Their experience on Mount Sinai, when God came down to covenant with them, was an experience that caused them to flee from His presence, in fear of Him, as if they did not know Him. “You speak to us and we will listen to your voice, but not to God’s, for we are afraid of Him.” God’s holiness was too great for them to bear, in view of theirs’s. His holiness was such a contrast to their sinful life, that they were overwhelmed. Having lived in a land for hundreds of years where the people worshipped false gods, Israel had no concept of Who God was in His holiness. Like Adam and Eve, they hid from His presence, when they asked Moses to speak to them. Years later, When Simon Peter recognized YAHSHUA as the Son of God, he fell down at YAHSHUA’S knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord (Luke 5:5-9). Peter, when He confronted the holiness of God through YAHSHUA, he saw his own wretchedness. He did not want to be close to YAHSHUA, but asked him to depart from him. He was gripped with bewildering amazement, and all who were with him, at the haul of fish which they had made (Luke 5: 9). It was more comfortable for Israel to hear Moses’ –the middle man’s voice than to hear God’s voice, because of the place where Israel was spiritually. Adam and Eve hid from God when they heard His voice, Israel begged Moses to speak to them when they witnessed the evidences of the holiness of God; and It is for many of us believers as well, when we disregard to spend time into the Word of God to hear His voice directly speaking to us. Only when He makes us lie down, that we are forced to reflect on His goodness. It can be through sickness, financial woes, any other difficulties that the Lord allows us to go through, in order to call our attention to Him. The middle men of today- pastors, teachers of the Word and others, are necessary for us to listen to as we gather together, but we must make the time to be with God alone to hear His voice also. Spoon fed all the time constitutes danger of errors in the faith, for there are many voices echoing false teachings today; if we do not know the word of God, we will fall into errors and away from our Lord. There should not be the case that hearing from God will be only through the middle men. God has given us His Word at all times. Desiring to know Him, will compel us to want to read His word.
YAHSHUA said, My sheep hear My voice. His voice sounds truth to all who is willing to hear. But only if you are His sheep, will you be able to hear Him; you will be able to discern His voice from that of the enemy’s, who came to rob and to kill. Eve confused God’s instruction with the devil’s and end up in trouble and with her, the entire world. John warned us to test the spirits to make sure it came from God. We will not be able to do that, if we do not know YAHSHUA and His word.
Paul, in his writing to Philippians expressed a profound desire to know Christ. He said, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him, and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection (Phil. 3: 10). It takes desire; it takes the will, the want to know Him. We will never come to know Him well with His Word closed; if we continue to reject His invitation eat with Him. The table He has set for us to breakfast with Him, and now He invites us before the day develops into a busy day. The first meal of the day should be spiritual, “for men should not live of bread alone, but through every word that comes out of the mouth of God”. After His resurrection, on His last encounter with His disciples, YAHSHUA prepared breakfast for them and invited them to eat with Him. That must have been the most delicious breakfast the disciples had ever had. A meal prepared by God Himself imagine that!
The Living Word of God -YAHSHUA still wants to fellowship with us, only we must open our heart and mind and our ears to hear His voice. His Word is constantly set before us as our spiritual breakfast. We should never leave home without it. Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was, while the rest of the people stood far off, afraid of God. This would be true today. While some of us run to God, others run away from Him to avoid their sins being exposed. They prefer the middle man with a message to tickle their ears, than to hear directly from God to have their ways changed and be transformed into the likeness of YAHSHUA. Moses had a relationship with God; the only prophet who talked to God face to face, the others only by vision and dreams. The importance of having a relationship with God is the direction we take to get near to Him. Always aiming higher and higher to get closer to Him, never having enough of His presence, but desiring more of Him. In our troubles, in our tribulations, we seek to hear His voice; in our joys we praise and thank Him; in our doubts, we seek His wisdom.
Desiring to hear from the middle man and not directly from God, is a decision that will stun our spiritual growth; it is a decision that will keep us from knowing Him intimately and personally. Let’s be more like Moses, who dared to hear directly from God in the midst of all the noise of thunder, the smoke and the loud sound of the trumpet. The holiness of God should attract us to Him. Like a mirror, it shows our deep and sinful ways. Isaiah, when confronted with God’s holiness, repented of his and the nation’s wicked ways. Being forgiven, he heard God’s calling to serve Him. Isaiah served God faithfully as a prophet and died a martyr’s death. Remember, God’s Word is close to you; desire to hear directly from Him. He is waiting for you today.