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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Forefathers of Authorship
By Mona Lisa
01/12/07


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As he penned the first five books of the Bible, would he truly understand the vastness of his endeavor? Completely filled with the Holy Spirit, would Moses comprehend the impact of God’s writings through him? He would record his ancestry, the escapades of Israel’s twelve tribes, and the folly of man’s diligent disobedience? Did the prophets fathom the writings of God would echo from the walls of temples around the world centuries later? As Paul walked the dirt road of Damascus, could he have believed he would author an estimated 14 books of the New Testament?

Their writings entailed journaling the events, stating the facts, and examining the exploration of their souls through the inspired words of God. God chose the intimate forum of writing, to communicate the history of His people, to educate us with knowledge, to define love, to show us grace, to extend forgiveness, to give us hope, to describe battles, to share life changing testimonies, to enlighten us of restoration, and to bestow salvation. Moses recorded the laws, the life shaking events, the journey to the Promise Land, and under dictation of the Mastermind behind our existence, he wrote the Book of Genesis, the premise to life. The Bible tells us in John 1:1, NAS, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ The ‘Word’ in Greek is ‘logos’. The translation used within the context of these verses is ‘a word, uttered by a living voice that embodies a conception, or idea’. God’s voice gives birth to life. John 1:14, NAS, says ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’ God brought the Word to a physical state. How powerful the Sovereignty of His language to produce the world, the people and places in it.

Moses, the Prophets, the Disciples, and Paul were led to places of the unknown, from horizons to sunsets demanding documentation. They walked the shores of the Red Sea, where the mastery of God freed His people. Upon looking at the waves that once parted for their liberty, would they believe their authorship was bound to one purpose, to document life as they knew it, with a substantial gain in the future? Writing is like that sea wave, full of robust, bewildered by the thrust of passion to hit the shore, foaming and frothing over the details of real events, and hitting the sands, to be filtered, carried away, back to it’s creator.

Moses encountered many great assignments. We can’t say which one was his most rewarding, but most beneficial to us, was the writing about God who demonstrated humanity’s struggle to realize they needed Him. The Prophets wrote of God sending a Savior to intervene for us, One who would save the world from sin. The Disciples met the Savior and testified to His existence in their writings. Paul was struck by the Angel on the way to Damascus, headed in the direction of persecuting Christians, and wrote of the many times he himself would suffer in persecution for the sake of Christ.

Clearly, we cannot expect our writings to be the second and third volumes of the Bible but we will wade along the shorelines of our neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, even venture into unforeseen lands, perhaps get really wet, recording data, journaling personal observations of our soul’s desires, and weighing the depth of the subject with the truth. We can never say just how our writings will be used. As Paul said in Colossians, “continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.” NAS.

Hope is the very thing that made Paul a minister. Hope is the very thing that calls us to the craft of writing.


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Joseph Breton01/19/07
I really liked it and I thought it was really well thought out. It was a pleasure reading it.
Joanne Sher 01/20/07
Definitely well thought-out and informative. A bit dry in places, but I still enjoyed it!
Donna Emery01/21/07
In interesting retrospective and it held lots of information. Good work.
Sara Harricharan 01/23/07
Very informative and great descriptions in the first paragraph. Great job :)
Martha Ford02/07/07
You gave a thorough account of some of the main contributors to our Bible. Most importantly you made them very human, more like us than we think. What we write will touch others, if only in our family. I personally cherish a pencil-written receipe from my husband's grandmother. Keep up the good work. God cherishes our attempts to worship Him through our writing.