Our biblical ancestors "heard" things in ways we no longer do. They sincerely believed that they could discern the words of God.
But how are we today to understand what the Bible means when we read that "God said …" or "God commanded …"? Obviously, our ancestors were too sophisticated to imagine God as a superhuman possessing vocal chords, yet the Bible intimates that they were nevertheless in direct contact with God. How did they discern God speaking to them? Does the Bible contain concrete clues to this mystery?
Amazingly, the clues embedded in the Bible are universal. We find evidence of them in preliterate and literate societies throughout the world. With these clues in hand (and, perhaps, in heart) you can personally encounter God’s words in a new and striking way.