How Does God Relate?
God designed us with the ability to think and understand in pictures. That is why his Bible communicates with visual pictures. God takes a command that we cannot see the benefits of following, and relates it to a picture we can understand. This word picture shows us the functionality, practicality as well as clarifying the directive in a form that is easiest to remember. In communicating this way, God avoids getting into the complicated sciences where by we would most certainly be lost. To provide the answer to ‘why’ for all his laws, commands, precepts and directives, the Bible tells us that the world could not contain the books that would be needed.
Numbers 12:5 Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When both of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words: “When a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.”
Something happened to Moses that positioned him to speak face to face and to see the form of the Lord. Yes, this was Moses’ mission in life, but he still must comply with the word of God. Nobody gets a free ride or cuts the corners, not Moses, not Jesus, and not you or me. Whatever happened to Moses, so he could see God face to face, also happened to Jesus, and must happen to anybody else that wants to see God face to face. We must learn what it means to be faithful in all his house.
Matt 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Luke 8:9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’
There must be identical actions between Moses, the great men of God, and the disciples that positioned them to be able to understand the secrets of the kingdom of God. We must recognize that we cannot place ourselves as one of His disciples; therefore, Jesus is speaking to us when He said to His disciples, “though seeing they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.” If we cannot see, if our minds cannot understand, if our ears cannot hear, we need to discover why and then execute the same actions that positioned the great men of God to know the things that are going to make the difference.
Romans 11:7-10 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.”
We Christians are earnestly seeking what Israel sought, with no-less fervor, but unfortunately, with no greater resolve. We are convinced that we are the elect and we may in fact be, but that is not to say, that our hearts have not been hardened by our disobedience. Disobedience reaps the same consequences until the direction is reversed. Ignorance of the actions which produce disobedience does not exempt you from receiving this spirit of stupor. The saving grace for the elect is that God allows them to understand and believe the truth when it is presented, so that what they did for the Lord on earth is not destroyed.
Daniel 2:18 …that they might request compassion from God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends might not be destroyed with the rest of the men of Babylon.
Daniel 2:22 “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.”
God uses biographies of people in his Word to allow us to understand why he acts like he does, how he thinks and to reveal a principle in His holiness. These stories place us inside the minds of, not only the different characters who did good or evil, but God. These stories are giving to us the complete picture with all the pertinent facts. In this way, God leaves no room for speculation on either side, and we can come away with a true understanding of who He is, how He operates and what is to come.
These true life stories in the Old Testament are presented in such a way that they become perfectly enacted scripts. These wonderful stories need to be transformed into parables at the time of Christ’s death, thereby, able to teach and instruct us on the intricate details surrounding the reclaiming and rebuilding of that which the Lord came for; our bodies.
1 Cor 6:13 … yet the body is for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body.
Christ came to seek out worshippers to glorify God and you can only glorify God in your body when you know how to take the body through repentance or regeneration.
1 Cor 6:20 For you have been bought with a price, therefore, glorify God in your body.
Understand that it must be in your body first before it can be through your body.
Heb 10:5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering thou hast not desired, but a body thou hast prepared for Me; …”
The responsibility falls on you!
through your body, until you first prepare your body for Him.
Most of us come to God’s Word with preconceived ideas of who we are, and how we function. This idea distorts the true image being reflected back to us from the Word and gets us off the path into thinking that leads us into lawlessness. It is imperative that we only allow God’s Word to paint the true picture, of not only who we are, but how we function in His world. This comprehension of our exact image acts like a beacon to our understanding as it relates to how God is communicating. The Word of God was written to govern his creation (from the stand point of complete knowledge) of which man was given the responsibility to over see. Only the arrogant will presume they have the knowledge needed, relative to all knowledge, to understand.
Pro 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”
In other words, let go of what your eyes / the world tells you your reality is, and come live in the only true reality, which the living Word of God will reveal to you.