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03/20/2015

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And The Word Was God


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning" (Jn.1:1-2).

Magic and superstition were pervasive in the worlds of both the Old and New Testament, and are hardly absent from the present world. When a shaman (magic man) reinforced what he said with mysterious rituals, his devotees believed that the words took on a life of their own and that they moved through time and space to bring about what he had directed. You need to read Deuteronomy 18:9-13 to see what God thought about these detestable practices. We show residues of superstition today with the reading of horoscopes and the use of terms like "fate, karma, gesundheit, or knock on wood..." Fear of words lingers even among the scientifically sophisticated. Superstitions die hard.. The apostle John was drawing on the power of words when he began his gospel..."In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John goes all the way back to Genesis 1:1... "In the beginning..." For the ancients, and even us today, a word or a name was more than a convenient tag. A spoken word was and is a living symbol of a person, thing, concept or action. Here is the really neat part of Jn.1:1-2 and of my devotional this morning... John made a declaration that the Word (Jesus Christ) was unmistakably attached to the being of God, just as surely as your name identifies you... Jesus was the source of creation and the very essence of eternal power. When the name JESUS is spoken, it is synonymous with His authority. In the person of Jesus, the Word of God manifested itself in human form... That Word is the very grace, love and promise of God...

Have a great day T G I F Today God Is First... Love mark Phil.4:11

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