The God Who Speaks Has Authority

People ask where is our God, who is our God, and why does our God not speak in these horrible times.  From the beginning of time God has spoken to all of us.  He spoke to Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Solomon, and He spoke in human form through Jesus.  He speaks to us today through His scriptures and the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV)
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

When you read this passage, something that should stand out is not the actual words but the power behind the words.  With just two words God created light.  He spoke the world into existence and the result of his speaking demonstrates the authority the comes with His Word.

“A foundational teaching of the Bible is that God speaks and does so with universe changing authority. The command in verse 3 is just two words in Hebrew”
HCSB Study Bible

When you read through the Bible, you see praises to the Words of God.  You also see a simple progression that God commanded and the universe was created.

Psalm 148:3-5
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.

In Hebrews you see an elicited reaction to the power that God exercises through His Word.

Hebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Words matter. They carry a punch behind them. And the biggest punches come from the Words uttered by the greatest Being in the universe. His Words matter because of who He is.

The truth that God speaks separates Him from every other idol on this planet. In the old testament you see where God crosses paths with an idol and its destroyed. The plagues in Egypt are a good example of this, as each plague was a straight attack on an idol that the Egyptians believed in. The inspired writers of the Bible delight over the fact that God shows his power over the idols.

Psalms 115:3-5
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.

All these concrete idols have a physical body on the earth but yet they don’t speak or hear, whereas our God who reigns from Heaven speaks and hears.  God alone has authority.  Our God is the God who spoke the universe into existence, spoke two of the greatest words on the cross when He cried, “It is finished!” and He continues to speak to us today.

Written By Jonathan Parrish
Edited By Jamie Calhoun

 

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About Jonathan Parrish

A man who fears and loves God in all that do, which is to bring him glory.
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