How serious are you with God?
HIS WAYS UNTO MOSES
In Psalm 103:7 we read these words: “He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel.”
Notice the difference!
His “acts” were made known to the entire nation; but His “ways” only to Moses.
His “acts” were His mighty deeds—signs and wonders wrought by His mighty power. All the people of Israel saw the miracles which God performed for their deliverance and preservation.
They saw the Red Sea rolled back for them to cross over; they saw the Egyptians destroyed by a mighty act of God; they saw the miraculous cloud which led them by day and the fiery pillar by night; they saw the heavenly manna provided for their sustenance, and they beheld the water surge forth from the rock by the mighty hand of God.
These and other “acts” they constantly beheld as God performed mighty miracles in their midst.
But ONLY MOSES ascended the “mount of God” to have made known to him the “ways” of God—the “ways” in which God wanted the people to WALK, in obedience to His Word, that they might be prepared for that which God wanted to do THROUGH them according to His foreordained purpose.
His “acts” the people beheld, that their needs might be met, and that their faith might be quickened, as they realized their mighty God and Savior was in their midst. But His “ways” they had to learn. And God had to have a man to whom He could reveal His Ways, and that man was Moses. Moses, thereafter, made known God’s Ways to the people.
But the tragedy of the situation was simply this: the people were constantly clamoring for a demonstration of the mighty “acts” of God, but did not want to learn “ways
How much Christian people are like this today! Multitudes are willing to seek after the “acts” of God, but only a few (a Moses company) are willing to fully learn His “ways.” This does not mean that His “acts” are not important, but we should be primarily concerned with His “ways.” In Psalm 77:11-13 we read: “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember yourwonders of old. I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings. Your way, O God is your sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”
We are to remember and talk of all his doings (acts), but His WAY is in sanctuary.
The Hebrew word translated “sanctuary” means a “separation “or a “separated place.”
In the Old Testament the “sanctuary” was the tabernacle or the temple built by command of God as a separated place where the priests ministered to the Lord on behalf of the people, and where the “presence” of the Lord was manifested that He might speak to His specially chosen servants, Moses and Aaron.
In the New Testament the “sanctuary” is a separated people, the very Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 3:16, 6:19; Ephes. 2:20-22); a royal priesthood that ministers to God (I Peter 2:5,9), and to whom God speaks and makes known His ways.
“Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary.”
This means two things.
First, the sanctuary (tabernacle) built by Moses in the wilderness is actually a divinely ordained picture or pattern (in symbols of materials, structure, measurements, and objects) of GOD’S WAYS for His people. (This is too great a subject to go into at the present time and is beyond the scope of this article.)
Secondly, it means that HIS WAYS are being made known TO and revealed THROUGH that “sanctuary” or “separated people” He is calling to Himself in these last days—a people who are willing learn His ways
“Oh My people, are you willing to learn My ways, says God. How long have I waited for a people who will give themselves wholly to Me, that I might teach them to walk in that which I have foreordained for this hour. For I say to you, that even before the foundation of the world I determined that a people should show forth My glory in these last times, even that which is the consummation of many ages and generations.
But My people, how much are you willing to give yourselves to Me that I might teach you My ways?
Are you just Interested in beholding My wonders, of seeking after signs, and in rejoicing only in that which I can do for you?
Are you not rather willing to be an instrument in My hand, that I might show forth My glory to this world?
I say, if you are willing to learn My ways; if you are willing to subject yourselves to Me and to one another in the body of Christ; if you are willing to take My Word and study that which I have revealed through My servants of the past; if you are willing to forget your ways and seek My face; then, and only then, shall you become My sanctuary—even that body in which My ways shall be made known, says the Lord.
For is it not written that My ways are not your ways and My thoughts are not your thoughts? (Isa. 55:8).
Why will you then continue to insist on following your ways?
Are not My ways, which are high as the heavens, revealed only to those whose minds are set on the heavens, to do that which has been revealed from heaven?
And is not that voice from heaven heard only by that Spirit which has come from heaven to show My ways?
Listen then to His voice, for He will show you My ways and glorify Me in your midst says the Lord.
Why will you then seek only after signs and wonders and not seek ME, says your God. For did I not say that I AM your way, your truth, and your life? (John 14:6).
Am I not He that revealed myself of old to Moses My chosen, even as I spoke to Him on the mount?
And do I not call you to My “holy mount” in these last days, that I might speak to you as it were “face to face”, and to speak to you concerning My ways?
Listen to My voice, for I will speak to you once, yes twice, but if you are not willing to hear, will I continue to speak to says the Lord?
