So what do you think? How would you answer this question: “If God is Love, then why didn’t He do something to help the people remember that He and Moses would be back from the mountain? They just missed being with God.”
Today’s question is framed somewhat differently than its companion question from yesterday because it may be more relevant to where we are today. While we await the Parousia, the Second Coming of Christ, we are like the Israelites left behind when Moses went up onto Mt. Sinai to speak with the Lord. Like the Israelites, we may wonder, “Will He come back? Will He lead us into that place He says He has prepared for us?”
Perhaps this is part of what Jesus had in mind when He told his disciples:
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. John 14:18-20 (KJV)
“I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.” Those are truly reassuring words!
What if this is what the Israelites really needed while Moses and the Lord were on Mount Sinai, but it couldn’t happen yet because God’s plan for the Incarnation had not yet been fulfilled? What if they didn’t have the kind of spiritual awareness yet to be able to cry out, “Lord, we need your comfort! Lord, we need your presence!”
Once again, perhaps this is part of what Jesus had in mind when He told his disciples this:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:26-27 (KJV)
So what if we try to view the Old Testament, the Pre-Incarnation World, as being about God’s plan to become flesh and dwelling among us and then within us? What if all of God’s actions, covenants, and laws are viewed through the lens of “I must send My Son into the world to be born as Son of God and Son of Man and then I will send My Holy Spirit”?
So here we are living in the New Testament, the Post-Incarnation World. How will we use this freedom we now have in Christ? Will we listen and follow God’s Holy Spirit within us? Or will we grow weary of waiting and instead adopt false ways of receiving God’s comfort and presence?
For myself, I want to consider in greater depth what it means to live in this “Post-Incarnate World.” It seems to be a sharp contrast to what is called the “Post-Modern World” where truth and reality are individually shaped and based on things like personal history and culture.
Is this the way I live my spiritual life? If I like what my neighbor is doing because it seems to be working for them, and I think it will “work” for me, then I will “give it a try” and incorporate it into my truth and my reality? Isn’t this like constructing my own Golden Calf? Isn’t this somewhat like “We love our neighbor by killing God”?
Just a quick note of thanks to another WordPress blogger, Christian Integrity. Many of you may know that even though I create the daily comic strips in advance, I almost always do the written commentary part the morning of posting (but sometimes with a rough draft the night before). This morning as I was rethinking a comment that Christian Integrity made on yesterday’s post about how people during the Old Teatament days didn’t have the Holy Spirit inside them as we do today, I felt I had to do a complete rewrite to include that important point in today’s post. So I need to say “Thank you for that comment!” and also encourage everyone to visit Christian Integrity’s site for some well-written posts!