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Then I saw a great white throne and Him who 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, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the book. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelations 20 11-15 Many places in scriptures we find mention of the Book of Life. Or Book of remembrance or Book of Death or some other name as the reference point for judgement. It is described as the source or record wherein are found the deeds of mankind. It is the proverbial permanent record. It the times these scriptures were written there could be no such book as age and decay eventually destroy such records. The best as could be done was to carve into stone and then protect those stones. Even then, it is not within our power to prevent the loss of records. In our current age we have a new hope for such a permanent record. One that is beginning to capture and record all the deeds of mankind that find their way into this record. Does it fulfill prophesy? Can it become the book of life from which all judgement may flow? For a record to serve such a purpose it would need to be unalterable, or at least unalterable without leaving traces of the change to show what has changed. It would need to journal all social activity between each of us and remember and record the complexity of all these interactions. What does it mean for we the faithful to live in a time when such thing may be possible? Do we take the caution of John the Revelator to heart? Do we make sure to find our name inscribed into this book with all good deeds as well as all deeds most foul? What is our DUTY to the world in light of the great commission we are given at Christ"s ascension to go to all the world and teach the good news? So many questions weigh upon these understandings. It is my daily prayer that His will be done, and that I find ways to share His message to any who might gain comfort from it. Let the Book of Life show what we do, now and forevermore, Amen.
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The scriptural references to the book of life would be easily understood to the ancient peoples. The kings and pharaohs would also keep such books of those who served well and those who betrayed. The rewards and punishments were not always immediate. Rewards especially might be delayed. A good and faithful servant might wait many years for their reward, which might be a position of authority within the kingdom. Such positions may require a vacancy, so when a vacancy would arise, the sages and scribes would bring the book to the king so that the king may choose a worthy servant to fulfill an unfinished work of importance to the kingdom. What then does a good and faithful servant do whilst no reward is forthcoming? The answer is within the question, continue the work all the while, and trust in the Lord that there is a plan for each of us. In Matthew 10, our savior reminds us that not even a half penny worth sparrow is left unrecorded in His book, even the hair on our heads is accounted we are loved by Him. How great is such a permanent record to track all these things? This is the chapter where He entreated us to go among the "lost sheep" those once faithful who have lost the way. We are told to expect great adversity, but not to worry as our mouths will be filled with His words. How similarly these early Christians are to us in these days? What great secrets of good news do we have and share with the lost sheep of 2021? Are we doing all that we may do each day to bring these lost people to the light? It is our daily prayer that His will be done, and we pray that by His grace we find the path to show this light, that it may shine through us. Here on Earth as it is in Heaven.