God talks

The 10 Commandments. You’ve probably read them, seen them, or at least heard about them. I was reading them somewhat hastily due to general familiarity (how often I’m convicted of doing this). Then verse 22 screamed off the page.

Right after God has handed down the 10 Commandments, He says this to Moses:

“Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven.”

God talks.

Did you see it? In some part, the 10 Commandments bear out evidence that God was (is) not a silent God. He talked to His people. He had relationship with His people. He loves (present) His people. This idea of God talking in the Old Testament isn’t new – I mean, that’s how He kickstarted everything  in the beginning! (see Genesis 1:1) If we fastforwared to the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews makes this profound statement:

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets…

A quick survey of the OT affirms this statement:

-Cain (Gen 4:6)
-Noah (Gen 6:13-21, 7:1-4, 8:15-17)
-Noah and his sons (Gen 9:1-17)
-Job and his friends (Job 38:1-42:6)
-Abimelech (Gen 20:3-7)
-Isaac (Gen 26:24)
-Jacob (Gen 28:13-15, 35:1, 9-12 … maybe 32:26-29)
-Joshua (Jos 6:2-5)
-Samuel (1Sa 3:4-14, 15:10, 16:7)
-David (1Sa 23:2, 23:4, 30:8; 2Sa 2:1, 5:19, 5:23-24)
-Nathan (2Sa 7:4-16 … 2Sa 12:1 by implication)
-Solomon (1Ki 3:5-15 … maybe 6:11-13)
-Jehu (1Ki 16:1-4)
-Elijah (1Ki 19:9-18)
-Isaiah (2Ki 20:4; Isa 6:8-12, 8:1-11)
-Ahaz (Isa 7:10-25)
-Manasseh and his people (2Ch 33:10)
-Jonah (Jon 1:1-2, 3:1-2, 4:4, 4:9-11)
-Ezekiel (Eze 1:3)
-Hosea (Hos 1:2-5)
-Haggai (Hag 2:10-23)
-Zechariah (Zec 1:1-17)

God talks.

A quick look (real quick) and you find God talking to the people at Jesus’s baptism (Mat 3:17) and to Paul (Act 9:3-6, 18:9), and inspired Bible writers (2Pe 1:21).

The point is that God talking isn’t anything new. Part of verse 2 in Hebrews 1 says this: “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…” By God’s grace, we know his Son by way of what He has given us in His Word, the Bible. This  proof that God speaks.* God is talking, that’s His reputation. It’s evidence, as the 10 Commandments were to Israel, that God has a relationship with us.

In part, the 10 Commandments are evidence that God has a relationship with Israel. (see Ex20:22) #reclaimthemorning

*God also speaks in a variety of other ways, but that’s for another blog post.