Making It Up?

“So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders. And you said: ‘Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives. Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.’ Deut 5:23-27
This is one of my favorite stories from the Bible; when God revealed Himself to Israel and they became so scared that they never wanted it to happen again.
The solution was to have God speak to Moses, and Moses would often speak to Aaron, and then Aaron would speak to the people.
So Aaron would say what Moses said that God said?
That’s about it.
People today still get their message from God the same way; they let someone else tell them rather than dealing with what God has said themselves.
How many never pick up and read the Bible but wait for Sunday to hear the word?
It’s partially because God’s word is a convicting word; it is that double-edged sword that cuts deep into the soul.
It is a life changing word.
Though I know he didn’t, it would have been easy for Moses to change the word of God to his way of thinking.
He would have made a mighty nation and people for himself; but we see where he refused that offer from God.
Read your Bible so you can make sure your pastor, Sunday school teacher, deacon, or the visiting evangelist is speaking God’s word and not making things up on the fly!

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