THE TALKING GOD (Part 3)


By: Abigayle Mutua

What is the secret to the relationship that Abraham and Moses had with God? How did they get welcomed into His Majesty’s Secret Service? The next chapter of Exodus offers more insight on these questions. It reads: Then God said to Moses, “Depart, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way” (Exodus 33:1-3)

But Moses said to the Lord: “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name” (Exodus 33:12-17). Look at what happened in these verses. God said, “I will fulfill My promises to your forefathers by sending My angel to escort you, but I am not going with you.” Many of us would have been happy with our prayers being answered by the Lord’s sending an angel to go with us.

I often wonder if we would have even recognized whether we had the angel of the Lord with us and not the Lord. Moses proves his friendship with God when he said, “If you’re not going to the Promised Land, I am not going either!” Moses was saying to God, “You are more important to me than any vision that I have for my life.” This is a key to building a deeper relationship with the Father. We must want Him more than we want what He does. Wherever you find people who love Jesus more than they love the world, you will discover a place that is filled with the joy of friendship.

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THE TALKING GOD (Part two)


By: Abigayle Mutua

We find the same relationship operating between God and Moses. Look at the conversation recorded in the Book of Exodus. It reads,

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have quickly turned aside from the way, which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'” The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people. Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation” (Exodus 32:710).

Moses’ response floors me! Moses said to God, Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, “With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth?” Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever” (Exodus 32:11-13).

Then here comes the verse that will blow our minds, ruin our theology, and bring us to the brink of an omniscient nightmare:”So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people” (Exodus 32:14).

This amazing story highlights an intimate relationship between a man and his God. Here an unredeemed human, living under the old covenant, finds a place with the God of all creation, the wisest Being in the entire universe, and tells Him that destroying His own people is simply a bad idea.

Their conversation reveals a deep sense of mutual respect. God, angry at Israel, tries to put the responsibility for the people on Moses by telling Moses, “These are your people whom you brought out of Egypt.” “On the contrary,” Moses says to God, “These are Your people whom You brought out of Egypt”!

Underneath the dialogue between God and Moses lies a deeper question. Was God saying to Moses, “Boy, Moses, I never thought about those Israelites being My people or about My reputation with those Egyptians. I am sure glad that I have you around so that I don’t forget these things”? I don’t think so! This may shock you but I don’t think God always wants to be right when He speaks to us! God often restrains His strength so that He can have a relationship with His people! — HIS RESTRAINT FOR OUR FRIENDSHIP.

THE TALKING GOD (PART ONE) 


By: Abigayle Mutua

God had extraordinary relationships with several people throughout the Bible. The Book of Exodus says, “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man also to his friend” (Exod. 33:11). James says that Abraham was a friend of God (see James 2:23). Friends influence friends. These two men are an example of people who experienced a special bond with God in which the Lord invited them to influence Him.

Genesis gives insight into Abraham’s relationship with God. The Lord said to Abraham, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?” (Gen. 18:17-18). God was saying to Abraham that because of the importance of his place on the earth, he was privy to inside information. Then the Lord tells Abraham that He’s about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.

Abraham’s response is surprising. He feels the freedom to interact with God, knowing that the Lord values his opinion. Look at Abraham’s protest: Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly? (Genesis 18:23-25) The questions he asked are important but of greater significance is the fact that he questioned.

Where did Abraham get the idea that a human being had any right to question his Creator? What would possess a man to think that he might have a different view of a situation that God hadn’t thought of? Who could ever say to God, “There are some holes in your thinking there, Lord!” However, it is in the Scriptures. A man debates with his God on the basis of friendship!!

Who tells you that God is a God that you can’t reason with?  He is waiting for someone to approach him and bring his issue that they may solve it together.