Reading Deuteronomy 4 – 6.
In reading these chapters it seems quite apparent to me that GOD desires to speak with and to His people. The people of God should count it an awesome and glorious thing that GOD would desire to speak with a people who are sinful.
In chapter four GOD gives us decree not to “add unto” or “diminish aught from it” (4:2)speaking of His commands – His word. It is holy, separate, set apart, different, peculiar. That is the way His people are as well.
When Israel heard the voice of God speaking from the darkness of the mountain, out of the midst of the fire, they were so overwhelmed that they were fearful. They had heard God speak once, but if they heard Him again they might die.
“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.” 5:24-25
GOD has called on His people to hear His voice. He is holy. We are unholy. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews wrote,
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31
The best place to be is in the hands of the living God. We can only be in His hands of grace through the shed blood of the Lamb of God, His holy Son Jesus Christ. When we are in His hands; no man, no peril, no sword, no trial or fire, no spiritual entity can snatch us from His hands (John 10:29; Romans 8:37-39), that comes by hearing His voice.
Adam and Eve having sinned against God in the garden of Eden, heard the voice of GOD walking in the garden, hid themselves; and GOD called unto Adam, “Where art thou?”. GOD knew Adam’s whereabouts, but Adam didn’t. He was afraid of the voice of God. When you are fearful of the voice of GOD it is due to a lack of fellowship with GOD.
To the credit of the Israelites they did promise to do what ever the LORD commanded them, through the leadership of Moses (5:27).
The voice of the LORD is personified in the Person of Jesus Christ. We can come into the throne of God and petition Him, worship Him, be silent before Him (Hebrews 4:16); because of the precious blood of Jesus that was shed on Calvary’s cross.
Hear the voice of God today. He is calling you to come to Him through His Son. There is no other way.
Please read Deuteronomy 4 – 6.
-Tim A. Blankenship