God... spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets.
Text: Hebrews 1:1
If you were to introduce God to your friends, how would you go about it? Would you begin with the attributes of God? Or would you begin with sharing personal blessings you have received?
To the author of Hebrews what stood out about God, as he pondered the matter of introducing his book, was that God spoke! He was not a God who remained aloof. He was not One who distanced Himself from His people! What a unique way of introducing God to his readers!
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke
in time past to the fathers by the prophets.”
Knowing that this statement of faith would arouse questions, the writer swiftly qualified his statement about how he believed God spoke to His people.
1. At various times
a) God not only spoke at various times.
b) But each time He spoke He gave a word that was important and urgent.
c) Thus He spoke to the patriarchs.
i) Abraham (Cf. Genesis 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 22)
ii) Isaac (Cf. Genesis 26)
iii) Jacob (Cf. Genesis 28, 35)
2. In various ways
a) Through special appearances (Cf. Genesis 12: 7).
b) Through dreams and visions (Cf. Genesis 15:12-16)
3. Through the prophets (Cf. Jeremiah 25:4; 26:5)
a) A prophet would claim that God had given him a word (Cf. Jeremiah 1:2, 4)
b) He would often preface his message with this phrase, “Thus says the LORD…” (Cf. Jeremiah 9:17, 23)
God had indeed spoken! But has mankind heard and responded appropriately?