Chapter 1 – Knowing The Voice Of God

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Prove by Scripture that God speaks to men and women.
  • Explain the relationship between knowing God’s voice and determining His will.
  • Distinguish between the “rhema” Word of God and the “logos” Word of God.
  • Explain what is meant by the “will of God.”

INTRODUCTION

The title of this course, “Knowing God’s Voice,” implies several things:

First:             That there is a God.
Second:        That He communicates with man.
Third:            That man can recognize His voice when He speaks.
Fourth:          That God has something to say.

Let us examine each of these statements:

First:   This course is based upon the truth that there is a God who is revealed to man through the written record of His Word, the Holy Bible.

Second:   The Bible is the inspired written record of God’s communication to man. It details the ways which God spoke to man and the response of individuals and nations to the voice of God. The Bible often repeats the phrase “. . . and the Lord said” and incidents where He spoke to man. This confirms that God communicates with men and women.

For an example, read the story of Balaam in Numbers chapter 22. God spoke to Balaam, but he refused to listen. God wanted to communicate to this man so much that He actually resorted to using a donkey. Balaam was:

. . . rebuked for his iniquity; the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad
the madness of the prophet. (II Peter 2:16)

Third:   The Bible verifies that believers can know the voice of God. Jesus said:

I am the good shepherd and know my sheep , and am known of mine. . .

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. . . (John 10:14,16,27)

Fourth:   God has something important to say to mankind. We are warned:

Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith), Today if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness. . .

While it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. . . (Hebrews 3:7,15)

The “temptation in the wilderness” and the “provocation” (provoking) of God mentioned in these verses refer to the disobedience of the nation of Israel.

After Israel was delivered from Egyptian captivity, they repeatedly disobeyed when God spoke to them. In these verses God warns us to respond when He speaks and not disobey as Israel did.

The phrase “today, if ye will hear His voice,” confirms that God still speaks to men in present times just as He did in times past. The warning to listen confirms that what He has to say is important.

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.