“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: There is no contradiction in the bible, there can only be a contradiction in the mind of the reader.
In our previous studies, the account of Exodus 20 has been brought to the spotlight. Paul’s words in Galatians 3:19, Stephen’s words in Acts 7:38, 53 and the words of the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 2:2 exonerate God from the scenario of Mount Sinai. Remember, the writer of Hebrews (which we saw last) described the law as the words spoken by angels. In chapter 12 of Hebrews, the writer here further explained the scenario on Mount Sinai when the law was given, it reads “For ye are not come unto the Mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them anymore: (for they could not endure that which was commended, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)” (Hebrews 12:18-21). Without any doubt, it is very clear that the above account was taken from Exodus 20 (Exodus 20:18-22). Observe what Jesus (the mediator) said carefully, “…so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake…”
In essence, the principal actors on Mount Sinai were angels. They were the ones involved in the thundering, lightning, the sound of the trumpet, fire, smoke, blackness, darkness that made the people terribly afraid. Now, observe verse 22 of Exodus, “…the Lord said unto Moses…” This is where many could get confused, and then deduce that maybe the bible is contradictory; why do we have “the Lord said unto Moses” in verse 20 if actually it was an angel Moses spoke with. Now follow carefully as we unbundle this because like we said earlier, the bible does not contradict itself; where they appear to be seeming contradictions, it is actually not from the bible itself but from the mind of the reader. Let’s backtrack to Moses’ first encounter in Exodus 3 as this will give us a lead in bringing verse 22 of Exodus to the spotlight, it reads “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the mist of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt”. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the mist of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I” (Exodus 3:2-4). How does this help us unbundle verse 22 of Exodus 20? We will see this in proceeding studies. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Bible study demands patient; you cannot rush.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The contradiction in the reading of the bible is not in the bible but in the mind of the reader reading the bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 32