18 And the seed of Levi was chosen for the priesthood, and to be Levites, that they might minister before the Lord, as we, continually, and that Levi and his sons may be blessed for ever; for he was zealous to execute righteousness and judgment and vengeance on all those who arose against Israel. 19 And so they inscribe as a testimony in his favour on the heavenly tablets blessing and righteousness before the God of all: 20 And we remember the righteousness which the man fulfilled during his life, at all periods of the year; until a thousand generations they will record it, and it will come to him and to his descendants after him, and he has been recorded on the heavenly tablets as a friend and a righteous man. 21 All this account I have written for thee, and have commanded thee to say to the children of Israel, that they should not commit sin nor transgress the ordinances nor break the covenant which has been ordained for them, (but) that they should fulfil it and be recorded as friends.
18 So he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.” 21 On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 22 All things have been given to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.”
Notes and References
"... The gods in Mesopotamia were considered the determiners of destiny, and they wrote their decisions on 'tablets of destiny' (tuppi simati). Nabu, the divine scribe, was in possession of these records, and kings frequently offered their prayers to him ... Such records of divine scribal activity are also alluded to several times in the Bible ... Citations for this belief in post-biblical literature are also found in the Pseudepigrapha, the Apocalypse of Zephania, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament, and in Talmudic literature ..."
Paul, Shalom M. Heavenly Tablets and the Book of LIfe (pp. 345-354) Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 1973
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