“Exposing the Exodus”
What if? (Chapter 4 Verses 1-9)
Moses is not listening (v1). He is informed that it will take divine power to impress the people of Israel, to confirm Moses’ report to them from God. There are times when God does miraculously accommodate our weakness of faith. You might one day ask him for a miracle to authenticate his existence or his love for you. But do remember he may just put a Bible in your hands. Why? Because God’s book, the Bible, is one of the greatest miracles performed. Miracles are no substitute for the word of God in which “we have also a more sure word of prophecy” (2Peter 1:19-21). Think of John the Baptist’s ministry which stirred many people, and worked great repentance amongst them, but no miracles (John 10:41). Jesus himself was the ultimate charismatic preacher, but at time refused to perform miracles when faced with stubborn, obdurate unbelief (Matthew 12:38ff). Surely the most profound miracle God performs today is changing the human heart, a sink of sin and vileness, transforming it making it fit for he himself to indwell. It surely is this miracle-working power we need and long to see today.
As the church fights a rear-guard action against the onslaught of a deeply entrenched and militant atheism, we must surely discern our need for power from above. That unbelief has infiltrated the church too, reducing her in many instances to a mere dead orthodoxy. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones warned us about half a century ago, where is the expectant faith to see such he asked miracles, the drunkard made sober, the addicted made clean, and the crooked made straight? So often we are satisfied in that we have preaching, albeit good preaching. But preaching is and never was intended to be the end, only the means. The end is the conversion, the transformation of men and women in saving power. So before we would perhaps condemn Moses’ reticence to believe, to take God at his word, let’s take a good, long look at our own lack of faith. Compare the faith of the church today in our land with what you see for instance in the Acts of the Apostles? A church pulsating with power, people being converted by the power of God’s Spirit. We are missing something, are we not?
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)