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Did God Ever Really Want To Speak To Us Through Prophets?

October 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Everyone knows that the Old Testament is full of examples of God speaking through prophets.  But what if God never intended to work that way?

I understand and believe in the omniscience of God and that ultimately he knows what is going to happen in the future because he stands outside of time.   With that said, I cannot help but think that he would prefer to deal with us in a different way.  The fall in the Garden of Eden is an example of that.  Although he knew they would, God never wanted Adam and Eve to sin and be cast out.

I see the use of prophets to communicate with His chosen people as another example.

We will pick-up the biblical narrative up in Exodus.  God has led the Israelites out of Egypt and has brought them to the foot of Mount Sinai.  God meets with Moses and tells him to prepare the people to come to the mountain and personally hear his voice.  He wants to speak directly to His people and have a relationship with them.  Unfortunately, they rejected that offer.

Exodus 20: 18-21 – When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”  Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

At the point in which God reached out to them, they put a man (Moses) between themselves and the LORD.  Because He still wanted to be in communication with the Israelites, he set up the tabernacle and continued to work through Moses and subsequent prophets.

I can’t help but think that the Israelites missed a huge opportunity here to have a life changing encounter with Yahweh.  Instead, they left it up to someone else and within a few days were worshiping a golden calf and had to wonder in the desert for 40 years.

Are we relying on someone else to hear God for us?  Do we prefer to receive a word from another man as opposed to revelation direct from God?

We need to take responsibility for our personal relationship with God.  Looking to a pastor, prophet, spouse or mentor to hear for us is a type of idolatry and is sin.  God desires to speak directly to us.  He wants to share his heart with us in an intimate way.  This cannot be done if a man stands between us.

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