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Keeping and Doing: Aided by Journaling…

August 31, 2011

When it comes to studying the Word of God there are as many methods, techniques and options as there are people.  But few methods are as helpful as concentrated study and copying the text for yourself.  The Kings of Israel were given this command In Deuteronomy 17:18-20;

“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests.  And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them,  that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel. Deuteronomy 17:18-20

There was a legal benefit to this to be sure.  The law of God was the law of the land, it would be analogous to having the president of the United States, upon assuming office, write out his own copy of the constitution. (not at all a bad idea if you ask me.)  But there is a spiritual component to this command which far outweighs any civil aspect.

The law, the Word of the living God, given to His people, is the key to salvation and blessing to all who receive it.  A Blessed man is one who delights in this law, and meditates on it day and night.  And there are few methods of meditation better than simply copying the text with your own hand and letting each word sink into your soul as the ink dries on the page.

To this end, there is a great product which is relatively recent, which is designed to help facilitate and encourage this type of study.  It is called the 17:18 Journable series.

The books each contain an outline of a biblical text and blank pages, one page for text and the other for reflection.

From their website:

Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word willbe lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, butshould not interfere with your own notes and comments.

I have a couple volumes and have found them to be exceedingly helpful and a real aid in my study and relishing of God’s great gift.  The true delight comes when you complete your book, and you have your own hand written copy of the text, to keep, to study and to pass on to future generations.

Hopefully this will be an encouragement to us as we seek to keep and do this word, to be doers and not hearers only, of the implanted word, able to save our souls.

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