“I signed and sealed the deed of purchase before witnesses, weighed out the silver, and paid him.”
There is lots of consternation going on today on what constitutes an actual signature of a person. Whether it be financial transactions or voting rights, how do we establish and then validate that a signature is the truth? My signature has definitely changed over the years. I see the signature of when I was in my 20’s and now and they wouldn’t be thought of as the same. And, I suspect that given a few more years of keyboarding and less handwriting (this seems to be as fast as Moore’s law) and my (and many others) handwritten signature will change again and again. What to do? Is it an e-signature that is validated through a technology chain? Will it be facial recognition? Or will the fact that my phone and I are are verified, that I can pass it over a document (like we do today with payment readers) and that will be enough? Watch for more and more questions about what is a valid signature in the days and years to come.
I haven’t cross-referenced it enough to know if in the book of Jeremiah the need for a signature was the first place it shows in the Bible, but we know it is there and that was really early on. Did Jesus ever sign His name to anything? Perhaps, He never needed to because He in Himself was a signature of all we have come to know? Maybe, what we are being taught is that we can prove who we are in the eyes of God without ever having to humanly place our name anyplace. We know that our names will be written in the Book of Life, but only He can write them there for us. I like believing and knowing that our signature power is totally transferred to Him.
Reference: Jeremiah 32:10 (New Living Translation)