Dr. Dan Hayden • 

The Commander-in-Chief is a man of great authority, and what he says, goes. Those under his command do not ask why – they just carry out his orders because he said so. Today we are thinking about the word “said.”

God is the ultimate authority in the universe, and what He says is of utmost importance. Well, the very first words of God revealed to us in the Bible are found in Genesis 1:3: “Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’” That is what God said after He had created space and matter and time, and after the Spirit of God had moved upon the formless matter, fashioning it into a sphere. He said, “Let there be light” – and with that command, He introduced energy into the newly created system.

The word “said” is the Hebrew word amar, which means, “to say something; to call it out; to admonish or command.” The verb is in the simple Hebrew verb stem, which means that God just spoke. He simple uttered something. Actually, this little phrase, “Then God said…,” occurs frequently in the Creation narrative. Seven different verses in Genesis 1 establish the fact that God created by simply speaking things into existence. The Latin Vulgate Translation says that God said, “fiat lux” – “let there be,” so Creation by speaking is sometimes referred to as “fiat” creation.


Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God,” and Psalm 33:6, 9 say, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made . . . For He spoke, and it was done.” Creation occurred with God SAID – He SAID, and it came into being.

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

What God says is not only important – it is powerful! So, pay attention to what God said, and what God says.