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The Book of Record

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4 December 2023

That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” (Esther 6:1-3) In the days of the legendary Babylonian empire, there was a record keeping system. A book of record was opened in all the kingdoms of the empire where the significant activities of the residents of the empire were recorded and archived for record keeping purposes and possible future further visitation probably for rewardable or judgmental purposes. At the time appointed, it was in this book of record that Mordecai was rewarded for his loyalty and faithfulness to the king. Stepping from this ancient kingdom method of record keeping of her citizens, today there are multi-million ways of doing the same thing to ensure that the activities of the citizens in each countries in the world are documented.  In America, Social Security numbers have been established to document the activities of the residents of the great nation.  The addresses of the individual resident, the job, taxes, legal transactions, banking, investments, education, and various achievements or on the other hand, the record of evil deed activities of the people are all tied to the core information in the social security of the person. It is therefore easy for the appropriate authorized agencies to access any information needed about any individual through the book of record of this nation called social security number.

And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. (Exodus 32:31-33) In ancient Old Testament, in the realm of the spirit when Moses was seeking the face of God on behalf of Israelites, it was revealed unto Moses, that there was a book where the record of the people of God were kept.  When Moses went to the negotiation table in solemn prayer with the Heavenly Father pleading that the idolatry sins of Israelites might be forgiven them. He humbly staked the knowledge of the precious book of record with God as a way of prayerfully persuade the Heavenly Father that His mercy should prevail as he expressed it as his sacrificial heart desires for the Israelites and told the Lord God Almighty in prayer and said, “if You are not going to forgive them of their sins, that God should blot out his name from His book.” And the Heavenly Father, a Righteous Judge told him, whosoever had sinned against Me will have his name blotted out of the Book. From this brief account of Moses with the Heavenly King, we can deduce that reward or judgment is derivable from the book of record of God concerning our activities on earth. 

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15) 

The grace of God was extended to Apostle John the Beloved and was able shed brighter light on the Book of Record in the divine revelation he experienced.  He clearly explained that ‘books were opened.’ Obviously, these are books of record of the activities of each man on earth in the presence of the Living God. The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books. He went further that another distinct and unique book was opened which is the Book of Life. The Book of Life is the register of the elects that had embraced salvation by faith through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who died on the Cross for mankind and rose from the grave the third day. It went further in the revelation of John that whosoever name that was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Let us pause and reflect.

Any achievement a child made from Grade School, Middle School, High School to College level is authenticated by certificates issued to the child in those institutions of learning. In addition, the record of the achievement documented by the various educational settings are all considered mile-stone achievements. We all worked hard to obtain our residents registrations cards and state identity cards and when we got the evidence of those registrations, we were happy and elated for the achievements.

Having realized that all our educational and professional achievements on earth appears on our credentials and all the records of our residence in our various nations—whether citizens or legal immigrants are all evidenced in the record of the national government, why then humanity seems unconcerned in ensuring that we have excellent credential of righteousness and holiness in the books before the Heavenly King? Why is it that the fear of God does not compel and persuade humanity to ensure that our names are imprinted in the Book of Life that denoted that we have embraced salvation before the Almighty God so that we will not be cast into the lake of fire? The residential address of Satan in eternity is Hell, the lake of fire, it is not the address of humanity. That is why Jesus Christ told us that He had gone to prepare mansion for man. Ensure that you don’t share the same address with Satan in eternity. Think Beloved!

Prayer: Oh, Heavenly Father, I am fully persuaded by Your mercy that endure forever, (Psalm 136:24) I am also, in humility persuaded by Your fear which is the beginning of wisdom, (Psalm 111:10) as I come before You this moment and plead that through the grace of salvation, my name may be imprinted in the Book of Life in Your presence.  I also pray and plead that you should please mold me and shape my characters that it may reflect the beauty of Your glory and become acceptable to you in Jesus name, Amen.



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