Must I “badger” and “buffet” in order to get you to listen?
Will I “bargain” with you and “beg” you says the Lord?
I say “nay”—I will not!
But I speak to those who have ears to hear and hearts to receive, and I will call you to myself even as I called Moses to My mount; and I will deal with you to bring you into My way, that you may be a witness to My people in this day, says the Lord.” (end of prophecy).
Again, let me quote Psalm 77:13, “Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary.” During the forty days that Moses spent with the Lord in the mount, the Lord revealed to him the details for the building of the sanctuary (tabernacle). The Lord then admonished Moses: “And look that youmake them after theirpattern, which was showed you in the mount.” (Ex. 25:40). In contrast to this temporal tabernacle which served the Israelites in the wilderness, in Heb. 8:2 we have reference to “the sanctuary” and “the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” This true (real) sanctuary or tabernacle is the church, which the Lord Jesus said He would build(Matt. 16:18). The temporary tabernacle in the wilderness was but a TYPE of the real and permanent.
Now the question is simply this: Is it not foolish to think that God would be so meticulous about detailing the PATTERN for a temporary tabernacle in the wilderness made out of perishable materials, and yet fail to give a PATTERN for the reality of which it was a type, even the true tabernacle (church) which the Lord Jesus is building?
And yet most Christians fail to realize that there is a DIVINE PATTERN and ORDER for the church given in the New Testament. After Moses had made all things “according to the pattern,” the tabernacle was erected and everything was “set” in its proper order. We read of this in Exodus Chap. 40. Notice God’s instructions to Moses: “And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil. And youshall bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order on it; and you shall bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.
And you set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle, And you shall set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. And you shall set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shall put water there.” (Ex. 40:3-7). Notice that everything had to be brought in and “set” in the proper place as God commanded.
Beginning with Verse 19 of this chapter we see how Moses carries out God’s instructions. The phrase “as the Lord commanded Moses” is used seventimes in the rest of the chapter showing Moses’ obedience.
Following this we read: “So Moses finished the work. Then acloud covered the tent of the congregation and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, andthe glory of the Lord filled tabernacle.” (Ex. 40:34-35).
Of this I am convinced: the glory of the Lord would never have filled that tabernacle, if Moses had not made all things “according to the pattern,” and if he had not “set” every article in its proper place according to God’s divine order. How much more important is it that the “true tabernacle” (the church) be “set” in “divine order” by our Moses (Jesus) that it might be filled with the of God
The “glory” of God is the “presence and power of God in the midst of His people”—manifested in one way or another. In the Old Testament His “glory” is primarily associated with the visible “glory cloud” which filled the tabernacle, and which led the Israelites through the wilderness. In the New Testament the “glory” of God is the reality of His presence and powerthrough the Holy Spirit.
The result of this presence and power is the manifestation of the divine attributes and perfections in His people, such as love, joy, peace, victory, deliverance, miracles, wisdom, knowledge, faith, revelation, divine utterance, etc. The “glory of the Lord” in His Body is to bring that Body into His own perfection and fulness.
Now brethren, the Lord wants to fill His Body with His Glory, not just in part, but in fulness; and this will happen only as we submit ourselves to His divine order for His church … letting Him “set” each member in the Body as He chooses. This IS going to happen, and God has patterned it in His Word as follows:
[Saul vs. David]
The KEY is found in a statement made in Acts Chap. 13, by the apostle Paul as he preaches in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia. Recounting the history of their people, Paul says: “And afterward they desired a king: and God gave to them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up to them David to be their king; to whom he gave testimony, and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my
“Saul” means “asked for.” God allowed the people to have Saul because they desired a king and “asked for” him. In time God removed Saul and raised up David, because in him God saw a man after His own heart, who would fulfill all His will.
God is now “raising up” a David company who will fulfill God’s perfect will and order for His church in these last days. Saul represents, in type, the old order of man-controlled churches which are a result of the desires of the people; and what the people “ask for” God gives, so that they might learn by experience the folly of their own desires and ways.
One of the first things that David wanted to do after He was raised up to the throne was to bring the ARK back to Jerusalem. He said, “let us bring the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in thedays of Saul.” (I Chron. 13:3). Just think, during the entire reign of Saul, the ark, which symbolized the very presence of God in the midst of His people, was not in its rightful place, nor was the Lord enquired of at it.
It was in the land of the Philistines for seven months after the Philistines had captured it, and when the Philistines sent it back it was placed in the house of Abinadab (1 Sam. 6:1, 7:1-2). In type, the ark represents Christ, the head of the church which is His body (Ephes. 1:22-23).
