No, this post isn’t about writing in general, but about writing, particularly copying. In Deuteronomy 17, we have what is called the Law of the King. The basic idea here is that God, in his sovereignty, knew that Israel would not be content with the Lord God as their ruler. Rather, they would want a king like the nations. So, in his infinite wisdom, God provided rules to govern the to-be king. One of the laws was this:
Deuteronomy 17:18 “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.”
Why this obscure Old Testament reference? I recently saw a post about Reformation Heritage’s Journibles. The idea they had in creating these volumes is that most folks are kinetic learners; that is, we learn by doing/writing/some other physical act. The physical reinforces the learning. Seeing the aforementioned OT passage, they made a notebook for the express purpose of writing scripture by your own hand. So far, they cover much of the New Testament Epistles, the Gospel of John, and Proverbs. The volumes space on the left page for copying scripture; the right is for notes, comments, etc.
Now, I don’t own one of these volumes, but I started something similar today. At lunch, I started copying the book of Colossians. You see, I’ve carried a small article around in my planner for two years, along with a laminated copy of Colossians (it can fit on one sheet of paper). The article, which I can no longer find online, is “Scripture Memory: Uploading Chunks” by Chris Gonzalez (a VI Resource Paper) and it details how it is better, and can be more efficient, to memorize hunks of scripture. The example encourages using a small book, like Colossians. So, today I started writing the book in an effort to get more into this practice.
The idea is solid from several perspectives. But you don’t necessarily need the Journible. Any pen and paper will suffice to copy scripture. If you want it consolidated into one location, then a Journible might help.
Think about it. If you try it, let me know how it goes. I’ll see about posting a bit more as I go on.
Solo Deo Gloria,