Hand writing the bible – Deuteronomy 17:18

This evening, I spent some time reading through BibleGateways list of ways to engage scripture.  It’s an impressive list.  One of the ways mentioned was to hand copy scripture.  I’ll have to give this a try as Deuteronomy 17:18 seems to point to hand writing the law as something God expects of his followers. #GCToGod

Deuteronomy 17:18 (NIV)

18 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.

Hand Copying Scripture Practice Tips

  1. Identify a passage that you would like to interact with or spend time memorizing.
  2. Commit to writing out a whole book of the Bible instead of isolated sections, especially of narrative style books. This will help you view the book as a whole, understanding its complete message in context.
  3. Pick a specific notebook which will be dedicated to your hand copying.
  4. Find a quiet place that allows you to focus on what you’re writing.
  5. Quiet your thoughts by praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal his truth to you in the passage and help you focus.
  6. Begin writing slowly, focusing on each word and what it means in the immediate and broader contexts.
  7. Take your time as you write. The goal is not to finish writing out the passage but to spend time in God’s Word, to spend time with God. Savor the process as you would an important letter that you just received.

About GettingCloserToOurGod

This blog is written by Todd Christenson. He was raised in Nebraska and currently lives on Long Island in New York. Though out my childhood, my family attended church. We prayed together at meals. I thought I was prepared for life. After college, I moved to New York City. Shy, unsure of myself, building an identity in worldly things, increasingly prideful, self-righteousness, a controlling nature. In 2013, God spoke through someone, suggesting I confess my sins. I did. I realized that every day, I’d been glorifying myself, not God. Today, God’s teaching me to have my identity in Him, only, my dependency in Him, not myself, being who He wants me to be, not the world, loving Him first, loving others as myself.
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