Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
Let’s talk about the word “Word.” As I mentioned in an earlier post, Jesus is quoting Moses from Duet 8:3. In the original text the word “Word” does not even exist. But here, Matthew puts a word on it. The word he chooses is “rhema.” This is a Greek word that means the spoken word as distinct from the written word of God which usually is described as “logos” or some form thereof.
Sorry if I am getting too technical here, but hang in there for just a minute and I think you will see where I am going.
As I said the other day in my post “Don't Neglect the Infrastructure” the written Word of God is the basis for all of our understanding of God. Its importance cannot be overstated.
That said, I want to demonstrate today the importance of being able to hear God’s voice today. Logos is important, but without rhema there can be no life.
Lets look at a few places the word rhema shows up.
Matthew 4:4 – Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
It is the spoken Word of God, and the preaching of it, that quickens faith in any man.
Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.
It is the spoken Word of God that cleanses us.
Ephesians 6:17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
It is the spoken Word of God that is our only weapon for spiritual warfare.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
It was the spoken Word of God that created all things (we get this because God said… and it was!
1 Peter 1:25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ABIDES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you.
It is the spoken Word of God that can save us.
If you are a child of God, you know this voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) You know what I mean. You have been reading the written word, and suddenly it is as if a light goes on inside you. You GET it like never before. Or you are driving down the road in your car, and on the side of the road you see a billboard, or a sign post, or a person, or a cow, or almost anything, and God speaks to your spirit and you know you have heard from the Lord. Perhaps you were talking with someone who is struggling, and you want to bring hope to them, and suddenly a verse from the Bible pops into mind. Or you see something in your mind’s eye that just perfectly answers the need.
It happens countless ways, but this is what brings us life, cleanses us, defends, and arms us. [Tweet This]
Food is good, and I like bread, but without the rhema of God, I die.
Tell me some way you have heard the “rhema” of God.
Thanks for reading today.