The Record Keeping God

God loves writing down stuff, especially His Word. It is not because He can forget, but because we tend to forget. God tells Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction’ (Exodus 24:12). ‘They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets’ (32:v15-16). Moses was to seal the tablet in the Ark of the Testimony because the Word had not yet been revealed. Only ‘at the end of every seven years’ (Deuteronomy 31:9) were the Priests to read the law which God had written to all the people.

However, as soon as Moses reached down from the mountain top and saw the people worshipping idols, ‘he threw the tablets out of his hands breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain’ (v19). Then God told Moses to chisel out two other stone tablets and then instructed him to, ‘write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel’ (34:v27). Ever since then, God has been instructing His servants to write down what He reveals to them. He says;

Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time’ ~ Habakkuk 2:23

When the word of the Lord came to prophets, God inspired them to write it all down. Eventually, the records made up God’s Word. Paul writes, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Still, some don’t believe that the Bible is God’s Word, but think that random men, wrote random things, out of their random imagination. But Peter, who walked with the Word Himself says, ‘For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’ (2 Peter 1:21).

Those who remain stiff-necked and don’t accept the Bible as God’s Word, profit nothing from it for they don’t understand what it says. They become like King Belshazzar who saw that, ‘Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall’ (Daniel 5:5), but could not read it or know its meaning. When he called for the enchanters, astrologers and diviners, they too ‘could not read the writing or tell what it meant’ (v8).

When the Queen and the nobles of the palace remembered Daniel whom they described as having ‘the spirit of the holy gods in him’ (v11), the King called for him. Daniel interpreted the words for him and what they meant. The words rebuked the King and prophesied that his kingdom would be taken from him. True to the word, ‘That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians was slain’ (v30).

Like the writing inscribed on the wall during King Belshazzar’s reign, the writing inscribed in Scripture teaches, rebukes and correct us so that our end can be a peaceful one. King Belshazzar met a fatal end, an end of those who refuse to heed and to accept Jesus who sends His Spirit to enable us to read and interpret His Word. When ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:14), He said of Himself, ‘The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life’ (6:v63). For those who only think the New Testament is only or mostly God’s Word, Jesus says, ‘Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me’ (John 5:39). By then, His disciples had not yet written the New Testament.

The entire Bible is God’s Word, and when we accept Jesus into our lives, He promises that, ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord’, because they will know me, from the least of them to the greatest’ (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

Unlike in Moses’s time, God writes His law in our hearts, ‘written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts’ (2 Corinthians 3:3). We don’t have to wait for the Pastor to open and read for us once a week- as in the days of Moses. We read His Word daily, and we are made alive because His Word becomes written in our hearts. Each time we read His Word, God writes it in our hearts so that ‘The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit’ (Romans 8:16).

‘Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near’ ~ Revelation 1:7

16 thoughts on “The Record Keeping God

  1. Maybe you have already seen this, but I recently watched a wonderful documentary about the inventing of the Hebrew written alphabet. “Patterns of Evidence, The Moses Controversy.” Tim Mahoney demonstrates through archeological evidence that written Hebrew was available for Moses to write “Exodus” in 1450 BC.

    • Yes that is true. But through belief in Jesus, our records are wiped clean once and for all. We are forgiven. ‘God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross’ (Colossians 2:13-14) and so God says, ‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake and remembers your sins no more’ (Isaiah 43:35)

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