Chased by The Voice
It was wondrous for the Creator to reveal a spoken word to man. Adam and his wife knew the sound of His audible speech. When the first couple heard Him in the garden, they listened for the movement of His voice. His living words were stepping through the garden in the cool of the day. They recognized Him by the sound of His speech.
Even after they were expelled from Eden’s paradise, the Creator continued to speak. He conveyed a flood warning to Noah. He nudged Abraham to enter His covenant. He directed Hagar to nurture Ishmael. He pronounced specific promises to Isaac and Jacob. He gave Rebekah an explanation. He ordered Moses into action. Every conversation was sacred.
When the Holy One spoke succinctly to an individual, the details of the interchange were not always clear in scripture. The Bible did not reveal how the conversation occurred. A person either heard His audible voice, perceived an inner voice, or understood a mental impression. In nearly ever case, however, humans knew that Elohim was communicatingwith them.
The prophet Isaiah expands on the concept of Elohim speaking, and suggests that He will pursue man with His voice. His voice will chase His people until they listen to Him. “… your Teacher will no longer hide himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right and to the left” (Isaiah 30:20-21).
Hearing Him is not passive. Focusing the ear is a discipline which calls for kavanah or intentionality. If we make our ear attentive to wisdom, as Proverbs 2:2 advises, we will hear Him.
Published April 12, 2018