“…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” ~Hebrews 1:2
I am in the throes of getting prepared to teach a study in the Book of Hebrews. As I was doing some research, my thoughts for this Morning Offering were guided to the entirety of the opening verses of this book: the whole notion that God spoke/speaks. In his book, William Newell quotes an old Puritan preacher who used to say that he desired to know two things: “First, Does God speak? Second, What Does He say?”
Many even question the existence of God, let alone does He speak. But, here in Hebrews we are told confidently that in the Old Testament He did indeed speak, and in diverse manner: prophets, personal appearance (the Angel of the Lord), putting words in mouths (“thus says the LORD”), and by visions and dreams into the mind of some (see Numbers 12:6-8).
In the opening chapters of the Book of Romans, Paul alludes to the fact that God spoke through His creation. But, again humanity lives and acts as if it doesn’t matter (see Romans 1:18-20). Paul rightly concluded the cause in 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Hebrews’ (New Testament time) opening point is that, at the end of those (OT) days, God spoke to mankind in His Son (original Greek text) [interesting choice of words]. In Christ, the revelation of God is the fullest manifestation of His being. The message, of course, is that God loves us and sent His Son to take our place at Calvary. He did that so we might be restored to our proper place with God.
Today, we believe that God speaks primarily to us by His Spirit in the Scriptures. God saw fit to have His words recorded for our benefit (and instruction). But, on occasion He might speak to us—not audibly—but by a still, small voice.
Oh, and, yes, I believe God speaks (on occasion) to us through circumstances, as well. This manner is probably the hardest for us; primarily, because we are not looking for his “voice” in our circumstances.
Are you listening?
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 47 years.
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Heather asks: What do you think? Are you aware of God speaking to you? Share with us in the comments.