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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Scribes and Prophets, Barak, Moses

Scribes and prophets are titles that are popularly known in scriptures, such as the bible and the Koran and other religious circles. These two words are often referred to in the bible, but is a scribe a prophet and is a prophet a scribe?

There are many prophets mentioned in the bible and other places; some of the names are: Moses, Abraham, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joshua, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Muhammad, Deborah, Guatama Buddah, Okomfo Anokye of Ghana, to name but a few. There are literally thousands of prophets that have lived past and present even though many of their names are not known. Many of the prophets in far off lands were not known for they were not accompanied by scribes who would have written their works and made them known to the world.

The names of the scribes were not popularly known excerpt that they were known to be associated with the prophets. The scribes are the writers of the gods and the prophets who actually wrote the scriptures. The skills of the prophets are separate and different from the skills of the scribe, for the prophet can be a healer, perform miracles, foretell events pertaining to the future, but it is the scribe that put all these into writing. The prophet is the mouth of the Gods, whereas the scribe is the hand that holds the pen of the Gods. It is the hand that put food into the mouth, for what is written by the scribe becomes the final word. What is spoken by the mouth may last but a day, but what is written by the hand may last a thousand years. A prophet may perform miracles, but even those miracles would not have a place in future generations if not written by a scribe.

The scribes are gifted with a power that is different from those of the prophets, and quite often the prophets are confused to be scribes and vice versa. The books of the bible as well as the Koran were written by the scribes and they are not necessarily the words of the prophets. The scribe interprets what is spoken by the prophet, the coded messages, symbols, parables, analogies, and cryptic languages of the angels and shapes them into meaningful format to the general public.

The five books of Moses credited to Moses were actually written by his scribes, whose names may not be known to us, likewise the Koran of Muhammad was written by his scribes. The scribes are essential assets to the prophets, to God and the angels for it is their work that make the public aware of what comes out of the mouth of God or the angels. The prophets are usually not given the ability to be effective writers, hence scribes are assigned to a prophet during the lifetime of the prophet or the scribe may even be born many years after the death of the prophet.

Example Paul was a scribe when known as Saul, and became a scribe of Jesus but never actually physically met Jesus in person. Through his writings many of the works of Christianity has been established and the writings of Paul are indispensible assets of the Christian organization of today. It was a scribe that wrote the accounts of the four gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, but these scribes never actually met the disciples or even met Jesus. So in effect the beautiful words of the Lord’s prayer and the words of the sermon on the Mount ascribed to Jesus are actually the words of the scribe that wrote those gospels. The books of psalms were also written by scribes and even so today many of the scriptural works of translation are being written by the scribes of the gods.

The prophets are generally not gifted with the power of the scribe for they both represent different aspects of the body of God. Just as God speaks through the mouth of the angels and of the prophets, the scribes write what they speak. The prophets are the mouth of God, whereas the scribes are the hand holding the pen of God. A scribe that was known in the bible was Barak, who was a scribe to the prophetess Deborah of the Old testament.

The scribe cannot perform the miracles of the prophets and the prophets cannot perform the miracles of the scribe, for the mouth and the hand perform separate functions for the body. The power of the prophet is in the mouth, the power of the scribe is in the hand. The prophets do get possessed by angels and spirits to able to perform their miracles, whereas a scribe cannot be possessed by a spirit. It is this safeguard that the scribe has, that enables them to separate themselves from what they see and what they write. A prophet when performing miracles is usually possessed by an external force; this limits the prophet’s ability to write objectively. Imagine that an external power is in control of a person’s mouth, would the person be able to write intelligently? For this reason a prophet can speak eloquently, but a prophet cannot write effectively. A prophet can perform a miracle for a moment, but the writings of a scribe can form a religion and change the beliefs of a people for thousands of years.

Ken Nunoo