Deuteronomy 17:16-17 describes what a king is NOT supposed to do. Deuteronomy 17:18, however, describes exactly what he is to do: When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. Did you catch that? “He is to write FOR HIMSELF on a scroll a copy of this law.”
Stop the presses! Literally!
I hold degrees in elementary education, deaf education, and reading disabilities (not to mention ministry) and I know the research that says that copying information in your own hand help one learn and retain what they’ve learned. As a college student, I would often copy and recopy my class notes in preparation for a test. My mom sand in the Sweet Adelines for many years and part of her routine for learning the lyrics of songs was to copy them into a notebook up to 12 times. Writing something out (not with a computer) completes a connection in the brain.
I knew all of this, so when I was given the opportunity to
read write the book of Acts in the newest Journible book, I jumped at the chance. As the introduction to the book explains, “the book is organized so that the ‘scribe’ can slowly and thoughtfully engage the text while leaving plenty of room to write comments and questions about the text. (Did I mention this was brilliant?!) On right hand side of the book, you are given the chapter and verses you will write followed by a sufficient number of lines marked with the verse numbers behind which you will copy the verses. On the facing left page, are questions, often with cross references, that help you process what you’ve just written on the right.
I’ve taught through Acts a few times now and have a real affinity for this book, so I was delighted to jump into the 17:18 series for this book. As I wrote out chapter 1 in one sitting (1.5 hours), I already discovered new insights that helped with what I am working on in my ministry. Then I took on chapter 2 and found myself digging deeper into Pentecost just in time for this past Sunday’s celebration of Pentecost. (Trust me, I see this as a God-incidence!) It made for an even richer worship experience on Sunday.
Rob Wynalda, the author of this book (though the author of Acts was Luke), describes why the king needed to copy the law in his own hand. I believe we can take those same reasons and own them ourselves. When we copy God’s Word …
- We read it
- We learn to fear the Lord
- We obey the commands of God (because we know them)
- Our heart will not become proud (God willing)
- We will not turn to the right or the left from following the law (Proverbs 4:27)
- Our sons (and daughters) will serve in the kingdom after us
My favorite verse is Joshua 1:8 that says, “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
The 17:18 series equips those of us who will take up the challenge to live out Joshua 1:8. I give this 5 stars! (I’ve been inviting friends to join me on this challenge and already have 2 takers. Will you join us and who might you invite to do it with you?)
Robert Wynalda … well done, my friend! Hats off to you! Thanking God for your books as they will deepen the walks of many believers on this journey of faith.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (June 30, 2012)
Barnes and Noble (Don’t have Acts yet, but have other Journibles)
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