The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalm 12, 7)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1,1)
Words - More than a thousand times we come across "word" or "words" in the Bible. The Bible we also call "The Word of God". This is fully right. How do we get information about or from God? We have three basic possibilities:
- We look at nature. Here we see what God has created.
- We pray to Got. He listens to every prayer, and if it is his will he also answers to our requests.
- We read in the Bible. Here we do not only learn what God had done with all kinds of people. Through individual verses of the Bible God may speak to us very personally. So the Word of God is very important for us.
The first verse from the Bible is taken from a Psalm. The Psalms we find in the Old Testament of the Bible, and they are the songbook of the Jews.
What dose it mean what we are reading here? It is a parable. When you want to get real pure silver you have to melt it and thus separate it from all kinds of impure accessories. When having done the process of purification seven times one may be absolutely sure that one receives a product that is a hundred percent pure. Apart from that the number "seven" in the Bible always means a complete quantity. So what God says we may really trust in a hundred percent.
The second verse from the Bible is from John. That is how he begins his book. So this is of essential importance to him. The expressions "word" and "God" he puts into direct relationship one to the other. Have you ever reflected upon the so called Big Bang? What had there been in the very beginning? Nothing? Yes, that is what scientists think as well. In the first book of the Bible we also read that in the very beginning there had been emptiness. Yet then we read: "And God spoke ...." One single Word of God is enough, and the result is: Something is. These are the deeds of the almighty God. This Word of God we want to ponder upon.