Human Authors

The Bible is the record of the Hebrew people and early Christians.  These human authors worked under the influence of God’s Spirit and at the same time under the influence of their community and culture.  Why these words?  Christians believe that this is God’s meaning in human words in content and message.  The cultural history and empirical science was true for their particular time.  History is always an interpretation.  Science is always experimenting finding new ways to do things.  The divine message of God transcends time and space, since it has an eternal ring to it that goes beyond the human authors and their words.

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Yahweh the record keeper of Zion (Ps 87:5-87:6)

“Of Zion,

It shall be said.

‘This one

And that one

Were born in it.’

Thus the Most High himself

Will establish it.

Yahweh records

As he registers the peoples.

‘This one was born there.’”

Selah

Apparently there is a long list of those born in Mount Zion, Jerusalem. Yahweh seems to have some kind of record of all that were born there. Yahweh has established this city on a hill, Mount Zion, the city of David. He seems to be like a massive accountant, keeping track of everyone born there. Finally, this section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.

Praise for God (Ps 56:8-56:11)

“You have kept count of my tossings.

Put my tears in your bottle!

Are they not in your record?

Then my enemies will retreat,

In the day when I call.

This I know,

That God is for me.

In God,

Whose word I praise.

In Yahweh,

Whose word I praise.

In God,

I trust.

I am not afraid.

What can a mere mortal do to me?”

God knew about the situation of David.  He had gathered the tears of David and kept a record of it.  His enemies would retreat if David were to call on God.  He was sure of himself because God was on his side.  He praised God.  He praised Yahweh.  He trusted in God.  Thus he was not afraid of mere mortals?

The people honor Simon and his brothers (1 Macc 14:25-14:27)

“When the people heard these things they said.

‘How shall we thank Simon and his sons?

He and his brothers and the house of his father have stood firm.

They have fought and repulsed Israel’s enemies.

They have established its freedom.’

So they made a record on bronze tablets. They put it on the pillars on Mount Zion.”

They wondered how they could thank Simon and his family. His father and brothers stood firm against the enemies of Israel. They actually established the freedom of Israel. They decided to make a record of this so that they put it on bronze tablets like the Romans did. They then put the tablets on the pillars on Mount Zion. Important documents at this time were usually inscribed in bronze.