I’ve seen the Godhead pull this one-off a few times before just to get us started in the right direction. One of the times that I remember the most was the time way back when the children of Israel was preparing (there goes that word prepare) to leave Egypt to head for the prepared place called the land of milk and honey. We all now know just how prepared that place really was, don’t we? There were giants, other native people, and stuff all over that place that they had to clean out before they could settle down. And let us not even talk about the trip over to the land of milk and honey. I believe that Moses might have been the first CEO of a firm overseeing millions who turned a less than two-week journey into a 40 year expedition. I don’t want to be too hard on Moses because he was just a little pawn trying to operate in a God house full of mansions. He had no idea that the plan was not really prepared or ready, but only really ready to unfold whither they go. As I mentioned in the opening sentence, God gets you started with something that keeps you in touch with reality as He slowly moves you on tour in the right direction.
Let’s look at the realty that God told Moses to tell the people before they left Egypt on tour to the promise land filled with milk and honey. This was old school talk that fit the times and seasons of that generation, but I like the new school way that Jesus said generations later. Jesus didn’t market His words with the milk and honey promotion. No, Jesus brought us on up to modern times that fit this generation. Jesus said that “I will go ahead of you to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you where there are many mansions.” And we know from other places in the Bible that reference city streets paved with pure gold. I say, let’s go now! You can see the difference between the two motivations, one is a land full of milk and honey while the other has mansions with city streets paved with Gold. I don’t think that we need to take the time to tally the one that would get the most votes. However, there is something about the power of gold to motivate a people no matter which generation you maybe dealing with. So what did God have Moses to say to the people to get them started on their journey? I call it a little reverse psychology, but God knows exactly what to say to make us move. God simply told Moses to tell the people, mainly the women, to go and borrow Jewels of silver, and Jewels of Gold, and raiment from their neighbour. This is operating at a level of insight that only the top-level of the Godhead, Father, can provide. However, at the time of Moses, this insight would have come out of the “Will” part of the God head, and not out of the gifting to man from Father since Jesus was not born yet in the flesh for God to be a Father of His only begotten son. You also have to remember one of the main reasons that God didn’t want us to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the first place. One of the reasons was that it took power from God when dealing with man, and made things drag out longer than God would prefer. For example, when Adam named the animals, whatever He named them was all fine and dandy because only God would know anyway if Adam had named anyone of them incorrectly. There were no knowledge or records to google, or to run down to the municipality for anyone to go fact check: all would be well anyway. Yeah, once we humans get a little knowledge one way or the other, it throws everything off badly for God’s operation. This is why we whither here, and there along the way to our prepared place. We have to separate the true word from true knowledge, and then we know the one by the way it made.
It is very important how information, or knowledge is allowed to be released to God’s people, or any people to be frank. You can count on one hand with one finger the number of people of flesh that knew the cost of the will of God from the onset of their calling: just Jesus. Jesus was the only one to really know the journey ahead of Him because it pleased the Father to give Him the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. God wasn’t putting Himself in a bad position again with us by given us the fullness of God in bodily form. Remember in the garden after Adam and Eve had sinned by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God said let’s get them out of here before they eat from the tree of life, and live forever. If Noah, Sampson, Ruth, Moses, Peter, Paul, you, me, or anyone would have had full knowledge of what was awaiting them along the way as we whither here and there, everything would have either not gone, or gone very wrong according to God’s plan. Now, since the children of Israel, and Moses didn’t have the same knowledge as God about their future, God could separate them slowly from their past without it being too much for them to the bear. Even when you want out of something badly, it has to be processed correctly to keep from overload. When God told them to borrow from their neighbour, God left all kind of room available for them to make adjustments to the new conditions of their journey to the land of milk and honey. This is what Jesus meant when He said to His disciples that “whither I go ye Know, and the way ye know.” You, and I may bounce off things like bumper cars as we head down our journey: this is the true realty of going with Jesus whither He goes. Many times, we don’t know exactly where the word is leading us, but we know the way if we know the word. It may stop at a rest area longer than we like, but it does that to move us at the proper pace. Yeah, the children of Israel wanted to be free of slavery, but they had no clue what had to be done to make that happen. When God said borrow, He knew that they would not see the Egyptians again to pay them back, but it gave the children of Israel something to keep them grounded as they made this difficult journey. You know how they complained along the way, but thinking back about home gave them a false sense of hope from the past that helped them detach properly from that long connection: it’s called where I whither. you will whither also. Yeah, God knew there would be no paying back the Jewels, but when you are the only one with knowledge of the tree of good and evil, the tree of life can get you down the road to where you need to be, and all is well.
This will not be the last time that you and I will start on a belief, and its only purpose was to fuel us to a place along the way. This is called whither I go ye know, and the way ye know: all knowledge is not the word or will of God, and this is how you know as you whither to prepare your place.
Until next time,