Of The Holy Scriptures
Chapter 1, Paragraph 1
“Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that His will unto his Church;…”
Hebrews 1:1. How did God speak long ago?
God has revealed some attributes of Himself in creation, yet that is not enough revelation to bring us to a saving faith. However, He is not an impersonal, distant God content to leave us with little knowledge of Himself. Before the Scriptures were collected, God showed His splendor and majesty to various people.
Sometimes He spoke directly to particular individuals: Abraham was told by God to leave his country and go to a land the Lord would show him. Sometimes He appeared in dreams: the Lord appeared to Jacob in a dream and said He would give the land Jacob slept on to his descendants. He spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, and passed by Elijah when he was in the cave.
Sometimes He declared His will through prophets. The nation of Israel learned how it was to be ruled through the prophet Moses. Elijah, Isaiah, Jonah, Jeremiah and other prophets spoke the words the Lord gave them, revealing more of God’s attributes and His will towards His people.
It is awesome to think of God revealing Himself in these ways to His people. And yet these prophecies and revelations were only pieces of a puzzle completed by Scripture.
Questions to consider:
- Is there a better way to learn about God and His truth than by visions and prophecy?
- Do you find yourself longing for visions more than you do the Word of God?