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A Call to Action
The Bible is God’s burning bush. It is there that we encounter him and that he speaks. How we react is proof of who we are.
Scripture does not exist to make us think but to make us act. It is neither an academic treatise nor an encyclopedia full of explanations for anything and everything. It does not offer mere information to satisfy human curiosity, nor does it set out to crack riddles. The old rabbis argued for days about how many angels could dance on the point of a needle and unbelievers still invent “difficulties” about authors, authority, origins, inspiration and so on, but often only as an excuse to justify their own unbelief. The impression they convey is that they do not really want any answers, and ask the questions only to mask their attitude of heart. Faith is a torch. Switch it on and darkness is no problem!
Our God is the God of the Bible, not the God of reason and tradition. God is love and reason cannot handle love. The central core of divine revelation is the atoning sacrifice of God’s son, and only he himself knows what was in the depths of his consciousness and the mind of the Father as he hung on the cross. The revelation of God pivots on the hill called Calvary, which is where our focus should be. My own understanding rests squarely on the Bible as a whole, not on a random selection of snippets from it. The Bible presents a picture that is 4,500 years wide.
There are plenty of Bible critics but they have not produced any book that can hold a candle to the Bible’s ability to handle the imponderable mysteries of life, and to bring us liberty and salvation. The books that they write are too clever by half. The Bible is the only book that unveils the face of God and allows us to see how God has revealed himself gradually over time as mankind was able to take it – “line upon line; here, a little, there a little” (Isaiah 28:10). We are now in the end times, when “knowledge shall increase”, as the angel told Daniel (Daniel 12:4). Bible understanding has advanced tremendously over the last 50 years and the Word continues to shed new light daily. Yet one thing has not changed at all: that the Bible is the great and only answer to life’s questions. There simply is no other.
Scripture is God-inspired to express God’s concerns. What concerns him should concern us. The world is a continuous swirl of human events, thoughts and reactions that God has been watching for thousands of years. “The Lord is on His heavenly throne; He observes the sons of men; His eyes examine them. ” (Psalm 11:4 NIVUK). We may be unaware of God’s fatherly gaze but the Holy Spirit knows people and life’s intricacies and how to touch the secret springs of human hearts – perhaps from oblique and surprising angles. To preach effectively, we must stand on the platform of the Word. Our divine instructions, like Timothy’s, are to “preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2) – not a collection of commentaries on it!
Jesus said, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30); he has not given us boots of lead. Some people carry their faith about like a heavy burden, their knees buckling and their backs breaking under their scrupulous efforts to try to please God. Faith is meant to lift us up: “They shall mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).
Two great revelations come to us through the Word: God is a consuming fire and God is love. They combine in a single flame of love. That image is central to an understanding of the Word and we cannot afford to neglect it.
God originally revealed himself to Moses as fire. It was a privileged moment in Moses’ life but Moses did not go off and spend the rest of his life merely talking about his experience. God commissioned Moses for a specific task and the fire leaped from the bush into his heart. That day he started out on the most extraordinary career any man would ever know, changing the future of the whole world.
Whatever God reveals about himself is meant to have a practical impact on our lives, not simply to give us a topic of conversation. He does these things to put fire in our belly, not to give us an experience of euphoria, emotional satisfaction, or even blessings and thrills. Moses did not go back to the wilderness bush for a repeat experience. He went from there as God directed him. Then, 1,500 years later, on the day of Pentecost, the fire of God appeared again in Jerusalem where 120 disciples were sitting together in fellowship. It rested on each of them. Like Moses, they did not go back for a repeat experience. The fire had empowered them that day and they went out to do the job awaiting them.