The Lord God has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He awakens me and opens my understanding to His will.(Isaiah 50:4)
When talking about God’s word, there are two Greek words. There’s Logos, which refers to Jesus Christ or the Bible, and there’s Rhema, God’s personal, spoken words or commands. Logos is more about God’s self-revelation or expression. Christ is called the Word of God because He is God the Son, the perfect image and expression of God the Father; the Bible is called the Word of God because He reveals Himself to humanity through it with authority. Rhema, on the other hand, refers more to the spoken words that God speaks directly to us, and that’s what He’s showing us today!
The Pharisees and Sadducees come to Jesus demanding miracles to prove His authority (even though He’s literally been doing nothing but miracles for years but, ok). Instead, Jesus condemns their hard hearts and lack of understanding; they’re rejecting the miracles He’s already done and asking for more! He leaves with His disciples to Caesarea Philippi. On the way, Jesus warns them to stay away from the evil “yeast” of the Pharisees, talking about their bad influence. Of course, the disciples think He’s talking about the leftover bread they forgot to take from His last miracle. Frustrated, Jesus rebukes them for their lack of understanding and hard hearts; like the religious leaders, they weren’t seeing what His miracles were saying about Him! Once they arrive, Jesus asks them what people are saying about Him and gets some wacky answers (like a prophet from hundreds of years ago reincarnated!?). He turns the question on them, and Peter steps up to say that He is the Messiah, the Son of God! Realizing that the Father revealed this to Peter, Jesus blesses him, saying that He’s going to build His Church on that truth and make Peter His official representative, giving him the keys to the Kingdom.
God’s word is powerful! When He speaks, things come into existence (Psalm 33:6), reality is held together (Hebrews 1:3), hidden truths are revealed (Jeremiah 33:3), troubled hearts are calmed (Philippians 4:6-7), and even the dead are brought back to life (John 11:43)! As our Father, God wants to speak life, truth and encouragement to us; He wants His children to receive and trust in His life-giving, sustaining word! When Isaiah prophesies against Judah, he says God is going to punish them because they’ve disregarded and even hated His word (Isaiah 5:24)! God loves to speak things like reassurance and comfort to those He loves, giving us a word of hope right when we really need it.
To those who receive the Father’s words and live in them, He sends them to share that hope with others who are hurting or needy! When Peter had faith in what God revealed to Him about who Jesus is, Jesus promised him that not only would He build the Church on his testimony, but He would even give Peter authority to represent Him and His authority (Matthew 16:16-19)! Paul says that we’re comforted and loved by the Father so we can be channels of that love and comfort to hurting people like us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). That’s the whole purpose of the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:3)! Our Father’s words to us becomes the reservoir we draw from when He leads us to love others!
- Our heavenly Father’s heart is to speak words of empowerment and wisdom and truth to His children out of love and tender compassion for us! The comfort, strength, revelation and wisdom that comes from His words builds us up and heals us, lighting up our very souls! We even become vessels of the healing and strength to others; He teaches us how to comfort the weary and encourage the poor by doing it to us! So what’s God saying to you in this season? Where is He speaking truth, correction, healing, or encouragement in your life? Who’s He sending you to?
It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.‘(Matthew 4:4)