As we go into this New Year, there will be many voices coming to us, but the one that we do not want to ignore is God’s. Which crowd will you be in when he speaks; the ones who hear him or those who hear that of an angel or maybe those who only hear thunder?
“Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. (John 12:28-29)”
The Jews often call a voice from heaven or a voice which seems to come from no seeable person: “bath kol” or “bat kol”; which means “the daughter of the voice” and this voice is found in many verses of scripture starting in Genesis.
Throughout Jewish tradition it has been recognized that God has spoken to his people through his prophets (and in other ways). It is said that God’s direct voice is super-sensible and that the only way any man can hear his voice, is if God himself manifests his voice in a different way so that it can be heard. Therefore, the Jewish teachers try to…
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