It is by God’s powerful and gracious Word that all things exist. One of the first things that we learn about God in the book Genesis is that by his word he creates existence out of nothing.1 Eight times in the first chapter we see that “God said” is followed by something being created. When God speaks, things happen, and this great truth is affirmed hundreds of times in the rest of Scripture. God acts through his word and establishes relationships through his word.2 By his word he calls Abraham out of pagan worship to follow after God (Gen 12:1, Joshua 24:2). By his word he promises the creation of God’s people (Gen 35:22-26), and by his word he does create the people of God. By the word of the Lord Moses was called to be the deliverer of God’s people from slavery (Ex 3); Israel was given the law as a gift to be shown how to live as God’s people (Dt 5); the prophets were called to speak and warn the people of Israel about their sin and rebellion and what it would lead to (Jer 1:4, Ezek 1:3, Hos 1:1, Joel 1:1, Micah 1:1, Zephaniah 1:1, Haggai 1:1, Zech 1:1). The Word of the Lord incarnated himself in the person and work of Jesus, so that he could be fully known (Jn 1:1-13). And finally, in Revelation we see a depiction of Jesus returning with the name “The Word of God” (Rev 19:1).