Gems From Genesis: "By the Word of the Lord"

 

Gems From Genesis: "By the Word of the Lord"

 

According to the evolutionary paradigm, it took millions of years of trial and error to “create” everything in the universe; but the Bible tells us a very different story – God spoke, and it was done!  Notice how often words referring to speech are used in Genesis1.  (“God said,” vs. 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 29; “God called,” vs. 5, 8, 10; “God blessed,” vs. 22, 28.)  This truth is affirmed throughout Scripture.  Note the following examples (bold added for emphasis):

             

“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. ..For he spake, and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast.” (Ps. 33: 6, 9)

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God… “(Heb. 11; 3)

             

By the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:5-7)

So we see, our world was created and is being kept by the active, authoritative word of God. What power there is in His word! But the word of God is not just sound waves moving through the air - nor is it just ink on a page. The Word is a Person - living and active:

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son...by whom also he made the worlds..." (Heb. 1:1-2)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. …And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1-3, 14)

The Word is still speaking – still creating “new creatures in Christ” (2 Cor 5:17); still “upholding all things by the word of His power” (Heb 1:3); still leading His flock (John 10:27-28), teaching, correcting, reproving, training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16), and cleansing from sin (Eph 5:26).  Oh, that He would open our ears to hear Him more clearly – as we gaze at a beautiful sunrise, as we meditate on the words written on the pages of our Bibles, and as we wait for His still small voice speaking deep in our hearts.  May we like Samuel say, “Speak; for they servant heareth.” (1 Sam 4:10)

 

By Mary Jo Nutting

 

This was published as an article in the November/December 2007 Think and Believe.

 

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