A Covenant Renewed & Sealed

Investigating Writing and the Bible

Scripture #13 -Nehemiah 9:38

And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites and priests, seal unto it.

 

After Babylonian exile, the reconstruction of the shattered wall in Jerusalem, the covenant is renewed.

 

 

Document, Document, Document

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Scripture #12 -Ezra 5: 9-10 and 6:2

Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, who commanded you to build this house and to make up these walls? We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them.  … And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll and therein was a record thus written:

 

 

 

 

 

 

If ever there was an important time to have documentation on hand, this was it.

King Cyrus of Persia overthrew Babylon in 539 B.C. and issued a decree in 538 B.C. allowing the exiled Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple. Zerubbabel leads the way and begins work on the temple, but opposition arises and the work ceases until 520 B.C. When the work begins again the Persian governor protests and challenges their authority. That’s when King Darius finds the written decree of Cyrus and the temple is finished in 515 B.C.

See the importance of written documentation?

Write the record of a king

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Scripture #11 -2 Chronicles 26:22

Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.

 

Uzziah was one of the kings of Judah. He begins well with the Lord and is blessed with military victories. However, when he becomes strong, he proudly and presumptuously plays the role of a priest by offering incense in the temple and is struck with leprosy. Writing all of the activities of this king was deemed important enough to mention it specifically.

Write a Song

Investigating Writing and the Bible

Scripture #10 Deuteronomy 31:19

This command was given to Moses before they entered the promised land as a teaching tool.

Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

 

 

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It is my goal as a Private Investigator and writer to investigate ways and means of leaving a legacy–handing down something from one period of time to another.
It might be a special heirloom,

 

 

 

 

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Write Upon Great Stones

Investigating Writing and the Bible

Scripture #9 –Deuteronomy 27: 8

And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

These were directions given ahead of time by Moses in anticipation of entering the promised land.

They were to set up some great stones, and coat them with plaster.

Writing in stone was a special way used to preserve the word of God.

WRITE: A Command Fit for a King

 

 

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Scripture #8 –Deuteronomy 17: 18-19

When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.

 

The book of Deuteronomy is addressed to the new generation destined to possess the promised land. This is the generation who survived the forty years of wilderness wandering. Referred to as the repetition of the law, this book and is an expansion of the original law given on Mount Sinai and written on tablets.

This command to write is for the king that God knows the Israelites will request in the future. He makes it plain that it is critical that the leader of the people write down the law on a scroll to preserve God’s word for generations to come.

 

Writing on posts and gates

Investigating Writing and the Bible

The next installment of Bible commands to write.

Scripture #6- Deuteronomy 6:9

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   “And thou shalt write them [God’s commandments]

            upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

 

 

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Here is a command to write that is part of a threefold responsibility:

To have God’s truth govern one’s

  1. heart
  2. home
  3. and habits

 

The Bible and Writing

Investigating Writing and the Bible

Writing on the Staff of Aaron

 

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Here is the next installment of Bible commands to write.

Scripture #5-

Numbers 17: 2-3

(2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man’s name upon his rod. (3) And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

{Writing was used to elevate Aaronic priesthood against opposition. The selection of 12 staffs, one from each tribe, was a symbolic act whereby the divine choice of Aaron would be indicated.}