Who are you ‘like God’ to?Church & Relationships
Exodus 4:16 “He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him“
Here God is making it clear to Moses that He is sending Aaron to help him and speak for him. God says that Aaron would be the mouth of Moses, and Moses would be “like God” to Aaron. What an interesting phrase?….To be like God to someone.
So did Aaron not commune with God at all? Was Aaron’s only experience of God through Moses? Whatever the answers are to those questions, it becomes quite clear from this verse and other scriptures that God has designed a hierarchy of leadership and authority within his church.
1 Corinthians 11:3 “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God”
Even within the trinity, within the very person of God is a hierarchy of leadership. We know that the Father is the head of the Son, and the Son is the head of the Spirit. (Even though not explicitly outlined here). Within churches we appoint pastors and leaders, and likewise within families we have the father & then the mother. What we see all throughout God’s Kingdom is a hierarchy of leadership and authority as God distributes it accordingly.
Where do you draw the line of importance, from when you would consult God’s direction or lean on your own understanding? What are the situations you bring to God and what are the ones you don’t? Most of the time, we would bring the important things to God, and the others we would perhaps just seek others’ advice. Is this right though?
This is the thought that I expressed in Sort it Yourself where Moses was solving all of Israel’s problems single-handled, until Jethro came along and taught him to delegate. Instead of bringing every situation before Moses (and God!) he selected capable men to solve the problems of the people. What I am saying is that not all of our answers, wisdom, guidance and support come from God directly. He appoints people in our lives to “be like to God to us“, just as He appoints you to “be like God” to others.
Who is like God to you? Who are you like God to?
1 Corinthians 4:15 “Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel”