God Does Hear Our Cry

This is the first discourse of Jesus in John’s Gospel. The actual scriptures are http://ref.ly/Jn5.17-47. The question raised in this first discourse is how can a person know God? How can this knowledge be verified? Jesus lets these people know that God can be known to humanity. This discourse has two main parts.

The silence of God that is experienced in suffering makes even Christians wonder if God can hear. Why doesn’t God alleviate their anguish? It can assume that maybe God does not hear their cry. There is a psalm written by David that answers this question.

Psalm 3:4 (KJV)
(4) I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.”

David knew that God heard his cry because God delivered him from his enemies. This is a reassurance that God would answer his plea. If anybody knew about God answering a prayer, it was David! If God can hear our faint cries, then He will reveal Himself to us. We have to be in the right place with God in order to hear His voice. We have to believe in faith that God hears our voice, and will deliver us in due season. We are so quick to give up when God does not answer right away. It took the angel twenty-one days to answer Daniel’s prayer. The only reason it took that long was that the angel encountered evil angels. He had to battle these angels before he came to Daniel. Daniel 10:12-13.

Christians hold a unique position. They believe that God has spoken. Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us that in the former days God spoke through His prophets. Now He speaks through His Son. God has spoken clearly, and He has spoken truth. This is the point of Christ’s first discourse in the Gospel of John. Humanity can come to know God the Father because He is revealed in God the Son. In the second half of this discourse, (vv. 31-47), Jesus gives the needed evidence for this claim. Jesus’ testimony is evidenced by a series of other God-given witnesses. By the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established. http://ref.ly/Dt17.6



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