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Books of Life and Deeds

     The Bible contains many statements about various books concerning mankind. Although God knows all things, including all the secrets of  men (Romans 2:16, page 1760), He still makes written records contained in books.  In this study, we will look at the various books described in Scripture.

Book of the Living

         Among the books kept by God, Moses spoke of a book about the people of the Exodus.  According to Moses, God blots names out of the Book of the Living 1The Hebrew term “from your book” (“מִסִּפְרְך”) indicates a scroll.  Yahweh personally wrote in the book (“כָּתָבְתָּ”–Qal perfect) and personally blotted out names (“מְחֵנִי”–Qal imperative). when they sin.  Notice too that God Himself blots out 2The Hebrew term here for “blot him out” (“אֶמְחֶנּו”) means to wipe clean, to remove completely.  This same root word is used to wipe clean a mouth (Proverbs 30:20, page 1046), or to remove tears from a face (Isaiah 25:8, page 1106).  Speaking of corporate Israel, the LORD also warned Moses of His intention to “blot out their name from under heaven” for their rebellion (Deuteronomy 9:14, page 302; compare 2 Kings 14:25, page 619).  Likewise, the LORD brings judgment upon the stubborn individual idolater so that the LORD will “blot out” his name from under heaven (Deuteronomy 29:21, page 336). their name from this book based upon sin. 3The Hebrew term used for “sin” (“חָטָא-לִי”) means to fall short of a mark, to be wrong morally, and to be guilty before God.

Exodus 32:32-33, Page 144
But now, if You will,  forgive their sin–and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!  The LORD said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’

Therefore, we see that God apparently has a book containing all the names of every person born on earth.  God Himself makes choices 

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1. The Hebrew term “from your book” (“מִסִּפְרְך”) indicates a scroll.  Yahweh personally wrote in the book (“כָּתָבְתָּ”–Qal perfect) and personally blotted out names (“מְחֵנִי”–Qal imperative).
2. The Hebrew term here for “blot him out” (“אֶמְחֶנּו”) means to wipe clean, to remove completely.  This same root word is used to wipe clean a mouth (Proverbs 30:20, page 1046), or to remove tears from a face (Isaiah 25:8, page 1106).  Speaking of corporate Israel, the LORD also warned Moses of His intention to “blot out their name from under heaven” for their rebellion (Deuteronomy 9:14, page 302; compare 2 Kings 14:25, page 619).  Likewise, the LORD brings judgment upon the stubborn individual idolater so that the LORD will “blot out” his name from under heaven (Deuteronomy 29:21, page 336).
3. The Hebrew term used for “sin” (“חָטָא-לִי”) means to fall short of a mark, to be wrong morally, and to be guilty before God.