Lesson 11 -- second quarter 2009
June 7, 2009
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How inquisitive am I about the mysteries of God?
At what point does God's presence make something holy?
How does it matter to me that God sees my afflictions and knows my sorrows?
Why did the Israelites need to leave Egypt?
Were any of Moses' questions not legitimate? If so, which and why?
How might God identifying Himself as I AM have been significant on that occasion?
God is under no obligation to answer anyone's questions. When He chooses to answer, it is because of His wisdom and not because of our whims or wishes. Shall any human dare complain against the Almighty should He opt to ignore a question? "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few" (Ecclesiastes 5:2).
Even so, God chose to answer Moses, who dared reply to God's call by asking, "God, who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" God's answer, though hidden, rings forth in the following verse: "It's not who you are (or aren't), Moses, but Who I Am . . . and I will be with you. That's what matters -- not who you think you aren't." I admit I have interpreted God's answer, so listen to it here in its direct simplicity: "Certainly I will be with thee."
Clearly, God's answers are sometimes hidden.
We obviously do not know that either. However, the wording and sentence structure of the Scriptures certainly seems to leave us room to conclude that had Moses walked on, God would not have called him at that time: "And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him" (Exodus 3:4). It also seems that God used this phenomenon as a test of Moses' spiritual sensitivity. It seems that Moses could later look back to this incident as assuring proof that God honors and uses those who demonstrate the spiritual "curiosity" to investigate the works and doings of God.
May God deliver us from an uninterested heart and an uninquisitive spirit that have no interest in "checking out" what God is up to!
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