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Jun 15, 2011

38 Did helpful biblical books fall by the wayside

The Bible mentions several helpful books.

  But wait a sec!

It seems those books weren't really worth
                                        preserving, after all.

For example, the Old Testament book Numbers mentions a book. But even though it values the book, it's lost today

Numbers 21:14 The Book of the LORD's Battles speaks of ...

Thus a copy of The Book of the Lord’s Battles hasn't survived--as if it wasn't really worth preserving. 

The Old Testament book Joshua mentions the Book of Jashar 

Joshua 10:13 The sun stood still and the moon did not move until the nation had conquered its enemies. This is written in The Book of Jashar. The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not go down for a whole day.

Although the Bible lauds it, the book has gone extinct--as if it wasn't worth preserving for posterity.

The Old Testament book 1 Chronicles mentions a relatively important book, too, the records of the three prophets

1 Chronicles 29:29 The history of King David from beginning to end is recorded in the records of the three prophets, Samuel, Nathan, and Gad.

Evidently the records of the three prophets has disappeared. 1 Chronicles itself was preserved through thick and thin. But the record of the three prophets went by the wayside. It lost its value in spite of the fact that the Bible said it was helpful.

Lastly the Old Testament book 2 Chronicles mentions not one but three books of significance

2 Chronicles 9:29 The rest of the history of Solomon from beginning to end is recorded in The History of Nathan the Prophet, in The Prophecy of Ahijah of Shiloh, and in The Visions of Iddo the Prophet, which also deal with the reign of King Jeroboam of Israel.

But the three books have fallen off the grid. There aren't any copies of them today even in spite of the fact that the Bible merited them.

Recap: The Holy Scriptures deemed those several books worthy. But time has destroyed them. I wonder why the divine hand didn't preserve the books for everyone's benefit. 

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