Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HEAR THAT?

Have you ever heard loud, powerful, shattering thunder?  Imagine hearing the wings of an army of eagles fly overhead.  Have you ever heard the crackle and sizzle of lightening as bolts attempt to find their mark?  Have you ever been in the company of a strong trumpet blast?  Imagine yourself standing beside Niagara Falls and hearing that deafening roar.  Have you ever been in a large crowd and just stopped and listened to the murmur of the mob?  Ever wonder what the voice of God sounds like?  The previous questions are Biblical descriptions of God's voice to get you thinking.

Even though in 1 Kings 19:11-13 the voice of the Lord is "a still small voice" or "a whisper", most of the encounters with God's voice leave you quite "shaken and stirred" (nod to 007).  God's voice has been linked in Scripture to the breaking of Cedars, the shaking of the desert, the twisting of the oak, the shattering of Assyria, speaking from a cloud, and even the dead hearing His voice. 

Most of us have associated a god-like voice with a good baritone or smooth bass voice, compliments of the movies and t.v. (i.e. James Earl Jones and the like).  If you were one of the individuals who lived during the time of Christ you actually got to hear the voice of God in human form.  They heard the Word of God, the Logos, made flesh, speak.  That which Father God uttered as words before creation, now was flesh and speaking.  Wow!  Get your mind around that!

The locations and descriptions of the voice of God that were alluded to above and more are listed below.

  • "Speaking to him form between the two cherubim..." - Nu. 7:89
  • "spoke to you out of the fire." - Dt. 4:12
  • Discipline related - Dt. 4:36
  • "a loud voice" - Dt. 5:22
  • "resounded" - 2 Sam. 22:14
  • "roar of His voice" - Job 37:2
  • "majestic" - Job 37:4
  • "thunders in marvelous ways" - Job 37:5
  • "is powerful" - Psalm 29:4
  • "breaks the cedars" - Psalm 29:5
  • "strikes with flashes of lightning" - Psalm 29:7
  • "shakes the desert" - Psalm 29:8
  • "twists the oak" - Psalm 29:9
  • "mighty" - Ps. 68:33
  • "will shatter Assyria" - Isa. 30:31
  • "sound of their wings was like the voice of the Almighty" - Eze. 1:24
  • "was like the roar of rushing waters" - Eze. 43:2
  • "was like the sound of a multitude" - Dan. 10:6
  • "a voice from the cloud" - Matt. 17:5
  • "the bridegroom's voice" - John 3:29
  • "all who are in their graves will hear His voice" - John 5:28 (Wow!)
  • Gives intructions - Acts 10 and 11
  • "the voice of the archangel" - 1 Thess. 4:16
  • "trumpet blast" - Hebrews 12:19
  • Heaven and earth will be shaken by His voice - Hebrews 12:29
  • From heaven while on a mountain - 2 Peter 1:18
  • Trumpet like - Rev. 1:10
  • Rushing Waters - Rev. 1:15
Zephaniah 3:17 says, "...he will rejoice over you with singing."  Talk about The Voice! (Reference to t.v.singing program that searches for The Voice)   And He is singing over you!