Can you hear me now?
In the New Testament of our Bible there are two Greek words that represent the spoken word:
- “Logos” – The written word of God.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
- “Rhema” – The specific and personal action word of God
Matthew 14:28-29 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
So there are two different ways to hear God according to these words:
- One is to know and understand his thoughts and ideas
- The other is to receive a specific message for your life situation
Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
How do we get a better understanding of God’s Logos (Concepts, ideas, thoughts)
- One of the chief ways is by knowing the Bible better
- Another chief way to know God’s heart better is through prayer
Jeremiah 26:1-8 “Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the Lord: 2 “This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the Lord. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. 3 Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from their evil ways. Then I will relent and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.
4 Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you, 5 and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened), 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city a curse among all the nations of the earth.’”
7 The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the Lord. 8 But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, “You must die! 9 Why do you prophesy in the Lord’s name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?” And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.
Things to notice
- Jeremiah was faithful to communicate a message that he and God knew that the listeners would not hear.
- Jeremiah delivered the message without omitting a single thing that God told him to say
- The people only heard what they wanted to hear.
- They heard the Logos
- They did not hear the Rhema (personal message)
Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Jeremiah 18:1-12 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”
- First Jeremiah heard the word of the Lord
- Second Jeremiah Obeyed the word of the Lord
- Third Jeremiah Saw the picture that represented the message of the Lord
Different ways we can hear the word of God
- We hear his word in our spirit
- We see a picture that encapsulates God’s heart
- We need to be in a certain place
- We need to be obedient to something before he speaks
John 10:1-6 10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
This passage does not say the sheep
- Might hear his voice,
- Should hear his voice, or
- Could hear his voice…
- THEY KNOW HIS VOICE!