Memorise John 5:46-47
“If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
Up until the 19th century, almost all scholars, both Christian and Jewish alike, held to the view that Moses was the author of the book of Genesis. This is clearly attested in many portions of Scripture, both in the Old and New Testaments (e.g. Exodus 17:14, 24:4, Joshua 1:7-8, Mark 12:26 etc.). However, somewhere in the middle of the 19th century, certain liberal scholars began to put forth views that questioned and even rejected the Mosaic authorship of the book of Genesis and the rest of the Pentateuch. They claimed to have identified four different sources originating from different periods of history that were compiled together to form the book of Genesis. They assigned the letters J, E, D and P to identify them, describing the so-called ‘Jehovah, Elohim, Deuteronomic and priestly’ documents. Of these, they said that the ‘Jehovah’ document was written about 850 BC, and is by an author that prefers the name Jehovah to refer to God. Likewise the ‘Elohim’ document was written by one who prefers that name for God, and wrote it around 750 BC. The ‘deuteronomic’ document refers to the bulk of the book of Deuteronomy, and was said to be written around 620 BC, whilst the priestly document was penned by priests around 570 BC.
There is of course no evidence whatsoever to suggest such an artificial dichotomy of the first five books of the Bible. These are but fancy postulations of unbelieving scholars who choose to cast doubt on the contents of the Bible, rather than to accept it by faith. In their rationalistic minds, they refused to believe that God was the one who inspired Moses to write these amazing accounts of man’s history and God’s providential dealings with them. They refused to believe in God’s direct intervention with man in teaching them His laws and intricate system of worship. They claimed that such complicated systems could only have been developed hundreds of years after the time of Moses. As a result, they invented their own heretical explanations that do nothing but attack the Word of God.
Truly as Jesus rebuked the Jews in John 5:45-47, it is only if they believe the words of Moses, that they would be able to believe in the words of Christ. If they chose to reject the writings of Moses, then how are they able to put their faith and trust in Christ?
Thought: If we say Moses did not write the Pentateuch, then we are calling Jesus a liar!
Prayer: Lord, may I have the simple faith to believe in Your Word.