This is how we meet God in Scripture. When we open its pages for the first time and turn to the first book we immediately learn something incredible. God speaks! Not only does He speak, but he speaks to His creation as a means of interacting with His creation. does not say “And God spoke to the archangel Michael and commanded him to bring forth light into the world.” No. He speaks directly into creation. That is the overwhelming reality of . God is actively involved in His creation.
As marvelous as that is, and it is marvelous, it gets better. God, upon creating man, speaks to him and walks with him. This conversation was not limited to the garden. Even after man openly rebelled against Him and was by nature a child of wrath () God continued to speak to mankind. He spoke to Noah (), to Abraham (), and Moses (), and many more.
Take a moment to marvel at the reality that the God who spoke the world into existence and sits enthroned in heaven as Sovereign Lord would dare to speak to man. Our culture is a culture of celebrity and we lose our minds when we encounter someone that is famous. Recently I watched in amazement as people flocked to see their heroes. They stood in line for long periods of time for just a moments interaction with someone they admired. I find it troubling that we do not respond with such joyful anticipation with regard to our interaction with the Lord of Hosts (myself included).
There are some that would counter with the argument that God does not reveal Himself the way that He did in the Biblical era anymore. They would be right. However, what is does now is much, much better:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” –
That God has revealed Himself in the volume of a book is far better for you and me. We do not need to wait for a special word to be given to a prophet of God that may or may not be located within a hundred miles of us. We do not have to wonder if we are living in accordance with His will as we anticipate a judge being sent to correct wrong behavior. Nor are we anxious for another letter to be sent from an apostle to us or a neighboring town. We do not have to depend on the visions of a six year old or a crook from the 1800’s. Rather, we have the infallible, inerrant, authoritative, incorruptible Word of the Living God readily available to us.
He has spoken! His Word has been given to us that we may not sin against Him (). We can know Him (), approach Him (), and discern truth from error (). The God of the Bible is the God of communication. He has spoken, are you listening? We measure all things according to this Word. We live by this Word. We are defined by this Word. At least we should be.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (ESV)
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (ESV)
The Creation of the World
1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (ESV)
3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (ESV)
15 Then God said to Noah, (ESV)
3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, (ESV)
7 Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. (ESV)
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV)
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (ESV)
7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (ESV)
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)
17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (ESV)