Red Letter Diary

Reflections on the words of Jesus (in red)

“It is written…”

Matthew 4:4

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

We might misunderstand this teaching to only mean living in “the right way”; but when we come to know Messiah, we learn that He is also the Logos, the Word, the underlying structure of reality and therefore humanity and human nature would not exist if it were not spoken into reality by and through this Logos. 

Human beings live because of divine action regardless of their own actions (such as eating bread). 

“It is written…” The odd fact that God chose to use human beings as an imperfect writing instrument.  We are the pen and ink of the creator.  Through this conduit of humanity this message arrives, we are spoken into existence by YHWH without opposition or great battles among sky gods; even as we write these words, He says, “I am speaking you alive, speaking your life right now” – as we read, write… as we do anything at all.

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