The Word of God Part 4
Yesterday, we talked about the first record of the written Word of God. Today, we will delve into a discussion about the method in which God chose to deliver His Word prior to Joshua. Let’s start with a little chart to help us organize things a little better:
Pre-Abrahamic Period: Primarily spoken; God Himself spoke directly to mankind.
Abrahamic Period–Pre-Noah Period: Primarily spoken; God Himself spoke directly to righteous men; God used these men to speak to their families and lead them out of the land of sin and wickedness into the Promised Land.
Pre-Flood of Noah–Flood of Noah: Primarily spoken; God Himself spoke directly to righteous men; God used these men to be a witness to the people of the nations throughout the world (primarily a warning about the Flood); God used righteous men to speak to their families and warn them about the Flood of Noah
Post-Flood of Noah–Pre-Moses Period: No divine inspiration except from Noah’s sons which was passed down verbally.
Isaac–Joseph: Primarily spoken; God used Joseph as a witness to the Egyptians and as a testimony for Yahweh throughout all Egypt
Moses–Joshua: Primarily spoken until the writing of the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5, which became the first offical written record of the Word of God.
Joshua–Pre-King Saul Period: A combination of spoken and written; Israelites had the Law, the Ark of the Covenant; historical books were being written and preserved at this time
King Saul-Pre-King David Period: A combination of spoken and written; historical books were being written and copied down by this time
King David Period–Solomon: Primarily written, with prophetic visions given to certain godly men. Most of historical books were being completed or had already been written; poetical and wisdom books were being written and preserved by this time
The Prophets–Pre-Messianic Period: Primarily written; poetical and wisdom books were still in the process of being written or partially completed by the time God started raising up prophets; by the end of the prophetic age,the poetical and wisdom books had been completed and the prophetical books were just being finished or had already been completed.
Between the Testaments: No divine inspiration by God.
Messianic Period–Pre-Apostolic Period: Primarily spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The Gospels did not start getting recorded until the middle of the Apostolic Period.
Apostolic Period: Combination of spoken and written; apostles had the Old Testament but the New Testament was still being written
Post-Apostolic Period–Present: All written. There is no spoken Word of God that exists today. We have the complete Word of God available and preserved and faithfully passed down through the Masoretic Text and the Textus Receptus into the Authorized King James Bible of 1611 (will be discussed in greater detail in a later lesson).
I think it is necessary that we break each period into separate lessons, which will be brought together in a video (published by sometime next week). I will post a summary of what we have learned so far tomorrow.