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Biblical Concepts of Writing

Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys studying the Scripture and leads a Bible study group.

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Biblical Concepts About Writing

This article explores the concepts of writing from the Biblical point of view. It reveals writing ideas based on the account of the second book of the Pentateuch-the first five books of the Old Testament. It is surprising to note that from the beginning, writing has been ordained by God. Let's dive into these fundamental thoughts.

Writing demands extra effort on the part of the writer.

Exodus 34:1(KJV) reads, "And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest."

In this particular verse, God told Moses to prepare the material where He would write the Ten Commandments. Imagine Moses had to cut two stones and flatten them out so God could write the Commandments. I could picture our Moses here sweating out because it's not easy to cut stones! Is it? And I suppose he was using a stone too to cut the two stones, because this was not Iron Age yet. This was Stone Age. So, this verse gives the idea that writing is never easy. God wants to give you the words to write, but the preparation is yours.Writing requires extra effort on the writer's part in order to produce good and quality writing.

Writing requires the right environment.

Exodus 34:3(KJV) says, "And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount."

Based on the concept of this verse, I have discovered that before writing, it is necessary to set the the surrounding or your environment. This verse presents the notion that before writing, there must be preparation of the environment. There must be freedom from disturbances. If possible, noise must be concealed or maybe removed. The writer has to find a space for himself where he can be alone with God, the Greatest Author. The writer must choose an area where he can be free from unnecessary physical or environmental noise around him. So according to this verse, writing requires setting the right environment. This includes not only the outside environment but the writer himself--his mind, his hand, his heart as part of the inner environment.

Writing means coming out of your comfort zone.

Exodus 34:2(KJV) declares, "And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount."

Who would like to wake up early in the morning to write? Not many would want that I suppose. Except perhaps, for a few people who are really morning persons. But generally speaking, only a few would like to wake up early. And not only that, aside from waking up early in the morning, Moses had to climb to the top of the mountain to meet God to for Him to write. What? Waking up early in the morning and climb on top of the mountain? This is so amazing for me! Both waking up early and climbing a mountain, metaphorically mean hard work and extra effort. So, here God reminds writers that, to write for Him and for His people means, to come out of your comfort zone. Writing is not a happy go lucky road. God is saying, writing is never an easy journey.

Writing is a divine mandate.

Revelation 1:19(KJV) states, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;"

After having been given the vision, John the Revelator received a very specific command from God to write. In fact, the subjects on what to write about are even specified here. First, John has to write what he had seen or anything in the past. Second, he had to write on current events. Third, he had to write about future events. Hence, the Bible is very clear, writing is a direct order from God. Hence, when we think about writing, we must remember that it does not originate from man. It has its beginning and origin from God who created this world and who gave us the very first word. The Gospel writer Apostle John clarifies this point when he attests, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."


Closing Thoughts

Thus, when we think about writing, its origin, beginning, and reason, we must always get back to God. God is the Source of right words, proper thoughts, and brilliant ideas. Our wisdom comes from Him, those beautiful words that come of our minds are actually His. Hence, the the good writing that we produce must be only credited to Him and Him alone--the Greatest Writer and Author ever.

© 2022 Ruby Campos

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