God Is Language

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Introduction

In the beginning God…

In the beginning was the word…and the word was God.

How can a sound or the ultimate combination of sounds, language, become a being? It is the other way around. Language exists within a person, and, by extension, the entire complex of a person is denoted and connoted as language. Thereby, a person’s language is who he is. How does that work?
Language does not become a person; a person becomes language by his learning, experience and insights.

Let us first examine the roots of language.

The Greeks, to whom language was very important (the Greeks had a word for it), define word as follows.

Word: Greek, 3056. logos; from 3004; something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation.  3004, lego to say; a primary verb; properly, to “lay” forth, i.e. (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse).

The first Word we have from God is:

Gen. 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

God first created the heavens, which in Hebrew means:

Heaven: 8064. shamayim [1029c]; from an unused word; heaven, sky

Roots: 8071. simlah [971a]; from an unused word; a wrapper, mantle:

4325. mayim [565b]; a prim. root; waters, water:

Depths: 8415. tehom or tehom [1062d]; from an unused word; deep, sea, abyss:

The sky is a wrapper or mantle of water.

Water is H2O; the air is N2+O2. Therefore, the sky has water in it and is partly composed of an element of water, oxygen.

God had to create the heavens first because He had to speak; in order to speak, He need a medium to carry the sounds like air (sky) and water.

The Hebrew for sky has an interesting meaning:

Expanse: 7549. Raqiya from 7554; properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky:
7554. raqa; a primitive root; to pound the earth (as a sign of passion); by analogy to expand (by hammering); by implication, to overlay (with thin sheets of metal):—beat, make broad, spread abroad (forth, over, out, into plates), stamp, stretch.

This meaning gives us a different concept of how God put the expanse of the heavens together. The air on earth, for example, can seem like it is solid or stamped out because when the typhoon or hurricanes come the wind exerts tremendous force, almost irresistible. Works spoken in this medium can have a tremendous force also, in communicating to people or matter. God said, “Light!”

Sounds and Words

Organs of speech are the nasal cavity, lips, teeth, alveolar ridge, hard palate, velum, uvula, tip of tongue, front of tongue, back of tongue, oral cavity, pharynx epiglottis, larynx, vocal cords and glottis, trachea and esophagus. (17 in all) These organs make possible communication by making sounds.

Babies learn word’s meanings by hearing parents and connecting their behavior with words. Eventually babies imitate the sounds, which get approval.  Little by little, babies learn the mystery of sounds having meaning. Each person learns from his parents. When and how did language begin? God taught Adam, in whom He formed his brain to have language, words because Adam named creatures.

The scientific study of how language works is called linguistics.

Wikipedia gives us a good introduction to linguistics:

“Linguistics is the scientific study of human language.[1][2][3][4] Linguistics can be broadly broken into three categories or subfields of study: language form, language meaning, and language in context.

“The first is the study of language structure, or grammar. This focuses on the system of rules followed by the speakers (or hearers) of a language. It encompasses morphology (the formation and composition of words), syntax (the formation and composition of phrases and sentences from these words), and phonology (sound systems). Phonetics is a related branch of linguistics concerned with the actual properties of speech sounds and nonspeech sounds, and how they are produced and perceived.

“The study of language meaning is concerned with how languages employ logical structures and real-world references to convey, process, and assign meaning, as well as to manage and resolve ambiguity. This subfield encompasses semantics (how meaning is inferred from words and concepts) and pragmatics (how meaning is inferred from context).

“Language in its broader context includes evolutionary linguistics, which considers the origins of language; historical linguistics, which explores language change; sociolinguistics, which looks at the relation between linguistic variation and social structures; psycholinguistics, which explores the representation and function of language in the mind; neurolinguistics, which looks at language processing in the brain; language acquisition, how children or adults acquire language; and discourse analysis, which involves the structure of texts and conversations.

“Although linguistics is the scientific study of language, a number of other intellectual disciplines are relevant to language and intersect with it. Semiotics, for example, is the general study of signs and symbols both within language and without. Literary theorists study the use of language in literature. Linguistics additionally draws on and informs work from such diverse fields as psychology, speech-language pathology, informatics, computer science, philosophy, biology, human anatomy, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology, and acoustics.”

Language extends beyond Wikipedia’s introduction. We have body language extending from how a person stands to his facial expressions and sign language. Since language is communication, how a person communicates in body language also includes touching another person; for example, how a mother holds a baby or how a person shakes hands.

Other kinds of language include, as you know, music, mathematics and dance. These have their own vocabularies and grammar.

Communicating ones thoughts and language, which we have touched upon in other contexts, forms the basic usage of language. In fact, linguistics says without communication of thoughts there is no language, even though people think in language. Therefore, each thought must be spoken or written, for example, to exist. The brain tells the breath and the various organs, or the pencil and keyboard, to express what is thought. The sound or other media must be sent to another through a channel: air, wire or electronically in the ether. All communication contains redundancy with some new information. All channels contain noise, which impedes communication. Some noise is natural like thunder or human like another adding his words to the communication to obfuscate the message. After the communication is sent to the ear or receptor, they bring the message to the brain to be translated to that mind, i.e., from sound or written words to thought.

A person cannot exist without communication, and what and how a person communicates from math to music is who the person is. A person does not exist outside of language as language also exists inside a person in the form of neurological and chemical communication from the brain to organs or oxygen to the blood stream and then to the cells, for example.

