Monday, December 16, 2019

Moses 4:30 -- On Words

"For as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my words cannot return void, for as they go forth out of my mouth they must be fulfilled."
Moses 4:30

This verse places a really high importance on God's words or statements.  To us, I think that seems a little bit strange, perhaps because we are so used to living in this world where verbal agreements are relatively worthless.  For God, it is clearly different.  What he says has power, and not just a CEO-type power where other people do what he says, but as we see with Jesus in the New Testament, "even the wind and the sea obey him" (Mark 4:41).

This verse reminds me of John 1 where it tells us "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1), and then later that "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).  The word in these verses is symbolic of Christ, but I'm guessing that words are the symbol for a reason... probably the idea of creation--that by saying something or expressing an intention, and then following through with it, something is brought to life.  And the thing is, God doesn't even have that following through step because there is no question as there is with us.  He says it, and it happens.

It's a good thing that in so many of God's statements there are exceptions and if clauses, giving us space to change... and space for God to be merciful. :)  Something to think on though, is the power of the word, whether it is God's spoken word, his gospel and his scriptures, or whether it is personified in Jesus Christ.  Perhaps today we can look at the way that we use words, and the impact they can have on the world around us, especially with belief and faith behind them, as it always is with God.  Let's work on being true to our word, and "the" word, especially in our dealings with God.

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