Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on August 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM|
The first one to speak in the Bible was God…
“And God said…” Genesis 1:3, 6, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29
“And the Lord God said…” Genesis 2:18
God spoke the Universe into existence and spoke to Adam and Eve (through Adam).
The second one to speak in the Bible was Adam…
“And Adam said…” Genesis 2:23. He took his cue from God. God spoke, now he spoke.
The third one to speak in the Bible was Satan (disguised as a snake)…
“And he said…” Genesis 3:1. Satan spoke unto the woman. Given the choice, Satan would rather confer with the weaker vessel. (I Peter 3:7) The first thing that Satan ever said to mankind was a question. That question was an attack on God’s word.
The fourth one to speak in the Bible was the woman…
“And the woman said…” Genesis 3:2. Eve took her cue from Satan. She joined in Satan’s conversation, attacking what God “said.” (See verses 3-5)
After the conversation between Satan and Eve concluded, God could have called it quits. But, that’s not what He did. He could have tossed it all in the trash can and started again with a new Earth and a new set of Earthlings. No one would have been the wiser. But, that’s not what God did.
After this conversation was over, the most wonderful thing happened…
“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said…” Genesis 3:9. God SPOKE. God wanted to remedy the situation. And, remedy He did, by shedding the blood of two innocent animals. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
I want you to notice another thing. The first time the word “word” shows up in the Bible (Genesis 15:1), that word is so important, it’s connected with a promise, a prophecy, a sacrifice, and a covenant (vs. 18)).
Notice the formula: “…the word of the LORD….”
Now, I can begin this study.
God is so closely connected with His word that when His son was begotten into this world, He (Jesus) was dubbed “the Word” of God. (John One)
Today, I will prove to you from the Scripture that you have an exact copy of the words of God that are written down in Heaven.
"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." Hebrews 8:5
Moses was commanded to make a copy of the pattern that was shown thee. If there is a pattern, there must be a real tabernacle, somewhere. According to Hebrews Nine, I believe that somewhere is in Heaven, itself.
“For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:….” (Hebrews 9:19-24)
If you notice verse twenty-four, it says that Christ took His blood and placed it in Heaven on the “patterns,” themselves. What could these patterns be? They are the same patterns that God told Moses to fashion his tabernacle after. Read Exodus 25:9 and 40…
“According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. …And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”
My wife uses sewing patterns to make a copy of an existing thing. If Jesus brought His blood into “heaven itself” to place his blood on “the figures of the true”, where do you suppose he placed it? I believe he placed it on the TRUE mercy seat, in Heaven—the one Moses was commanded to pattern his after. Read Hebrews Eight with me…
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” (Hebrews 8:1-5)
Do you see those words, in verse two, “…the true tabernacle…”? If the pattern, in Heaven, was the true one, what would the Levitical one be? A copy! Because, the real one—the TRUE one is in Heaven.
Now this message is not about the tabernacle, it’s about the Bible.
If there is a TRUE tabernacle in Heaven, and God gave us a copy of that, I wonder if there is a copy of anything else that we claim was in Heaven before we got a copy of it down here.
But, first, let’s ask this question…
When “…Moses was admonished of God…to make…all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount…”, do you think there were any blunders or bloopers made? Were there any mistakes? Let’s face it, Moses was just a man, right? He was just human, like you and me. In fact, Moses even killed a man. So it stands to reason that whatever pattern he followed, there was bound to be mistakes, right? Wrong! We don’t believe that. We Bible-believers believe that the Levitical system of offering, though inept, because it lacked sinless blood that could “…make the comers thereunto perfect…” (Hebrews 10:1), which consisted of the tabernacle and tabernacle furniture, were exactly patterned after the one in Heaven? We believe no mistakes were made. Moses followed the EXACT pattern that was given him on the mount.
Isn’t the reasoning in the last paragraph the exact reasoning we should use for the Bible issue? If God told Moses to write down what He said, doesn’t it stand to reason that there was an original word of God (written already) in Heaven? Yes, it does.
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89
I submit that, before any man ever picked up a quill pen to inscribe God’s word on Earth, it was already established in Heaven.
If (as we saw) there was, already, an existing original pattern to follow in Heaven (that was greater than even God’s own name—Psalm 138:2), when He passed it down to men by His Holy Ghost (II Peter 1:21), how many blunders do you suppose the men who received it “by his hand” (Acts 7:25—Expression) made? How many mistakes do you think are really in the TRUE Bible that was passed down?
Let’s go further. What words, on EARTH, was Job referring to, when he said “…I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food…”? (Job 23:12) Didn’t Job live BEFORE Moses? So, he couldn’t have been referring to the Old Testament Law. It wasn’t written, yet. Somehow, though, Job had access to words that weren’t written down.
Didn't Jesus say “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life...”? (John 6:63) Didn't he also say “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life...”? Where did Jesus get His words from? Although He definitely quotes some Old Testament Scriptures, He didn’t get them all from the Old Testament. If He didn’t get those words from men, where do you suppose He got them from? Do you suppose those words were a prewritten script that already existed, and all He needed to do was to say them? Wasn’t Jesus the Word of God, “…the express image of his person…”? (Hebrews 1:3)
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3
If God created the world and man by His word, it stands to reason that the word was written BEFORE all this came about! You talk about Bible-believing. The word of God was written BEFORE a scribe ever picked up a pen.
This gives new meaning to...
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89
The word was settled BEFORE Job, Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, or any writer of the Bible came along. You talk about having the "originals." I bet you, when we get to Heaven, you will see a perfect copy of the book (stained with the tears of the Saints) that has been perfectly preserved, down through the ages, sitting on your desk, next to your computer.
In conclusion, though I believe there is a perfect copy of the Bible written, today, in Heaven, we possess something that is even greater: His written word, revealed, like a conduit down through the centuries, through His holy Apostles and Prophets. Please read II Peter One with me…
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Notice verse nineteen. After the Bible was written, we have something even greater than God speaking to us from Heaven. This year we are celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of its preservation.