Job 12:7-9 – “Ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?”
The Lord is always speaking, many have a hard time recognizing His voice. As Christians we know that the Lord speaks to us through the written word. One challenge folks have is that non-Christians do not recognize the authority of the scriptures and are cut off from His voice. That’s where the second way God speaks comes in, the Lord speaks through His creation. Luther actually brought up both of the ways God speaks together in this interesting quote.
“Creation is the most beautiful book of the Bible; in it God has described and portrayed Himself.”
Historically God’s people saw the glory of God in His creation. Our generation has apparently shunned hearing His voice in this way. Here is a quote from Gerald McDermott on today’s passage.
“According to most of the great thinkers in the Great Tradition, Job was suggesting what they themselves had sensed after hearing the word of salvation and then looking at nature: the beasts and birds and bushes and fish were talking. They were saying, “The Lord made me, and he is glorious!” Most Christians for most of the last two thousand years have thought Jesus was suggesting the same thing when he regularly pointed his hearers to the world of nature for confirmation of what he was teaching. “Take a look at the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither labor nor spin. Let me tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. If God clothes the grass of the field that is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, don’t you think He will care for you, O you of little faith?”
Paul said that the world was without excuse even if they had not heard the gospel. Paul says that “His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived”, through creation. Creation is the display of what God is like. His word describes His glory in our language, creation is the very display of the attributes of God.