Today's passage of Scripture is Psalm 119:9 which reads: "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word."
Today's quote about the Bible is from Mark Twain. He said: "Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand."
Today, we are going to continue our overview of some topics that will help us as we study the Bible throughout future episodes.
Our topic for today is titled: "The Recording of God's Word (Part 1)" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Michael A. Harbin.
God's written Word began to come together on a sun-soaked plain in the Sinai peninsula. After God had brought the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob out of Egypt, He led them to the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses had been commissioned more than a year earlier. There God started the process of making this motley throng of Israelites, Egyptians, and others into a nation. Moses went up on the mountain and received most of the material included in the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. That was the foundation of God's written Word.
God could have done it differently. He could have given His revelation to the nation as a whole. When we look at the account in Exodus 19, we find that God had the people prepare themselves so that He might speak to them directly. They cleansed themselves for two days. The anticipation must have been intense as they recollected all that had happened during the past year.
Moses had come out of the desert in a spectacular manner, proclaiming that God, after more than four hundred years of silence, had spoken to him. He presented signs to the elders of Israel, then went to meet Pharaoh, asking for his people's deliverance...
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