Lesson Plan

GOD'S WORD--WHERE IS IT?

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

From the very beginning of time God has spoken and Satan has tried his best to do away with what God said or to make it of no effect. If man is to live by every word of God then Satan is determined to confound, corrupt or destroy that Word. When he came to Eve in the form of the serpent the first thing he uttered was "Yea hath God said". What followed is a perfect example of the results of the corrupted word. In Gen. 3:3 Eve adds to the Word God spoke by saying that she could not touch the fruit which of course God never said. In the same verse she omits the word "surely"(Deut. 4;2) which stands in stark contrast to what God did say. God had said "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." This may seem very trivial to some but as we shall see later on in this study that it is precisely changing or omitting little noticed words or verses throughout the text that renders the entire work corrupt and undependable. This is Satan's goal. He would have all the Scriptures that God has given us either destroyed or corrupted so as to leave questions and doubts in our mind as to the authenticity of what we read.

When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses He wrote them with His own finger. "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God." ( Exodus 31:18) Probably before the end of the day these two tablets were in bits pieces and powder by the hands of the one to whom he had entrusted the written word.

Exodus 32:15-19 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. "And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. 17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. 18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear. 19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

Before the writing could be proclaimed to the people Satan had reared his ugly head through the actions of the people and the result was the destruction of the words that God had written to man. The "originals" were destroyed and what follows is the first copy of the originals we have recorded in history. Notice what God did when His written word was destroyed.

Exodus 34:1-4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount. 4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.

Note closely the underlined part where God said He would write the words on the 2nd tablets as He had written the first and compare it to the next passage.

Exodus 34:27-29 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. 28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

You see it don't you? God said I will write and then Moses wrote. The originals were destroyed and a copy was made. The finger of God wrote the first and Moses wrote the second even though God said He would do the writing. God spoke and Moses wrote and God considered it as if He was doing the writing. The original was destroyed but the copy was equal to the original that God wrote even though a man wrote the second.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.


This 2nd study on God's WORD
is presented by Brother Rhodes.

 


Poetry



I Will Walk With My Lord

Words of truth and love shall forever be
My soul's unmerited treasure.
God's commands are gems
Etched across my heart
Not ever to depart.
Everlasting gifts
Offered by One
Who willingly
Paid my price.
With a smile
I will walk
With my
Lord in
Paradise.


Julie Pisacane 2006

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God:
yea, thy law is within my heart.

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