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What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. Romans 3:1-2 (NKJV)

Have you every had someone question the accuracy of the Bible when you attempt to share it with them?  I know I have and it has caused me to study the origin of it and the various translations available to us.  When I think about the accuracy of God's Word I can't help but think about the passage of scriptures in Romans 3:1-2 where Paul asks the question, "What advantage is there to being a Jew?"  This was the question the Apostle Paul proposed to the Roman Church. The answer is they were entrusted with the oracles (Word) of God.  God had entrusted them in the keeping of His word, which meant the physical keeping and copying of it.  Great care was given to this task, and it was of great honor to be a scribe.  

You have to understand they didn't have copy machines back then, so each book of the Bible had to be hand written.  And it wasn't just handwritten in mass production either.  Each letter was written one letter at a time, and then a second person would check to see it was written properly write then and there.  If a mistake was made, then the whole document was deemed unusable and it was destroyed.  

Let me put this in perspective. When a mistake was made, it was a big deal because it meant the whole scroll was thrown away.  In the case of the book of Isaiah, if you were to make an error on a letter on the 66th chapter, then the whole document would be ruined, and months of work would have been for nothing.  There was such a reverence for God when they would write the word used as a title for Him such as, "Elohim," or the "El," they would wash their pens, wash their hands, and then dip the pen in fresh in prior to writing these words.
If they were to write out the name of God, then they would write out the consonants "YHVH" and leave out the vowels because they did not believe that man was even worthy of pronouncing the name of God in his head.  Again, just writing out these letters required a scribe to take a bath, change their clothes, and then take a pen and dip it in fresh ink.

This process was repeated over and over to perfection so we could end up with the same Word of God given to the Hebrews by God Himself.  Some may say, "How do you know if they did it correctly?"

Well, we all know that it was done correctly, because between 1946-1957, many scrolls were found in the Qumran Caves.  These scrolls were known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  And among these scrolls found were several copies of the book of Isaiah.  This excited the biblical scholars because these scrolls were 1000 years older than any other writing of Isaiah known to man.  So when the scrolls were examined and compared, they were found to be the same, as not one significant change was noted.  

The Jews realized the advantage of having the Word of God given to them, and they took it very seriously.  Shouldn't we do the same?  Hey, either the Word is the power of God to save us, or it is nothing but foolishness.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. Romans 1:16,18 (NKJV)

I, for one, am thankful to those Jewish Scribes who took great honor in making sure that the Word of God was copied and passed on with unparalleled accuracy.  The Jew had a distinct advantage when he received the oracles of God, and we have been blessed to benefit from that advantage.

STUDY QUESTION: What kind of power is in the Gospel?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What is the message of the cross to you?

APPLICATION: With such accuracy taken and utilized to preserve the message of God, don't you think that it would be wise to read and learn it?

Father, thank You for entrusting the oracles of Your Word to these people.  I am grateful for their hard work so that I may have a copy of this work to read daily.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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