The Books...in God's Library by Ivor Powell

The Books...in God's Library
Ivor Powell
Malachi 3:16

A library is a thing of beauty; it is one of the most valuable assets of humankind. People who only read newspapers and depend on radio and television announcers for information seldom enrich their minds. A collection of books represents generations of research. For example, Webster's Dictionary contains millions of words, but the production of that volume necessitated continuous work since the time when the English language was first spoken. Words and their relation to grammar had to be studied, printing machines made, materials dug from the earth, trees felled to make paper, and labor continued until the process was concluded. Commentaries prove many scholars examined every word in the Bible, and men of every generation contributed to the gigantic effort. The formation of every atlas staggers comprehension. Explorers risked death continually as they unlocked the secrets of continents. Untiring work produced primitive maps that needed constant revision. Now, at the flick of a page, a student can be in Africa, China, India, or the most remote part of our planet. Books cost much more than money, but few people consider that fact. At first information was preserved on clay tablets, then it was written by scribes, but today modern equipment has revolutionized the task of reproducing all kinds of written materials. Every intelligent community has a library, but it is interesting to know that even God values books-He has His own library and a study of His volumes provides food for thought.

The Book of Remembrance . . . Commending

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name" (Mal. 3:16). This Scripture was understood by the Hebrews, for their kings appointed an official who was known as the remembrancer or recorder. He was commissioned to write and preserve facts for posterity. For example, when David reorganized his administration, one of the posts created was that of the recorder: "And Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder" (2 Sam. 8:16b).

The tasks given to this man were probably varied. He was the king's private secretary, committed to writing the decrees issued by David. These manuscripts were later read to the king, who signed them into law. The recorder or remembrancer was responsible for enforcing David's commands, and later, when everything was satisfactory, the details of what transpired were written into the books of remembrance. David valued the survival of ancient records, and marveled how they had endured through centuries of time and testing. He was an author in his own right and desired his writings to be preserved for posterity. There is reason to believe that this little-known official was responsible for the preservation of David's psalms and the proverbs of Solomon. During those ancient periods inf ...


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