For the second week in a row, I have struggled to find time to do my lesson. This morning was a great example. I was studying my lesson and had some great thoughts that I wanted to share with you. Then I had to stop for a meeting. Once the meeting was over, I was too busy with work to go back to my lesson. It is now after midnight and I just remembered that I didn’t write anything down.
I am glad that the authors of the Bible weren’t too busy to write down what God inspired them to write. Could you imagine what a mish-mash of thoughts and ideas we would be left with if they didn’t take the time to write it down? Can you imagine the “fish stories” that would have come out of the Bible if they relied on their memories? (I can hear it now – “No really, the fish swallowed him whole. He built a fire and camped out for 40 days and 40 nights until the flood ended and then he swam to an island where Ginger and Maryanne were.”) We know that the oral traditions of man, those stories which are passed from one generation to the next, may change greatly as they are handed down. Clearly, it wouldn’t have been the best method for God to “reveal” what He wanted us to know what He expects of us.
The Bible is filled with references from the writers that it was God inspired. In Exodus 17:14, it says,”Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Josua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” God not only told Moses to write it but also made sure he knew that others needed to hear it. I am sure glad Moses obeyed. I’m glad Moses took the time to write down what God told him. Without his writing it, I wouldn’t have anything to write about tonight.
That is why I had to write it down before I went to bed. I didn’t want to forget.