Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” (Exodus 32:31-32)
When Moses said, “Blot me out of Your book,” what book was he referring to? Up until that time, the only book connected to the Almighty that we are aware of is the one that Moses was writing as God spoke to Him. It was first called the Book of the Covenant but in time would be referred to as the Book of the Law — the Torah. So one has to wonder if that is what Moses referred to, and if so, are we somehow “recorded” in the Scripture? Is our life mentioned in some form or fashion in what Moses was told to write down? Let’s look at this way: have you ever seen yourself in one of the accounts you read in Scripture?
Maybe Moses referred to some other book that he was aware of that we are not — a book where the names of those who sinned against God were blotted out. There are, in fact, other books mentioned in ensuing portions of Scripture. For example, the Book of Remembrance is mentioned in association with those who “who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name (Malachi 3:16). In the book of Revelation, John witnessed a scene in heaven when “books” were opened in conjunction with the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12). Of course, we know that if we have been born again, our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27).
All of this is to say that, obviously, God keeps record of everyone who has been, who is and who will be. Apparently, He keeps a record of what we do, good or bad, and what we say for we will be judged for every idle word spoken. So then, to know that our life is recorded in a heavenly book is both awe-inspiring and humbling. On the other hand, for those who do not walk with the Messiah, it might prove to be humiliating. However, I can think of nothing worse that for someone’s name to be “blotted out” of His book, implying that they are forgotten — almost as if they never were.
Therefore, let us rejoice in the knowledge that our transgressions have been “blotted out” (Isaiah 44:22) and that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). That means He — the Creator of all things — knows us all by name and has called us according to His purpose. That is worth a “Hallelujah.”
Blessings and Shalom,