Thus Saith The Lord

I have recently finished reading the Old Testament and here’s something I noticed: those books are radically historical. Every one of the 39 books in the Old Testament is grounded in some kind of geopolitical reality. These aren’t just timeless sayings of the wise (although those are included). The word of God is grounded in real circumstances in real places. Even Proverbs, the most evergreen of books, refers to real kings and historic epochs.

This is especially pronounced in the writings of the prophets. Time and again, these divinely-inspired men marked the date and place where they received God’s message.

“In the year that King Uzziah died..."
"In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah..."
"In the eighth month of the second year of Darius…"

The prophets marked the day and year when God spoke. They wrote it down and put it in context. There’s a reverence in that which we have forgotten. How often does God speak to us today — we who have access to the throne of the Almighty, who have the very Spirit of God living in us — and we treat it with apathy? How often are we too busy with taxiing kids or returning emails or watching Netflix to mark well the voice of God? Have you commemorated the day and place God spoke last? Written it down? Built an altar? Shared it with your family?

What did the Lord say? What might he be saying right now?