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Hearing the voice of God

October 12, 2011 - Jim Denison, PhD

The temple of Apollo at Delphi (Credit: Jeff Byrd of Denison Forum on Truth and Culture)

We traveled today to one of the most fascinating places on earth. The ancient Greeks believed that Apollo lived in the temple at Delphi nine months out of the year. While there, he would reveal his wisdom to them through a priestess known as the “Oracle.” Vapors emitted from a crevice beneath the temple were thought to be his revelation. Supplicants would travel from across the Western world for an audience with him. When they asked their question, his priestess would respond with an ambiguous or nonsensical answer which the priests would interpret.

One famous example concerns Croesus, the king of Lydia. He wanted to attack the Persians, but consulted the Oracle first. He was told, “If you cross the river to attack, a great empire will be destroyed.” He advanced on the Persian troops, but it was his army that was demolished.

By contrast, the God of Scripture makes this promise: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). We don’t need to travel to the mountains of Greece to know his will. Why do you need to hear his voice today?

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the ESV®️ Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®️), copyright ©️ 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.

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