“Call to Me, and I will answer you,
and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know.”
This verse from Jeremiah was brought to my attention over fifteen years ago and became a part of my prayers every day. The Lord has not failed to answer me; to continually show me new things from His Word, new revelations of His grace and glory, wisdom for living in obedience to Him and the working of His Holy Spirit in my own life and in the lives of others.
In this study of the word ANSWER, we find the focus upon how God will ANSWER, and how we are to ANSWER.
The difference in the two is quite remarkable. We tend to react in the same spirit of a question or comment. God does not react from our level, but He responds from a higher level of understanding. When He answers, it is with wisdom and knowledge of our real needs. As we look at the Biblical use of this word, we will gain knowledge of how we should answer as His children.
Old Testament H6030
Strong’s Concordance defines ANSWER:`anah ä·nä’; respond to, testify
The word is used for speak, cry, witness; sing, utter tunefully.
Jacob made a reference to a time when God answered him.
“And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.” Genesis 35:3
The Way God Answers
And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Twice the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind; Job 38:1; Job 40:6
the God that answers by fire; 1 Kings 18:24; 1 Chronicles 21:26
by terrible things in righteousness; Psalm 65:5
in the secret place of thunder; Psalm 81:7
in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness; Psalm 143:1
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answers him in the joy of his heart. Ecclesiastes 5:20
In the day when I cried you answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:3
His Promise to Answer
“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” Psalm 91:15
very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry Isaiah 30:19
while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
How We are to Answer
That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 1 Samuel 3:5
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:23
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer. Proverbs 15:28
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Proverbs 26:4
So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. Psalm 119:41
That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? Proverbs 22:21
Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:1-6
New Testament G611
Strong’s Concordance defines ANSWER: apokrinomai ä-po-krē’-no-mī; to give an answer to a question proposed; to begin to speak, but always where something has preceded (either said or done) to which the remarks refer.
Jesus’ responses to Satan were from the Old Testament Scriptures.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
When Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Matthew 16:16
There were times Jesus did not react or respond, but answered nothing:
when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, Matthew 27:12
when questioned by Pilate Mark 15:5
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope
that is in you with meekness and fear:”
1 Peter 3:15
Dear Father in heaven, thank you that you answer us in grace and mercy. We pray for your Holy Spirit to teach us through your Word how we are to respond to others in the same grace that you have shown to us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.