One day last week, while seated at my puzzle table in the lobby of my 55+ apartment building where I reside, a fellow resident approached the table and haphazardly said to me, “Did you know there is only one place in the Bible where God personally wrote down something?”. I looked up from my puzzling activity and nonchalantly replied, ‘Are you sure about that?’. “Yep! It’s that time when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments,” he continued. ‘Oh, I don’t think you are right about that, my friend. But let’s talk about it later,’ I replied and returned to my puzzle project. So, my friend shuffled his weight from one foot to the other, shook his head in disbelief, shrugged his shoulders, mumbled something under his breath about ‘his knowing the Bible’, and moved on.
About a week later, I was again alone in the lobby at my puzzling activities when along came my ole friend. We exchanged greetings, then I asked him how many fingers was I holding up. He replied four. “That’s right,” I confirmed. “And that’s because there are actually four times that it is recorded in the Bible that God wrote down something for a person.” With disbelief on his face, my friend pulled up a chair and sat down, looking quizzically at me.
“Now, what I am about to say will depend on your level of faith. Who do you say that Jesus is?” I asked him. “I believe in John Chapter One,” my friend said. “Yes, but do you believe that Jesus is God incarnate?” “Yes he replied. “Well, was there any time in scripture where Jesus kneeled down and wrote something?” I continued. “Oh, yes! When He challenged those guys that brought a prostitute to Him.”
“Okay. That’s one. Now what about Daniel? What character traits do you recall about him? “That’s right!” my friend exclaimed. There’s a story about something being written on the palace wall of King Belshazzar where a banquet was being held, and that only Daniel could interpret.” “Right! And that’s number two,” I said. “And don’t forget, the Ten Commandments were written down for Moses…twice!” I continued in an amplified voice. “That makes four times in all that God wrote something down for people!” I concluded.
Moral of the story…
While Christians are on this earth, they will no doubt have numerous opportunities to witness or testify to others about their perceived knowledge of the written Word. May I suggest that you guard against being too hasty or dogmatic about your perceived knowledge. Always tread lightly when recalling absolute Truths. And when correcting someone who thinks of themselves as being an ‘expert’ in biblical knowledge, wisdom and understanding of God’s holy word, tread with caution…pray first and foremost.
I am glad to report that my additional information to my friend was well received and the exchange of information has truly drawn us closer together. Who knows, there may be additional times in the Bible where God wrote something down that I, too, missed. Please send me a head’s up if I did. I would love to receive your comments. For I am an approachable vessel of godly messages that I receive from other sisters and brothers in Christ.
My Prayer for you…
Precious Jesus, I thank You for sending my way so many opportunities for new bits of insight that is in fact given to me as my trials that make it possible for me to be a more powerful witness for You. It is my earnest desire that You help me to show others through my positive responses and thoughtful ways just how much I love You and Your holy Word. Amen.
Scripture Lesson “Each one should use whatever gift he (or she) has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.” I Peter 4:10-11
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