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Resource Sheet 1 - Hearing God's Voice in the Bible - Old Testament:

Old Testament

In the Old Testament God communicates in many different ways. This is not a complete list but gives many different examples.

1. Genesis 1 - 2God spoke in creation, showing the power of the spoken word. He commanded Adam in relation to his role and responsibilities.
2. Genesis 3God was heard by Adam and Eve and conversed with them after their disobedience.
3. Genesis 22 v. 1Spoke to Abraham giving instructions
4. Genesis 24 v. 12 - 14, 26 - 27Answered prayer, guidance
5. Genesis 37 v. 5,9Through dreams
6. Genesis 41v. 1-4, 16, 25-28Giving the interpretation of dreams
7. Genesis 46 v. 2Gave Israel a vision at night
8. Exodus 3 v. 2 - 6By the Angel of the Lord, through the burning bush, God spoke to Moses.
9. Exodus 4 v. 14 - 16God put his words in Aaron's mouth and gave Moses a staff by which he could perform miraculous signs.
10. Exodus 19 v. 16 - 19By smoke, trumpet, earthquake, voice
11. Exodus 24 v. 4Dictated to Moses
12. Exodus 25 v. 9Showed Moses the design for the tabernacle.
13. Exodus 31 v. 18, 32 v. 16God's finger wrote on the tablets of stone
14. Numbers 12 v. 6 - 8Through visions, dreams, face to face to Moses
15. Numbers 22 v. 28Through a donkey speaking
16. Deuteronomy 4 v. 12Out of the fire they heard words, a voice
17. Joshua 5 v. 13 - 15Through a man, the commander of the Lord's armies
18. Job 33 v. 14 - 15Various ways, dream, vision of the night
19. Job 40 v. 6God spoke out of the storm
20. Psalm 19 v. 1The heavens declare the glory of God
21. 1 Kings 19 v. 9 -13God spoke in a gentle whisper
22. 2 Kings 5 v. 8 - 10The prophet sent a messenger
23. 2 Kings 22 v. 10 - 16By the book of the law, and a prophetess
24. 2 Chronicles 24 v. 19 - 21Through prophets
25. Isaiah 20 v. 2 - 3By prophetic action
26. Isaiah 45 v. 1-7 cf. Ezra 1 v. 1To a pagan king for the blessing of his people
27. Jeremiah 50 v. 1Through Jeremiah, the prophet
28. Daniel 2 v. 27 - 28Dreams
29. Daniel 5 v. 5A finger writing on the wall
30. Jonah 1 v. 4 - 17Great wind and storm, drawing lots which fell on Jonah





Resource Sheet 1 - Hearing God's Voice in the Bible - New Testament:

Gospels

The gospels are full of examples of God communicating. Some examples used in Jesus' life.

1. Matthew 1 v. 20Angelic messenger (many other references)
2. Matthew 2 v. 2Star guiding the magi to the birthplace of Jesus
3. Matthew 5 v. 21 - 22 etcJesus' teaching, explaining the law
4. Mark 2 v. 5 - 11The witness in Jesus' spirit
5. Mark 4 v. 33 - 34Through parables
6. Luke 2 v. 12, 3 v. 4Fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy
7. Luke 2 v. 25 - 26Revelation of the Holy Spirit
8. Luke 2 v. 36Anna, a prophetess
9. Luke 4 v. 1Holy Spirit leading
10. Luke 6 v. 12Through prayer
11. Luke 9 v. 30 - 31Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration
12. Luke 9 v. 47Jesus knew their thoughts
13. John 1 v. 33The dove descending confirming what John had been told.
14. John 8 v. 25 - 27Jesus spoke what he heard from his Father
15. John 10 v. 38, 11 v. 4By miracles (many other references)
16. John 14 v. 9Revealing himself in Jesus
17. John 15 v. 26, 27Testimony of the Holy Spirit and the apostles
18. John 20v.22 cf John 14v16-17Holy Spirit given to lead into all truth
19. John 21 v. 24 - 25Written accounts of the life of Jesus.

Acts

God continued to speak in the early church. Acts records many instances.

1. Acts 1 v. 26Casting lots was used as a means of guidance for the last time.
2. 2 v. 1 - 4, 11Wind, tongues of fire, other tongues
3. 2 v. 40Holy Spirit speaking through people
4. 2 v. 43By miraculous signs, wonders
5. 3 v. 6 - 10Healing the cripple gave an opportunity to speak of Jesus
6. 4 v. 13Confident witness of the disciples
7. 5 v. 1 - 11The Holy Spirit gave discernment to Peter. Ananias and Sapphira died.
8. 6 v. 15, 7 v. 55, 56, 60Stephen's appearance, vision, and witness
9. 5 v. 39, 40Wisdom of Gamaliel
10. 9 v. 3,10A light from heaven, voice, vision
11. 9 v. 40 - 42Miracle of raising the dead
12. 10 v. 3, 9 - 10 Angel from God in a vision, trance
13. 12 v. 7Angel of the Lord, light, miracle of release
14. 12 v. 23Immediate judgement and Herod died
15. 13 v. 11Being struck blind
16. 15By the Holy Spirit guiding the meeting in Jerusalem
17. 16 v. 10By a vision giving guidance
18. 16 v. 18Through supernatural deliverance
19. 16 v. 26, 32An earthquake, apostles spoke the word of the Lord
20. 19 v. 11-12Miracles of healing and deliverance
21. 21 v. 10 - 11By prophetic action
22. 23 v. 11By revelation in person
23. 27 v. 21 - 26By prophetic word
24. 28 v. 31Through preaching

Revelation

Revelation 1 v. 1 - 3The whole book is a revelation of Jesus Christ given by God to show his servants what was going to happen. He sent an angel to John who was told to record everything he saw - that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. There is promised blessing to those who read the words of the prophecy, for those who hear it and those who take to heart what is written in it.


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