I was surprised to find that there are many other books in the Bible mentioned, that are not part of of the 66 books we are used to. Some affect us and some don’t. As we look at several examples ask yourself, where is your name written?
The Book of the Wars of the Lord
In Numbers 21:14 the first song is attributed to a book called the Book of the Wars of the Lord. Come to find out a better translation, and probably the actual name of this book, is called YHVH’s Battles. This ancient book contained many songs and poems attributed to the victories that YHVH gave the Israelites over their enemies.
In verses 27-30 of the same chapter we see what has been named the Heshbon ballad. Although not attributed to any book, rabbis have considered this song to also be of the same book, YHVH’s Battles.
The Book of Jasher
As for many scholars this book holds an interesting correlation to another book we find in 2 Samuel 1:18
2 Samuel 1:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Song of the Bow
17 Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, 18 and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book [aof Jasher
Joshua 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.
Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
Theologian Joseph Barber Lightfoot suggested that the book of the Wars of the Lord was merely another title for the mysterious biblical Book of Jasher.
The Book of the Wars of the LORD is cited in the Book of Jasher as being a collaborative record written by Moses, Joshua, and the children of Israel
The Book of the Upright
Many debate on if the copy we have today of the Book of Jasher is the actual book mentioned in scripture or if it is just an attempt at notoriety. We know there are different versions of the Book of Jasher out there that claim no authority as the biblical book, as Jasher or Yasher just means “upright”.
To debate the authority of the Book of Jasher, or any other book published is not my goal today, but rather, to see there are several books mentioned in scripture, some more important to us than others.
The Book of the Behavior of Royalty
There is a book of the Behavior of Royalty that is said to contain passages from Deuteronomy and the retelling of the coronation of Israel’s first king, Saul, written by Samuel the prophet. 1 Samuel 10:25
Josephus says this writing was preserved in the Tabernacle of the Holy of Holies, where the Book of the Law had been laid up
Other books mentioned in the Bible
Book of Samuel/Nathan/Gad – 1 Chronicles 29:29; 2 Chronicles 9:29
Books of the acts of Solomon – 1 Kings 11:41
Book of Shemaiah – 2 Chronicles 12:15
Book of Jehu – 2 Chronicles 20:34
Book of lamentations and mourning and woe. Ezekiel 2:8-10
We find, though, that there are two books with significantly more importance.
In Malachi 3:16-17 we find a book that one day will be opened before God Himself.
The Book of RemembranceA
16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who [ameditate on His name.
17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.[b
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.
We see the earthly counterpart to this heavenly book in Esther 2:23; 6:1
Esther 2:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.
Esther 6:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The King Honors Mordecai
6 That night [athe king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
Good deeds were recorded in the king’s book of chronicles. It was not uncommon for rewards to not be given immediately so the name of the person and what they had done were recorded for later reward. (See the symbolism?)
Mordecai informed the king that there was a plot against him and he was later rewarded as the book was opened and subsequently read before the king.
2 And it was found written that Mordecai had told of [Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?”
And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
6 So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?”
10 Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.”
We also see where a man in the New Testament had his name written in this book
Acts 10:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Cornelius Sends a Delegation
10 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About [cthe ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”
So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God
To get your name in this book you must:
1.Fear the Lord
2.Tell others about Him
3.Meditate on His name
As a believer in Jesus this book will be opened when we stand in front of Him on that day when we are judged based on what we have done with the life He gave us. This is not for salvation, but for rewards.
What is written in your book?
Psalm 139:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
The Lamb’s Book of Life
There is yet a weightier book that we need to mention. It’s called the Lamb’s Book of Life. If your name is not in here, the Book of Remembrance will not matter to much to you.
This book is first mentioned in Exodus 32:32-33.
Exodus 32:32-33 New King James Version (NKJV)
32 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”
33 And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.
This same terminology is found in Revelation 3:5
Revelation 3:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Revelation, the last book in our Bible, contains many references to this book. 13:8; 17:8; 20:12-15; 21:27; and 22:19
Also, in Luke 10:20 we see Jesus says don’t rejoice that the spirits are subject unto you but rather rejoice that your name is written in heaven.
Our names being written in Heaven truly is something to rejoice about. This is the only way to enjoy eternal life and live in the splendor of heaven forever.
How do I know
Are you wondering, how do I know if my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Pretty simple really. If you have accepted the sacrifice of the one true Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, and put your trust in HIM.
This question was asked by a shaken jailer in Acts 16:30
Acts 16:30 New King James Version (NKJV)
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Like the answer he received your answer is still the same.
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
This is how to have your name written in Heaven, in the Lamb’s Book of Life. This is reason for celebration today. And if it’s not written in the book there is no better time than now.
2 Corinthians 6:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 For He says:
“In an acceptable
time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Where is your name written?
Josephus the complete works translated by William Whiston, A.M.