The God in the Mountain
Traveling through scriptures, we are fed spiritually as we see God revealed in each and every verse. There is a lot of easy, low hanging fruit for believers to munch on as they begin their journey to discover the Living God of Jacob.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“All things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Indeed, these scriptures reveal important information about our Father to young believers; much like babies learning that “Daddy loves me” or “Daddy is the boss.”
There are also many dazzling places in the Word. Over time, we arrive at scenic overlooks where, for a moment, we glimpse the awesome destiny we have in Yahweh.
“We may be filled with all the fulness of God” Eph. 3:19
“We are partakers of the divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4
“Be not dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10
“He is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think, through the power that works in us.” Eph. 3:20
But, as we read the Word, there are moments when the clouds part and we behold the top of a windswept, jagged mountain peak, towering over the landscape. It is there that few dare to travel. Surrounded by ice crevasses, storm clouds and lightning, only the most adventuresome accept the risk and begin the ascent to reach an adult intimacy with God. It is only the fearless who approach the face of the Lion of Judah, who are hoping to reach His true heart. These children dare to know The Father who is; not the Father they wish they had.
The scriptures reveal many disturbing things about Yahweh; puzzling, inconvenient and offensive truths that are daunting to consider and difficult to understand. Some believers are drawn to these troubling places, while others turn aside. To discover the true character and personality of the Creator of all things is an adventure, one that is ill-suited for the tame and fearful.
In Mark, Jesus explains why he speaks in parables. Surprisingly, it is not because he wants to communicate more effectively, but because he wants to hide the truth from certain people. He points out that if they understood the truth, they would repent and be forgiven. (Mark4:11,12)
What???? Jesus doesn’t want them to know the truth, to repent and be forgiven? Who is this guy? How did this Jesus sneak into the gospels? Why does Jesus want anyone to die in their sins? Good question.
In Deuteronomy, Yahweh commands His people to tithe, and then explains that they are to take a tenth of their increase and spend it on a party for themselves and their families! If their increase is more than they can carry, they are to sell it and spend their money on whatever their soul lusts after, even strong drink! Where is this God on Sunday morning? Deut 14:22-26
The LORD tells his children that if they depart from the Law, He will send evil on them and they will eat their own children, refusing to share their kids’ flesh; even with their spouse (Deut 28:53-57). You have got to be kidding!
Is this possible? Can this be the same God who forgave Rachel and saved the Moabite Ruth? Is this the God of longsuffering, grace and love? Most modern believers simply choose to believe that Yahweh has taken a break, that He has become a kinder, gentler God. Others claim that Jesus came to protect us from His Father’s, shall we say, extreme idiosyncrasies. But isn’t Jesus God in the flesh? Is Christianity a Norman Bates movie? Did Jesus wake up one morning and behold the carnage of His Father and run to the throne room crying, “Father, Father, what have you done? There’s blood everywhere!” Only to discover that He, Himself, IS His Father?
What about Herod? Didn’t the Holy Spirit send an angel to strike Herod with worms, so he would be eaten up from the inside out? Acts 12:21-23
Doesn’t God send strong delusions, to insure that some people believe a lie (2 Thess 2:11,12)? Doesn’t He choose their delusions (Isaiah 66:4)? Didn’t He say that it is a righteous thing for Him to afflict the people who afflict His children (2Thess 1:6)?
The question is, Who is this God; this God who said, concerning the children of the Jews’ enemies, “Happy shall he be, who takes and dashes your little ones against the stones” (Psalm 137:9). Do I really want to know this God? Is it better just to leave Him alone, to hide in my room after dinner, lest I fall within His gaze?
I think not. Our Father is fierce in His love, He ponders the heavens’ heavens and explores the world of electrons. Yahweh sits outside of time itself and understands things that we have not yet imagined.
And yet, He created us to spend Himself on, to love and to cherish. Yahweh has chosen our hearts as His throne, and our souls as His treasure. It is essential to find out who this Living God really is, because we are made in His image and we have His passions and desires deep within our own hearts. One day we will know Him as He is, and when we see Him, we will be His perfect companion; ready to rejoice and frolic with the One who wrote Psalm 109.