“Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:19)
Before we move on to other verses, I felt it was important to make this last observation about Israel’s request for God to stop speaking directly to them. Again, it was their fear of dying that prompted them to go to Moses and make this plea, thinking that they would live and not die. The Word of God is life, and though it may mean death to our will and carnal inclinations, to receive it means life to our eternal soul. Therefore, the people who requested God’s silence mistakenly thought that they were saving their lives not realizing that, in reality, they were losing it.
As God’s people we have to understand that, in order to live, we must be willing to die. Messiah said that, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25). It’s one of those things that won’t make sense to the carnal mind but to those who have been born again, we understand that the Messiah had to die that we may live. Now that we are new creations in Messiah, we are being conformed to the image of the Son of God, which means that the old man or woman must die. You might even say that we are born again in order to learn how to die (to ourselves).
The ultimate fruition of this transformation will occur when mortal puts on immortality in the day we see Him face to face. Until then, to truly live means a life of self-denial; on the other hand, a life of self indulgence means an existence filled with tears and a tragic conclusion. The Bible says, the way that seems right to us is the path that leads to death and destruction, and so, we must abandon the notion that we know what is best for our life. Do not lean upon your own understanding but “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6) — and you shall live.
Blessings and Shalom,