22 “These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. 23 And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. 24 And you said, ‘Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man and man still live. 25 Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, we shall die. 26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived? 27 Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’ 28 “And the LORD heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the LORD said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. 29 Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! -Deuteronomy 5
There is nothing more important for you to do today than to hear from the Word of the Lord. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Lord, in Jeremiah 23:29 says, “Is not my word like fire . . . and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.” The Apostle James compares the Word of God to a mirror in which we look and who we really are. You cannot truly look into God’s Word and forget who you are (James 1:23-25). Thus when we truly look into God’s Word, we are not only interpreting the Bible, but the Bible is in many ways interpreting us. God’s Word shows us who were are called to be in Christ. Peter spoke of the Word of God as “pure spiritual milk” and he commands believers to “long for pure spiritual milk like new born babies, so that by it we might grow up to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2). Thus God’s Word is to be our authority, our spiritul food by which we grow, and the means by which we judge the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. There is nothing more important for you and I do than to hear from God’s Word.
There is a problem though. Ever since man received God’s Word in the Garden of Eden, man has been doubting and questioning it. Do you remember what the serpent said to Even in the garden? “Has God actually said you shall not eat of any tree of the garden?” (Gen. 3:1). Ever since Adam and Eve fell into sin, we have been responding to God’s Word with “has God actually said?” In James chapter 4, the apostle James asks the question, “Why are there fights and quarrels among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?” You see, ever since the fall our desires and our passions are all messed up. Our greatest desire and passion should be for the glory of God and secondarily for the good of our neighbor, but ever since the fall, when God’s Word comes, we are tempted to say, “has God actually said?” So the apostle James commands us to “put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and recieve with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). If we are to receive God’s Word, we must do so humbly.
The Israelites were shocked that they had heard the Word of the Lord spoken and lived. They knew from experience and from Moses’ teaching that God was holy and would not allow sinners like them into his presence. They were amazed that they might hear God’s Word and live. The good news of the gospel is essentially this–that you might hear the Word of almighty God and live! It is impossible to hear this Word and respond in pride. You know why? Because this Word became flesh and dwelt among us and through Him, through the Lord Jesus Christ, we might hear God’s Word and live!