When you read the Bible you are sure to come across many, many great conversations. There are Bible characters, too many to count, that speak often and there are those that almost never speak. But how about when God speaks? We can see some examples of Him speaking in the Bible, but did you know He still speaks today? Here are 10 great example of when God spoke and speaks:
#1 Examples of What the Voice of the Lord is Like
2 Samuel 22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, And the most High uttered his voice.
1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Psalm 68:33 To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.
Psalm 29:3–9 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: The God of glory thundereth: The LORD is upon many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; Yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; The LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, And discovereth the forests: And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, And he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings with rain, And bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
Ezekiel 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
#2 Genesis – The Book of Beginnings, God said a lot
Most people know that The Creation account is recorded in the Book of Genesis. Here is a challenge: in that account in Chapters 1, 2 and 3, how many times does God speak?
#3 Exodus – God spoke to Moses to Give Instruction to the People
Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying.
You can read Exodus 20:2-17 to see what commandments God spoke through Moses.
#4 God Spoke to Ezekiel the Prophet
Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 22:1-3 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations. Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord God, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
Ezekiel 30:1-3 he word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
Ezekiel 33:1-4 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
#5 – God Spoke to Adam and Eve in the Garden
Genesis 2:16–17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And in Genesis 3:13-24 God speaks to Adam and Eve to let them know the consequences of their disobedience to the one thing He told them not to do.
#6 God Speaks Life Application through True Biblical Accounts & Counsel
The Story of Joseph in Genesis 37 reminds us that even through adversity we can have a Godly response to undesirable circumstances
The Story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1 & 2 reminds us that God wants us to rely upon Him when we are dealing with things. In the case of Hannah she was one of many Biblical women to deal with infertility (before her was Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel).For many years Hannah sought the Lord and promised she would dedicate her child to the Lord, should He bless her with a pregnancy. Not only did Hannah bear Samuel, whom she dedicated to the Lord as promised but the Lord blessed Hannah with many more children as well (1 Samuel 2:21)
The Book of Philemon is a wonderful letter from Paul to a fellow laborer on behalf of Onesimus (Philemon’s former slave that ran off). He appeals to Philemon that he would receive Onesimus back into his home, not as a servant but as a brother. Onesimus was kind to Paul when he was in prison and he made such an impression that Paul wrote this letter and asked Philemon to receive Onesimus as though he were receiving Paul.
The Words of the Lord about how to raise children are recorded in Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Paul records the Words of the Lord regarding the proper roles and relationships in marriage in Ephesians 5:22-33
Paul also reminds us with God’s Word about what things to think on in Philippians 4:8
James shares God’s Words about the power of our tongue and our words in James 3:1-12
#7 Other Old Testament Examples of People God Spoke to
Here are some Bible characters and references for you to look up:
Noah and his sons (Gen 6:13-21, 7:1-4, 8:15-17, 9:1-17)
Job and his friends (Job 38:1-42:6)
Jacob (Gen 28:13-15, 35:1,9-12)
David (1 Sam 23:2, 23:4, 30:8, 2 Sam 2:1, 5:19, 5:23-24)
Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15)
Elijah (1 Kings 19:9-18)
Isaiah (2 Kings 20:4, Isaiah 6:8-12, 8:1-11)
Jonah (Jonah 1:1-2, 3:1-2, 4:4, 4:9-11)
Hosea (Hosea 1:2-5)
Zechariah (Zec 1:1-17)
#8 God Spoke to the Writers of the Bible & Apostles
Acts 9:3–4 And as he [Saul/Paul] journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why ersecutes thou me?
Acts 18:9–10 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
Acts 10:13–15 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:16–18 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
#9 God Spoke to and About Jesus in the Bible
Luke 3:21–22 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
John 12:27–29 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
#10 God Speaks to us Today
Though we do not audibly hear the voice of God today, we can still hear His voice in His Word that has been recorded for us. Here are some Bible references that you can look up that remind us that God still speaks today and that we are to share His words with others:
2 Corinthians 2:17
2 Timothy 4:2
God’s Words, even those He spoke as recorded in the Bible are just as important today as they have ever been. He speaks truth to us just as He did in Old Testament times in the words that have been preserved for us in the Bible. We can continually learn from these words when we are daily in the word and allow His Word to be a vital part of our everyday life.
Something more for you to read: How Do We Know the Bible is True?
Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version.