Still 'fine-tuning' our process. You can get to the original article HERE
NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.
Divine encounters between Moses and God, we can see that God welcomes the one
who is curiously seeking Him and willing to step into intimate encounter.
we find Moses, living in the wilderness far from the problem of Egypt. In the
faraway place, God speaks from a burning bush. In the fear of the Lord, Moses
approaches that oddity that has arrested his attention. Curiosity brings him to
holy ground where God tells him to take his sandals off. Without footwear, he
was vulnerable and would not easily run away. Here God calls Moses to a mission
that would seem unthinkable. Go to Pharaoh and lead God’s people to freedom.
fast forward through the Exodus story, we find God’s people in the wilderness.
They are free to worship God, but they are in the unknown, difficult wilderness
where their very lives depended upon God leading them.
an interesting perspective given as we look into the fear of the Lord.
tells Moses that he is coming in a dense cloud that will provide intimate space
for God and Moses to meet on the mountain. The meeting will be obvious to the
people because they will be able to hear but not see God in conversation with
Moses. They will know that God is there, but they will not be able to come
appearance of God is concealed and somewhat hidden because only those who are
properly prepared can get close. Moses was prepared through God’s instruction
and invited to come close. But the people were not ready. They needed to have
their hearts changed in preparation for intimacy with God.
We would rather have Moses speak on God’s behalf instead of
hearing God speak directly to us. They are afraid of God because of his power,
but Moses invites them to be courageous toward God. The threat of God’s power
is intended to test their heart and call them to intimacy with the Almighty.
Among his people, Moses was called to lead because he had
the fear of the Lord. But there is a dramatic shift in perspective depending on
where you are.
Moses in the intimate presence of God had a cloud like,
mystical experience. For the distant and afraid onlookers below the mountain,
they saw a raging fire.
It took Moses climbing alone into thick darkness to meet
with God and experience God’s glory.
Jesus story has many parallels to what Moses did. The writer
in Hebrews tells us that we can boldly come to the place that Moses encountered
God. We can have intimacy with the Almighty if we are willing to climb into the
dense cloud. Or we will prefer to be at a safe distance where God can’t hurt
us. From the ground perspective, God is a consuming fire that will turn us to
ash in seconds.
Will you have the courage to trust the Great High Priest
Jesus who has secured the path and reaches out to all who will follow?
Will you hide from God or be hidden in Christ?