What Did He Say?

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

-Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV) emphasis added

 

I have heard it my whole life; pastor after pastor preaching from the stage “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  For years I believed this.

 

I thought because a pastor said it with a verse to back it up, it was true.

 

And I know others are the same way!  I found this on Pintrest weeks ago:

 

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There are hundreds of these. Crafters on Etsy are making signs and mugs and anything you can think of with this verse.

 

While it’s message seems to have good intentions and it makes us feel safe knowing God is going to fight for us, we just need to hold on. But it’s not true!

 

Here it is again with only one extra verse:

 

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 

 

-Exodus 14:13-15 (NIV) emphasis added

 

Clearly what we are taking as truth is in no way what God said.  God is for us as Christians, but He in no way told us to stand still and let Him do all the work!

 

We need to move!

 

We, as Christians need to be challenging what our pastors and leaders say, not just taking their word as truth.  Don’t hear me wrong now, I don’t think pastors are liars.  I think in order for us to grow and to keep everyone honest, we should be reading the verses before and after what pastors are using and referencing.  Not only will it ensure something hasn’t been lost in context or misrepresented, but it will also bring you closer to God.  It’s a great way to start digging deeper into God’s word.

 

Here’s another great example of why we need to check the referencing.

 

I saw this on Facebook a week or so ago.  I in no way support this message. I’m trying to prove my point.

 

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I don’t expect a non-Christian to read the bible, but I would expect a Christ follower to see this and immediately look it up in their bible. I fear people see this and believe it. The full verse is as follows:

 

Then Moses said to Aaron and his other sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Don’t show sadness by tearing your clothes or leaving your hair uncombed. If you do, you will die, and the Lord will be angry with all the people. All the people of Israel, your relatives, may cry loudly about the Lord burning Nadab and Abihu.

 

-Leviticus 10:6 (NCV), emphasis added

 

Aaron’s two other son had just been destroyed by God for disobeying Him and Moses was saying not to mourn for them in the traditional way of that time. It would be wrong for a priest to mourn someone God had punished for disobeying since they were to uphold God’s law and to cleanse those who had disobeyed.

 

Lord,

 

Fill our lives with your love and mercy. May your glory shine through us so we can be stars in this dark world. Help us to challenge the scripture other are quoting to help us grow stronger in Christ. Do no allow us to just accept what someone say is in the bible and remind us to study the truth for ourselves.

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