“When he (the king) takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left.” Deuteronomy 17:18-19
If you go on a Via de Cristo weekend, you will hear a number of talks, some given by pastors, and some by lay people. When the speaker makes a point that is very important to remember, they will pause and say, “please write this down.” Then they repeat it, slowly, until everyone has had time to add it to their notes. The point is to alert the listeners to pay attention, and remember what is being said.
In the verses above, God tells the kings he expects them to write down his law in their own hand for the same reason. Writing something down is a way of emphasizing its’ importance. God wanted every king to take time out of the busy life of a monarch to read His Word in its’ entirety. He wanted them to remember it, and live by it. It was worth taking the time to do this.
Sad to say, these days, even we lay people fail to make time for reading the Word of God and writing it down. After all, if we want a verse, we can just google it (I’m criticizing myself here, because I do this all the time.) We may be faithful Christians who listen to readings each week in our worship service, but do we build Bible reading into our daily schedule? Do we write down any of those words? Do we know the Bible so well, that we can repeat parts of it by heart?
We’re busy people, and we have fancy Bibles and technological tools to “manage” the Scripture. That’s not a substitute for reading, pondering and even at times, writing it down. The Bible should be written on our hearts. It’s the only way we’ll have true rest in God. Spend time with God’s Word everyday. Please write that down!
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