(Part 2 of 2)
Deuteronomy 5:4-5… “The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount)” (KJV). Notice… “You were afraid by reason of the fire.” Afraid of the fire and afraid of the Spirit of God. The fire is a sign of God’s power and authority. It was the fire that led Moses and his nation on the road to Canaan. Fire gave them confidence and destroyed their fear. It was the fire of the Holy Spirit that started the New Testament church in Acts 2. It was the fire of God on Mt. Carmel by the anointing of Elijah that caused the prophets of Baal to acknowledge that the Lord, He is God.
Fire has properties. It creates light, purifies, consumes, gives heat, protects, hardens, warms, and fuses things together (see Isaiah 6:7, Numbers 31:23, Judges 16:9, Psalm 68:2, Isaiah 44:16, Luke 24:32, Ezekiel 1:13, Revelation 1:14). Fiery trials are God’s fires (Malachi 3:2-3). Paul, in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, teaches that every man’s work is going to be tested by fire. Another thing–light a fire outdoors and watch how creepy bugs and snakes flee. Let the Holy Spirit light a fire in the church and watch demons flee. It’s the fires of the Holy Spirit that will wipe out gangs, drugs, abortion, homosexuality, and corruption.
Deuteronomy 5:22-30… Moses reiterates the commandments and continues to tell what had happened. “And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die” (vv. 24-25, KJV). The Lord told Moses to send them to their tents (v. 30). Fear God’s fire and be sent to your tents; you will live outside of the presence of God. You will never make your personal golden calf in God’s presence. The elders feared the fire, but Moses did not. Many people fear fresh words from God. God’s fire can touch one person and make them something beautiful, but touch another and they will fear. Many believers and elders in churches despise the processes of God (fasting, prayer, and intercession) and the results show it. Golden calves are everywhere in the forms of lifeless meetings and lots of noise but no power (or sameness, tameness, and lameness.*) It seems that the devil can come into many churches at will, and the church is doing nothing to stop him. The devil seems to climb over every resistance that believers put up. Are the watchmen awake? Where has the gift of discerning of spirits gone?
Out of this experience came Deuteronomy 5:29… “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” (KJV). “That it may be well with thee.” If you keep the words of God and embrace His fire, it will be well with you and your family. Moses used this phrase six times in the book of Deuteronomy (4:40, 5:16, 5:29, 5:32-33, 6:3 and 6:18). Moses exhorts the people to have a heart for God. Follow the Lord fully. Don’t fear the rules of conduct that He lays down–they are good for your daily life and for the prolonging of your days. When your life is prolonged, your gifts and talents are prolonged as well. You are needed to testify of the goodness of God. God says that you are not to turn to the left or to the right. In other words, “Don’t go to extremes either way.”
Finally, the Lord says, “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of your fathers promised thee” (Deuteronomy 6:3, KJV). Observing brings increase into your life. Your actions are important to God. Embrace the fire of the Holy Spirit. Aaron and the elders saw God. They ate and drank in His presence. What an experience! The children of Israel experienced salvation, miracles, healings, signs, and wonders. They sang and danced and praised the Lord (Exodus 15). When God brought them to the Mount to meet Him and revealed His glory, the people feared and drew back. They feared God’s fire and holiness. They were comfortable with God’s miracles, healing, and provision in the wilderness, but not face to face. Why? Because they could still hide sin in their hearts in the wilderness. But no one can hide sin in the presence of God. We can live with undetected sin in the miraculous, but when God reveals His presence, sin has no place to hide. Do you still want genuine revival? John 3:20 teaches that people will stay away from the light for fear that their sins will be exposed. If you come to the mountain, climb up as Moses did. God will change you. But if you stay below in the camp, eventually the image of God that you have will change into one of your own making or to one the people want… and you will be corrupted.
Pastor George Belobaba
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*See “Fixed Liturgy,” June 7th 2014.