I will be speaking at the God Focus Conference at Red Cliff Bible Camp, June 11-13. My two workshop topics are as follows: 1) Triune God Focus that Produces Humility and 2) Triune God Focus that Produces Holiness.
Here is an excerpt from a book that I have been reading . . .
Why is the revelation of God at Sinai so new that is smashes all categories and idols? What exactly is so brain hammering and conscience wracking? Is it the fire, the smoke, and the thunder? These are but pyrotechnics, the merest fringe sideshow, compared with the nuclear sunburst of the truth revealed—“I am who I am.”
We may tidily label God’s revelation to Moses “radical monotheism.” We may knowledgeably pronounce it “unique” in the history of world ideas. We may even repeat “I am who I am” as if it were the theological equivalent of a familiar television jingle. But if we do, we do so at our peril. For at the heart of Sinai is a heart-stopping mystery before which we should remove our shoes. As Moses reminded the people of Israel in Deuteronomy, “You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice [emphasis added].”
No form, only a voice. . . . Why does God call? Why does he not show himself and defer to the eye, which Leonardo da Vinci called “the prince of the senses” and the “window of the soul”? Why does he not give us a picture that would be worth a thousand words? Why does he use words that are so fragile and disputable, words that so notoriously evaporate with our breath? Apparently the God of Sinai prohibits not only idols to rival him but also images to represent him. He does not allow imagining. God’s attributes, as Arnold Schoenberg groped to express them in his opera Moses and Aaron, are
Inconceivable because invisible; because immeasurable; because everlasting; because eternal; because omnipresent; because omnipotent.
With the brief, merciful, and marvelous exception of his Word in human form, God speaks to us in words, and our responsibility as his creatures is to listen, to trust, and to obey those words. But the reverse side of this truth leads us to a fundamental aspect of calling: Words are the deepest, fullest expression in which God now discloses himself to us, beginning with his calling. So it is in listening to him, trusting him, and obeying him when he calls that we “let God be God” in all of his awe and majesty (pp. 63-64).
- The Calling (Thomas Nelson, 2003) by Os Guinness