The LORD said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the
first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on
the first tablets, which you broke. Exodus 34:1
For centuries, we have known God’s Word to be true. It is an the God breathed, inspired Word, true is presentation, infallible in its documentation. Moreover, in our studies, we have know the book of John to verify an important truth, in Chapter 1. That being, that “In the beginning…..the Word was God.” Yep, we all know it to be true. The Word was not only “in”, but it was “with”, and it “was” God.
We have looked at this passage from many angles. Many have taken it so far as even to treat the Bible as the remaining physical presence of God, handling it with reverence and respect. We know this Word to be “alive”. It is a living body, that remains the same, but speaks to what has changed. The world changes, but it remains the same, while it speaks to the past, present, & future. It can do so because it was written in the past as a documentation of what was an is to come.
God is the Same, but the Word is Different?
Somehow, the Bible faces a present onslaught of readers and hearers, (I want to add “doer” out of habit of including these three together), who want the Bible to overgo a massive rewrite. I won’t bother to list the suggested edits and updates, but be it know that the Bible would need a full reworking, and would inevitably have a new list of cast and crew to fit the new narratives that are suggested by the pressing audience. It seems that this current group of readers and hearers believe they are the first group to be offended and or challenged by the standard that God has. Be it know today, we are not the first, nor will be the last to read the scripture and find something that bothers us or something we don’t believe in!
The God of 2021 is different than the God of 33 AD & 750 BC?
Having said that, there is that thought that God would have spoken differently if He was inspiring the books of the cannon in 2000. Some believe that Jesus would have a different speech if He was walking the earth and speaking to todays context. This is said, all while believing that “God is the same yesterday, today and forever” or “I am the Lord who changes not.”
We confess that we believe God’s Word, but honestly, there are too many that don’t really believe. At best, they are inspired readers. While many of us read God’s Word, others believe they are reading the words of men who had a relationship with God. There is a huge difference between God’s Word and a Man’s Word that knew God. So the question becomes what do you believe? If you really believe that the Bible contains the Word of God, and that the Word was with God and was God, would you be in favor of changing it?
We have gone from a generation of people who were obsessed about making sure we had the most accurate translation to a generation who want a more acceptable translation. We want everything to feel good! Everything must be customized for fit. And sadly, God isn’t it. God doesn’t renew His mind, we are require to renew our minds. God doesn’t put away the old man. God has not been made new! God is! God is I AM! God is perfect. God is pure! God is holy! God is God!
Are the Pastors/Apostles/Bishops… of today
more honorable than the Original Apostles?
I love this passage above. I thought of it as I was talking to one of these Bible Re-Writers! As he was talking, I was thinking, who would be chosen to Re-Write God’s Word, and could they get God to write them a forward. I guess these people believe that the saints of 2021 are more honorable and trustworthy of the saints that sealed the cannon, or the Apostles that wrote the books? Can’t you hear the sarcasm?
REALLY PEOPLE!!!! We watch politicians, political parties and Christian pastors manipulate and massage the scriptures to cover their own sin. SLAVERY was justified endorsed by the Church!!!! SEGREGATION was endorsed by some of the same leaders you have in mind for this Bible rewrite. These are the same people that are crafting Sundays messages to fit the narrative of the party they belong too! These people should be trusted with a re-write? Can’t you hear the frustration?
Anyways, back to the passage! Moses breaks the commandments out of anger and frustration! He returns to God, after breaking the commandments, and God after moving them, has Moses cut two new tablets, on which He write the same words as before. Yep, The Word was so nice, He wrote it twice! The Words written by God are not casual. He was not making it up in the moment. He was not freestyling or jotting down notes to a more perfect work He would record later. His Words were well thought out. They reflect His intelligence and His wisdom. The reflect His love and His compassion. His Word is complete. It’s a full meal without sides and fixings! It stands alone, and needs no support documentation. It’s His Word, written on paper for all to see!
I know what you are thinking, “The people saw what was on the tablets and were in full agreement!” There was no grumbling or complaining. Oh, maybe you think they read the rules and thought, “This is perfect! It goes perfectly with our lifestyle!” God wrote laws that support our habits and fuel our desires. He supports our wicked and evil ways, and wants us to continue living as we were! Can’t you hear the sarcasm?
God’s Word Validates the Sinner
and Justifies their Sin to the World?
PEOPLE!!!! God’s Word was not written to support your habits and or validate your proclivities to the world. God documented His desires. He documented His Will. And destroying the tablet or template wont change what He intended! I’m sure some of you believe that Moses should have edited the tablets. After all, people where still breaking the law! Moses should have consulted the priest and altered God’s wishes so the people would seem feel and look more righteous according to what was written and presented. This makes perfect sense; right?
NO! Again, this wouldn’t make any sense! God’s Word has something for us all!!! We all read it and find out that we are not in complete alignment with His will. We all read it and realize that we have fallen short of the mark. We all read it and are convicted by what we read. And this is how it should remain!
We Must Change; Not the Word!
What should change is the way we judge and condemn each other. God’s Word was not left for us to be abusive to one another. He left it so we would understand Him, and know His love for us. We read that The Word was a Sword, and started cutting off ears and maiming limbs! This is the real shame. It’s not that the Word is outdated, or that it is cruel or filled with errors, but that it is entrusted to human hands that act ungodly and have used its to mislead and sway those who have not studied and learned how to hear and trust the spirit. It has spoken to the tingling ears of those who have a set agenda on what they want to hear from God, and thus the Word has been misused and misrepresented in so many ways that it is critiqued unfairly. We must continue to study and to uphold the standard. We also must resume our pursuit for the standard as opposed to lowering the standard on earth and fooling ourselves to believe it changes God’s standard in heaven.
Pastors/Prophets: Don’t be Moses!
Prophets and Pastors, we must be careful in this season! Jesus was questioned about divorce by the Pharisees, and stated, God hates divorce, but Moses allowed it in his frustration and amidst pressure from the people. For the people sake, thank God Jesus proclaimed that He would honor Moses’s decree, but He verbalizes God’s will and His displeasure for Moses’s actions. We do not know what that face to face with God was like, but we do know that Moses’ anger kept him from the promise. I fear that many will fold under the pressure to compromise and allow what God has not intended to be. When we look at the results of Moses’ declaration, it should encourage us to hold true to the standard of God’s Word. Not just to be pleasing to Him, but so that it might go well on earth with present and future generations. People will always want God’s Word to change! We must fear Him enough to keep it the same!