The Word of God Part 3
Yesterday, we finished our discussion about the spoken Word of God and the living Word of God, which is Jesus Christ. Today, we will delve into the main constituent of our study–the written Word of God.
As stated yesterday, the first mention of the written Word of God is in Deuteronomy Chapter 4. However, it was not until Deuteronomy 5 when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets upon Mount Sinai. Many Bible scholars regard the Ten Commandments to be the first official written Word of God. The Ten Commandments were the primordial basis for the Torah (Law), which eventually became the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) by the death of Moses.
Let’s take a look at some Scripture references which reveal the method in which God inspired His Word.
Deut 9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them [was written] according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
In this passage of Scripture, it becomes apparent that Moses himself did not write the Ten Commandments; God himself wrote them. In the latter half of the verse the Bible reads, “…and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount…” Thus, it can be asserted that this was the first time that the spoken Word of God had actually been permanently recorded for the Israelites to read and pass down. Here is yet another Scripture that supports my assertion:
Deut 10:4 And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.
In this passage of Scripture, God is instructing Moses to get two more tables of stone so that God could write the Ten Commandments again. If you recall from Scripture, Moses broke the two tables of stone on which God had written the Ten Commandments the first time out of his anger against the people of Israel (see Deut. 9:17)
Aside from this, what can be drawn from this verse is that the Bible calls the writing of the Ten Commandments “the first writing”. “And he wrote on the tables, according to THE FIRST WRITING, the ten commandments…”
Thus, we have Scriptural support that indicates that the Ten Commandments were indeed the first written Word of God.
In our next lesson, we will discuss the method for which God recorded His Word prior to Joshua.
In preparation for next lesson: Read Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Deuteronomy 6:4-15,
In the first part of the verse, when the Bible says, “…written with the finger of God…”