I have been thinking recently about God’s Punctuation. I’m sure we all remember something about Punctuation from when we were in school. We remember:
QUOTATION MARKS (“ ”) – mark the beginning and ending of an exact quote; what exactly was said.
COMMAS ( , ) – are used to show separation of words, or groups of words; also signify a “pause”.
EXCLAMATION POINTS ( ! ) – are used to show forceful utterance or strong emotion.
QUESTION MARKS ( ? ) – used at the end of a sentence to indicate a direct question.
PERIODS ( . ) – are used to mark the end of a declarative statement.
So what does this have to do with the Bible? I would like to make my point that even before there was an English language, God used Punctuation to clarify and make His Word distinct. When God promised He wouldn’t destroy the world again by water, He punctuated that promise with the RAINBOW. When He promised Abram that he would be the “father of many nations”, He punctuated that promise by changing Abram’s name to Abraham; and by allowing Abraham’s barren wife to become pregnant in her old age. When God promised the Israelites that He would lead them out of Egypt and would be with them, He punctuated it by going before them in a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. God punctuated that Jesus was indeed His Son by speaking directly from Heaven, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When Jesus declared that His work was finished and gave up the Ghost, God the Father punctuated it by the veil of the temple tearing from TOP To BOTTOM, and an earthquake. God punctuated the arrival of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost, by a mighty rushing wind, and cloven tongues of fire.
God’s punctuation is FINAL and BINDING! As a matter of fact, all through the Bible, God has made promises, declarative statements, and punctuated them with a period. Let’s look at some of them.
Psalms 7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. PERIOD
Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. PERIOD
Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. PERIOD
Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. PERIOD
Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. PERIOD
Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. PERIOD
Psalms 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. PERIOD
Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. PERIOD
Psalms 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. PERIOD
Psalms 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. PERIOD
Psalms 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. PERIOD
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. PERIOD
Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. PERIOD
Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. PERIOD
Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. PERIOD
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. PERIOD
Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. PERIOD
Proverbs 18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. PERIOD
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. PERIOD
Proverbs 21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. PERIOD
Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. PERIOD
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. PERIOD
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. PERIOD
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. PERIOD
Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. PERIOD
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. PERIOD
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. PERIOD
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. PERIOD
GOD PUNCTUATES HIS WORD. IT’S TIME FOR US TO QUIT PUTTING OUR QUESTION MARKS BEHIND GOD’S PERIODS!!! GOD SAID IT, AND THAT
SETTLES IT!!! HE SAYS WHAT HE MEANS AND HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS!