We find ourselves at a major crossroads now, therefore I thought it would be fitting to simply look back and shine some light on a few important “road signs” if you don’t mind me calling it that.
In the garden of Eden we saw that Adam and Eve decided to disobey God and the result was that they were banished from Eden and also introduced fear to humanity. We then walk through scripture further and see that God still talks with people just not so frequently. If I could use a saying to describe it, its almost like God “backs off” a bit.
By the Moses connection I would like to stop and pause because I think I need to explain a bit here. Firstly, most of us read the Old Testament as a progression from the beginning and think that God slowly reveals more of Himself over time.
I would like you to look at it from a different perspective and consider that the Old Testament is actually consequential (something we decide and there is a consequence to that) and is a description of how God walks in a relationship with people. If you looked at the beginning, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden.
Now I ask you, when last did you see God, and actually walk and talk with Him?
OK so since I am sure no one can see God and no one can walk with God while seeing Him today we can conclude that after the fall we are not in a progressive environment.
That said, back to Moses. Just before the law was given God spoke to Moses and says to the people of Israel, “if you indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”.
And soon after that we read that the people refuse God’s direct voice and prefer an intermediary (Moses a prophet). We then see the role out of the Law and also a priesthood established. I hope you are getting it at this point……..
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IS VERY CLOSELY LINKED TO THE CHOICES OF PEOPLE……
Did God force us out of Eden because He wanted to? Did God decide to move away from us on a daily basis? Did God decide to have prophets and relate to people via an intermediary?????
I think at this stage in the bible the average person would find themselves really estranged from a personal relationship with the Lord, given all the hoops one had to jump through simply to be heard. By hoops I mean you had to sacrifice all the animals as a sin offering, work through a priest to hear from God,etc….. It was not a direct connection if you get what I mean. What I am trying to get you to see here, is that it was never God’s desire for that to be that way…..
We have one more stop in the old testament to make, but I leave you to ponder on what I have written about and we will get to the final stop next week.