External Audible Voice of God in Old Testament

We shall start by taking a survey of God’s external audible voice in the Old Testament in order for us to lay a solid foundation.

Genesis 1:27-28

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God had just created man. This is the man’s first encounter with God’s voice. God speaks to him because He wants to imprint on man’s heart indelibly, the mandate for which He created men. So He speaks to him in an audible voice and he says “Adam I want you to know this is what I created you for, this is the reason for your existence.” God because he wanted to burn it beyond a shadow of doubt in the hearts of men about their purpose, He spoke to them in an audible voice. Although people have heard the voice of God, you find that the audible voice is infrequent. He tells men that He created him for dominion, fruitfulness and productivity. I know beyond a shadow of doubt that God has destined me – and not only me but all those who are His – for productivity and fruitfulness.

Numbers 12:6-8

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses

So what is God saying? He is saying for most people they may encounter the audible voice of God mostly as the internal audible voice of God. This scripture indicates that God speaks to prophets in visions and dreams which is his general way of speaking to most of his people. But because of Moses’ unique place in history God chose to speak to him with an external audible voice. God would speak to him face to face. Clearly God is making a distinction. It follows that there are levels and rankings of people in terms of their experience of hearing the voice of God. When you study church history you see that there are very few men of God who will stand up and say God spoke to me in an audible voice. If you read the biographies of mighty men of God most of them testify that God spoke to them with other forms rather than the external audible voice. But some of us as immature Christians are going around saying God speaks to me audibly every week. How talkative their God is? God says Moses is different. Many of mighty men and women of God testify that God has spoken to them infrequently with the external audible voice. For example I remember reading that Oral Roberts heard the external audible voice of God less than five times in more than sixty five years of ministry. Dr Kenneth E.  Hagin who saw a vision where Jesus came and sat on the chair and speak to Him, explaining some doctrinal issues, clearly claimed to have heard the external audible voice very infrequently. And yet we have people who are so holy and so blessed that God speaks to them more than He spoke in the bible. How blessed they are?

Deut 4:33

Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

God spoke in an external audible voice to the children of Israel and they quaked. It’s an awesome thing when God speaks in an external audible voice. The bible says the Israelites eventually said to Moses “Please let God talk to you because we cannot stand this voice; we cannot stand the holiness, purity, authority, awesomeness of the voice of God so we would rather He speak to you and you come and interpret.” Yet most of us want to act as if we are already there; we are where God can speak to us every day in an external audible voice. We seem to portray a casual acquaintance with God’s audible voice. How this differs from the testimony of Scripture? Some of us preachers deliberately say God spoke to us with an audible voice when we actually mean the internal audible voice but for the glory of it we make people believe that it was an external audible voice. We don’t say it was internal. For the benefit of the doubt, I have been a Christian for more than 29 years I am yet to hear the external audible voice. I am not even sure I want to hear it. I have a feeling I will not be able to stand it. If you can stand it, thank God, tell me your story. But the whole nation of Israel quaked and trembled and said Moses no this is too great for us. How about you?

Tomorrow we look at God’s external audible voice in the life of Christ. Hang on.

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  • Reply Rhonda April 19, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Hi, several years ago I heard an audible voice say “discern spirits” while I was in prayer lying on the floor seeking God in all his fullness. It terrified me and made me clam up. I can’t explain to you how scary that is to hear a voice. I spoke with the pastor of the church I was attending and he wasn’t sure what it was…He thought maybe it was the devil trying to scare me. What ever it was I didn’t want to hear anything else again. At the time I didn’t know what discern spirits mean’t? Which made it all the more frightening. I have searched periodically on the internet to see if anyone else has experienced the same to absolute no avail. (real voice).

    • Reply nurturingchampions April 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Discerning spirits simply means that you have a gift or ability to perceive the spirit working behind a certain thing or person. For example someone may be saying all the right things but having a wrong motive, you can discern the spirit operating behind that person. God does expect Christians especially in these days were deception is high to discern the spirits behind certain things and people. Stay blessed

    • Reply jeremy April 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Rhonda, i heard the same audible voice 11 years ago say the exact same thing to me. The first and only time i have ever heard an audible, very clear voice. I was meditating in prayer while going to lunch. You are not alone.

  • Reply Greg Thaggard October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’ve been looking for a list of scriptures where God speaks, can anyone
    assist me with this. I know could just read and find out for myself and I am reading. It’s still a big book. thanks…greg

  • Reply emersonericw October 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

    God appeared to me in a dream about a year ago, he spoke to me with a great voice from the midst of the fire, just as he did with Israel in Deuteronomy chapter 5 verse 22. I was absolutely terrified. I could not stand it, but by his mercy I live. I am not lying, absolutely terrified. He is so holy and powerful, it is amazing. I woke up trembling, it took me some time to calm down. He really showed me the need for Christ, because without Jesus taking away my sins I am doomed to suffer his great wrath, and it is far to great to bear. Fear the LORD. I am open to discussing this event with anyone who is serious about it

  • Reply Alexander Mclean July 4, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Great topic. Nice reference using the time God spoke to people during the commandments and how awesome and terrifying his words were. The New Testament also referenced it in 2 Corinthians 3 but points out his word was made even more complete through Jesus Christ. As they say, actions speak louder than words so God came to use in a human form, walked in our shoes, spoke face to face with mankind, felt our pain and our desires. But most of all sacrificed his life for our sins. So now you can gauge anything you hear using Jesus’s life example. He’s the equalizer, a way to filter… “discern” what’s right or wrong. Keep it simple. God bless!

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