(Part 3 of 3)
Deuteronomy 5:22-30… Moses reiterates God’s commandments and continues to tell what had happened. “And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed 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). If you fear God’s fire, you will be sent to your tent. You will live outside of the presence of God. You can never make a 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, and touch another and they will fear. When Aaron and the elders feared the Holy Spirit fire they made their own fire. Many believers and “elders” in churches despise the processes of God and the results, their own fires, show it. Golden calves are everywhere, in lifeless meetings with lots of noise but no power, or in “sameness, tameness, lameness.”* It seems that the devil can come into many churches at will and the church has no anointing to stop him. The devil seems to climb over every resistance the believers put up. Are the watchmen awake? Where have the “discerning gifts” of the Spirit gone?
Out of this experience came the words in 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 go well with thee” (Deuteronomy 5:16). If you keep the words of God and embrace His fire, it will be well with you and your family. Moses uses 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 for your daily life and the prolonging of your days. When your life is prolonged your gifts and talents are prolonged as well. 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, “Observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily as the LORD God of thy fathers hath 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. Embrace what God is doing. 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, 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 His fire and holiness. Why? Because they could still hide sin in their hearts before, but no one can hide sin in the presence of God. We can live with undetected sin when the miraculous is shown, but when God reveals His Presence, sin has no place to hide. Do you still want genuine revival? John 3:20 teaches that people 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 or in your own tent, eventually your image of God 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,” posted June 7, 2014.