The Finger of God

Have you ever received a handwritten note from someone? In today’s society, we have a lot of form letters, where all the sender has to do is put your name into it. I understand the need for form letters at times, because there are a lot of letters to write at times. However, there is something extra special about receiving a handwritten letter. A handwritten letter is exactly what we have in the Bible. In today’s text for Blogging Through The Bible in 2020, we are going to see an interesting phrase that should help us understand that the Bible isn’t an ordinary book, in fact, it has a Divine author. Exodus 31:18 says, “And when He (God) had made an end of speaking with him (Moses) on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.”

Moses has been up on Mt. Sinai now for 40 days meeting with God. God has been speaking personally with Moses during this time, but also recording what He is saying. With these two tablets of stone, God is giving Israel all the instructions they will need for living a life that glorifies and pleases God. The tablets of stone have two purposes. They can serve as an encouragement for the people of Israel to know that God is with them, and that they can know God in a personal way. The tablets can also serve as a test of obedience for Israel. Will they love God and trust God enough to obey what He has written? The same is true for you and I. Only the Bible can claim Divine authorship. When we read the Bible, we are looking into the mind, heart, and will of God. He wrote it down not only for Moses and his generation, but God has preserved it for us to this day so that we can still know Him. Later in the Bible, God says that everything else will fade away, but His Word will be preserved forever (see Isa. 40:8). This is a reminder that the Bible is as eternal as its author.

One of the chief concerns or arguments about the Bible from those who are not saved is that the Bible is a book written by man, not by God. The reality is, I won’t be able to convince anyone. In fact, that’s not even my job. It is the role of the Holy Spirit to produce conviction, draw a person to God, and to save them. However, the Bible speaks to this in a few different places and I believe that it is worth looking at for a few minutes. The first thing we see is in our text; the phrase “the finger of God” is used to speak of how the tablets were recorded. This is the second time that this phrase is used in the book of Exodus. The other time was by Pharaoh’s magicians when the plagues were occurring. The tie in is this, if God is powerful enough to bring and end the plagues, then why would we think He isn’t powerful enough to write down His thoughts for us? The second text is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which says, “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” The phrase “inspiration of God” in the Greek is literally translated as “breath of God.” This refers to the fact that God spoke His word. This of course is supported by the events in Exodus, because we see Him speaking with Moses on Mt. Sinai. The last text is 2 Peter 1:20-21 which says, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” What Moses, the prophets of the Old Testament, and the New Testament writers spoke and recorded was what the Holy Spirit gave them. Again, we can point to the 40 days on Mt. Sinai for Moses. We see God speaking to Moses, telling him what to say to Israel, not Moses telling God what he was going to say.

There are many other arguments and proofs that could be given on the inspiration of Scripture and the method of writing, but I don’t want us to miss the main point. The question we have to ask is this, is the Bible the Word of God? If you don’t believe that, no amount of arguments or proofs will convince you. However, if you believe that the Bible is the Word of God then that has some very important ramifications. The most important ramification is this, because God is the author of the Bible and I am a child of God, then I must be motivated by love for God to obey it. Because it is the Word of God, it is all inspired, not just the parts that I like or the parts that are easy to do. It is either all inspired or none of it is inspired. Finally, we must come to understand the sufficiency of the Bible. The Bible is either sufficient for all things or it is sufficient for nothing. It is in this area that I believe our nation is coming to a crossroads. There is a struggle in our nation, including in many of our churches and denominations on whether or not the Bible is all we need. However, let us remember that the Bible is the only book that can rightfully claim Divine authorship. Every Bible study or book written about the Bible is a book about the Word of God. Only the Bible is the Word of God. Therefore, when we read it, we should not do so casually as though we are reading any other book. The Bible contains the life giving, life transforming message of the Gospel, and it tells us how we can know Him and live to please Him. The Bible is the only book that demands a response from its reader. We will either bow our knee is humble submission to the King, or we will reject the Bible and therefore reject the King. What will your response be?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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