2 Kings 17:13 (ESV) — Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets.”
One time when I was younger, I sat in a conference beside a prominent pastor. I knew who he was, but he definitely did not know who I was. I did not say anything to him because I didn’t want to act in awe or “fanboy” over him being beside me. I didn’t want to bother him. But he didn’t say anything to me either.
I thought to myself about being in that position as a prominent pastor in a room with other pastors and ministry leaders. Would I keep to myself and ignore the people around me? Or would I be personable and communicate with people? My answer: I would want to talk with and get to know others around me.
Our passage today reminds us that the Lord, the One high and lifted up above all peoples, communicates to us. God speaks. His Word is a gift to us. The Bible is His revelation about His nature, works, and ways. In the passage we see that the Lord warned His people through the prophets. The warnings were to turn from evil and obey His commandments and statutes He revealed to them.
God speaks. His Word is His revelation to us about His desires for our lives. Notice the word “warned” in the text. God doesn’t suggest, He commands. His Word becomes warning if we neglect it or ignore it. The Word of God is inspired by God. Yes, men wrote as they were carried by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1), but no prophet or messenger speaks their own opinions. God speaks through His servants to reveal His will to us. Our task is to listen and obey. We want to hear His Word and act on it. That pleases God.
Reflection & Journal:
Why is it such a gift that God speaks through His Word?
What are some things you’ve learned about God or yourself through the Bible?
What regular practice of Bible reading are you doing, or could you do, for growing in knowledge of God’s Word?