I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus and count them but rubbish.

I heard from God…Whooptie-do!

I was reading my lessons this evening. I was reading about the Law given to Moses on Mount Sinai. God instructs the people to come near the mountain and the people reply in a very telling way as far as understanding the holiness and power of God. Power that even in just hearing His voice carries weight.

  • Exodus 20:19, [the people] said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

Now this passage struck me suddenly tonight b/c we live in a day and age when it seems like at every turn people are claiming that God has spoken to them as casually as any old conversation. People like Todd Bentley pass that on as casually as if they are doing stand up, not passing on something so holy as the Word of the Lord.

But scripture makes it clear that when God is present in form or word there is a reaction of respect and fear. The bible uses the word, “Awe.” That does not mean, “OOOooooo, look at the pretty colors.” No it means FEAR!

Moses: He himself though close to God in many respects still was told he could not get too close to God unless he die.

  • Exodus 33:21-23, The LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.  When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

Isaiah: Seeing what is understood as just a vision of the Lord brought about terror to Isaiah and his imperfection.

  • Isaiah 6:1 & 5, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple…”Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Now I know many will claim that under the New Testament age all this is over. This need to fear God or think that we should run and hide. But I would beg to differ and state that the only thing that has changed is as Christians we are no longer being counted as condemned in God’s eyes but that does not diminish His holiness.

Here are some New Testament instances of continued Holiness…

Paul: He was floored when Jesus appeared to him on the Demascus Road. Yes that is right all you who think Jesus is your buddy and pal or “yuck” boyfriend ladies, he was knocked down.

  • Acts 9:3-4, As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground.

John: John also despite his being a close apostle of Jesus on earth fell down before that same glorified Jesus when he had a vision of Him in heaven.

  • Revelation 1:17, When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. (means he couldn’t even move.)

Too many walk around today professing that they have heard from God specifically. Something that we only see happen a few times in Scripture to those who were chosen by God. When those conversations take place they are often accompanied by a high degree of holiness and honor…even fear.

  • Isaiah 33:6, He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

2 Responses to “I heard from God…Whooptie-do!”

  1. Exactly! Though I believe God put it in my heart to be a missionary to Brazil back in 1997, I don’t claim that at a vision of God or a new revelation. No one is required to believe anything happened, and had I experienced anything like what we see in the Bible I would have probably ended up on the floor weeping and repenting (after recovering from the awe of seeing God’s glory). Even visions of angels terrified people in Scripture. People take this way too lightly.

  2. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for serving in Brazil.

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