So Moses told the people of Israel everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Moses told the people “everything.” The Lord commanded Moses to speak and gave him specific things to speak to a specific people and Moses was careful to obey by telling them “everything.” In ministry we have strategies, methods, tools, teams, and relationships but power comes through the Word of God. One of the chief roles of any minister is to clearly tell the people everything the Lord has spoken.
We must be careful and not choose to only share SOME things the Lord commanded. Our evangelism is limited if we intentionally avoid sharing portions of the Bible.
Our discipleship is limited if we intentionally avoid sharing portions of the Bible.
Our own relationship with God and maturity are limited if we intentionally avoid studying and internalizing portions of the Bible.
While we are discerning to share appropriate truths from scripture most profitable to an individual in a particular situation, we must never stop there. We must aim to be able to say like Paul, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:27
God has spoken in His word and He continues to speak today through it as it is proclaimed by His people. He has spoken through His Son and continues to do so today as His people proclaim Jesus Christ as presented in the Word. In Luke 24:27, Jesus “interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” and afterwards in verse 32 their “hearts burned within” as “he opened the Scriptures.” As we tell people everything the Lord has spoken in His word he will continue to reveal his Son and change hearts.
-Patrick Lewis (Director, CO Columbus)