Monday, April 02, 2007

The Uniqueness of God's Word

I've posted previously about Nancy Ganz's commentary set for children that I have been using and I wanted to post another exceptional excerpt. If you are not familiar with theses books, you are missing out on fantastic lessons from the Bible for children and adults alike.
In the first book on Genesis, her first lesson is about the Word of God.
She teaches the children that we as people use words in different ways, three of which she lists as 1)Writing, 2)Speaking, and 3)Thinking. She then goes on to show the children what she means by each activity. After showing how humans use words, she explains that God also uses words in those three ways as well.
Nancy shows from the Bible how God's mind is the source for the Wisdom of God which is eternal. Next she discusses how the Word of God was also spoken by God as in passages like Hebrews 11:3 and Amos 4:13. And of course, then she teaches about how God gave us His written Word, starting with the giving of the Law on two stone tablets.
This is a great lesson already, but it's her final point that I found so striking, yet so easily passed over and forgotten.
I quote:
If you treasure God's Word in your hearts, you will have it forever, but it will also overflow to others. Out of this treasure you have stored in your hearts, God's love and truth and life will flow to other people. If you have treasured God's Word in your hearts, it will be part of you, in what you think and speak and write...and do! It will be a blessing for you and for others all the days of your life. God's Word will guard you and guide you until you reach heaven, until you see the Living One, who is called "The Word of God"(Revelation 19:13).
Who is this person called the Word of God? It is Christ Jesus, our Lord. You see God did one more thing with His Word, something that we cannot do with our words. We can think and speak and write and live our words, but God caused His Word to become flesh. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning...And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us"(John 1:1,2,14). God's Word became a Man, who walked in this world with us. God sent this Man to us, who was the Word of God incarnate. He was the highest expression of God's Word and the greatest expression of God's LOVE.

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