IMAGINE hearing God’s voice! Moses did (Numbers 1:1). Scripture gives little indication of what that experience was like, but it does say that the Lord spoke to Moses “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” – Exodus 33:11. For those who wish that God would speak to them directly, He has: through the Bible.
The Bible claims to be from God. Though its words were written down by people, they are words that God has spoken. Throughout the first five books of the Bible, Moses states again and again that he is presenting what God said to him (Exodus 24:4). Likewise, Moses declares that the Law was revealed to him by God (Exodus 25:1, Leviticus 1:1; Numbers 1:1; Deuteronomy 1:6). In fact, the phrase “the Lord spoke to Moses” is repeated thirty-three times in Leviticus alone. And the NT affirms Moses’ insistence that his commandments came from God:
- Jesus used the words “God spoke” in citing the incident of the burning bush (Mark 12:26).
- Both Jesus and the Pharisees acknowledged the authority of the Law as coming from God (Matthew 19:4–7; John 9:29).
- Stephen cited Moses’ writings as God’s words (Acts 7:6).
- Peter indicated that Moses and the other prophets “spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:21; (compare Hebrews 1:1).
God spoke clearly to Moses. He has likewise spoken clearly to us, through His written Word, the Bible. Countless Jews and Christians down through history have preserved His message since it was given. Many have spent their careers and even their lives to make it available to us today. The Bible has been banned, burned, and, to some, supposedly “debunked,” yet still its truth stands. It remains the test of orthodoxy for all who claim to be of God or speak of God’s ways.