The power of Yahweh’s word (Jer 23:28-23:29)

“‘Let the prophet

Who has a dream

Tell the dream.

But let the one

Who has my word,

Speak my word faithfully.

What has straw

In common with wheat?’

Says Yahweh.

‘Is not my word

Like fire?’

Says Yahweh.

‘Is not my word

Like a hammer

That breaks

A rock in pieces?’”

Yahweh, via Jeremiah, issued a series of oracles about the power of his word. If a prophet had a dream, let him tell that dream. However, anyone who had the word of Yahweh should also speak the word faithfully. Straw is dried up and useless, but wheat or grain is full of nourishment. The word of Yahweh was like fire or a hammer that could break any rock into pieces.

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The power of Yahweh’s word (Ps 33:8-33:9)

“Let all the earth fear Yahweh.

Let all the inhabitants of the world

Stand in awe of him!

He spoke!

And it came to be!

He commanded!

And it stood firm!”

Once again, this is classic language about the power of God’s word.   As he spoke, things were done. All the inhabitants of the earth fear Yahweh and stand in awe of him. Whatever he said, it happened. He commanded it and everything came about as he spoke.