How often does God speak to us?
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12/14/2016 Jesus Christ / God | Personal belief
The living God of the Bible speaks - as opposed to dead idols. Creation came into being through his word. God has spoken to man since the beginning of creation. In the person of his Son, God spoke to us directly. - Has it all become normal for us or is it something special? What does it mean to us that we have a relationship with the living God?
Before we deal with the topic of "God speaks", we want to clarify the question: Why do we talk to each other at all? Some may talk out of boredom because they have nothing better to do. But that is not the rule. In general, we want to say something to another. Share what is on our minds, what we are thinking about, what our plans are, what we are feeling, and to have fellowship with someone. The list can be expanded. But it's enough to make us all think Why God spoke to us humans - and still speaks.
This article deals with three points:
- God speaks - as opposed to idols
- God speaks - since the beginning of creation
- God speaks - in the person of the Son
In Isaiah 44: 14-17, Isaiah describes in an easily understandable way what an idol is and what an idol can do: Someone goes into the forest and chops off an oak tree. From part of the oak he cuts firewood for heating, baking bread and roasting meat. From the rest the person carves an idol, prostrates himself in front of it and prays: "Save me, for you are my God [idol]!"
Psalm 115 sums it up regarding idols: “They have a mouth and do not speak; They have eyes and do not see; They have ears and do not hear; they have a nose and do not smell; they have hands and don't feel, feet, they don't walk; they don't make a sound with their throat. " (Ps 115: 5-7).
But a psalmist writes about God: “The one who planted the ear, shouldn't he hear? Who formed the eye, shouldn't he see? " (Ps 94: 9).
The believers in Thessalonica had recognized this and themselves "Converted from idols to God", "To serve the living and true God" (1. Thes 1,9). Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord today has a direct relationship with him lively God.
We believe Not to a dead god. Our God became Not invented by humans. No, the God of the Bible spoke before the earth and the entire universe existed. Yes, He created everything by His command.God speaks - since the beginning of creation
"And God spoke ..." - we read that over and over again on the first pages of the Bible. Or do we maybe skip it?
Do we have any idea what it means for God to speak? The eternal God speaks - and suddenly darkness becomes light. God speaks - and the water gathers where He wants it to be.
On the sixth day of creation God said: "Let's make people." Since God created man, He has also spoken to him. With one of God's first words to Adam there is a prohibition: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat from it; because the day you eat it you have to die " (Gen. 2:16, 17).
Spoke at the same time “The Lord God: it is not good that man should be alone; I want to give him help that suits him. " (Gen. 2:18). Then God formed Eve, Adam's wife.
God commanded both: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; and rules over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over all animals that move on earth! " (1. Mo 1:28).
Adam and Eve broke the one prohibition that God had given them. It was through this disobedience that sin entered creation. From that moment on, man could no longer have fellowship with God. God knew about the separated relationship - that didn't leave him indifferent. He is looking for people and calls him: "Where are you?" (Gen. 3: 9). Of course, He knew where Adam was hiding. But he wanted to reach his heart to make him think about his actions.
The relationship with man is so important to God that He goes after him. Everyone is so important to him that he is not "only" speaksbut him shouts loudly!
In the other chapters of the Bible, too, God repeatedly speaks to individual people. He asks Cain why he is angry and where his brother Abel is (Gen. 4: 6.9). He speaks to Noah, announces the judgment of the earth and gives him the order to build the ark. Many years later, He tells him to go to the ark and his family. Over a year later, when the flood water dried up, "God spoke to Noah and said: Get out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives with you." God then repeated the order to Noah and his sons: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth" (Gen. 6:13; 7.1; 8.15; 9.1).
It is striking that when God continues to speak to a person, he often promises something or gives him an assignment. So also in the life of Abraham (see Gen. 13-18). We find a peculiarity in Genesis 17: 1-3: After thirteen years of silence, God introduces himself to Abraham as the Almighty and invites him to live before his face and to be perfect. When Abraham falls on his face - showing a humble and adoring demeanor - it is the first time in the Bible that God With saith to a man: God repeats his covenant with Abraham and promises him that he will "To become the father of a multitude of nations" becomes.
In the history of Israel, God often spoke to His people using prophets as mouthpieces. They cultivated the contact with God and the fellowship with him. This enabled God to use them to speak to the people in different ways. This is what Hebrews 1: 1 speaks of: "After God once spoke to the fathers in many ways and in many ways in the (or: through the) prophets ..."
The verse goes on: “... at the end of these days he spoke to us in the son ... through whom he also made the worlds; who, being [the] emanation of his glory and [the] imprint of his being ... " (from Heb 1,1-3).
The prophets spoke sayings of God. But the son is God. God spoke to us in the person of the Son. Without speaking a word, God would have spoken to us through the life of the Son alone. Hebrews 1 verse 3 says that the Son is the imprint of the nature of God. In John 1 verse 18 it says: “Nobody has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the womb of the father, has made him known. "
God is a spirit (Jn 4:24) and therefore not physically visible. Through the son God became visible and made known to creation in a way that was unprecedented before and after. The Lord Jesus said to his disciple Philip: "Anyone who has seen me has seen the father" (Jn 14: 9). This indicates the unity of God in the persons of the Father and the Son. In John 10 verse 30 He says it very clearly: "I and the father are one." And since the Son has always acted in the power of the Holy Spirit (see e.g. Mt 12:28), the unity of the three persons of the deity becomes clear.
In the section "God speaks - since the beginning of creation" (see above) we saw that the waters were collected through the word of God where He wanted them to be. Wind and water also obeyed the Son of the living God when the disciples were in distress due to the storm: “And he woke up, turned off the wind and said to the lake: Be silent, be silent! And the wind died down and there was a great silence " (Mk 4.39).We hang on to:
- The son is the imprint (image) of the essence of God.
- The father was made visible through the son.
- Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.
The God of the Bible is not a dead God. We do not believe in a god made up by humans. We believe in the God, who invented and created man, alone be through Word brought the entire universe into existence with all planets and stars.
The same Spirit of God that floated over the waters in Genesis 1 verse 2 had the Bible written by many very different men. It's the same God who til today speaks to every single person through the Bible - and wants to speak.
Let us read the Bible more and more carefully - then God speaks to us!
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