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Speaking Words of Stone

Speaking the Words of Stone

Words: the sound, speech, spoken.

Ex. 19:5 ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My  own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me — in My presence, beside, or except Me.

Ex. 20:6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

This is a preface to the ten commandments — the latter clause being specially applicable to the case of the Israelites, while the former brings it home to all mankind; showing that the reasonableness of the law is founded in their eternal relation as creatures to their Creator, and their mutual relations to each other.

Deut. 11:27 the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; 

Ex. 19:5 (NAS95S) ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My  own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

The object for which Moses went up was to receive and convey to the people the message contained in these verses, and the purport of which was a general announcement of the terms on which God was to take the Israelites into a close and peculiar relation to Himself. In thus negotiating between God and His people, the highest post of duty which any mortal man was ever called to occupy,

Ex. 20:6 but showing lovingkindness to  thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

The Divine Being Himself was the speaker (Deuteronomy 5:12, 32, 33), in tones so loud as to be heard — so distinct as to be intelligible by the whole multitude standing in the valleys below, amid the most appalling phenomena of agitated nature. Had He been simply addressing rational and intelligent creatures, He would have spoken with the still small voice of persuasion and love. But He was speaking to those who were at the same time fallen and sinful creatures, and a corresponding change was required in the manner of God’s procedure, in order to give a suitable impression of the character and sanctions of the law revealed from heaven.

A person is speaking as God did, imitating Him, speaking as one made in His Image.

A person speaks the Command and then follows the demand. Blessings follow keeping the Command.

Ex. 23:22 “But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 

The communication of these laws, made to Moses and by him rehearsed to the people, was concluded by the addition of many animating promises, intermingled with several solemn warnings that lapses into sin and idolatry would not be tolerated or passed with impunity.

Deut. 4:31 (NAS95S) “For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

Speaking the Words brings out the power to do them. And, thus, that power comes from compassion, not dictatorship. We can rely on God’s Word ringing across our area.

Deut. 4:40 “So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am  giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may  live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

The further compassion fills a person’s lives and family with God’s blessing and love making these Words an amazing event. Look at the creation made by God’s Word. “Light.” And the Big Bang came into existence.

Psa. 19:11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
            In keeping them there is great reward. 

God gives great rewards. He was with Israel and gave them the power to keep His Words alive and well.

Lev. 20:22 (NAS95S) ¶ ‘You are therefore to keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them, so that the land to which I am bringing you to  live will not spew you out.

God continues to promise those who say and keep His Words will protect His People in the land brings them to.

Deut. 11:26-28 (NAS95S) ¶ “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:  (the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today,  by following other gods which you have not known.

When the power of God’s Word rings out, His blessings continue. But, the refusal to keep them brings disaster. Learn from history.

Deut. 28:45   “So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not  obey the LORD your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

God will have His curses pursue them; they cannot hide from God’s World and Way.

Psa. 19:7 - 10 The law of the LORD is  perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

The Word, God’s Law of perfection does many things. It restores the soul, a person’s being. It is reliable because God is True to His Word, especially spoken aloud. The Word makes His People wise instead of the simple, unknowable. It gives makes their hearts rejoice. His Word cannot cease, as it is so Righteous. His Word is the most reliable streaming with wealth and sweetness.

The law is described by six names, epithets, and effects. It is a rule, God’s testimony for the truth, His special and general prescription of duty, fear (as its cause) and judicial decision. It is distinct and certain, reliable, right, pure, holy, and true. Hence it revives those depressed by doubts, makes wise the unskilled

Prov. 3:21 (NAS95S) My son, let them not  vanish from your sight;
            Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
Prov. 3:22 (NAS95S) So they will be life to your soul
            And adornment to your neck.
Prov. 3:23 (NAS95S) Then you will walk in your way securely
            And your foot will not stumble.

His Words assign reasons in their value for happiness and ornament, guidance and support in dangers, both when waking and sleeping.

