This devotional blog is intended to share brief, scripture based thoughts that we can tuck into our hearts. The focus of the devotions is God's word, not my thoughts. Isaiah 55:11 is the basis for this blog:
"so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it."
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Could Jesus write?
14 When Gentiles who have
not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves,
even though they do not have the law. 15 They
show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience
also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them
16 on that day when, according to
my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. Romans (2:14-16)
“This is the covenant that I will make with
them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” Hebrews 10:16 (RSV)
Eve made a speculative comment on my last
blog post about Jesus not writing. She said, “This post made me think of
a question. Why was Jesus not called by the Father to actually write down
his teachings? Did Jesus know how to write? Did he keep a journal?
I have thought about that as well, and
since no artifacts or samples of Jesus’s writing have ever been found, it is
impossible to prove that Jesus wrote anything. It is also impossible to prove
that something never happened or never existed, so the best answer to the
question of whether Jesus actually wrote or not is that no artifacts of Jesus
writing have ever been found. One idea that I have about Jesus writing is that
I do believe that He inspired every word that is written in scripture, and He
has inspired written works over many centuries, including today. Perhaps the
Father, the risen Christ and the Holy Spirit are actively writing blogs today,
using their faithful servants to clatter away on a keyboard.
The scriptures above reinforce the idea of
the permanence of God’s word apart from the written word. I think that God
purposely did not have Jesus actually write anything on papyrus with ink is
1. People tend to revere earthly created
religious artifacts. God wants people to think about what Jesus said, rather
than to gaze at what He wrote on papyrus or stone.
2. Jesus main purpose in coming to earth
was to establish the Kingdom of God. The first chapter of Mark opens with Jesus
preaching that the Kingdom of God is at hand. The Jews already had a written
law, kings, and a prescribed territory for an earthly kingdom that God gave to
them. And how was that working for Israel? God knows that the law, however
permanently inscribed on stone or papyrus, is useless unless the people think
about it, embrace it and obey it. The kingdom depends upon the loyalty of the
subjects, not upon the letter off the law.
3. In first century Galilee, writing was
not necessarily a mark of education, it was more like a skill. Jesus knew the
law, and read the law. He was well educated in scripture, and used scripture to
combat satan. Even if Jesus could not write, this not did not negate the fact
that God’s word was powerful Jesus.