“My sheep hear my voice”

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Art by Elhanan ben-Avraham

When the phone rings and I pick it up to hear my brother’s disembodied voice, he need not bother saying, “This is your brother”, as I recognize that voice. The same is true of my children’s, my wife’s, and all my friends’ voices as well. I can recognize the audio voice of Groucho Marx or Winston Churchill, and can amazingly imitate them with my own.  And I can even recognize the bark of my own dog from among the rest of the canine chorus. Each has his or her own voice, their own vibration, like no other.

Each voice is the willful expression of the heart, of thought expressed by the exhaled breath causing the vocal cords to vibrate and shaped by the tongue and lips into song or word, sending those vibrations through the air (or electronic transmission) until those vibrations reach my eardrum and are transferred to my brain. There they are received and interpreted to recognition and meaning through the symbolic medium of language. Each voice is different, each a different vibration, just as no two persons’ fingerprints are the same, and no two snowflakes. Some voices are so distinctive that they can even be recognized in writing.

The postulation of the super-string theory of the most modern physics is that our universe is made up on the smallest subatomic level by vibrating ‘strings’, existing somewhere on the frontier between Einstein’s interchange between matter and energy. A vibrating universe. It may be no wonder that it is written in the scroll of the Bible that God spoke His word and all that exists came into being. Thus on that vibration of His unique voice all matter in the universe was created. It is also written in Genesis that the first of the creation was light, agreeing with modern science that the basis and beginning of all matter was the photon- light. And light has that odd property of being at the same time a wave and a particle. Another startling scripture announces that the Word of God became flesh in the Messiah, he who said, “I am the light of the world.”

Psalm 19 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse declares the work of His hands, day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge, there is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”  Is it possible for humankind to hear that Voice?

Yeshua said, “My sheep hear my voice”. When I have told some people that I have heard that voice, I have been asked, “How do you know it was his voice?” Like that of my brother, or of my children and wife and friends, I knew it was his and no other.  Among all the cacophony of voices vying for our attention today, his is a voice worth listening to and heeding. It is that “still small voice” that the Prophet Elijah heard, and still worth considering the admonition of Psalm 95:7-8, “He is our God, and we the sheep of His pasture, if today you should hear His voice, harden not your heart”.  Listen, and hear O Israel.