I remember a television commercial for an investment brokerage firm. It began with a scene of people walking in all sorts of directions. As the announcer’s voice began speaking everyone stopped and stood still. The announcer then paused and said, “When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen.”
This also reminds me of when God speaks. The entire universe listens. In Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, likeness and let them rule….” Man appeared. This holy conversation God began at creation and set the stage for a holy dialog between God and his creation, man.
After all the marvelous creations, God took man in Genesis 2:15-17 to the Garden of Eden and made His first command. God told man, “You are free to eat any tree…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil….” This conversation was the first in which God spoke a command. When man (and woman) disobeyed God’s command and ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, the remainder of God’s conversation with man was riddled with the noise of sin.
Divinely God knew the outcome, and His yet His concern was for man’s protection. Because of God’s love he continued to speak to man directing their ways, giving wisdom, providing insight and encouragement, and offering correction.
Some people of the bible heard God speak in an audible voice, some dreamed dreams, and some received prophetic messages from prophets. Regardless of the method, God always spoke to those He loved.
In the famous verse John 3:16, the bible tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” In Mark 9 Jesus (the Son of God) was transfigured in front of His disciples Peter, James and John. In verse 7 the bible says, “A cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: This is my son whom I love. Listen to him!” This was a new command from God, “Listen to Jesus”.
Often times as Jesus taught His disciples a profound Godly principal or insight He would say, “I tell you the truth.” These words were blessed by God the giver of truth. In this, Jesus gave us assurance we could rely on His words because He was God’s truth.
In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no mistake about it; Jesus is our way to the Father. God does still speak to us as He did in the past through dreams, visions, audio voice and prophets. But we can also be assured that we can listen to the wisdom of Jesus through the study of His words in the bible.
God’s truth dwells in Jesus and if we listen to Him this truth will be a constant guide directing our lives. If we listen to the message of Jesus the Christ, we will find our way back to God and strength to go the distance.
Even though Adam ignored God’s command, which brought sin along with death, we have an opportunity to listen to God’s new command. If we listen to Jesus we ourselves can obey the Father of creation and undo the curse of death and overcome the trap of sin in our lives.
When Jesus speaks are you listening?