The entire universe, living and inert, constantly communicates; e.g., the sun to the earth bringing light and heat, which the earth reacts to by expanding from the heat and many other ways. The DNA of all living beings on Earth communicates within and without the organism.

We learn of God’s Language by the first Word of His on record.

Gen. 1:3-4 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

His Language, from observing the first Word He said, begins from His fundamental essence of being a Creator. Note that what God created, was not just for creation’s sake, but was of the nature of being good because He is good. From these two verses we learn about God by what He said; that is, who He is, a Creator who makes things for the good of His supreme creation, mankind.

When God spoke, His Word went through the atmosphere to the destination, which “heard” what He said. After decoding God’s Word, it responded by becoming light, which was good.  Later God embodied light in the sun by way of nuclear reactions, in flammable materials when they burn, in electrical materials when electricity moves through it and it glows and other sources of light like glow worms. Light continues to communicate to us, say, when our pupils respond to sunlight by becoming smaller. Our bodies respond to the sunlight when the infrared rays strike the skin and change to heat, which warms us; the light from the sun is good. Light from all its sources is good because it causes plants to grow, which during daylight absorb carbon dioxide and change it to oxygen. All this communication is good keeping life existing on Planet Earth. Like everything else, man can divert good things like light. He can get cancer from too much sunlight; he can start fires to destroy things.

God spoke many other commands during creation, which caused all manner of materials to be and all manner of life to come into existence as well. All of these communications produced good. God’s Language embodied His goodness.

Because God is Language, He gave plants and animals language. The plants respond or move to stimuli in phototropism, chemotropism, geotropism, hydrotropism, and others. God also created animals with an inherent language.

However, human beings must learn a language, whatever language their parents or nurturers might teach them. We know God taught Adam to speak a language because God told him to name the animals God created. There are instances where babies are brought up without language and do not have any. People must be taught language. All language is from God through Adam. Later, God confounded languages in various people to prevent a one-world evil empire.

God’s Word gives us a huge panorama of who God is. If a person’s language, who He is, has a foundation, God’s would be love, His deep and unbending care for His Creation, those made in His Image. His love is evident in His Creation; it was good, and His Commandments are codification of His Love. The first four Commandments tell us about our loving relation with God, and the remaining six Commandments tell us about our loving relation with the other people also made in His Image.

Even as we immerse ourselves in God’s Word, those Words become part of our knowledge, understanding and wisdom of and our relationship with Him. Just as we have language and communication, we are made in God’s image. Furthermore, when His Language becomes our language in word and deed, we are filled with His dynamism, love and creativity.

Pro 16:1…The answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.

We cannot think or talk without language; God instituted language when He breathed into Adams the breath of life and Adam became a living being.

Shamma, breath, refers only to God and life imparted to humans. Animated life from God has spiritual understanding and a functioning conscience.

Job 32:8 But it is a spirit in people, the breath of the Almighty, that makes them understand.

People cannot understand without language. People understand God by learning His Language. His Language of His Creation gives great insight to those unwilling to believe about another creation proffered by science.

Psa 33:8-16 Let the whole earth fear the Lord! Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came into existence, he issued the decree, and it stood firm.
By the Lord’s decree the heavens were made; by a mere word from his mouth all the stars in the sky were created.
He piles up the water of the sea; he puts the oceans in storehouses.
Let the whole earth fear the Lord! Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came into existence, he issued the decree, and it stood firm.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him [it, while lego is masculine (there is no neuter in Greek), it is not human, by the Word of God, “Light!”], and apart from him [it, the Word] not one thing was created that has been created. In him [it, the Word] was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

What God is, His Word is.

Exo. 32:16 God’s work; the words on them were written by God himself.

The Commandments are the foundation of God's Word; all His Word stems from these ten Words.

Abraham's dalliance with Hagar led to much trouble because he broke God's Law about man and women becoming one person and not committing adultery - God's Word written in stone, later in Exodus.

Even Balaam understood the Power of God’s Word.

Num 24:1-4 By now Balaam realized that the Lord was determined to bless Israel, so he did not resort to divination as before. Instead, he turned and looked out toward the wilderness,  where he saw the people of Israel camped, tribe by tribe. Then the Spirit of God came upon him, 3 and this is the message he delivered:
“This is the message of Balaam son of Beor,
the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,
the message of one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
who bows down with eyes wide open:

God’s Words are true because He is God.

2 Sam 7:27-28 For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth,

Pro 30:5-6 Every word of God proves true.
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
Do not add to his words,
or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.

Isa 40:7-8 The grass withers and the flowers fade
beneath the breath of the Lord.
And so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade,
but the word of our God stands forever.”

Conclusion

Without a physical body, God exists as a Spirit – Mind, Breath, Wind – His form invisible to a human’s eye, but not to the spirit within him. We cannot imagine God’s Power or the power of His Word, except as God reveals His Language to us. His is Language that loves, creates and saves because He exists as the Almighty Language of God who communicates His Nature to nature by His Word.

God’s Language, fully formed, shows us His Spiritual (mind, wind, breath) stature, and out of all it, His love shines like the ultimate light showing us the Way to Godly Life.

 

Amen.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor
Sabbath Christian Church

 

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