From R. Albert Mohler: In the Book of Deuteronomy, we meet the speaking God. “Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, and survived?” Mercy and grace meet here. This is, in its own way, a proto-gospel. Christopher Wright makes this comment concerning what happened at Sinai, saying what really mattered there was not that there had been a theophonic manifestation of God, but that there had been a verbal revelation of God’s mind and will. Sinai was a cosmic audiovisual experience, but it was the audio that mattered. It is the audio that matters, for God has spoken.
“If God has spoken, let me suggest several realities that should frame our thinking as Christians. First, if God has spoken, then we do know. What we know is the highest and greatest knowledge any human ear can ever hear. No human ear deserves to hear God’s voice, but by His grace, we hear it and we survive. Having heard it, we cannot feign ignorance. We cannot act as if we do not know. Francis Schaeffer, for instance, said that for the Christian who understands the doctrine of revelation, there is no real epistemological crisis. There is only a spiritual crisis. All that remains is whether we will obey.
“Thus, there is a firm basis to what we do here, because we know. We have an authority by which we preach and an authority by which we teach. In every class, in every course, and in every church, what is spoken is spoken because we have heard. We are not making this up as we go along! Because we have heard, we cannot feign ignorance, and we are thus accountable for the hearing.” (R. Albert Mohler Web commentary, Sept. 12, 2006)
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