(“LFEF” stands or “Lessons From Expert Feelers”, the series of blog posts of which this post is a part.)
Last post, I showed that words and language OF GOD are crucial to the shaping of the world. Now I’ll take it further.
The words of humans are also central to the shaping of our world.
In Genesis, God wanted Adam to participate with him in the shaping and ordering of creation. And he wanted him to do it specifically through his WORDS. Among other things, God gave Adam the task of naming all the animals God made. “He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)
Up until this point in the story, it was clear that God’s words were of great significance: God’s words carried power. But here, we learn that the man’s words also carry power. He doesn’t create any planets, but his words still have the authority to shape creation. This even applies to his wife: When Eve is created, he names her and praises her as the helper and companion he has needed.
This is weird, huh? God decided, “My words are central to this universe. What I declare carries power.” But he also decided, “The words of people will carry a secondary – but still significant – power.” And it gets weirder… in my next post!
Barack Obama also agrees that words are important. (He quoted it from this guy):