Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho…
Just recently I shared a memorable true story from my youth and a youth training scheme in the village named Community Industries; unemployed young folk gained some basic work skills in basic maintenance and groundworks. The subject of our story was a lad who had been instructed to “paint the windows”… and he literally did, the wooden frames and glass panes finished in a glossy white paint! I can tell you he wasn’t required the next day or any days afterwards, but to be fair the instructions were not precise enough for him. At home or in work we take instructions throughout our entire life; this is also the case for the child of God, as we see in our short verse today where Moses receives instructions from Almighty God.
In leading the people of Israel from Egypt and through the wilderness God often spoke to Moses. These were times when specific instructions were needed to guide Moses and the Israelies; all to fulfill God’s Holy plan of salvation. Our verse today precedes the instructions of the provisions to be made for the Levites, the priests of the Tabernacle service – they stood between the people and God. When God spoke with Moses He spoke directly to him, and also to his heart. In this there was no doubt as to who was speaking, and what His instructions were.
Dear reader, our God has not changed since those days in the wilderness – He still talks to us today as we walk with Him. His methods may have changed, but His need to be heard by those who serve Him is still valid. He speaks to us in various ways today; by His Spirit communing with us in prayer, through His Holy Word as we read it (which we must do if we want to hear Him!), through circumstances and those we meet each day, and through our own sleep. In our life our Father God will use any number of ways and incidents to make sure we hear Him; when God repeats Himself there can be no doubt who is speaking. Are you listening now for His instructions to you?