“He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7)
The road rising up to meet you
The word for “ways” here is derek. Hebrew for “road”. It says above that God allowed Moses to see the ways in which the mere acts were enacted and exacted. In other words, Moses got to see things the children of Israel weren’t privy to. What would you do in that case? To where you see things God is showing you between you and He. Were someone a gadfly or otherwise inclined to spill sensitive information, God may well have to be silent on the matter. Thing is though, I believe God wants anyone who so desires to “come ahead on”. To “come boldly unto the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16), as it were. Psalm 25 (verse 14) says “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant.” This means the invitation to go as deep and as high you want has been made possible. God is utterly undiscriminatory.
The Jewish people have been referred to as “people of the book”. This means that something akin to a worldwide, albeit Diasporic, national identity is fundamentally rooted and grounded in the Torah (the five books of Moses). The phenomenon and power of language (and the information contained therein) unites the Jewish people with a bond stronger even than blood. I can only opine so far as I really haven’t studied out my genealogy beyond knowing that my parents are divorced and never the twain shall meet. But God’s “secret”. His “ways”. These things were made available, I believe, by the broken body of Jesus Christ as He died on the cross of Calvary. A Jewish man, as good as any other* (I’m being partially facetious), representing a race and even going one further in extending the beauty offered by what God has to bring to the exchange.
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:1-2)
Where the rubber meets the road
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:47)
*”Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)
So God tells us to do a bunch of stuff that is utterly exacting in the extreme. Things that, while they have practical benefit, tend towards a loveless rulekeeping should one be disinclined to meet with God face to face at any and/or every moment of the day. There are rituals I have that at times and in certain days I feel led to relax. It is breathlessly exciting to live by the seat of my pants and let the Holy Spirit lead me through the activities of my day even as he weaves throughout my errands (and the mundane, too), interactions I had no idea nor intention of having. This, I think, is the true meaning of the Christlike life. To be so imbued with the Holy Spirit that we, as John says, “walk, even as He walked.” (1 John 2:6) This is the goal. But it’s not the end. How do we know God except through words? It gets fuzzy and blurry at that level, I think. I believe we knew God as children and as language acquisition and comprehension starts, God begins to hold us to a higher standard even as He upholds us by His grace. It’s because of what Jesus did for us that we’re even able to partake I should add. John continues:
“Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.” (1 John 2:6-7)
The two go hand in hand. God’s words and His person. His presence by the Holy Spirit.
“What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:62-63)