John 12.28-29 cont.
28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from Heaven: “I have both glorified it and I will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd that stood there hearing this said it had thundered, but others said that an angel had spoken to Him.
It seems to be clear that all the crowd heard a noise coming from Heaven. However, there was a difference of opinion as to what it was that they heard.
John tells us that for some it was just thunder, and nothing more.
There will always be those who seek to explain away that which is purely of God. This is often done with the motive and stating that something which has occurred is nothing more than a physical occurrence of nature, and there is no need to bring God into it.
Yet, on a much more positive side there are others who will try and explain a physical occurrence in order to produce the evidence that God is in it and is the instigator of it.
The Psalmist tells us that the whole world belongs to the Lord: The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him – Psalm 24.1 (NLT). Therefore, God is able to enter into this world to bring about whatever event He so desires.
Then there were those in the crowd who definitely attributed what they heard to a voice. Their explanation was that they had heard the voice of an angel. They believed that an angel had come and spoken directly to Jesus. They believed that what they heard was coming straight from Heaven.
We do not know what the disciples thought. However, at least Peter, James and John had heard the voice of God on a previous occasion. In Mark 9.7 we read: And a cloud came overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud: “This is My dearly loved Son, listen to Him.”
This was when Jesus had taken them up a mountain and He was transfigured before them, and was also accompanied by Moses and Elijah.
Therefore, when they heard the voice from Heaven, they may well have realised that this was none other than the voice of God.
It is very important for each of us to discern the voice of God as He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. He speaks to us in various ways, perhaps rarely in an audible voice, but we must listen. Jesus said that he who has ears to hear must listen.