So Close As To Be With Your Mouth
All this talk about Moses meeting the Trinity sounds nice, but what does it mean for me? What’s it mean for us?
Are We Moses?
God has met with Moses, has revealed His plan, has answered Moses’ questions, and has given Moses signs to encourage the people to believe—but Moses wants out. Moses refers to his mouth, his inability to speak.
Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”
How often we know we should speak, but don’t want to.
How often we wish God would send someone else to deliver the message.
But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”
Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do…”
This last time reading this passage, I noticed that God not only knows and tells Moses the outer actions of Aaron, but also tells Moses how Aaron will respond inside.
…when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
God graciously gives Moses a physical companion, yes, but first He tells Moses He can see the inner workings of that companion’s heart—in advance. If I consider that God has already told Moses the future condition of Pharaoh’s heart, then I can suppose this is meant to encourage Moses along the lines of: God knows all hearts.
Does this encourage us? God knows all hearts.
Let’s also note the phrase that has shown up twice now:
“and I, even I, will be with your mouth…”
“I, even I.” Love that.
Which member of the Trinity accompanies? The God of Jacob, The Holy Spirit. God the Father promises Moses that the Holy Spirit will accompany him, will be with his mouth, and will teach him what he is to say and what he is to do. Moses will not be alone.
We Testify About Jesus, Not Alone
Check out what Jesus says to His disciples regarding them bearing witness:
“…and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
Sounds kinda scary, Jesus. Before governors and kings? Before pharaohs?
But Jesus says, Do not worry. The Helper will give you what you are to say.
“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
The Helper will teach you. “I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”
That should be great encouragement to us. The same member of the Trinity that stood with Moses will stand with us?
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, is sent to be with us.
The Father sends Him in Jesus name.
Jesus sends Him.
Clearly, it is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit’s will that we receive Him. Like Moses, we are not to go alone.
We Testify About Jesus, Not Convict
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…”
We can get so stressed out about witnessing. But please notice that it’s not our job to convict the world–it’s the Holy Spirit’s job! We may carry the message, but the burden of making the message effectual to the point of conviction is not our burden to carry. God knows all hearts.
We Testify Together to Glorify Jesus
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He speaks. He tells us what is to come. He glorifies Jesus.
For us to speak with the Spirit, to speak the truth, is to glorify Jesus.
When we testify together with the Spirit, we glorify Jesus.
The Spirit Without Measure, In Love
(John the baptist) “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand…”
We are not to miss that the Spirit of God is given by a loving Father. It is in love that God the Father sends the Son. It is in love that Jesus speaks to His disciples about the Helper, the Comforter. It is NOT a simple truth/speech download for a particular audience. It is NOT merely a power dump for signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit comes to lovingly accompany.
The Spirit Reveals Jesus
John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
God the Father told John the Baptist that he would recognize the Messiah when he saw the Spirit descend upon Him. The Spirit of God revealed God the Son based upon what God the Father had said. The entire Trinity wants Jesus revealed.
When we walk with the Spirit, He reveals Jesus to people.
Baptism in the Spirit
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and he will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
John the Baptist declares Jesus to be the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.
John baptized with water for repentance.
A future baptism, one of unquenchable fire, is coming in judgment.
In between those two, Jesus offers a baptism in the Holy Spirit.
What does this Spirit baptism look like?
Are we scared of it? Why?
Violent Rushing and Multiplication
Perhaps we are scared because the Spirit can seem violent and out of our control.
Good. The Spirit should NOT be ours to control.
And “violent”? Not against us. In fact, the “violent rushing wind” was the sound from heaven that drew the crowd to listen to the message.
I doubt we fear the Spirit. I bet, like Moses, we fear delivering the message.
Acts 1:15, 2:2-4
At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together)…
And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Peter was the guy who thought he was ready. Imagine if Moses first said, “Oh yeah, God. I’m all game, let’s do this,” and then chickened out when he stepped foot in Pharaoh’s palace. That’s Peter, without the Holy Spirit. “Tough times? Let’s do it!” Actually in the moment, “No way. I’m outta here.”
The Holy Spirit drops on Peter and 119 other believers and suddenly Peter has a sermon to deliver to a crowd—a sermon that clearly testified of Jesus and after which the listeners, “were pierced to the heart…”
Acts 2:41, 47
…So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Oh, boy! Is this The God of Jacob or what?
Suddenly, the disciples are not “alone.” Suddenly, with the Spirit, they’re testifying and glorifying God. And 120 believers multiplies 25 times over to add 3,000 people. Three THOUSAND people! Whoosh! Just like that!
So what does it mean for us to see the Trinity meeting with Moses?
It means we get further comfort that the Trinity meets with us!
The same God—all three Persons—called, commissioned, commanded and accompanied Moses.
That same God—all three Persons—calls, commissions, commands and accompanies us.
We are meant to do what Moses did.
We are meant to tell people of God’s deliverance.
Need questions answered? God’s willing to give them.
Need signs for belief? God’s willing to give them.
Got excuses and worries? God’s willing to help us overcome them—in love.
Will we allow ourselves to be drawn to the bush to meet with the God that met with Moses—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
If we will, we won’t be sent alone.