My wife loves the game show network. This is ok with me until a certain dude’s voice comes through the speakers. A man should not sound like that, it makes me cringe. Really it makes me want to vomit. My response is an alloy made with more sin than grace. Here is likely another man who never had a real father and has likely never had the gospel radically revamp his idea of manhood, and rather than feeling sorrow and compassion I just get angry. The gospel he needs I deny him in my self-righteousness. Nevertheless, for illustration purposes, his voice is irritating; to me.
In contrast I love Morgan Freeman’s voice. He really should be the only one allowed to do TV and radio commercials. If an audio Bible ever comes out with Morgan as the voice, be assured I will buy it.
Still greater is God’s voice, His Word. ‘Greater’ is an adjectival understatement of colossal size. His voice is majestic. It can come to us in awesome thunderous booms (Exodus 19:19), or in the softest whisper (1 Kings 19:12-13). His voice both causes (Psalm 29:3-5) and calms (Mark 4:39) storms. No one talks like our God (Psalm 33:6).
Sadly sin causes us to run from His voice. Adam hides when he hears the sound of the LORD God. The word translated sound here is more often translated voice. It is dense in the Pentateuch, especially Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 5:25; 8:20; 15:5; 18:16; 26:14; 27:10; 28:1, 2, 15, 45, 62; 30:8, 10). In Deuteronomy we see that the voice of the LORD is something to be obeyed. When Adam hears it he is further disobeying. He does not come forward in broken repentance, he hides. Sin makes us to vomit with fear at His Holy voice, its purity makes us cringe. How evil is the evil that could make me hear such a golden tongue in this way?
But Adam is not allowed to hide; the divine words confront and interrogate him. Yes, they expose his nakedness and his guilt, but keep listening, they also hold out promise. The thunder of judgment turns to a whisper of promise.
God has thundered against the Son, so you might hear the whispers of His eternal love for you.