Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” –Jonah 1:1–2 (ESV)
Okay, right off the bat I have some questions. Don’t you? How did the “word of the Lord” come? Like, was there an airplane with a banner flying across the sky above Jonah’s tent? Did an angel appear to him? Did God speak to him in a dream or impress upon his spirit? I. Need. More. Details.
Sadly, we won’t always be given details. But I’m comforted by a quick visit to the New Testament book of Hebrews. In Hebrews 1:1–2 we read, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world” (ESV).