by Tim Hall
Has God stopped talking to people?
The common perception is that God stopped communicating with humanity millennia ago. When John put down his pen after completing the Apocalypse, a long period of silence from heaven commenced. Is this perception correct?
Jesus’ response to the Sadducees gives insight on this question. Part of his answer is recorded in Matthew 22:31,32: “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (NKJV).
The words Jesus quoted were from Exodus 3:6. God identified himself to Moses as being the God of Abraham and all of his descendants. To whom did God speak in this passage? Everyone knows the answer: He spoke to Moses.
Jesus, however, goes further by saying to the Sadducees that God’s statement “… was spoken to you.” Though this misguided sect lived 1,500 years after Moses’ encounter with God, the words spoken from the burning bush were still true. The Sadducees were still responsible for heeding these words.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God …” wrote Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16. “Inspiration” means “God-breathed”. The breath of God gave life to Adam’s newly created body of flesh (Genesis 2:7). This same breath gives life to the words of scripture. Though written centuries ago, the words are still alive.
Here’s another statement of this truth: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). No other book can make such claims. No other book is God-breathed.
My physical ears have never heard God’s voice. My heart hears it, though, every time I open the pages of this amazing book. God is not silent. He still speaks to all who will listen.
“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
by Tim Hall