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God Is Still Speaking!
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, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (Hebrews 1:1,2)
The opening line in Hebrews 1:1-2, seems to cut right to the point, referencing how man heard from God, and it should be no surprise that God spoke to man in various manners through other men, speaking to old patriarchs by the prophets. Men who no doubt had an encounter with the Creator whom seemingly needed to get a message to the world. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and many others were men that heard from God. They received direction from God, who used them to bring forth His desires in the earth; each encounter connecting to God’s unfolding ideas. Even when we take a glimpse at Moses and the instruction he received regarding the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, it was the interaction with God’s voice that this key statement unveils the purpose for which God spoke unto him: “And see that you make them after their pattern, which was shown you on the mount” (Ex.25:40). What we can take from God’s speaking to man, is that HE specifies the purpose for which He speaks.
Because of Adam’s disobedience, darkness came upon the earth in the form of alienation and separation from God, so much so, the very thing needed to set “Adam” free, is the very thing Adam and the Woman feared: God’s voice (Gen.3:8). When Adam fell from light into darkness, he immediately sought out another way to make himself appear as acceptable before God by employing his own man-made effort of sewing fig leaves together to produce a covering for his nakedness (see Gen. 3:7). God had to address this by removing the fig leaves and providing “coats of skin” (Gen.3:21). Prophetically, God had to unfold His message to mankind that a “better way” was coming, speaking unto them, “…line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little…,” (see Isaiah 28:10-13).
I write, compelling you to see the wonderful truth that God has always wanted to speak to man, and He has always spoken to man (male and female). Man is the masterpiece of God, capable of thinking, speaking, imagining; man is made in the very image and likeness of God, making him the highest form of created things upon the face of the earth. God spoke to man signifying the quest of God to commune with His created son. God is a talker and in Genesis we are introduced to His voice…and God said!
In this we can find great comfort, because the God that spoke to Moses from the burning bush on Mt Moriah, is the same God that desires to speak to us today; but in this last day (The Day of Christ) He speaks to us through His Son. Jesus the Christ, The Great Shepherd, the Son given unto us, to deliver, to save and to set free, is now speaking into our hearts a new and living way as the voice of God walking in our gardens, to bring us back in union and fellowship with God the Father through the voice of His Son. Hebrews is a beautiful book, the scroll that points to “better things” whose authoring is unknown, speaking specifically and candidly of how God is talking to us, the church, the bride, the holy city, and the sheep. We hear by way of the Son. It is not a Baptist voice, neither is it a Pentecostal voice, or a Catholic voice, it is the voice of THE SON OF GOD. Jesus Christ is our King, Priest and Prophet all contained in one person, one divine head, and He is our Author and Finisher, bringing us ever so close to the seat of God’s authority, speaking unto us as the Word made flesh.
Many gather in their places of worship Sunday after Sunday, and yet it is a sad testament, for they do not hear THE VOICE OF THE SON. To appreciate emphasis of the voice of the Son highlighted in Hebrews 1:1-2, we must journey back to the voice of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day to have fellowship with Adam. I believe this was a natural, yet supernatural occurrence, where God met with Adam. Adam (male and female) were created for fellowship, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."—1 John 1:3.
Adam was placed in sphere of rule that showcased the glory of God, and Adam was to follow in the footsteps of obedience, fellowshipping with God that empowered them to rule in five dimensions, which I define as “The Garden Commission.”
1. Be Fruitful - bringing forth
2. Multiply - having authority
3. Replenish the earth - to be full
4. Subdue the earth - to overcome
5. Have dominion - to rule
For more understanding please read my article entitled, “The Garden Commission,” it is through the voice of God that the above is released into the life of every follow of God. Adam in their un-fallen state was granted union with His Creator and had access to all that He created with the exception of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (food unto death). When Adam fell prey to his act of disobedience as type and shadow of authority in and over his house (a.k.a. The Garden), he lost his communion with God, meaning;-he removed himself from the presence of God. His ability to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and to have dominion had become diminished, because he was out of fellowship, and that which was suppose to compel him to greater levels of worship and releasing expression of the invisible God; had become tainted with sin and death. The VOICE OF GOD was now something to be revered, so much so, he and the woman HID THEMSELVES.
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8 KJV).
Adam was shaking in his body, because the voice that was inviting, and welcoming, to him had become something he needed to hide from. Note, the Bible teaches that God is a God that changes not, however when a change in how God is showcased unto us, is related to the carnal mind and its sin laced perception of God. When we stop to consider when Moses was in the mount receiving the law of God, God spoke to Moses using His Voice, however the children of Israel had a different view of God: “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off” (Ex.20:18).
The children of Israel were afraid, and because of this fear, they viewed God as being set to destroy them. Adam was no different, the VOICE that was inviting and welcoming, had become his dread, and in hiding, Adam and his wife subjected themselves to a false identity now un-worthy of hearing or even being in God’s presence. How many times in our day, do we deprive ourselves from communing with God, because of a spirit of condemnation? The Hebrew word “hid themselves” is chaba (pronounced Kwah-baw’) means to withdraw, to hide, to conceal, to draw back, to become harden, to become a secrete (synonymous with bury). Adam became something in awareness that God had not placed on him. In hiding, Adam became masked, altogether someone else, who stated when he was summons by God in Genesis 3:9, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Men today are no different, for when the voice of God is heard, men hide. They hide behind their professions, their wealth, their good deeds, their religious institutions, their vain titles, their accomplishments, their assets, their family name…they simply hide behind anything that makes them feel good enough to approach God. Adam was out of place, just as men and women are out of place today, because they are afraid of THE VOICE OF GOD!
In this last day, which began on that first Pentecost so long ago, God assured us that He will speak, and in speaking HE will speak by THE SON. The voice of the Son, is one of invitation, saying, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt.11:28). The voice of the Son calls us out of hiding, out of that hardened place saying, “…7To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation” (Hebrews 3:7-15).
The voice of The Son as King, Prophet, and Priest, is calling unto the man, woman, boy and girl to come out from among them that are dead in sins and in trespasses, not just in the world, but even in the church, take off those old grave clothes and be joined to the life of The Son!
In the days gone by, God spoke through those temporal voices of kings, prophets and priest, but now He speaks through His mighty trumpet, The Son! He speaks freedom from the curse of the law of sin and death. He speaks to us to rise up, challenging death, hell and the grave saying, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (see I Cor.15:55). It is through the voice of the Son that we can know liberty and true victory, for whom THE SON sets free by HIS VOICE grace filled voice is FREE INDEED!
Break free from Alcohol!
Break free from Homosexuality!
Break free from Drug Addiction!
Break free from Depression!
Break free from Rebellion and Witchcraft!
Break free from Poverty, Sickness and Disease!
Break free from the Guilt of Sin!
Freedom is available in our ability to hear the VOICE OF THE SON!