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Scripture: Isaiah wrote, “Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.’ ” (Isaiah 41:4, NKJV)
    Consider how vastly different our existence would be without the ability to communicate! To share, to convey information or knowledge to others, and receive it in return.
    We might look to the animals as such a way of life, but even there, forms of communication exist. Birds, for example, are known for their songs and calls that bond them with one another, and serve to alert them to food sources and danger. The purring, rubbing cat, and the tail-wagging dog are using body language to communicate. If you have experienced it, you will readily understand the hissing and arched back of the fearful, angry cat, or the snarling dog, baring its teeth.
    The key to any community -  an interacting population - is the ability to communicate.
    While basic feelings, such as contentment, acceptance, fear, or “here’s food” can be shared through body language and sound, think of how drab our lives would be if we could not say, (with meaning) “Wow! Chocolate cake!” or Ugg!! Beans AGAIN?”

    Try to describe a distant vista, tell a joke, or relate a story without words. Pretty limiting, isn’t it?
    So let’s invent ‘words,’ names for things:
        “So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.(Genesis 2:20, NKJV)
    We also find the words for concepts of good, evil, knowledge, life, and death in these passages of Genesis. The true miracle is that we can read and experience these things thousands of years later, eons after Adam and the creation.
    There are many ways to represent the spoken word. Egyptians used hieroglyphics - picture characters.
    The Chinese use ideograms to express ideas and concepts.
    The Phoenicians are generally credited with perfecting and disseminating the use of a system of signs to represent the spoken word. The signs represent sounds, and are themselves given  names; we know this body of symbols by the first two letters used by the Greeks, who modified the Phoenician language:
                 Alpha, Beta, ending with Omega - the Alphabet!  (See Rev. 1:8)
    But before anything was, and after anything is, God and Christ existed, and will exist. The First, and The Last. Alpha to Omega.
                    Preceding all, Enveloping everything,  Everlasting.
    “I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.”


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