“The Lord’s voice will ROAR from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the Lord will be a refuge for His people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel.”
His Voice is heard as a ROAR from Zion as the prophet Joel described who lived around 516 BC . This was the era of the call from the Lord to rebuild the 2nd temple in Jerusalem which He used a pagan king of Babylon to fund and send Ezra the priest (turned prophet) with the Jewish exiles, back to their country to rebuild the Temple. Then 12 to 14 years later, Nehemiah (cupbearer to King Artaxerxes) would join them after The Lord graciously answered Nehemiah’s prayer. The Persian king favored and endowed him with a letter of recommendation and funding, to return and with the exiles, rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and read the journal of Ezra.
Ezra confronted the rebellious exiles by simply calling out their turning away from the Lord and then reading to them the Word of the LORD. The people stood and listened intently for 3 hours to God’s Word and their response was immediate repentance and fervent worship which lasted another 3 hours. His Word and Voice are powerful!
We have that same invigorating, revealing, restoring Word today. (In so many forms and languages) ~ His Voice in the Living Word of God the Bible! His gift to us. It is full of the same energy that created everything. He spoke and it was…This energy is powerful and it is like a spotlight! His Word sheds a Light that shines in the darkest corners of our lives and reveals and heals all the hidden wounds, sins, fears and strongholds that hold us captive. (Like the Israelites in captivity and rebellion) We too are given the opportunity to be set free by It and respond as the rebellious exiles did when the heard It and it revealed their hearts: In awe, grief, repentance, restoration and rejoicing in song! HIS VOICE ROARS to set us free and call us back to Himself! Oh yes, and when we hear it and heed it – we are changed! Those that have ears to hear ~ Listen Up and Live!