“…and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher…”
– 2 Samuel 1:18
The Book of Jasher, also mentioned in Joshua 10:13, is a historical book of military poetry and a collection of songs of the Nation of Israel’s heroes. It celebrated these champions of the faith. It was a book that bypassed the sins and mistakes in the lives of these great men and shared their skill, bravery, and willingness to give their lives for their country.
King Saul and his son Jonathan had just been killed in battle, and David would become the next king. Although Saul’s life was full of sin and inconsistencies, undoubtedly he would be celebrated as a hero of the Nation of Israel. In-fact, David and his men grieved over the loss of Saul and Jonathan. More than likely their names would make it into the Book of Jasher, despite their sins.
The Book of Jasher is reminiscent of the Book of Life, mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament (Phil. 4:3; Daniel 2:1; Malachi 3:16-17; Rev. 21:27). It is the book in which the names of those made righteous through Jesus are written. It is the book of the redeemed and saved and is different than the book that is mentioned at the White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-17).
Those standing at the White Throne Judgement are those who have or will die without the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those trying to obtain salvation through works will actually be judged by those work (see Rev. 20:12) and will be found guilty. Their sins were never forgiven. The Book of Life, however, will carry the names of those who have genuinely accepted Jesus as their Savior, where their sins were already dealt this and paid through the Blood of Christ, not by works.
As in the Book of Jasher, the Book of Life will bypass the sins and mistakes in the lives of those whose names are written in it. Each page in the Book of Life is covered in the blood of Jesus. Which book will your name be written?
“His blood turns the pages of our sins to white, and we are made clean.”