And Said God…
The graphic attached to this post comprises the Hebrew for the beginning of Genesis 1:3, (read from right to left וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים) translated into English we find our title, “And said God.” My understanding of the Hebrew language is about as polished as an unruly first grader’s manners. I can barely make out the sounds of each letter of the Aleph-Bet let alone dive into interpretation. For this reason, this article is not about the Hebrew language but it is about three words that were first uttered, and recorded, in some form of Paleo-Hebrew. וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, vi yomer Elohem, And said God.
It is important to understand that the word of God is creative in it’s very nature. In short, God speaks things happen. There is no better evidence of this than the account of creation in Genesis 1. God spoke to nothing, and something came from it. Everything we know, and see, today, has resulted from the days of organized chaos where God created the most minuscule cells and colossal stars so far away from Earth their light still hasn’t graced our celestial vantage. The thunderous voice of the Almighty God that brings peace like no other is the ultimate trump card.
We know that when God spoke during creation that things happened, and universes resulted, but what does this matter to you and me? Well, this matters a lot actually. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” The English Standard Version says it like this, “All Scripture is breathed out by God…” the Amplified Bible, “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration).” So your Bible is the result of inspiration due to the breath of God. Sounds a bit like Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” The breath of God allowed Adam to live, your Bible is the result of the breath of God. We can see here that the breath of God creates life, and your Bible is the living word of God.
Contrary to popular thought, the Bible is not an antiquated cannon of meaningless words studied by right-wing fanatics. The Bible has survived thousands of years through good times and bad. If you want to be blown away study the history of the Bible and you will see just how much of a miracle, it is that you own one today. If history and ideology had their way, the Bible would have vanished before the first Bible was ever wrapped in leather. To date, there are some 24,650 ancient manuscripts of the Bible in various languages. Scientists have determined that the most reliable ancient literature today is Homer’s Iliad; there are 643 known manuscripts. The Bible has 38 times the amount of manuscripts as the most reliable piece of ancient literature yet it is not reliable… I digress.
If your Bible is the breathed word of God and we know that the word of God is creative in it’s very nature, then we can quickly deduce that your Bible is creative. Why is this important? Allow me to ask it this way; what do you need changed in you life? Every time you read the Bible you are not simply reading words on a page, you are reading the spoken word of God. This might not seem revolutionary at the moment, but this is because we do not approach the Bible with a preconceived expectation. God knows his words are creative, so when he speaks it is pointed. Example, Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” God knew something was going to be created when he spoke, so he spoke light. The same power in the words that were spoken at creation are living on the pages of someone’s dust sealed Bible.
Here is the point, God spoke light, and he breathed life. Your Bible is the word of God that has creative properties. Often we suppress the ability of the God’s desires because we do not expect Him to do so. In order for the word of God to make a change in your life, and create something new, you have to do something that defies conventional understanding. So-called experts today say the Bible is rhetoric on a page, and cannot be believed, the irony of this is they explain so on the pages of their books, which of course you must believe. You must believe the Bible for the Bible to have any effect in your life.
So we believe the Bible, no what? Now we read the truths of the Bible and wait for God to do something marvelous. You see, the sad fact is God is always speaking whether through the Bible, people or straight to you. Awhile back I read a quote by C.S. Lewis that humbled and slightly scared me. He said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains… it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” God is speaking you to today, can you hear him? Have we allowed the noise of our stubbornness to mute out God? What has God said today that could change whatever problem we might have, but we were too busy to listen?
The Bible is 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses, 783,137 words, and 3,116,480 letters. Seems like a lot, right? Here is the joy, Jesus cast out a demon possessed man in Matthew 8:32 with only one of those words and only two of those letters, “Go.” I ask you again, what do you need changed in your life? The Bible is the word of God; it creates something new. When you combine the power of the word with the expectation of your faith, you will see changes in your life, period.
I guess it’s time to read the Bible, eh?