“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” Jn.6:44.j
The machinery of religion is fueled by the notion that I must initiate relationship with God. The focus is on man: man’s lack, man’s responsibility, man’s need, man’s sufficiency. It is only an empty shell of the truth; on a foundation of sinking sand.
When Moses saw YHWH in the burning bush the whole encounter begins with God revealing Himself to Moses,
“The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed” Ex. 3:2
In places scripture is twisted to support the idea that it is all about man. For example, the NLB has Moses bravely declaring, “I MUST” step aside and see. But the determination of Moses did not cause YHWH to reveal Himself.
Youngs literal translation reads: “LET me turn aside, I PRAY Thee, and I see this great appearance; wherefore is the bush not burned?’ and Jehovah seeth that he hath turned aside to see, and God calleth unto him out of the midst of the bush, and saith, `Moses, Moses;’ and he saith, `Here am I.’ Ex. 3:5 YLT
This is like Peter asking, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to you on the water,” So Jesus said “come.” Mt. 14:28-29
Moses also knowing that the thing can only originate with God, also asks.
“Now LET ME turn aside that I might see this great sight.” The Schocken Bible.
Moses did not turn aside to become a good person. He did not turn aside so he could have an amazing supernatural experience! He did not turn aside so he would get to go to heaven. He turned aside to see and know the great I AM.
This is true repentance: turning aside to know Him. Moses was granted repentance in the “Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him,” Eph. 1:17.
“Come not hither. Cast thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place on which thou ART standing is holy ground” Ex. 3:5 YLT
Moses is now on holy ground. This loss is a response to the holiness he has already been brought into. Many will suggest from this that it is about how Moses had to give something up before he could go on with the Lord but it is not so. This testifies of an order: first, the Father made Himself known, and then Moses was transformed in view of reality. His increase produces our decrease. Just as light removes darkness. So also Moses is removed in His presence.
If our giving up of things is done in any attempt to get onto holy ground then it is out of order; It is from self, instead from the Divine nature. When we come to Him out of order it is from man, and we are barred from The presence.
Moses’ sandals were not sinful. It is just that they were from man.
Man made walking instruments.
I see this as representing our way of walking, the putting off of our former conversation or manner of life.
“In Him were you taught just as Truth is in Jesus, that you have put off once for all with reference to your former manner of life; the old self who is being corrupted according to the passionate desires of deceit. Moreover that that you are being constantly renewed with reference to the spirit of your mind; and that you have put on once for all the new self who after God was created in righteousness holiness of truth.” Eph. 4:20-24 Wuest Expanded Translation
This not really about changing our behavior from bad to good. It is about receiving a change of the source of our motivation. The “putting off” is a response to seeing we are in Him; you have been placed on Holy ground, you are in Christ. You have been put off. It is the fruit of abiding in Him. It is not about trying finish Christ’s work, or trying to become something we are not. But about living by Him, being who you already are in Christ. Dead in Christ.
“The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” Jn. 13:10 ESV
I was talking with a friend about this and we were seeing it as a reference to the renewing of the mind.
Kay Collins said,
“Only the parts that touch the world need washed, so that what was completely clean is revealed again.”
I like this because the washing and renewing of mind is about putting off our mind; us, and putting on Him. It is about putting off what was a lie in view of the person of the Truth. This is a completely different way of walking.
Jesus is describing our manner of Life in the parable of the vine and the branches.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself, unless it remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. He that remains in Me, and I in him, this one bears much fruit. For apart from Me you are not able to do anything” Jn 15:4-5
This is true of Jesus’ manner of Life.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is not able to do anything from Himself, except what He may see the Father doing; for whatever that One does, these things also the Son does the same way.” Jn. 5:19 LITV
Jesus emphasizes this again,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is not able to do anything from Himself, except what He may SEE the Father doing; for whatever that One does, these things also the Son does the same way.” Jn 5:30
Seeing is key. In seeing Christ we are changed. In beholding YHWH self motivation ends and the Divine nature begins. Self life is rejected.
“And He saith, `Come not near hither.” Ex. 3:5 YLT.
That which is of man cannot come here. Gods intention was not to give the people of Israel a relationship with rules but for them to “serve God ON this mount.” Ex.3:12 YLT
Yes. He brought them out of Egypt to bring them into rest, but transformation was first required. Only the Son inherits the land. First they had to come in Him.
“Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself” Ex. 19:4
So the people of Israel were also barred from His presence unless they came clothed in the person of The Resurrection. The testimony of this was at the foot of Mt Sinai on morning of the Third Day.
“Take heed to yourselves, going up into the mount, or coming against its extremity; whoever is coming against the mount is certainly put to death; a hand cometh not against him, for he is certainly stoned or shot through, whether beast or man it liveth not; in the drawing out of the trumpet, then, they go up INTO the mount. And it cometh to pass, on THE THIRD DAY, while it is morning, that there are voices, and lightnings, and a heavy cloud, on the mount, and the sound of a trumpet very strong; and all the people who are in the camp do tremble. And Moses bringeth out the people to meet God from the camp, and they station themselves at the lower part of the mount.” Ex. 19:12-17 YLT
They were afraid; Afraid they would not continue to live their own lives, so they rejected knowing Him in His appearing.
So in comes the Law.
It is brought in that transgression would increase. Also so that they could see what God saw. But this was was more than a setback. Mt. Sinai represents God’s people rejecting God for mediators. But it also points us to knowing Him in His appearing. It shows us the necessity of the soul turning to know The Lord by revelation.
“Whenever it turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is freedom. But we all with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:16:18
Christ revealed is the rock. He is the sure foundation.