The Word of His Power
Earlier this year I watched a documentary on YouTube entitled God of Wonders (link given below) where I heard a particular scripture which made me stop and think but which didn’t germinate I guess until now. The scripture is Hebrews 1:3 but the emphasis is on the emboldened and underlined text.
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
I must confess that at the time of hearing this scripture I was confused, if it had read “upholding all things by the power of His word” I would have understood it, as I know that God’s Word has power but, this wording suggests to me that God’s Word is power.
The last words of Genesis 2:3 are usually translated as “which God created and made” past tense, however, the Hebrew (asher bara Elohim la’asot) literally means “which God created to do” ongoing intention to work. So what does this mean, did God simply create an ongoing list of to do things? Yes and no. The Bible tells us that God completed all His work in six days and rested on the seventh (Gen 2: 1-2) but the Bible also tells us that although the work was completed in the natural, there was still a power at work that enables creation to make and do and create of and in itself.
If we think about God’s Words at creation we see that He says, “let there be light“ instead of “there is light” or “there was light” and God says to Man, “be fruitful and multiply” instead of “you are/will be fruitful”. Why does God use these words and not the others? I believe that it is because God’s Word is not like our own voice where any strength and energy of our speech fades with the last word we speak. God’s Word is power, and as I learnt a long time ago in physics, energy can not be destroyed but only changes, so God’s Word at creation still stands today and the words He used must also be meaningful to you and I right now. Time started with God’s Word (Genesis 1:3-5):
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
and since those Words were spoken, the wheels of time have never ceased bar one incident, and any given moment is past, present and future.
And we can go even deeper when we look at God’s own name, YHVH is very closely linked to the verb to be, just these four letters can be used to write all tenses of the verb to be hayah, hoveh, yihyeh (was, is, will be). In Deuteronomy 6:4, we have the Shema, which reads, “Hear O Israel, the LORD is God, the LORD is One”. Although, the first is has been taken out in some translations of the Bible, we can verify the accuracy of this translation by going to the Hebrew which reads Šĕmaʿ Yisrāʾel YHVH Ĕlōhênû YHVH eḥād, where we can see that the four letter name of God takes the place of “LORD is” both times, this is because the name of God literally means HE IS (Yah Hoveh) Yah IS (past, present and future). HalleluYah. But, how does this relate to God’s Word? Well, I see it as meaning that if God IS (past, present and future) then every Word He utters is powerful and sustaining throughout all ages. Seasons may change, people grow old and die and the earth will wear away but His Word will not pass away nor fail.
At times my husband and I would think about what would happen if God just stopped speaking, I envisioned reality ceasing to be, all knowledge and memory of it erased. It has never been. But this theory implies that God needs to keep on speaking to hold everything in balance, on reflection I don’t believe this is the case. God’s Word is power, it goes out and does what it is meant to do and returns. Once is enough. Let me tell you why this revelation is so encouraging to me and why it should also encourage you.
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