Backside of the Desert Part 2

WHO WAS IN THE DESERT WITH MOSES?

Through all the instances of men – including all of us – changing from what we were to what we  become the obvious common factor in our lives is God. In Moses’ time it was common in the desert to see a bush burst into flame. What was not common was for the bush not to be consumed. Ironically, the One Who did not consume the bush with fire is Himself called “ a consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29).  Yet this “consuming fire” is not meant to frighten us. His purpose is totally different.

“Our God is a consuming fire,” not to consume us, but to consume all in us and about us which is contrary to His holiness, and, as such, subversive of our true and permanent happiness… ( From Genesis to Deuteronomy; C.H. Mackintosh p. 153).

In order to act for God outside, I should be with Him inside. I must be in the secret sanctuary of His presence, else I shall utterly fail…There is the greatest possible danger of getting out of the solemnity and calmness of the divine presence, amid the bustle of intercourse with men, and the excitement of active service. This is to be carefully guarded against…If I allow my work to get between my heart and the Master, it will be little worth…It is while the heart dwells upon His powerful attractions that the hands perform the most acceptable service to His name; nor is there anyone who can minister Christ with unction, freshness and power to others, if He be not  feeding upon Christ in the secret of his own soul. (Ibid. p. 155).

Like us, Moses has questions of this God to Whom he is speaking. “What is Your real Name, Lord? Who are You really?” God responds with the perplexing reply “ I AM THAT I AM.” In the Old Testament He was The Lord our Provider, our Peace, our Healer, our Righteousness, etc. In the New Testament Jesus said I am the Resurrection and the Life, the Bread of Life, the Living Water, etc.  However, those are all single titles. God is trying to reveal to Moses what His Name meant:

The God Who  performs what He has promised and Who perfects what He has done and finishes His Own work.  ( Lindsell Study Bible, footnote, Exodus 6:2,3)

My simplified version of that is: the One Who  makes the promise is also the One Who will surely keep the promise, or as Numbers 23:19 states:

“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

C.H. Mackintosh does not consider it sufficient to simply name all of  God’s single titles one by one – it does not do justice to the wondrous significance of His awesome power and majesty. Instead, he wants us to expand our vision with this magnificent concept:

Jehovah, in taking title, was furnishing His people with a blank check (emphasis mine) to be filled up to any amount. He calls Himself “I AM” and faith has but to write over against that ineffably precious name whatever we want. God is the only significant figure, and human need may add the ciphers. If we want life, Christ says , “ I AM the life’; if we want righteousness, He is “ THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS”; if we want peace, “He is our peace”; if we want wisdom, sanctification and redemption,” He “ is made” all these “unto us.” In a word, we may travel through the wide range of human necessity, in order to have a just conception of the amazing depth and fullness of this profound and adorable name,” I AM.”

What a mercy to be called to walk in companionship with One Who bears such a name as this! We are in the wilderness, and there we have to meet with trial, sorrow and difficulty; but as long as we have the happy privilege of betaking ourselves, at all times and under all circumstances, to One who reveals Himself in manifold grace, in connection with our every necessity and weakness, we need not fear the wilderness. (C.H.Mackintosh Genesis to Deuteronomy).

What is to be our response when we find ourselves in “the desert place”? I have found that the perfect response is the one below, to sing of the One Who allows me to praise,  the wonderful One Who meets all my needs and is there with me in His glorious faithfulness.

C.H. Mackintosh; Genesis to Deuteronomy, 1972, LoizeauxBrothers, Neptune, New Jersey

HE’S MORE THAN WONDERFUL

He promised us that He would be a counselor
A Mighty God and the Prince of Peace
He promised us that He would be a Father
And that He would love us with a love that would not cease

Well, I tried Him and I found His promises are true
He’s everything He said that He would be
The finest words I know could not BEGIN to tell
Just what Jesus really means to me

For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, that’s what Jesus is to me

I stand amazed when I think that the King of glory
Should come to dwell within the heart of man
I marvel just to know He really loves me
When I think of who He is, and who I am

For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, that’s what Jesus is to me. For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, more than wonderful that’s what Jesus is to me

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