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I have noticed during several Bible study sessions that the Bible mentions other books.
Joshua 10:13 says “So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar”.
Numbers 21:14 Says “That is why the Book of the Wars of the Lord says:
“. . . Zahab[a] in Suphah and the ravines, the Arnon”
2 Chronicles 13:22 Says “The rest of the events of Abijah’s reign, including his words and deeds, are recorded in The Commentary of Iddo the Prophet”.
These are just a few examples, there are many other books referenced in the Bible.
Okay, so what is the book of Jasher? how about the books of the wars on the Lord? Who is Prophet Iddo? These are the kinds of questions that cross my mind when I see these references. A google search tells me that a lot of these books have been lost, which is so sad considering that we would have loved to see what they said. Interestingly, scams are on the rise. Some people online claim to have found some of these lost books. Well, truly, there is no way for us to verify whether it is the book or not, since we do not know what the book ought to say. It is interesting and a bit paradoxical that we search to see if the book still exists, and when we find a version that people claim is the real version, we question it, yes like we ought to. Remember to test the spirits. But that brings me to another question, although these books are lost, do you think the original writers of the Bible intended for us to read them? or do you think the Bible does a great job of explaining all the important events by itself? For me, I think the Bible does a great job, especially because you do not want to fall for a scam claiming to have the original lost book and cleverly introducing unbiblical beliefs to the body of Christ. How about you, what is your take?
(Father, I pray that you grant us the spirit of knowledge, to guide and lead us in the right direction as we read your word. Teach us of things that are before us and give us the knowledge that we need, in Jesus name, Amen).