God Has Spoken

 

Pull your chair a little closer to the table and join us for a study in The Epistle to the Hebrews, a letter to a congregation of struggling Jewish Christians written by an unknown author sometime before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.  My class and I will be landing on a few verses in each chapter with the goal of getting an overview of this fascinating and complex book.  These mid-week reflections and observations are intended to initiate a deeper pondering of the week’s assignment in preparation for our discussion the following Sunday.  This week we are looking at Hebrews 1:1-4 in which we see the presence of God spoken into our lives with immediacy and purpose through His Words to us:

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

God spoke.

These are stunning words, especially when coupled with the biblical evidence that God continues to speak to His people in myriad ways.  When reading Hebrews, my tendency has been to fly right by this amazing and foundational concept on my way to untangling the mystery of Melchizedek or decoding the meaning of the Levitical priesthood.

But not today.

The truth is that most of us – if we were honest – would admit that we have more issues than National Geographic over this concept of God communicating with us.  We flinch at the idea that we have absolutely no control over what He says.  We complain over the waiting, the timing, and the content of His guidance.  A couple of decades ago, I quit reading the Bible for a while in misguided protest against what I perceived to be a silent heaven.  What I learned from that little temper tantrum is that God is not silent or withdrawn, BUT neither does He speak in sky writing — nor through the whispered, individual messages that I longed for.

The 39 Old Testament books written “to the fathers by the prophets” are expanded and clarified by the 27 New Testament books written by the apostles, eyewitnesses to the Word made flesh.  They testify to the fact that God has communicated lavishly, “at various times and in various ways.”  What if all we had of God’s Word was the book of Ezekiel with its visions of whirlwinds and spinning wheels with eyes?  On the contrary, He has given the poetry of the psalms and the rich historical narrative of Israel’s history, the ancient wisdom of Job and the record of God’s plan to rescue humanity, all interspersed with messages of grace and judgment, wisdom and hope.

The purpose of the book of Hebrews (and of our study) is driven by this amazing truth:  the sovereign God has spoken.  He is unrestricted in His ability to communicate with His people.  All of our “impressions” from the words of others, the still small voice of the Spirit, and the “heavens declaring the glory of God” are subject to the filter of God’s revealed Truth.  We will never exhaust its infinite riches.

God has spoken.
What will we do about it?

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

33 thoughts on “God Has Spoken”

  1. Michele- I needed this message today – and the reminder that I have all I need in Him – all the information and truth – to do whatever He asks of me. This sums it up perfectly: “All of our “impressions” from the words of others, the still small voice of the Spirit, and the “heavens declaring the glory of God” are subject to the filter of God’s revealed Truth.” Thank you – and Happy New Year!

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      1. I understand what you mean. It is a tough one. But somehow I was directed to Hebrews out of all the books to do memory verses and I ended up memorizing many chapters. I haven’t done a detailed study though. Hope to read yours.

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  2. Thanks for this reflection, Michele. Yeah, there’s alot of tangling and decoding we could do. But I just want to sit at His feet and soak in His loving grace and tender mercies as we head into this new year.

    So grateful to do life with you, thankful that God has allowed our paths to cross this year.

    Blessings and joy to you, friend …

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    1. Oh, me too. I’m trusting that God will use this chapter to bring us along in our understanding of His majesty. And I am thankful as well that our paths have crossed here in this wonderful world of blogging. You continue to encourage and challenge me with your words.

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  3. This is a good word, Michele. I, too, have longed for whispered individual messages, but have found that what I’m looking for is right in His Word.

    Love your ending challenge: “God has spoken. What will we do about it?”

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  4. I love your description of how God speaks in various ways through the different kinds of writing in the Bible as well as in other ways, but that he sometimes speaks in ways that are different from what we would want or expect. The challenge is to listen and to be open to hearing his voice.

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  5. Michele, each time I read my Bible I try to remind myself that everything God wanted to say to me is between the covers of my Bible. We hold His spoken word to us right there in our hands. May we pray for Him to speak to us as we dig into His Word. Blessings!

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  6. The first time I read the book of Hebrews, I didn’t catch the significance or the power of the words. I was simply reading to finish a challenge. Maybe I wasn’t ready to hear the significance? Today it’s one of my favorite books. It is a powerful summary – truths that leave me breathless and in awe each time I read it! Thank you for sharing, Michele!

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  7. I’ve been strongly involved with the prophets. I’ve read the Bible portions many times. AND, even in our present-day world, I’m not the only one that sees things just like that. Focusing on the Lord and protecting people is what counts. Thank you for sharing re: the Bible. Blessings…

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  8. I’m stuck on this Michele, “God’s revealed Truth”. He consistently reveals himself to us privately and corporately. He has done so since the beginning of time. I’ve learned to appreciate the process of waiting. I’ve learned to trust Him. He will, he always answers. Happy New Year!

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  9. Michele, what a blessing to think about how God has spoken and how much He has given us in His word! It carries in it what we need for life and I’m so thankful He didn’t leave us with nothing. Blessings to you!

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