Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:8-9)
The Voice Of God
Innovations have defined the abilities of civilizations to create spectacular edifices of engineering marvels with many enduring for generations. Men continue to marvel at the creations of the ancient Egyptians that have remained for thousands of year’s continually unlocking mysteries with each new era. Great cities have reached the skies with structural accomplishments that almost defy natural law. Scientists have explored the depths of the oceans to the furthest known stars opening incredible vistas of the creation of God. Technology has changed the face of the world in ways never imagined even in modern times. All of the accomplishments of men are measured by the work of a man’s hand to create, design and implement his creation that more often than not will only last for a short time or fall into disrepair and ruin. The greatest works of men are only temporary and limited to the scope of human wisdom. There is within the intelligence of man the creative power to make things from the world about him provided by the hand the Creator but it is in this ability to imagine and form a creation that separates him from his Maker. A man takes elements of this world to create something. God only speaks and a thing comes into existence. In describing the creation of the universe and the earth, sun, moon and stars, Moses simply says that God spoke and there was light. He spoke again and created the firmament and divided the waters from the waters. On the third day of creation, the voice of God sounded over the face of the earth and the waters were gathered in one place and dry land appeared. The grass, herb, fruit trees, and all vegetation came into being by the voice of the Lord. Looking into the sky man beholds a sun created by the sound of God’s voice as the moon is in its place among the billions of stars that are placed precisely where the voice of God placed them. Oceans filled with creatures formed by the sound of the eternal voice and then the land creatures rose from the earth at the command of God. All of creation was fashioned not by tools from elements that existed but rather by the voice of God from nothing. The stroke of a master painters brush is a powerful tool to create marvelous canvases of beauty but what great artist created a world with only his voice? There is nothing in the annals of human wisdom that can match the majestic power of the Almighty who created the world and all that is in it by His voice.
Before the fall of man and his expulsion from the garden, a covenant was enjoyed between the Creator and the creation. Moses described the activity of the garden as the Lord spoke to Adam and Eve and told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. After they disobeyed God, Adam and Eve hid because they heard the voice of God in the garden and was afraid. There was a good reason to fear the voice of the Lord. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve knew they were naked and fear came upon them when they heard the voice of God because they knew what that voice represented. The voice of God was His power, authority, dominion and glory. They like all men will stand in awe at the voice of God with fear and trembling. The voice of God came to Noah and told him of the impending doom of the wicked and what he must do to be saved. Grace is seen in the voice of God allowing Noah and his family to know of the wrath of the Lord coming against the wicked world and then to tell the family of eight what to do to be saved. They were saved by the voice of God warning them and providing them with salvation. Throughout the history of the Old Testament, the voice of God warned men of His wrath and instructed them what to do to find salvation. The manner of God’s voice expressed to man would find itself in different forms as the law was written down for the Jews as the voice of God. When the Jews disobeyed the Law of Moses they rejected the word of God. Through the prophets, God warned Israel of impending doom and rejecting the prophets was to reject the voice of the Lord. Sin continued to rule the world until a day of the voice of salvation appeared to all men.
When John began his gospel about Jesus, he began with the voice of God. Jesus was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Son of God was the voice of the Father and failing to listen to Jesus is failing to listen to the voice of God. As the church was established and began to grow, the gospel of Christ became the word of the Lord. Obedience was demanded at the voice of God as revealed through the Holy Spirit. Disobedience to the word of God would bring severe judgment. In the creation, God spoke and what He spoke came about and remained true. The sun remains at a constant distance from the earth since the day God spoke it into existence as a testimony to the word of God. Generations have passed in eons of time without the word of God changing in His creation. The word of God is settled in Heaven and no man can change the word of God. What was established by the Lord in the first-century remains the same today. The gospel of Christ does not change with the tides of time and frailties of human wisdom. Men have tried to corrupt the nature of the church but the word of God remains the same in contrast to the religious error so prevalent in the world today. The voice of God told men what to do to be saved and that has remained unchanged in the mind of God since the day He spoke. No other book can claim the infallibility of God’s voice than the Bible as a guide for men to hear the voice of truth that remains unchanged over time. The voice of God with Paul in the city of Athens so long ago is just as powerful as the spoken word in 1343 or 2032 or any other year the Lord allows the earth to stand. For when God spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.