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  • Rev. Thomas Abraham

The Authenticity of the Bible - Part 4

FALSE STATEMENT 4: Moses’ writings are not from God, but are instead, his own instructions to lead a group of unsaved people, Israel - FALSE.

I would like to again divide the statement above into two parts:

4a. Moses’ writings are not from God, but are instead his own instructions.

4b. Moses led an unsaved group of people, Israel.

Because of lack of knowledge of the Bible, people make this false statement.

This statement goes against the authenticity of the Holy Scripture

Let us look at the first part of the statement again:

4a. Moses’ writings are not from God, but are instead his own instructions.

The first five books in the Bible are called “The Torah”

“This is the Torah that Moses set before the people Israel–by the mouth of God, through the hand of Moses.”

These phrases, merged from Deuteronomy 4:44 and Numbers 9:23 are recited by traditional Jews each time the Torah is raised to be returned to the Holy Ark.

Deuteronomy 4:44 - "This is the Law Moses set before the Israelites."

Numbers 9:23b - "They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with His command through Moses."

Moses was God’s faithful servant, (but the relationship was like a friend) who obeyed only what God said.

The scriptures below make it crystal clear that not a single word of the Old Testament is from the mind of Moses, but that every word and phrase was from the heart of God.

Moses was only a mouthpiece of God, the author and the owner of the Torah is God and Moses was simply the writer.

Look at the following Scriptures for the evidence:

Exodus 33:11 - "The Lord would speak to Moses, face to face, as one speaks to a friend."

This shows Moses’ intimate relationship with the Lord, he would not say anything without the Lord’s say.

Exodus 34:27-28 - "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”

Whatever Moses wrote down and commanded Israel was from the heart of the Lord. Again, Moses was just the author.

Exodus 24:7 - "Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; (not what Moses has said) we will obey.”

This is clearly a covenant between the Lord and the people, not between Moses and the people. See the response of Israel, “we will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey”

Exodus 19:3 – "Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel"

Look at the phrase “This is what you are to say” - which means God was trying to tell Moses, "you cannot say whatever you want to say, rather you say what I am telling you to say" – there was a clear message God gave to Moses.

Exodus 24:12 - "The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”

The message was from the very heart of God and God himself wrote it down on stone tablets because God did not want his message to be modified with human ideas. Instead, it should untouched by any man.

Exodus 31:18 - "When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God."

The whole Law (Torah) is from the very heart of the Lord and God himself wrote it with His finger. Moses could not claim any of the scripture as his own.

Exodus 40:16 - "Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him."

The full rights of the work of Moses belong to the Lord.

Exodus 32:16 - "The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets."

No place to doubt the Old Testament as the words came out of God’s mouth – look at the phrases below:

  1. The tablets were the work of God – not the work of Moses

  2. The writing was the writing of God – not the writing of Moses

  3. Engraved on the tablets – could not be destroyed by weather or by time or by other human.

Exodus 4:21a – “The Lord said to Moses” – we see this phrase 230 times in the Old testament.

Exodus 31:18 – “Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him” – we see this statement 67 times throughout the Old Testament.

In addition, Jesus certified the Old Testament as accurate, true, inerrant and thus infallible because the whole scripture witnessed Him as Messiah.

John 5: 39 - "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. All the scriptures (OT) bear witness to me – (they bear witness to me) - not some of them but ALL the scripture."

The word “witness” is a big word to John – in his gospel he used this word 42 times.

So, a witness is ordinarily one who has seen something and can witness to what he has seen.

A witness gives firsthand evidence. He was there. He doesn’t argue that something happened. He says, I know it happened, I saw it.

So what did Jesus mean when He said that “the scriptures bear witness to me?”

Well, can scripture see? They are not just words.

When God breathed out, His scripture saw Jesus – He saw His Son forever – the entire history of redemption in both the Jewish part and the Christian part.

John 5:46 - "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me."

Moses’ writings were not only the law for Israel, but were the full of prophesy about the Messiah.

Luke 24: 27 - "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself."

What Jesus said was, if you want to know about my earthly life, my ministry, my death on the cross, resurrection on the third day, look at Moses’ writing – everything about my life, Moses has written in his writings.

Luke 24: 44 - "He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Moses was not leading a group of unsaved people, rather he was under the prophetic anointing to portray the coming Messiah.

The scriptures above make it crystal clear that not a single word of the Old Testament is from Moses, but from the heart of God.

Without the Old Testament, we cannot understand the New Testament.

The Old Testament concealed the New Testament and the New testament revealed the Old Testament.

The whole Old Testament is a full of revelation and prophesy about the coming Messiah.

If anyone says that Moses’ writings are not from God, but are instead his own instructions to lead a group of unsaved people, it is foolishness and they don’t know the Bible.

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