by Ivor Powell

The 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 ...

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