"Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Write all of the words which I have spoken to you in a book." -Jeremiah 30:2
There are several things that I would love to know, but sadly I never will on this side of eternity. Why can’t I know them? I will tell you why, it was never written down.
I would love to know where my Great-grandparents on the Nutt side of the family were born. I don’t think that is too much to ask, is it? I have been to where they are buried in Granville County, but I have no idea where they were born, and apparently no one knows. I have a copy of the first few pages of their family Bible and I can see the family tree, but it doesn’t go back any further than my Great-Grandparents. I have been on family history websites and to courthouse records and they can’t tell me any more than I already knew. I am not the first one in the family to investigate it, and everyone ends up with the same information, none. Maybe they were the first of the Nutt’s to come to America? Maybe Great-Granddaddy wasn’t born a Nutt, but changed his name to it? If so I wish that he would have picked another name, any other name, but who knows? It is something that I will never know, because over the years no one in the family ever wrote it down. It is nice to be able to find answers to our questions.
God knew that we would have questions as we went through this life. After all He is the one that gave us inquisitive minds. He knew that we would want to know whether or not He loved us. He knew that people would wonder about how this universe and our world came into being. God knew that it would play on our minds about how to have a relationship with Him. God knew that we would scratch our head pondering how we can have peace, even in the trying and difficult times that we live in. That is why He told prophets, priests and apostles to write down what He was telling them. That is why He gave us the Bible. In our opening verse, Israel was living in sin and God wanted them to know how to come back to Him. That is why He told Jeremiah to write down what He was telling him.
While John was imprisoned on the isle of Patmos, God began to give him visions of what the end times would be like. He gave him a glimpse of what worship is like in heaven. He allowed him to see the beauty and perfection that place that Jesus called “paradise”. After God taught John all of these things, he told him in Revelation 21:5 “… And he said, Write, for these words are faithful and true.” God told John to write all of this down so that we could know it.
Beloved over the last few thousand years, many people have tried to eradicate the Bible. Some have tried to burn it, ban it and change it. But God had it written and He has preserved it. No matter what you are going through in life, pick up the Bible and look for the answers.