In the man-controlled churches represented by Saul, the ARK (Christ the HEAD) is not in His rightful place. But David desires to bring the ark back. Even so there is a “David company” that God is raising up who are willing to fulfill all His will and see that the ark (Christ) is restored to His rightful place as HEAD OF THE CHURCH.
[David’s errors in order]
But here we need to walk carefully, seeking the face of the Lord and examining His Word daily, for David made some mistakes, even though he wanted to do what was right.
His first mistake was in consulting the leaders and the people instead of the WORD of God. “And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said to all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good to you, and that it be of the Lord our God. . . let us bring again the ark of our God to us … And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.” (I Chron. 13:1-4). We should not do something because it is right in the eyes of the people or because some leaders we have counseled with say so. We should seek God and His Word, and let Him teach us by His Spirit.
Next we read that “they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.” (I Chron. 13:7). This was contrary to God’s Word because only the Levites were to carry the ark with the specially made poles slipped through the rings on the ark. Not realizing this, David was bringing the ark back on the cart. “And David and all Israelplayed before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalterles, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.”
My, what a glorious meeting they were having; a real “Pentecostal” campaign. Everything went fine until they came to the “threshing floor of Chidon.” There the oxen stumbled, and Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark. “And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark; and there he died before God.” (I Chron. 13:10). Numbers 4:15 shows that none but the priests and Levites were in any way to approach or care for the ark, so that Uzza was the victim of inexcusable ignorance of God’s Word.
We might think that God was unreasonably harsh, and yet we must realize that God was teaching them a necessary lesson, as well as enacting a TYPE or PATTERN for us that we might learn.
Notice that God did not intervene until they reached the “threshing of Chidon.” A threshing floor is a type of JUDGMENT: a place where the wheat is separated from the chaff.
Such was pointed out by John the Baptist in his words recorded in Matt. 3:11-12. “He (Christ) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire; whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his (threshing) floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The “threshing floor” represents a place of humbling and breaking (the grain trampled), a place of separation (wheat from chaff), and a place of testing and purging (fire). Even so is the Lord putting us through fires of testing and purging, separating from our lives those things which hinder His working, and causing us to be broken and humbled before Him in a way that we have never known before.
Just as in the TYPE God overlooked the Ignorance and carelessness of David and the people UNTIL they reached the “threshing floor of Chidon,” even so the Lord has overlooked our ignorant and wayward ways regarding His church, BUT NOW JUDGMENT BEGUN TO. God is causing us to realize that He will not allow that which He has allowed before if we want the fulness of His blessing.
We must take our hands of the ark. God caused the oxen to stumble at the “threshing floor of Chidon” as a TEST. And the reaction of Uzza portrays that which is so characteristic of human nature. It is so human to want to put forth our hands and try to PROTECTwhat God is doing. We feel we have to organize, systematize, programize, publicize, officialize, etc. what God is doing so that it will be protected and preserved and propagated. Uzza putting forth his hand symbolizes the attempt to rely on the “arm of flesh” which was the great sin of the Israelites, and has also been the great sin of the church. God spoke through Jeremiah thus: “Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departsfrom the Lord.” (Jer. 17:5). God wants us to keep our hands off what He is doing.
In I Chron. 13:11, we read that “David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach [against] Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. ” “Perez-uzza”‘ means “breach of Uzza.” It means a “breaking forth or through.” Later David realized that God had made a “break through” [against] them by killing Uzza because they were not bringing the ark back according to His divine order. Hear his words in I Chron. 15:13:
“The Lord our God made a breach [against] us, for that we sought him not the due order.” People, God is going to “break through” in judgment on the church in this day because Christendom is not seeking His divine order for His church. We need to realize that the Lord cannot sanctify with the fulness of His glory an end-time “tabernacle” or “house” until we get that house in divine order.
[David’s success in order]
In I Chron. 15, we have the record of David’s success in bringing the ark back to Jerusalem. This time he is careful to do it God’s way, for he said: “None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them has the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister tohim forever.” (1 Chron. 15:2). “So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God ofIsrael.
