In celebration of this, I thought I would write some short notes discussing the preservation of God’s Word using examples from um…God’s Word lol.
If time permits I should be able to write a new note every few weeks or so, we’ll have to see…
My first analysis today is found in the book of Jeremiah. (I recommend everyone read this phenomenal book, (one of my personal favourites)).
It concerns the conversations with Jeremiah and Baruch the son of Neriah found in chapter 36.
Allow me to set the scene.......
The prophet Jeremiah has been preaching to the people of Judah for many years now, warning them of the coming judgement from the Lord, It’s now the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah who was a very righteous godly king, but Jehoiakim followed not the ways of his father, but plunged Judah into more wickedness further kindling the wrath of God.
In chapter 36 we find Jeremiah bound in prison, but even there the LORD visits him and commands him to take a scroll and write down all the Words that he is about to speak, so it can be a book to be read in the ears of the people.
Jeremiah then calls Baruch the son Neriah to record all the words he speaks which he received from the LORD into a book to be read out in the ears of the people.
What is the lesson here? It’s simple!!
GOD’S WORD CAN BE PRESERVED down the line!!
The Bible says in 2Peter “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
In the case of Jeremiah, he received it directly from the LORD (1st inspiration), he then tells Baruch all the words he was told by the LORD(2nd inspiration) and that becomes the book which is read out by Baruch in the ears of the people (3rd inspiration)
In no way was God’s Word less inspired when Baruch read it out than when Jeremiah directly received it from the LORD.
In the same chapter, the book even gets destroyed by the king because he was offended at the Word of the LORD, but the LORD commands Jeremiah again to write down the SAME WORDS he spoke to him before in another scroll
“Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.”
The King James Bible was diligently translated out of the Greek and Hebrew languages into the lingua franca of the world, English!! and even from one language to another, it’s still God’s Word.
He promised he would preserve it forever and we hold the Words of God in our hands today. It’s still just as powerful, it’s still just as hated, it’s still the truth and it’s still inspired as it was when God first spoke the words and they were penned down by 40 different authors spanning thousands of years.
Jesus put it this way “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
So yeah, this is my first article, I hope it brought my first point across, in that God’s Word was penned down by different people, yet it remained God’s Word.
So yeah um God bless :)