March 3, 2019

Thoughts On Inspiration – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle…” (Leviticus 1:1 KJV)
This verse introduces us to one of the books of Moses, often foolishly considered uninteresting and irrelevant to Christians. This erroneous misconception results in a crippling ignorance of many things God wants Christians to know.
The Apostle Paul explained one of the very important purposes of the Law of Moses.
“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ,…” (Gal. 3:24)
David understood that the Old Testament was not just for the people of the Old Testament.
“This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.” (Psa.102:18 )
The apostle Paul reminded the Christians in Rome…”For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope.” (Romans 15:4 NET)
Leviticus begins with an unmistakable claim of inspiration. Consider the comments of Holman Bible Commentary…”God spoke to Moses from the inner sanctuary (within the Tent of Meeting) and gave him general directions for the various offerings to be brought. Before this, God spoke from the mountain, but now he spoke from the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant.”
Moses who was quoted authoritatively by Christ (Mark 12:26) tells us this was not something he dreamed up or that had developed from years of tradition, but Moses said God spoke to him. Self-aggrandizing frauds may make similar empty, unsubstantiated claims today, but Moses’ claim was very different. When God spoke to Israel from Mount Sinai they knew it.
“All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.” (Exodus 20:18)
Later God spoke to Moses for the people from within the tabernacle.
“Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him.” (Numbers 7:89)
Moses says Leviticus is instruction from God that came from within the Tabernacle, evidently from the place specified by God, “from above the mercy seat… from between the two cherubim.” The place chosen by God would enhance the intended impression that this message was not from man but was undoubtedly from God.
Even the prophet Balaam understood the nature of revelation that he received.
“Behold, I have come now to you! Am I able to speak anything at all? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.” (Num. 22:38)
The prophet Isaiah taught that revelation from God’s prophet was the Word of God.
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

The prophet Jeremiah clearly communicated this concept of revelation.
“Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” (Jeremiah 1:9)
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.” (Jeremiah 30:2)
All the rest of the first chapter of Leviticus consists of a direct quotation from the Lord Himself. In fact, most of the rest of the book also consists solely of the direct words of God, except for an occasional interjection of a statement that God was still speaking. In all, 717 of the 832 verses in Leviticus (that is 86 percent) consist of the very words of God, directly quoted. This is more than any other book of the Bible, except for the books of the prophets, some of which also consist almost entirely of verbatim statements from God. The same situation is found in lesser, but still substantial, degrees in other historical books, not to mention the extensive quotations from the sermons and discourses of Christ in the four gospels.
Leviticus is a guidebook for the consecration and cleansing of God’s people—especially His priests. In the New Covenant, all believers are priests, and therefore are expected to be consecrated and pure.
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (I Peter 2:9).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

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