Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy

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Devotional

Communication in our world has always been predominantly from two sources: verbal and written. Of course, the ability to speak and listen came first, but once the capacity to write and read a common language was available, the inscribed word forever became a part of mankind’s way of life. Information could be documented in the present to allow the past to impact the future. Writing forever altered history. Whether a message was etched on a cave wall or penned on a parchment, vital communication could pass from one generation to the next.

Watch a montage of scenes from the film that provides an overview of the controversy and Tim Mahoney’s incredible journey to find answers. 

The Bible is full of recorded eyewitness accounts of God’s interaction with humankind. In today’s passage, God was speaking verbally to Moses while also instructing him to “write down these words … in accordance with these words,” referring to His spoken words being inscribed on a tablet for the people to read as evidence of His presence. If we are going to accept that the Bible’s accounts are actual reality and history, then we must also believe Moses was able to use a written language that God gave and the people could understand. 

Throughout Scripture, we see God prompt writers to record:

· Moments in a chronological timeline of actual people (Ex.: Genesis 17:1-2)

· Specific geographical locations (Ex.: Genesis 18:1)

· Recorded cycles of the calendar connected directly to events (Ex.: Exodus 19:1-3)

· Remembrances of known experiences and personal evidence (Ex.: Deuteronomy 4:9)

These four aspects of the Bible’s language differentiate Scripture from all other religions and belief systems throughout history. All are intended to provide evidence of a direct connection from God to human events and consistent engagement with the world’s timeline. Just as Isaiah stated: Immanuel—God with us.

Therefore, our personal view of God’s Word is crucial to our spiritual lives. We clearly see how those who distance themselves from Scripture after questioning its authenticity also often begin to lose faith in God. While those who decide to trust that God has indeed spoken in His Word seem to grow in relationship with Him as well as mature in their faith. 

When you pray, are you honest with God about your doubts and questions regarding your own belief? He already knows your struggles, so simply tell Him.