The concept of writing is centuries old. Throughout history it has appeared in different forms and for various languages. There have also been various professions associated with writing, such as scribes, and secretaries.
Jack P. Lewis observes that writing was known in Palestine before the time of Moses (15th century B.C.). The “history of alphabetic writing” was well developed around the 19th century B.C. Such investigations have demolished liberal ideas that Moses could not have written the first five books of the Old Testament.
The inspired author observes, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Eccles. 12.12 ESV). There is adequate testimony to say that humans have an ambition to permanently commit their thoughts from the oral to a written form. Amazingly, our Creator has reached out to His creation in a similar fashion.
A Meeting of the Minds
What is writing however? Renowned author, Stephen King, suggests that writing is pure “telepathy,” for it is the “meeting of the minds”. He does not refer to a supernatural process, but a natural one. The minds which meet are those of the author and the reader, despite the distance of time and space separating the two.
The idea is engaging. The Bible is the revealing of the mind of God (1 Cor. 2.11-13; 2 Tim. 3.16-17):
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (1 Cor. 2.11-13)
To extend King’s comment, then, we might say that reading the Bible is the greatest “meeting of the minds.” Human beings meet God mind to mind. This is the most profound experience that people have in this life.
When we are lacking understanding of His plan and view of our lives, we are given a holy perspective of our situation (Psa. 119.144; Prov. 1.1-9). Even in the unfolding of his scheme of redemption, God invites us to understand “the mystery of Christ”; observe:
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Eph. 3.4-6 ESV)
And to think, that so often we neglect reading our copy of the mind of God in written form, the Bible. Let us never rob ourselves of such a wonderful opportunity again.
- Jack P. Lewis, Archaeology and the Bible (Henderson, Tenn.: Hester Publications), 5.
- Wayne Jackson, “The Art of Writing”, ChristianCourier.com (Accessed: 22 April 2011); Eric Lyons, “Moses and the Art of Writing”, ApologeticsPress.org (Accessed: 22 April 2011).
- Stephen King, 2000, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. (New York, NY: Pocket Books), 95, 98.