"Teach Me, O Lord,
The Way Of Thy Statutes;
And I Shall Keep It
Unto The End.
Give Me Understanding,
And I Shall Keep
Psalm 119:33, 34
"Teach Me, O Lord . . . Thy Statutes . . . .
And I Shall Keep Thy Law."
Psalm 119:33, 34
Before the death of King David, "he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man; and keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest." -1 Kings 2:1-3.
The focus of this study is on God's statutes. Are they the same as His commandments? Were they nailed to the cross? Are they binding upon us today?
Ezekiel 20:12, 11, 20, 19
The Statutes Are Also Part Of God's Sign
Why Did Ellen White Write, Forty Years Before Her Death, That God's Statutes Were To Be "Binding Upon Men In Every Age As Long As Time Should Last"?
"In consequence of continual transgression, the moral law was repeated in awful grandeur from Sinai. Christ gave to Moses religious precepts which were to govern everyday life. These statutes were explicitly given to guard the ten commandments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ. They were to be binding upon men in every age as long as time should last. These commands were enforced by the power of the moral law, and they clearly and definitely explained that law. . . .
"Christ speaks to such: 'Not every one that sayest unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.' What is the will of the Father? That we keep His commandments. Christ, to enforce the will of His Father, became the author of the statutes and precepts given through Moses to the people of God. Christians who extol Christ, but array themselves against the law governing the Jewish church, array Christ against Christ." -Ellen G. White, The Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
God's Statutes Below, Are Linked To The Descent Of The Holy Spirit!
"The prophecies in the eighteenth of Revelation will soon be fulfilled. During the proclamation of the third angel's message, 'another angel' is to 'come down from heaven, having great power,' and the earth is to be 'lighted with his glory'. . . .
"During the loud cry . . . the light of present truth will be seen flashing everywhere . . . . The Word declares: . . . . 'I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes' [Ezekiel 36:25-27] This is the descent of the Holy Spirit, sent from God to do its office work . . . .
"As men, women, and children proclaim the gospel, the Lord will open the eyes of the blind to see His statutes, and will write upon the hearts of the truly penitent His law."
Review and Herald, "The Closing Work", October 13, 1904. [Emphasis in brackets supplied.]
This Promise Is Made To Statute-keepers, And Will Apply To The 144,000 During God's Plagues
Leviticus 26:3, 4
We Need This Promise, Made To Statute-keepers, As We Move Out Of The Cities
1 John 3:4
The Following Statement Includes God's Statutes As Part Of His Moral Law
"The Scriptures declare that 'sin is the transgression of the law' (1 John 3:4), and that 'by the law is the knowledge of sin.' Romans 3:20. In order to see his guilt, the sinner must test his character by God's great standard of righteousness. To discover his defects, he must look into the mirror of the divine statutes."
Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, pages 297, 298.
"Statutes" Appear In 22 verses. "Commandments" Appear In 21 Verses.
Please see Psalm 119:5, 8, 12, 16, 23, 26, 33, 48, 54, 64, 68, 71, 80, 83, 112, 117, 118, 124, 135, 145, 155, 171
God's Statutes Are A Matter Of Salvation
God's Covenant At Horeb [Mount Sinai] Includes God's Statutes
Deuteronomy 5:1, 2, 7-21
Mrs. White Prophesied That Horeb's Covenant Would Be Renewed
"God's favor toward Israel had always been conditional on their obedience. At the foot of Sinai, the hosts of Israel had entered into covenant relations with God . . . And when, a few days afterward, God's law was spoken from Sinai [Horeb], and additional instruction in the form of statutes and judgments was communicated through Moses, the Israelites with one voice again promised, 'All the words which the Lord hath said will we do.' Exodus 24:3 . . . .
"Moses was inspired to utter a prophecy outlining the sure result of apostasy. Plainly he traced the evils that would result from a departure from the statutes of Jehovah . . . . In the last days of this earth's history, God's covenant with His commandment-keeping people is to be renewed."
Review and Herald,
"A Door of Hope", February 19, 1914, and concluded February 26, 1914. [Emphasis in brackets supplied.]
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