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Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)
TITLE: I Can't Hear You-God Bridges the Gap In Communication
By Kim Tolbert
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We live in a world where people text message, blog, email, chat, leave a voicemail at the “beep”, can drive to work while simultaneously talking on their cell phone and can fax a document to a distant country, regardless of the time zone. We can “Google” the world and even see how vast the universe is in comparison to our microscopic living space.
Well, being “old school”, I haven’t quite advanced to the 21st Century. I don’t text message or blog. I get frustrated playing “phone tag and having to leave a voicemail at the “beep”. I want to talk to a real live person. I don’t “chat” online because I want to see who I am talking to.
I would be the first to admit that I am hesitant to trust technology to replace the soothing sound of a person’s voice or the personable, good old fashioned customer service.
In the biblical days, God spoke directly to his servants. For instance, when Adam and Eve ate from the “tree of the knowledge of good and bad” they hid from God because they knew that they had sinned. (Genesis 3:8-10) God asked the question “Where are you?” God already knew the answer. HE didn’t need to go to the internet and Google MapQuest, God is omniscient.
And God didn’t email Moses the Ten Commandments; HE dictated the laws and commandments and wrote with HIS finger on tablets of stone. (Exodus 3:31:18) Then Moses relayed God’s words to the Israelites.
Noah constructed the infamous Ark according to God’s exact specifications. I guess you could say that God had a “chat” session with Noah, instructing him to build the Ark to withstand the deluge. After the rain had subsided; it rained forty days and forty nights, Noah sent a dove outside of the Ark to see if there was dry land. Noah couldn’t text message or call anyone to ask if there was dry land ahead. When the dove returned with an olive branch in its beak, this meant that there was dry land and plant life ahead. (Genesis 8:8-12)
So you see, there is nothing new under the sun that man has made to communicate. (Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10) Technology has patterned its inventions, forms of communication and scientific discoveries after the Almighty God’s creations. Man may replicate but never duplicate creation.
Talk to me about chatting, blogging or surfing, I would turn a deaf ear and say, “I can’t hear you”.
But when there is a power surge and the internet is down, or I am not able to charge my cell phone or when I get a recorded message…I want to resort to being back in another time and era when paper and pencil would suffice.
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