Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts. . . – Hebrews 3:7-8

Hebrews 1:1-3

 1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.

 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.

 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.

Paul Marcarelli is best known for being the ubiquitous “Test Man” character in Verizon Wireless commercials from 2002 to 2011. He was repeatedly checking to make sure that the Verizon signal was reaching the desired area. He appeared in all of his Verizon commercials wearing a gray Verizon jacket and his own horn-rimmed glasses.

The spokesman in the background asks, “How do you build America’s largest wireless network, by never being satisfied. So no matter where you go, your call always goes through. Verizon wireless, we never stop working for you!”

Paul switched to Sprint in 2016 and is currently their spokesperson. He often refers to his switch from Verizon to Sprint in the commercials. In the Sprint ads, Marcarelli calls attention to the fact that Sprint’s network is vastly improved.

“Hey, I’m Paul, and I used to ask `If you could hear me now with Verizon?’ Not anymore.”

After mentioning that he’s moved to Sprint, Marcarelli goes on to say that, “guess what, it’s 2016, and every network is great. In fact, Sprint’s reliability is now within 1% of Verizon.”

Sprint’s pitch to consumers is that you can get a network with reliability that is nearly the same as Verizon’s but at rates Sprint claims are half what you’ll pay Verizon.

The Father has spoken and continues to speak, are we listening? Can we hear Him now?

The Father has not spoken exhaustively but always truthfully. Being their Creator, He knows exactly what people need to know. The Father has disclosed truth regarding Himself and His ways to us in the Scriptures. We get some inkling of this in the Gospel of John.

John 21:25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

John 20:30-31

 30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.

 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father asks, and rightfully so, “can you hear Me now?”

Father thank You that You have revealed true truth! Thank you that you have provided enough information in order that anyone can believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life in His name.

INSIGHT

Hebrews 1:1-2

 1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.

 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son

The Father spoke in many ways, over many centuries, through many people, and culminating in the revelation of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible was written over two millennia. Yet there is unity and continuity to the message. The theme of the Scriptures can be summed up in one word: Redemption. The main characters are the Father and the Son.

The Scriptures answer many of the primary philosophical and theological questions echoed down through the centuries by diverse cultures and faiths. Is there a God? What is He like? Where did the universe, the world, the animals, and mankind come from? How did it all begin? And when?

The Bible doesn’t pretend to answer these questions. It doesn’t postulate fluctuating scientific theories of the day or use guesswork. It categorically answers them. Only the Father has firsthand knowledge of these things. In modern times, the Scriptures are simply ignored or worse, rejected as a source for knowledge of such things.

Obviously, people have shortcomings and limitations. Knowing that, how can we come into a relationship with the living God?

A large number of people pretend to search for truth. Often, “truth for now” is found. But it doesn’t last long, and it is replaced by a new “truth for now.” Only a minority of people sincerely search for the Truth. And for those that do, the Father provides it.

If you were working in a bank and at the end of the day the cash on hand was only half of what was expected, what would people think? Well most of us don’t work in a bank. But something analogous to that has happened our understanding of the universe in our lifetime.

Before the Hubble telescope, the universe was estimated to be approximately 25 billion years old. That was the best guest of many of the greatest scientists of the day. But after Hubble, something remarkable happened. The estimated age of the universe was cut in half. About 12 billion years were simply gone, missing.

Oddly, this didn’t seem to really trouble anybody. No charges were brought, and no one was arrested. There wasn’t even an investigation. Perhaps some speculated that it might have been an inside job. Instead new theories were offered to explain why the new estimate was correct.

The current measurement of the age of the universe is around 13.8 billion years (as of 2015) – 13.799±0.021 billion (109) years within the Lambda-CDM concordance model. Apparently, according to current theory, the expansion rate of the universe can be used to calculate the universe’s approximate age by extrapolating backwards in time. The assumptions involved in this new theory are almost incredulous, but rarely considered. Is it remotely possible that the expansion rate did not remain constant for 15 to 25 billion years?

If I were president of the Bank of the Cosmos, I would be very suspicious. I would want to know what happened to the missing 12 billion years.

It’s easy to take for granted what is commonly available, but we should never lose sight of the most valuable possession God has given us – His inspired, inerrant Word (Stanley).

Hebrews 3:15 “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”

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