The God Who Speaks

Part One of the Christmas in a Word Series


 
THE GOD WHO SPEAKS

I would like to share with you the story of Christmas. And I would like to start at the beginning. According to the Scriptures, the story of Christmas does not begin in Bethlehem. Nor does it begin with Mary and Joseph or the angelic announcements. The story of Christmas begins long ago, long before the world was even created. The story of Christmas begins with a word. Not a word, but the Word – the very Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

We learn from Genesis that in the beginning, God spoke. And so one of the first things the Bible teaches us about God is that He is a God who speaks. God spoke, and the world was created. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God said, “Let there be sky,” and there was sky. God spoke, and the dry land appeared and brought forth vegetation. He spoke again, and the sun, moon and stars appeared in joyful obedience to his command. Again God’s voice thundered forth, and the waters teemed with living creatures; birds flew above the earth in the sky. On the sixth day God spoke again; he created the wild animals, the livestock, and all the creatures that move along the ground.

“Does God speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) When God speaks, it happens. God spoke, and creation came to be. That is the power of God’s Word. That is the power of He who is called the Word of God. Light, sky, water, land, sun, moon and stars, creatures in the sea, creatures in the air, creatures on the land – all of creation was brought forth by the powerful, creative, sustaining Word of God. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6) “In the beginning was the Word . . . through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1,3)

And yet as we read the opening chapters of Genesis we discover that God worked differently when it came to creating humans. Yes, he still spoke. God said: “Let us make man.” (Genesis 1:26) But then we also read that “the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and breathed life into him.” (Genesis 2:7) When God created man, He got personal. God, who is spirit, He who has no form or body, got his hands dirty and fashioned man out of the dust of the ground. Instead of the Word of God simply speaking, we see He who is the Word getting into the physical dust of the universe to create man. This is perhaps the first clue, the very faintest foreshadowing of the incarnation that we celebrate at Christmas.

Next: God’s Good Gift of Speech

2 Comments

  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    Hooray for a new series!! I will be reading daily and learning, as I always do, when I read your thoughts. Thanks for the observation today that God “touched” us when He made us in a unique fashion.

  2. Cherelle says:

    WOW!!! I never looked at it that way before.

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