The Word of the Lord always comes with a specific purpose, which HE will fulfill.
Throughout the Bible– especially in the Old Testament–we read this phrase “The Word of the Lord (or of God) came to ….,” followed by the name of a person whom God had chosen to be His mouthpiece to announce a specific and Divine purpose. In the New Testament, we often read that the Holy Spirit spoke to a man or woman of God; e.g. Philip before meeting the eunuch from Ethiopia (Acts 8:29). We also find that the Word of God came through an angel of the Lord, as occurred with Philip in the same chapter (v.26). It came as well to Mary, the mother of Jesus when Gabriel came to her, announcing the astounding news of what the Lord was about to do (Luke 1:28-37). No matter who the mouthpiece was that the Lord used to announce His Word, It always disclosed a Divine Purpose that He Himself would surely fulfill. Let’s look at some examples in the Old Testament:
“The Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision …”
In Genesis 15:1, we read “…the Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision saying, ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.'” This is followed in verse 4 by, “And behold, the Word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘This man[Ishmael] shall not be your heir, but he who shall come from our own body.'” The verses following introduce and declare the Abrahamic Covenant, which the Lord Himself fulfilled.
” … the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel … through the Word of the Lord … “
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In I Samuel 3: 1, we see that “the Word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; there was no frequent or widely spread vision.” In verses 4-21, however, we see that the Voice of the Lord Himself came to Samuel and that “the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh through the word of the Lord.” (v.21) Purpose? “…the Word of the Lord through Samuel came to Israel … ” (II Sam.4:1). Although we don’t see Samuel’s name mentioned again until II Samuel 7:2, or read words from his mouth until v.3, we can safely surmise that the Word of the Lord came to Samuel to warn all of Israel of the consequences of worshipping foreign gods. It pleaded with them to return to the Lord and to direct their hearts to Him (v.3). Subsequently, Israel put away their idols and served the Lord only (v.4). In fact, they continued to plead with Samuel not to cease crying to the Lord for them (v.8). The Lord did it: “….the Lord has helped us.” (v.12)
” … the Word of the Lord came to Nathan … “
Likewise, the Davidic Covenant was introduced. II Samuel 7:4-17 tells us that “… the Word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, ‘Go and tell My servant David,’ … ” , and the declaration of the Davidic Covenant follows!
” … to Elijah … “
Then, in I Kings 18:1: ” … the Word of the Lord came to Elijah … “. This chapter recounts the meeting of Elijah with the 850 false prophets that proved that it is only the God of Elijah, the Living God, Who can withhold and bring rain. Exactly what the Word of the Lord announced to Elijah happened and the false prophets were put to shame. Elijah’s God was glorified! Once again, God’s eternal purpose was fulfilled after His Word came.
” … to Isaiah … ” and ” … to Jeremiah …”
In Isaiah 38:4-5, “The Word of the Lord came to Isaiah …”. The purpose: “Go, and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, … I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add 15 years to your life!'” Then, we read in Jeremiah 1:4-5, “Then the Word of the Lord came to me [Jeremiah], saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you…, and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you, and I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.'” In this case, the purpose of the Lord’s word was to affirm the prophet’s call. Many more times in this book, we read these words; in each instance, there is a unique and eternal purpose. In verses 6-19, the Lord imparts a Heavenly vision to the prophet; again, in Jeremiah 2:1, we read “And the Word of the Lord came to me … ” This time, God pleads through Jeremiah with Israel to “hear the Word of the Lord … “.
Finally, among the minor prophets, we see that the Word of the Lord came to Zephaniah (1:1), by Haggai (1:1; 2:1) to Israel, to Zechariah (1:1; 7:1; 8:1), and by Malachi (1:1) to God’s people. Now, the greatest of all the comings of the Word of the Lord….
The LIVING WORD of GOD came to US! (Luke 2:6-20)
And still the Word of the Lord comes to earth, into earthen vessels (II Cor.4:7), where it is stored, breathed upon by the Holy Spirit, and communicated to others as LIFE, through us! Click To Tweet
This is ADVENT. This word is translated from the Latin and means to “come into”. The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world–the Living Word of God made flesh (John 1:1; Rev.19:13)– to redeem us from the curse, dominion, and consequences of sin. Still, the Word of the Lord comes to earth into earthen vessels (II Cor.4:7); here it is stored, breathed upon by the Holy Spirit and communicated to others as LIFE, through us! It comes through messages from our pastors (Eph.4:11), through our individual studying of the Bible and through fellowship around it with each other. He sends it and it enters into us. The Word gives Light (Psa.119:105). It heals and delivers us (Psa.107;20). It leads and guides us (Psa.119:133). This unfathomably precious Word of God! One day, the Living Word of God will come for us in the clouds (I Thess.4:15-17)…. coming to us once again as He did some 2,000 years ago. This time, however, He comes to receive us as His Bride: an eternal purpose which has existed since Eternity Past– finally fulfilled in time!
Glory to God in the Highest!