Why Write?


Elder Robert Willis (dec)

Not every person is comfortable to write their thoughts on a piece of paper, a journal, diary, or for publication. Writing can expose the innermost feelings of an individual and, unlike preaching or public speaking, it can not be a “slip of the tongue.” But then, why write? (referring ONLY to biblical writings.)

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book...” (Exodus 17:14). God meant for Moses’ writings concerning Amalek to be a part of history and be remembered as God opposes those who stand against Him. Exodus 17:16 says, “Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Amalek represented those who stand against God and deny His sovereignty and divinity.

Moses was also commanded to write concerning curses (Numbers 5:23), men’s names (Numbers 17:2), the words of the law (Deuteronomy 27:8), and a sure covenant (Nehemiah 9:38). In addition, God inspired writers of old to write of “Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” which testified of the coming of the Messiah (John 1:45).

Paul spoke of writing in this manner: “...that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollution of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled and from blood” (Acts 15:20). He was speaking concerning writing instructions which were to be remembered and adhered to as well as warnings unto the children of God of how they were to live righteously before the Lord (I Corinthians 4:14). In II Corinthians 2:9 Paul wrote, “For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.”