The Word of God Part 2
Yesterday, we talked about the spoken Word of God and we discussed the bare bones of Biblical inspiration. Today, we will dive more in-depth on our study of the Holy Bible.
The first mention of the written Word of God is recorded in Deuteronomy 4:8-10 , “Deut 4:8 And what nation [is there so] great, that hath statutes and judgments [so] righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Deut 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
Deut 4:10 [Specially] the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.”
In verse nine, God commanded Moses and the people of Israle to “take heed to thyself…[and to] teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons…[and to] …hear my words that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Sublimitally, we see a promise that God will preserve His Word. God is commanding the Israelites to teach His Words to their children, which means that God’s intention was for the Word to get passed down from generation to generation. In so doing, God wanted to ensure that His Words did not get tampered with “lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life…”
God’s main purpose for preserving His Word is that we might keep his commandments.
Deut 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
Ps 81:13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!
Isa 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Prov 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
God wanted His Word to be passed down by faithful men so that His Statues and commandments could be known throughout all the world. Even living in the church age, God’s main goal is still for the Gospel message to be preached to all nations, for Jesus himself said, “Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
Preparation for next lesson: Read Deuteronomy 5 and Exodus 20 .