What is in the Word of God?

earth from space - dark and light

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.

God's Word - Bible

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.

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Let there be light … the first day.

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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10 thoughts on “What is in the Word of God?

  1. Florence – powerful post and I’m sitting here trying to absorb it all. One of the things you pointed out was to be fruitful and multiply. In the bible study we just finished, we discussed this verse and I looked at it in a new light. I had always took it to mean multiply as in having children, but I think it also means to multiply the fruit for His kingdom.

    Blessings and thanks for linking up today.

    1. Amen. Bless you Joan, Bless you Amy. God is truly wonderful, we can never truly love Him fully because we can not know Him fully but our goal is to love Him as much as we physically can and praise Him and honour Him with all that is in us. This is what Deut. 6 is about “… and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart with all your strength”.

      Lord God, please help us to love you with every atom and fibre of our being, body, soul and spirit.

  2. Hi Florence,

    Forgive me for misunderstanding your comment on my blog; I didn’t realize you were telling me you wrote a post about it…I finally got it and I am thankful for your post as it is clear that God is revealing some deep truths to You about the power of His word. It made me think of Isaiah 55:10-11. God’s word will not return empty without accomplishing what He desires.

    May He continue to encourage you with His powerful words. Thanks for sharing.

  3. “What God says must come to pass, every stumble along the path is sacred bringing you closer to the transforming glory of God’s Power. Hold on to the Word given to you for it will not fail.”
    I love this quotation from your post. The path will never be smooth, but he is the one who fills the valleys and levels the mountains for us. We just have to hold on and in due season he will make all things beautiful for us. You are blessed.

    1. Amen.

      Thank you Kwame, it is good to trust, hope and wait on the Lord even though He refines us by fire, He promises so much good to those who continue to rest in Him. If only we could remain strong during those times of testing.

      Thank you for your comment, I greatly appreciate your words.

  4. Great Post! God stands Lord over His word. He said, “Let there be light…” and His word shall remain. We know that while heaven and earth will pass away His word will never pass away. He doesn’t have to speak those same words again every morning. He said it once and HIS WORD will remain. What awesome power!

    1. Hi Liz,

      thank you for commenting on this post. You are right, His Word will always remain, and this truth comforts me so much whenever I go through a dark place.

      Stay blessed and loved of Christ x

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