Inside: Bible Verses About Writing- What Does the Bible Say About Writing
“Thus saith the Lord”.
Those words should cause the Israelites, any person, to straighten up, sit on the edge of their seat and lean forward to listen intently.
Of the 415 times those words flowed from the lips of the prophets in the Old Testament, God was getting ready to speak truth plainly.
And things were about to get real.
Those spoken words were also recorded for our benefit so thousands of years later we could read, learn and apply their truth in our Bible today.
Had they been passed down through the generations solely by speech, the word of God would have been diluted beyond recognition and twisted to conform to our own desires and needs.
Because of those written words, that’s why we have the Bible as a written book. Thank God for that!
God’s written word is of utmost importance to us as believers!
(As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See my full disclosure here.
God is a preserver of biblical history to this modern day through the writing of His Word!
Why are Bible Verses About Writing Important?
There are two things that are of utmost importance to us in relation to this blog post.
Writing and Bible Scripture.
God Communicates to His Children by the Written Word
God chose writing to preserve His word so we could have a physical copy of His truth. How amazing is that? With a Bible in our hands, there is no way that God’s truth can be watered down or lost through time.
Hearing plus Writing reinforces Learning
Put me in a lecture or meeting without the ability to take notes and my mind will be focused on my grocery list, how I forgot to wipe the shower down and how I need to weed the garden.
I won’t remember a thing from that lecture because I don’t learn well by listening alone.
But… put a pen in my hand allowing me to HEAR and WRITE- now that’s where the magic happens. There’s something about doing both things together and that’s because studies have shown that writing significantly improves our ability to remember.
Writing Gives no Room for Error
The earliest known type of writing was called cuneiform and dates back to the time of Abraham. Early examples of cuneiform writing give us a glimpse into what the world was like thousands of years ago.
The Hammurabi Code (a set of 27 laws) is a very famous archaeological artifact that was written in cuneiform from the time of the Babylon king Hammurabi.
Would you believe that cuneiform is a phonetical alphabet? As I was writing this blog post, that question came to mind and I had to google it. Pretty amazing, right?
There were many skeptics who said that the Bible could not have remained pure until this modern day and age.
On 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave in Qumran and proved by their Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek text that modern day translations were accurate.
All because God’s word was preserved in writing!
Writing Preserves History
Our Bible has preserved Jewish culture with accounts from the book of Esther, Kingdom history through Kings and Chronicles and even the origin of man in Genesis.
God is a preserver of biblical history to this modern day through ancient writings!
12 Bible Verses About Writing Scriptures
Are you ready to dig into these unique Bible Verses of Writing? Each verse accounts unique truths of God’s word to us that showcase the word of God being written.
Jesus-The Word of God
Did you guess that I was going to start with John 1:1? Technically it’s not about writing but it is about the Word… Jesus.
Our Lord and Saviour is wisdom personified and is the “Word” or communication of God to humanity.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.John 1:1
10 Commandments Written on Tablets
As Israel was giving themselves over to idolatry, Moses was in the mount talking with God receiving the law written on tablets to bring to the Israelites to show them how God wanted them to be dedicated to Him alone.
And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.Exodus 32:16
Written in the Word and in the Heart
God’s desire for the Israelites is for His written word to be hidden in the heart. To follow Deuteronomy 6, the Jews put a Mezuzah on the door of every room in their home and wore Tefallin showing that God’s word was not only in the Torah but written in their heart. Inside of the Mezuzah was a scroll written by the priests with the Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21.
Tefallin on the forehead symbolizes the word of God always being in the forefront of the mind to dwell on.
God wanted their entire lives to be focused on Him through His word!
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.Deuteronomy 6:6-9
With grace fulfilling the law, we no longer have to have a mezuzah in our doorways or wear phylacteries/tefallin. The word of God is written in our heart when we are born again. (Hebrews 10:16)
A Warning to Rebelious Judah
God spoke to Isaiah to tell Judah that their rebellion would be written as a witness against them.
Now go, write it before them in a table, And note it in a book, That it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:Isaiah 30:8
The Writing of Judgement on the Wall
When King Belshazzer had a huge party with the vessels that were looted from the temple of the Lord and used in holy worship to God for idolatrous purposes, God had a warning for them.
As they were reveling, that warning appeared on a wall by a hand writing that read in Aramaic:
“Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin”, which is translated as “God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; you have been weighed … and found wanting;”
A serious thing indeed because King Belshazzer’s kingdom would end soon.
