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The God Who is Not Silent (Hebrews 1.1)

The God Who is Not Silent (Hebrews 1.1)

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Published by Domenic Marbaniang
Teaching on Hebrews 1:1
Theology of Revelation
Teaching on Hebrews 1:1
Theology of Revelation

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THE GOD WHO IS NOT SILENT
(Hebrews 1:1)
Domenic Marbaniang
ave you ever felt as if Godhas been silent in your life? You hear people saying thatthey have heard from the Lord; but,personally, you wonder what that would mean? How does God speak? Do people hearHim in an audible voice? How did Hespeak to Adam, or to Noah, or to Abraham? How does He speak today?Of course, it would only be mythicalto suppose that He spoke in oldertimes, but doesn't speak today? God must be unchanging. Well, we have good news. Our God has spoken and is speaking to us eventoday. The only thing we need to note is to learn to listen and to obey. TheBook of Hebrews in the Bible teaches us that.It opens with this statement:
Heb 1:1
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past tothe fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2
has in these last days spoken to us by His Son
 
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He Spoke To the Fathers
In fact, He has been speaking since the first day of creation. The Bible says inPsalm 33:6 that the heavens were made by the Word of the Lord. It also saysin 2Pet 3:5 that the heavens of old and the earth standing in the water and outof the water were by the Word of God. He spoke light into existence. The sun,the moon, and the stars flung into their orbits by the power of His word. By His word, He made the beautiful blue sky, the green and grassy land, the treesof the forests, the beautiful flowers, the buzzing bees and the colorful butterflies, the chirping sparrows and the jolly elephants, the playful dolphinsand the oceans’ whales, they all sprang into being and received their ownunique forms by the word that He said.This world is the handiwork of the word of God. Therefore, the Psalmist criesout “The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display His marvelouscraftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silentin the skies; yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words toall the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4, NLT). If one would only lift his eyes to thestarry skies and behold those glittering lights which stud the heavens, one would be filled with wonder at the glory and splendor of the One who createdthem all by His Word. He spoke the world into existence. What power thatcould swirl this giant galactic universe into its set of orbs and orbits! Theancients trembled at the prospect of hearing the voice of God, for they knew that it was stronger than the sound of many waters. And when He did speak tothe fathers, they marveled “Who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?”(Deut. 5:26).There are a few things that the writer of Hebrews mentions to us with regardto God’s speaking in the Old Testament.
 
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By the Prophets
Firstly, it is clear here that God did not speak directly to everyone. He spoke tothe fathers by the prophets. That was one reason why people in the OldTestament had to consult the prophets in order to know what God’s will was.Peter tells us that these prophets did not speak by their own will or by the willof any man, but spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2Pet.1:21).
The Essence of God's Communication
Secondly, though not directly stated here, we must ask what God was inessence communicating through these prophets. The answer is found inHebrews chapter 4:2. The gospel that was preached to us was also preached tothem. Peter explains: “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired andsearched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you”(1Pet.1:10). They prophesied of the grace that we now experience in JesusChrist; even as Paul writing to Titus says “The grace of God that bringssalvation has appeared to all men” (Tit.2:11). The prophets testified of JesusChrist for “the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when Hetestified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that wouldfollow.” (v.11). Therefore, it is said that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev.19:10) and John could boldly write “of His fullness we have allreceived, and grace for grace” (Jn.1:16).
Bit at a Time
But, we also note, thirdly, that this testimony to the fathers was not given allat once, or at a single time. It came at various times, in other words, was givena bit at a time. The Greek word translated “various times” is
polumeros
whichmeans “in many portions” or “in many parts”, implying a spreading over along span of time. Many of the prophecies that God spoke through theprophets were a great mystery to these prophets themselves. We are told thatthey inquired and searched carefully and minutely in order to know what thissalvation which they prophesied was all about. The things that the Spirit of 

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