God's voice in old testament

Did God audibly speak to the patriarchs & prophets in the old testament? If He didn’t how could they be sure it was Him & what he wanted them to do…I think the term is theophony…can some one give any thought to this?
Thanx
Bob

I think the word you wanted to use was “theophany” which refers to, arguably, the physical manifestation of God in an OT character, like Mechizadek.

“Theophony” is a creative malapropism of “theophany.” Thanks for the chuckle.

fortunately, we don’t have to worry about people being unsure that God is speaking to them in the Bible. That is usually resolved right in the text. I don’t think it’s an issue.

By the time Jesus arrives on the scene, He says that He is the Good Shepherd and those of His flock know His voice. Don’t you think so?

[quote=BayCityRickL]I think the word you wanted to use was “theophany” which refers to, arguably, the physical manifestation of God in an OT character, like Mechizadek.

“Theophony” is a creative malapropism of “theophany.” Thanks for the chuckle.

fortunately, we don’t have to worry about people being unsure that God is speaking to them in the Bible. That is usually resolved right in the text. I don’t think it’s an issue.

By the time Jesus arrives on the scene, He says that He is the Good Shepherd and those of His flock know His voice. Don’t you think so?
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Thanx for the reply…I know God did speak to people in the old testament…My question was how?? In their thoughys or aloud where they actually heard Him.

Genesis 3:9 “The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, 'where are you …”

Exodus 3:4 :… God called to him out of the bush…"

Matt 3:17 “and a voice from heaven said, 'this is my Son, the Beloved…”

These passages indicate that God was speaking aloud. Others, like with Noah, just say “the Lord said” etc. God can use both. I agree with a previous poster about the sheep knowing their master’s voice.

[quote=BayCityRickL]I think the word you wanted to use was “theophany” which refers to, arguably, the physical manifestation of God in an OT character, like Mechizadek.

“Theophony” is a creative malapropism of “theophany.” Thanks for the chuckle.

fortunately, we don’t have to worry about people being unsure that God is speaking to them in the Bible. That is usually resolved right in the text. I don’t think it’s an issue.

By the time Jesus arrives on the scene, He says that He is the Good Shepherd and those of His flock know His voice. Don’t you think so?
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Dear Bay,
Thanx for the info…but you lost me on the chuckle or pun…please explain…malapropism???
If God’s voice could be discerned in a biblical text, why all the denominations???

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