Did God Really Say He Makes Men and Women Deaf, Blind, and Mute?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say He Makes Men and Women Deaf, Blind, and Mute?Did God really say he makes men and women deaf, blind, and mute?

Yes … yes he did.

When speaking to Moses in Egypt God said, “Israel is my firstborn son.” Exodus 4:22. Then Moses went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Let my son go, so he may worship me.” Exodus 4:22-23

But before Moses found the courage to confront Pharaoh, to take on the most powerful man in the land, he begged God to send another. God answered Moses,“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12

Perhaps you have heard someone say “God doesn’t make mistakes.” This is often used to justify their actions, their beliefs, their behavior. God has, can, and will use our imperfections for his glory, but he will never call our sinful behavior his will.

Once Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9: 2-3

God willed this man to be blind from birth. God ordained it. But if Jesus had not passed by that day, if the blind man never met Jesus, he would have remained blind. We are all born spiritually blind. Even as light shines around us, our sin leaves us groping in darkness. And so we say of our sinful behavior: “God does not make mistakes. I was born this way. It is God’s will.”

While our physical afflictions may appear grossly unfair, the greater loss is our inability to recognize Jesus when he passes by. God gave you your mouth, eyes, ears, limbs, DNA … but he also comes to us asking if we wish to be spiritually changed at a heart and soul level.

You(r) blind!” Jesus called. “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”

God seeks change on the inside, at a soul level. He knows our body will perish but our soul will last for eternity.

Israel is God’s firstborn son.

Jesus is God’s only begotten son (having no peer, unique, one of a kind.)

And if you gave your life to Christ, you are God’s child. Physically marred, perhaps. Mentally lacking in areas, but spiritually perfect as a result of the spirit of Christ living inside you.

Lord, you gave me this mouth, these eyes, these ears … you shaped me in a fashion best suited to serve you, to testify to your power and sovereignty. Please help me to accept your will in my life. Though I may wish to be changed physically, help me to be transformed into the image of Christ so that others may say of me, “There goes one of God’s children.”

Did God Really Say He is Pulling for You?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say He is Pulling for You?Did God really say he is pulling for you?

Yes … yes he did.

Early in his career as leader of Jewish slaves, God said to Moses and the people, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:12.

I AM!” Exodus 3:14.

You will plunder …” Exodus 3:22.

I have promised to bring you up out of your misery and into a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:17.

Then much later God, working through Jesus, said, “I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Often we think we are alone, that nothing we do matters — that our efforts are a waste of time, a waste of money. But if God is for you, if you have exchanged your life for the life of Christ, then when you are doing the thing he called you to do, he is pulling for you. You may not see your efforts rewarded immediately. You may not hear his voice or see circumstances change, but he is working on your behalf.

Moses and God’s people heard these promises from God, but outwardly nothing changed. They remained slaves in Egypt. In fact, over the next year their conditions grew worse.

In what way do you wish God was pulling for you? Ask for his help.

“Lord, please be with me today. Be my God today. Be the great I AM that stands for me against my enemies. Take plunder from my enemy, Satan, and provide for my daily needs. Bring me out of this land, these circumstances, and lead me into your expansive kingdom. Finally, Father, at the end of each day, each week, and my life, give me rest in you.”

Does God Really Honor Those Who Protect the Unborn?

Yes ... yes he does

Does God really honor those who protect the unborn?

Yes … yes he does.

Here is one example of how God honors those on the front lines of children genocide who protect the unborn. “A new king came to power who did not know the God of Jacob.” In fear the new king thought, “If war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us.” So the king commanded the midwives to, “Kill the baby if it is a boy.” But “the midwives feared God and let the boys live.” And God “was kind to the midwives. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” Exodus 1: 8, 12, 17, 20.

Today there is a ruler who knows God but does not fear Him. In the Bible this leader is called:

“Ruler Of This World”
“God Of This Age”
“Ruler Of The Authority Of The Air”
“Deceiver Of The Whole World”
“Accuser Of God’s People”

One of this ruler’s goals is to steal, destroy, and kill.

Christ came that we might have life and have it to the full.

If God blesses you with a child and you are unsure of what to do, look at the goals of the two rulers and decide whose voice you will obey.

Does God Allow Us to Devote Others to His Service?

Yes ... yes he does.

Does God Allow Us to Devote Others to His Service?Does God allow us to devote others to his service?

Yes … yes he does.

Or he did. Here is what God says: “Nothing that a man devotes to the Lord—not even a man—may be redeemed. Everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:28

This is how one mother offered her child to the Lord’s service:
After he was weaned, Hannah took the boy with her, young as he was … and brought the boy to Eli and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:21-28

If anyone makes a special vow to the Lord involving the valuation of persons, then the valuation” is as such:

A male age 20-60, 20 ounces of silver
A female age 20-60, 12 ounces of silver
A male age 5-20, 8 ounces of silver
A female age 5-20, 4 ounces of silver
A male age i month to 5 years, 2 ounces of silver
A female age i month to 5 years, 1.25 ounces of silver
A male age 60 years or older, 6 ounces of silver
A female age 60 years or older, 4 ounces of silver

These verses provide the redemption value: the value to be paid to redeem someone from God’s service. Christ has already paid this price for us, but what if each of us were to devote those we love to God and pay our Lord their silver valuation as a tithe to affirm our prayer that God would use that individual for his service? Something to ponder.

Did God Really Say It Is Okay to Burn the Meat?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say It Is Okay to Burn the Meat?Did God really say it’s okay to burn the meat?

Yes … yes he did.

In fact, sometimes God burns the meat. Here is how it happened. “Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.” Leviticus 9:24

Now to be clear, the people were participating in the sacrifice of the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, so this was not your normal summer cookout. For the family and friends gathered around the tent of meeting, this was a sacred event. But still … God scorched the meat and the people rejoiced.

So for all you backyard chefs out there, the next time you burn the meat and someone complains, remind them that God burned the burgers and guests applauded. Then suggest they try your wife’s green pea tofu dip. After a few chips dipped in what looks and tastes like Play Dough, maybe burned hotdogs won’t seem so bad.

Did God Really Say Bald Is the New “Clean” Look?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say Bald Is the New "Clean" Look?Did God Really Say Bald is the new “clean” look?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

What God said was this: “When a man has lost his hair and is bald, he is clean. If he has lost his hair from the front of his scalp and has a bald forehead, he is clean. But if he has a reddish-white sore on his bald head or forehead, it is an infectious disease.”Leviticus 13:40-42

So if every hair on your head is numbered, as Christ claimed (Luke 12:7), and all your hairs are missing, take it as confirming sign from God that you are clean. You will still need to shower and bathe, but you can skip the shampoo and rinse.

Did God Really Say We Are to Avoid Extramarital Sex (Adultery, Infidelity, Unfaithfulness)?

Yes ... Yes He Did

Did God really say we Are to avoid extramarital sex, (adultery, infidelity, unfaithfulness)?

Yes … yes He did.

And He takes sexual sin seriously.

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods … The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel. … An Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. When the son of Aaron the priest saw this, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach.” Numbers 25: 1, 6-8

Two things: First, the lust of the eyes leads to sexual sin. Second, sexual sin will, left unchecked, lead us to worship other gods. Our gods are often the gods of our own making. “My God approves of …” “My God is a God of love would never condemn me for …” “My God is inclusive, not exclusive, and tolerant of …”

When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron executed the man and woman and thus, God’s judgement on the couple: “Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.” Numbers 25:9

Stop sexual sin before it starts. Stop it in your heart.