In my research, I found that this biblical account is the origin for the saying we still use today:
“The handwriting is on the wall.”
Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. “This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN”Daniel 5:1-5 and 25
Beautiful Words from a Ready Writer
This verse from Psalm 45 is poetical and is believed to have a double meaning speaking of both a future wedding and the messianic foretelling of the coming Messiah for the Jews.
This lovely verse is one to hide in your heart as you share the gospel in writing. Surely, your heart is inditing a good matter because you speak the things as touching your King!
My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. (KJV)Psalm 45:1
Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet. (NLT)
Writing God’s Plan Results in Healing from Being Dumb
Before John the Baptist was born , his Father, Zechariah was struck dumb because of his doubt that the precursor to the messiah would be born and be his son.
In biblical times, it was customary to name a male child after his father. After his son’s birth, and he saw him face to face, this iconic moment was recorded in writing where Elizebeth, Zechariah’s wife said that the name of her child would not be Zechariah, but John.
Zechariah asked for a writing tablet-
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.Luke 1:63
Praise the Lord! When Zachariah spoke the name of the Messiah’s forerunner and wrote his name on a clay tablet, Zechariah was able to speak!
Jesus Writes on the Ground
Sometimes silence says more than words. That’s the case in our next example. 🙂
The Pharisees took a women who was caught in the very act of adultery before Jesus wanting to find fault with him in how she should be dealt with.
The Pharisees, no doubt, were a bunch of fault finders. Instead of answering their question, Jesus simply wrote in the sand ignoring their question. How I love that!
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Bible Verses About Writing, You Can Learn What Does the Bible Say About Writing?
The Written Scriptures Bring Comfort
This next Scripture speaks of how our written Bible is written so that we may learn and have hope through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures. Praise the Lord for his comfort!
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.Romans 15:4
I love the heart of Paul speaking to the Corinthians, which is a book that is full of Godly correction. He speaks to them straightly sharing that his words were not written as a means to shame them but were because they were beloved to him as spiritual children and he wanted to warn them.
I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.1 Corinthians 4:14
The Purpose of Writing is Spiritual Joy
1 John speaks of spiritual joy with a relationship with God. I love how his desire for the believers is that their joy would be full due to the truth in the content of his letter.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.1 John 1:4
Writing as a Reminder that their Sins were Forgiven
This next Scripture, also from 1 John is a beautiful reminder that their sins were forgiven only through the name of Jesus. This is an important writing that we don’t want to forget even today!
I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.1 John 2:12
Facts About the Written Word of God
Let’s not forget these facts directly from the Bible, that share about God’s word and what it is-
All Scripture is God Breathed
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,2 Timothy 3:16
The Word of the Lord Endures Forever
There is no end to God’s warranty in relationship to His word. His word and promises simply will not end.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.Isaiah 40:8
The Word of God Discerns and Separates the Intentions of the Heart
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
From the time when cuneiform writing was used in the time of Abraham until today, it’s clear that the written word of God is the pure word of God.
Don’t doubt the accuracy of God’s word, creative sister! All of the Bible Verses about writing mentioned in this blog article show various reasons why God’s word is preserved in writing and their purpose.
There are many more- these are just enough to whet your appetite.
It is my prayer that these Bible verses of writing will bless you as you dig into God’s word!
Hey Creative Sister! Check out these other Bible Resources!
Table of Contents
- 1 Why are Bible Verses About Writing Important?
- 2 God Communicates to His Children by the Written Word
- 3 Hearing plus Writing reinforces Learning
- 4 Writing Gives no Room for Error
- 5 Writing Preserves History
- 6 12 Bible Verses About Writing Scriptures
- 7 Jesus-The Word of God
- 8 10 Commandments Written on Tablets
- 9 Written in the Word and in the Heart
- 10 A Warning to Rebelious Judah
- 11 The Writing of Judgement on the Wall
- 12 Beautiful Words from a Ready Writer
- 13 Writing God’s Plan Results in Healing from Being Dumb
- 14 Jesus Writes on the Ground
- 15 The Written Scriptures Bring Comfort
- 16 The Purpose of Writing is Spiritual Joy
- 17 Writing as a Reminder that their Sins were Forgiven
- 18 Facts About the Written Word of God
- 19 All Scripture is God Breathed
- 20 The Word of the Lord Endures Forever
- 21 The Word of God Discerns and Separates the Intentions of the Heart