Writing with Momentous Meaning

Investigating Writing and the Bible

When Jesus was sentenced to be crucified, Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, KING OF THE JEWS.

Scripture: John 19:19-22

Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write the King of the Jews, but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Pilate needed to have sufficient reason for the execution of Jesus, and he was not above mocking the Jews. Pilate’s refusal to change the writing on the cross underscores that Jesus’ kingship is final and unalterable.

Pilate’s writing carried momentous meaning. Tweet this!

 

 

Jeremiah Writes Flaming Words

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Jeremiah in 22:30 is instructed to write a judgment against the evil king of Judah, Je-hoi-a-kim.

Thus saith the Lord, write this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days…

The Israelites were taken into captivity in Babylon. Jeremiah was told in 30:2 to …write all the words God had spoken in a book.

Again, Jeremiah in 36:2 is told, Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even into this day.

Jeremiah obeyed and dictated the words to Baruch, a scribe.  Foolishly, King Je-hoi-a-kim heard the words and had the scroll burned. Jeremiah’s words went up in flames as if it could stop judgment. (Tweet that!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But in 36:28 Jeremiah is instructed to Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Je-hoi-a-kim the king of Judah hath burned.  

Not only were the words rewritten, verse 36:32 tells us the scribe wrote …all the words of the book which Je-hoi-a-kim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.

 

Commands to Write in Isaiah

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Isaiah 8:1, 10:1, 30:8

In Isaiah, there are three commands regarding writing that give:

 

                      Direction–  The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.” Is 8:1 (This name Isaiah was later directed to give his son.)

 

 

 

                                  WarningWoe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; Is 10:1

  

 

 

 

                                         CautionGo now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness. Is 30:8 (This written to caution the Israelites not to forget the obstinate nation, Egypt.)

 

 

How do you write on the heart?

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Scripture #15 – Proverbs 3: 3  & 7: 1, 3

 

 

 

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table on thine heart.

Keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee … bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

To write on the table of your heart, equates to hiding God’s Word in your heart.

It’s your lifeline. It’s not enough to record the sayings of understanding on a common tablet. We should memorize them—inscribe the words of wisdom upon the tablet of our consciousness.

Since the printing press, we are primarily people of the written (and now digital) page. Not so the ancients. In a predominantly oral society, people had to practice the principles of memory. Learning was often synonymous with memorization.

Mordecai’s Life-Saving Letter

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This writing saved lives.

 

 

 

Scripture #14 -Esther 8:8

Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

 

This writing was allowed by King Ahasuerus at the request of Queen Esther as a counter-measure to an earlier decree that all Jews were to be killed. A letter was written by Mordecai with the king’s seal letting Jews know that they could defend themselves.

A Covenant Renewed & Sealed

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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

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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.

 

 

Write Upon Great Stones

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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.