Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music? How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message? – Orson Scott Card
Author Christopher Booker suggests there are only seven basic plots used in storytelling and that every story told from the beginning of time falls under one of these seven plots. If that’s true, isn’t it remarkable that scores of storytellers have creatively told new stories using the same seven bones? That’s remarkable creativity.
And yet, God is even more creative in His communicating.
He spoke directly with Adam and Eve. He spoke to Noah through a rainbow and communicated to Moses through a burning bush. He spoke to the high priests through the Urim and Thummim. He spoke via sermons through individuals and used prophets to represent Himself to the people. God is ubercreative as He reveals Himself.
Yet every time God spoke, He kept it incomplete. He never actually got to the end of His story. He always hinted at it, predicted it, but never stated it as clearly as was possible.
His words were great, but they could be – and would be – even better.
Hebrews 1:12 starts with this beautiful statement, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son … ”
What better way could God communicate with humankind? What could beat gardens and rainbows and prophets and priests?
Jesus. Jesus didn’t come simply as a prophet or a mouthpiece. He is God’s Word in the flesh. The Father desires relationship, and relationships demand communication. So God wrapped His Word in flesh and sent Him to walk among us.
Of all the ways God has chosen to speak, Jesus as God’s Word is best – a beautiful way to complete the greatest of stories.
Father, when I think of how much You desire communication with me, my heart is humbled. You sent Jesus so Your Word would be more than sound and more than words on a page, but the Word in the flesh. It’s glorious! Thank You! Amen.
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