It is not secret what God wants us to hear and know.
The idea that God sent his Son to bring the world (back?) to Eden or Sinai is laughable and sad. Can you imagine God telling God “You shall nor bear false witness…”? A quick route to trashing divine majesty is to make God subject to laws. If God was subject to laws every miracles is a sin. If God’s righteous rule of the universe rests on the Sinai covenant (or its intent) or on the practices of Israel’s patriarchs to where was that regime before God made earth and human beings? No healthy mind can imagine God issuing the Sinai covenant to the heavenly hosts or to Adam and Eve in Eden.
Everyone needs to work on fruit enjoyment. Everyone needs to work on gift deployment. There is nothing else to be revealed. All that God needs to say to us has been written – no matter what insights come to us.
If it is not written it is a lie
Not a specialist in the word of God? Why are you not? Should a pastor not equip the saints to do ministry? If we have no interest then perhaps it is time to check whether we have been properly introduced to the Saviour of world. It is no wonder that people flock to applaud the flipflopping, whooping, and hollering. There is so little of the Crucified in the messaging of most churches. You do not need a vision to know what God is paying. Read it or ask someone who can.
When God speaks from Heaven it is always about his Son. If we would learn that lesson we will be saved and recognize his voice instead of piling up the sayings of men, whether they are prophets, priests or kings.
There are many things we hear from people in the seats of authority that are neither angel-speak, nor thunder, nor the Good Shepherd’s voice.
John 12:29 reports that God spoke and people who were saturated in the very words of God had no idea what he said. Some in the audience said they heard natural noise, thunder. Others assumed that an angel had spoken. The voice we hear seems to be the echoes of our imagination.
The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
Loud and confusing
Sometimes the noise of battle overpowers the gospel’s joyful sound. Sometimes it is the noise of battle with no battle. I detect that the John 12:29 phenomenon plays out more often than we would like to admit. The thunder-angel game is comfortable and costly. If God speaks and it sounds like thunder or if one mistakes his voice for an angel (or vice versa) we are in a deep pit with smooth walls.
Loud and low
There is quite literally a lot of shouting. Church can be loud, and its sounds can be mindboggling stupid or sensible. Slogans and mottos, maxims and downright nonsense pollute the air. There are stories that studiously avoid the gospel, even when the story is from one of the four gospels, whence we get the lowdown on the Saviour’s voice.
19. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
The point of telling people what God can do goes totally lunatic when the saying rolls down the cliff of “God will do for you what he has done for others”.
Words of knowledge or wisdom veer off course when their goal is a natural consumable like a healing, money in our accounts, or employment. Vaguities like “some things you need to work on”, “victory is around the corner” and self-aggrandizing rubbish like “sinless vessels” dominate.
Does anyone really want David’s presents? What would we do with Solomon’s wealth or wisdom? Are we not better off believing that God has presents designed exclusively for each of us?
Having read with interest the call of Abraham, the many purposeful provisions for his descendants, and the action-packed narratives of Israel and Judah it is mindboggling to see the Gentile world locking on to ancient conventions without a raised eyebrow.
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
I see, in the 21st century exactly what Jeremiah saw: people pushing God off the grid, and fashioning strainers – sieves – as water vessels.