And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as commandedaccording to the word of Lord.” (I Chron. 15:14-15). As the ark was returning, we read that certain priests “did blow with (seven) trumpets before the ark of God.” (I Chron. 15:24). In its finalapplication the return of the ark to Jerusalem is a picture of the personal return of Christ to this earth. Going before (preceding) that return we have the seven trumpetsof Revelation, Chapters 8 through 11. Christ’s return is at the consummation of the 7th, or last, trumpet. BUT FIRST, Christ (the ark) must “return” to His rightful place AS HEAD OF THE CHURCH, that He might bring the BODY into His perfection and fulness. Even so, there is now a “trumpet ministry before the ark” to HERALD ITS RETURN, and to sound forth (trumpet) a MESSAGE of preparationand sanctification, saying “sanctify yourselves, both you and your brethren’, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel tothe place that I have prepared for it. ” (I Chron. 15:12).
[study of the word “breach”]
Previously we mentioned that David said, “The Lord our God made a breach] us, for that we sought him not after the due order.” (I Chron. 15:13). The word “breach” used in this passage is the same Hebrew word used in Nehemiah 6:1 where Nehemiah says that he had “built the wall, and there was no breach(break) left therein.” In ancient times a WALL was a city’s protection.
It was absolutely necessary in those days of marauding bands of robbers and constant threat from hostile tribes and nations. After the Jewish “remnant” had returned fromBabylon, they began to rebuild the temple of Godas recorded in the book of Ezra, but the wall was still broken down.
God then raised up Nehemiah to return from Babylon to lead the people in the task of rebuilding the wall, as recorded in the book of Nehemiah. Not until the was built was there real success in that which the Lord had commissioned the people to do. THE WALL is a type of divine order. It is our protection, both from the enemy (Satan), and from a “break through” of the righteous judgment of God. Divine order for the church is absolutely necessary for the success of that which God has commissioned us to do.
Another example of the use of the word “breach” is found in the 13th chapter of Ezekiel. God accuses the “prophets” of failing to fill in the breaches and build up the wall in preparation for the “day of battle.” Hear the words spoken through Ezekiel the prophet: “Son of man prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say you tothem that prophesy out of own hearts.
Hear [ ] the word of the Lord; Thus says the Lord God; Woe tothe foolish prophets, that folIow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. You (prophets) have notgone up into the gaps (breaches), neither made up the hedge (wall) for the house of Israel TO STAND THE BATTLE OF THEDAY OF THE LORD
God’s judgment onpresent day prophets (preachers) is that they are not filling the gaps (breaches) nor building up the WALL OF DIVINE ORDER so that the people may be prepared to STAND IN THE BATTLE OF THE DAY OF THE LORD. The “battle” of the “day of the Lord” IS AT HAND. Instead, the preachers of today are building up the walls of their own kingdoms and organizations and telling the people that “everything is all right.” (peace). They are thus fulfilling the words of Ezek. 13:10: “Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others plastered it with untempered mortar (or, as the Berkeley translation puts it, “plaster it over with whitewash”).
Beloved, this is a hard word, but it is true. Preachers as a whole (there are notable exceptions), whether they realize it or not, are engaged to a great degree in a big job of whitewash of the manmade walls (systems) which have been erected before them, and of which they have become an integral part. The Lord God has commissioned us to “say tothem which plaster it with untempered mortar (whitewash), that it shall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall [teardown] (a picture of the JUDGMENT which is coming).
“Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said to you, Where is the [mortar with which you plastered] it?. . . So will I break down the wall that you have plastered with untempered mortar.” (Ezek. 13:11-14). God says in Ezek. 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge (wall), and stand in the gap (breach) before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” God found none in Ezekiel’s day, but we can be thankful that He is finding men in this day who will stand in the breaches and BUILD UP THE WALL OF DIVINE ORDER, that we may stand in the “day of battle.”
People, we can talk a lot about “divine order,” and there is a divine order for everything—our lives, the home, the church, the nation, etc., but unless we have the willingness toobey in our hearts, then all of our talk will avail nothing. Divine order begins in the heart, with a willingness to set our own house (inner life) in order first, that the spirit of reason and righteousness may RULE instead of the soulish desires and emotions. Having begun in the heart, we can then see that willingness to have all things conformed to His divine will and plan extend to all of our other relationships.
We have not sought in this article to set forth the many “ways” of God; we have sought only to show you how important it is to seek and learn His “ways.”
Do you not see how important it is in this hour to seek God and His divine will in everything; and to abandon everything that is not of Him, as you would flee from a building that is about to collapse? Will you not be among that “Moses company” that the Lord is CALLING up into His “holy mount” to teach them HIS WAYS? ”
Oh my people, listen to the voice of your God in this hour; for time quivers in the balance, and the very heavens and earth quake in anticipation of His appearing.”
But first, He will “appear” in spirit and power in a Body that He is preparing, to show forth His glory; yes, a people who will walk in HIS WAYS.
A prophetic writing by J Leland Earls