Weekly Sabbath Survey
Seeing and Hearing — 2014
There are many interesting Bible stories that we can glean for understanding in the Lord. For the most part, from the Scriptures we have on the subject, people who join up with Jesus are supposed to be willing to see, hear, and respond accordingly.
Think about Moses. He grew up in Pharoah’s palace as an adopted son. But his sympathy for the Jewish people (his people), caused him to be too zealous about helping them. In his frustration, he killed an Egyptian citizen and ran for his life. He spent the next 40 years among the Medianites, maybe pretty content with the quiet life of a sheep herder. Then, one day he saw a bush burning brightly and was curious why it didn’t burn up. It flamed but was not consumed. He went near and heard the voice of God speaking to him. This encounter led to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.
Years later, an interesting character appeared in the area of the sea of Galilee and simply said, “Follow me.” The fisherman who saw Him and heard Him dropped their nets and went with Him. The simple invitation from this most charismatic person was all it took for them to just GO. They may have known Him or heard of Him through the grape vine. But seeing and hearing Him that day caused them to spring into action.
Then, there was Saul, riding a donkey on his way to Damascus to persecute a new sect in Judaism called Believers In The Way. They were messianic in their thinking. This disturbed the Jewish religious leaders, who wanted this group stamped out and gone. Saul was carrying signed documents from the leaders in Jerusalem giving him permission to seek out “Believers,” take them to trial and have them stoned to death. His journey was interrupted when he was knocked off his donkey by an unseen force, and was blinded. His companions heard thunder, but Saul clearly heard the voice of Jesus, and he was never the same.
I have heard people say, “I never had a burning bush or knocked off a donkey experience, but . . .” and then they go on to describe how they joined their church as a child or got baptized in the river at camp or went forward in a church service to declare themselves for Jesus in a calm and unemotional manner.
The truth is we ALL need a burning bush or other extreme and unforgettable experience to seal us in our faith. We need to hear or see something that is so extreme it makes us KNOW that we need to be saved; to know we need to follow the One that comes with the extreme experience in God. After seeing and hearing, we must have some equally radical change in our lives, as we act upon what we saw and heard. We who are too timid and fearful to investigate the burning bush, or too stubborn to believe an event like this is real, or too reluctant to answer when He calls —> these are the ones who may miss the day of their visitation. Jesus spoke of the majority of the people living in the City of Jerusalem not knowing the day of their visitation. They saw Him, heard Him, but did not act upon it. When the controversy surrounding Him got too heated for them, they went back from following Him.
We should continue to experience the Lord in ways that reiterate the original experience. We need to hear and see Him again and again. It is what keeps changing us from glory to glory as we walk with Him toward eternity. For most, it becomes a gentle voice speaking to our mind/heart, but there are some of us who have actually heard an audible voice or had some other wonderful spiritual experiences. These encounters can happen throughout our lives, for our salvation, encouragement, instruction, and correction. We turn aside to see and hear, and act upon these supernatural manifestations of our faith. Without the supernatural, we are a lot like the Lion’s Club or other “good deed” organizations.
We who dwell in the presence of Almighty God, YHVH, are destined to be supernatural beings. What we do in the supernatural here could be “practice” for eternity.
Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see why the bush is not burnt.” And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to Him out of the midst of the bush. Exodus 3:3
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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