by Wayne S. Walker
"The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times" (Psalm 12:6). What are the very first words of the Lord in the Bible? Perhaps the initial answer that might come to mind is found in Genesis 1:3, "Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light." These are the first words recorded as being spoken by God, but in essence the first words of God in the Bible are found in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," because these are words that God gave Moses to write. The whole book of scripture is called "the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Those who were chosen first to speak and then to write down the scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit are said to have done so "…not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches…" (1 Corinthians 2:13).
Of course, not everything that was spoken in the scripture is a word of God. It was certainly not God but the devil, speaking through the serpent, who said, "You will not surely die" (Genesis 3:4). However, the verse does contain a true account from God of what the devil said. Furthermore, every bit of information and instruction that is found in the Bible is a word of God. Moses wrote, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). The inspired writer did not indicate that the Lord actually spoke these words at that time, yet Jesus specifically tells us that "He who made them at the beginning…said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’" (Matthew 19:4-5). Moses wrote it, but it was the word of God.
In times past, the pure words of God were made known through the patriarchs, through the law given by Moses, and through prophets, but the scriptures plainly teach that today God speaks to us by His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2). Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide the apostles into all truth (John 16:13). The holy apostles and prophets received what was revealed to them and wrote it in words which we can read and understand (Ephesians 3:3-5). Therefore, our attitude toward the Bible is to receive it "not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God" (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Only there will we find the "pure words" of the Lord.