 calling the nation to prayer.
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
Will you Believe? Shall we pray!
There are many today who say they are motivated by love for their fellow man and simply wish everyone else would be empowered by such a glorious high ideal.
Certainly, love is the greatest commandment according to Jesus. The Bible says in essence “Love God and your neighbor as yourself” and you will fulfill all God requires of you! (Romans 13:8-10) Wow! Who then, could possibly disagree with love?
Yet, the Bible also helps us to understand that love has genuine manifestations as well as expressions that are not true expressions of God’s love. For instance the Apostle John clearly states:
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” 1 John 5:3
“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
In other words, God measures our love, not by our feelings or our words alone but by our doings. In particular, we can’t claim to love God while we are neglecting or rejecting God’s clear Biblical directives.
Some people re-define “love” as allowing them to do whatever it Is that they happen to want to do. This is seen in the young man who pressures his girlfriend to have sex with him with the allegation “If you loved me, you’d let me!” Of course, it is obvious to most of us if he loved her, he wouldn’t be demanding!
Today, April 28th 2015, arguments are starting to be heard by our United States Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage and whether it is a constitutional right or not.
Groups on both sides of the issue have gathered outside the Supreme Court to exercise a right that affirmed by both sides. One of those in support of same sex marriage, Thea Filippatos, a 23-year-old New York University student was quoted as saying “If I was heterosexual, I could get married anywhere in this country and not have a problem.” Looking at the anti-gay marriage signs, Filippatos said, “Whatever happened to love thy neighbor? That’s what I learned about Christianity when I was a child.”
Is it just me or is what is shaping the narrative on this issue the very same illogic of “Hey! If you loved us, you’d let us”?
No truth of the Bible can be safely isolated from its overall context within Scripture and from the whole of the Bible. Whenever this is done, you can easily begin to use the Bible even to disprove the Bible!