COMMANDING GOD! REALLY?
The following article was taken directly from www.deeptruths.com which is the website of now deceased Christian Cult leader David Berg. For more information on this group your may go to http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/David_Berg . In the interest of full disclosure and to assure the reader that I have not edited in any way the original article here is the web address of the original article http://deeptruths.com/random-dm/177.html You may be asking yourself, ‘why does he want me to read an article from a now deceased Christian cult leader’? It is a fair question. One which will be answered I assure you! Here is the short article:
God says to us, "Command ye Me!" (Isaiah 45:11)
You're in God's hands, but in a way He's also in yours, He's at your command like the genie of Aladdin's Lamp! You can command the Lord? Yes, if you're in His Spirit and in His Will, desiring only those things which glorify and please Him, and delighting yourself only in Him, you can command whatever you want. (Psa.37:4) If you're righteous, doing the right thing and trying to please God, love Him, and have faith in His Word, He's promised to answer your prayer!
So much of what God does depends on your will and your action and what you want and how you pray! He has confined Himself and His operations to your faith and your requests. "Ye have not because ye ask not." (Jam.4:2) He's just waiting on you to command the situation.
Can you change God's mind? Within certain limits, yes. God's overall plan has never changed, His overall will has never changed. But in certain details you can change His mind, otherwise there would never be any point in praying. If prayer doesn't change things, why pray?
Prayer moves the hand and heart of God! He enjoys using us, confining the majesty and the power of His omnipotence to the hands of frail men and women! So pray!
COMMANDING GOD! REALLY?
Isaiah 45:11 KJV
“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
If the above verse was only referenced this way by a crazed cult leader there would be no need for this article today. However, sadly that is not the case at all. Today many Christian leaders apply this same verse in the same manner as David Berg did years ago.
However, Isaiah 45:11 does NOT tell Christians or anyone else that they may command God. Only the King James Version of the Bible makes this statement.
Let's read some other translations of the Bible together:
Thus says ADONAI, the Holy One of Isra'el, his Maker: "You ask for signs concerning my children? You give orders concerning the work of my hands? (Isaiah 45:11 CJB)
Thus GOD, The Holy of Israel, Israel's Maker, says: "Do you question who or what I'm making? Are you telling me what I can or cannot do? (Isaiah 45:11 MSG)
This is what the Lord says, the sovereign king of Israel,30 the one who formed him, concerning things to come:31 "How dare you question me32 about my children! How dare you tell me what to do with33 the work of my own hands! (Isaiah 45:11 NET)
Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: "Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands? (Isaiah 45:11 RSV)
I am the LORD, the Creator, the holy God of Israel. Do you dare question me about my own nation or about what I have done? (Isaiah 45:11 CEV)
If this verse (Isaiah 45:11) is read in other translations of the Bible it would be virtually impossible to come away with a green light to command God around!
While I am not against the King James Version of the Bible it like other translations has its problems.
There are two basic concepts that the original Hebrew contains in Isaiah 45:11. Most English translations of the Bible will usually bring out one or the other.
1. We are to ASK Him what we should do, and trust Him for what He is doing.
"Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: "Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands." (Isaiah 45:11 NASU)
2. We see God's indignation at being questioned about what is His.
"This is what the Lord says - the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?" (Isaiah 45:11 NIV)
Any way you slice it, the one thing that this verse does NOT say is that we may or are too command God what to do!
If Christianity continues to remove Bible verses from the context and culture in which they were written it will continue to produce cult leaders like David Berg and continue to lead people astray.
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