The Recording of God’s Word (Part 2) (The Covenant & the Cross #15)

Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 Peter 2:1-2 which reads: “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

Today’s quote about the Bible is from Michael Phillips. He said: “The Bible is the greatest example of the whole being greater that its parts.”

Our topic for today is titled: “The Recording of God’s Word (Part 2)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin

With all of the mighty acts that God had performed for the Israelites still fresh in their minds, God was going to speak directly to them. What an awesome day! The morning came, and the people had purified themselves sufficiently. They waited anxiously behind the roped-off area, and Moses stood there with them. Then they heard God’s voice. It was like thunder. “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This was followed by the rest of the Ten Commandments. The people backed away in terror from the awesome scene. When the voice stopped, they asked Moses himself to speak God’s word—it was too scary for them to hear it directly from the Lord.

So that was what Moses did. Over the next several months, he wrote down, at God’s direction, the books we call Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. Genesis gave the background to the overall situation, explaining why humankind was in trouble and what steps God had already taken to resolve it. After recounting God’s creation, Genesis cited seven key failures of humankind, followed by God’s call of Abraham. The rest of the book traced the line of Abraham to the point where it became an embryonic nation—which was taken to Egypt to incubate.

In Exodus the account quickly jumped four hundred years to the current generation. It focused on the birth of Moses because he was the next individual God spoke to. The people recalled vividly the following events: the plagues and the Exodus. They certainly would have raised an uproar if Moses had gotten it wrong. Exodus ends with an account of how the Israelites built the various items God had commanded in order to provide a focus for their religious ritual.

The book of Leviticus describes the ritual processes and the implementation of what we might call early Israelite religion, the precursor to Judaism. The whole purpose of these three books (or this three-part book) was to explain to the nation why God had intervened so mightily on their behalf and what He expected from them in response. As we will see, the purpose of God’s intervention was to set into motion a process that would profoundly affect world history by setting the stage for the coming Messiah. But that would be hundreds of years later. In the interim, God had a purpose for this group of people camped on the plains of Sinai.

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