Prov. 6:22 (NAS95S) When you walk about,  they will guide you;
            When you sleep,  they will watch over you;
            And when you awake,  they will talk to you.
Prov. 6:23 (NAS95S) For the commandment is a lamp and the  teaching is light;
            And reproofs for discipline are the way of life. 

These Proverbs denote the instruction of parents (Proverbs 6:20), to which all the qualities of a safe guide and guard and ready teacher are ascribed. It prevents the ingress of evil by supplying good thoughts, even in dreams (Proverbs 3:21-23; Psalms 19:9; 2 Peter 1:19).

The power of light runs the neurology of all humans. Light contains power and waves unlike anything else in the universe. Our life comes from God and He wants us live up to His greatest creation.

 

Heb. 4:7 (NAS95S) He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying  through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
            “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
            DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

Gen. 2:3 (NAS95S) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created  and made.

A peculiar distinction put upon it above the other six days, and showing it was devoted to sacred purposes. The institution of the Sabbath is as old as creation, giving rise to that weekly division of time which prevailed in the earliest ages. It is a wise and beneficent law, affording that regular interval of rest, which the physical nature of man and the animals employed in his service requires, and the neglect of which brings both to premature decay. Moreover, it secures an appointed season for religious worship, and if it was necessary in a state of primeval innocence, how much more so now, when mankind has a strong tendency to forget God and His claims?

Speak the Words

When God commanded the creation, “Let there be light…” There was light. God’s spoken Words are the most powerful commands there are.

Remember what happened when God Spoke the Word: light.

An example might be a powerfully loud noise would smash glass and do other things. It is not just the sound but the intrinsic force sound moves through the atmosphere like thunder.

When we speak, our thoughts become sound, language and whatever language can cause: information, action, fear, humor, respite, encouragement, etc. The sound then travels to the ears and goes to the mind. The Laws of Linguistics Created by God and discovered by man.

Deut. 5:22   These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.  

Obedience to the Commandments happens even when even spoken by people. They are God’s Commandments. The repetitions must be done by the human speaker. The more a person hears the Commandments the more he will obey what he hears. God’s spoken commandments on the mountain twice only (Exodus and Deuteronomy) were then written on stone so that no one could make changes to His Word.  Any changes made by unbelievers cannot make the Words erased from those engraved on rock.

Deut. 9:10 “The LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.

To dislodge from their minds any presumptuous idea of their own righteousness, Moses rehearses their acts of disobedience and rebellion committed so frequently, and in circumstances of the most awful and impressive solemnity, that they had forfeited all claims to the favor of God. The candor and boldness with which he gave, and the patient submission with which the people bore, his recital of charges so discreditable to their national character, has often been appealed to as among the many evidences of the truth of this history.

Deut. 4:13 “So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is,  the Ten  Commandments; and  He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

Although articulate sounds were heard emanating from the mount, no form or representation of the Divine Being who spoke was seen to indicate His nature or properties according to the notions of the heathen.

A special promise of deliverance, called a covenant, to convince him of the confidence to be reposed in it. The substance and terms of this covenant are related at Genesis 6:19-21.

I do set my bow in the cloud — set, that is, constitute or appoint. This common and familiar phenomenon being made the pledge of peace, its appearance when showers began to fall would be welcomed with the liveliest feelings of joy.

All covenants have signs. No God’s other than God. Keeping the Sabbath is a great sign of the Covenant.

Every manchild among you shall be circumcised — This was the sign in the Old Testament Church as baptism is in the New, and hence the covenant is called “covenant of circumcision” (Acts 7:8; Romans 4:11). The terms of the covenant were these: on the one hand Abraham and his seed were to observe the right of circumcision; and on the other, God promised, in the event of such observance, to give them Canaan for a perpetual possession, to be a God to him and his posterity, and that in him and his seed all nations should be blessed.

Deut. 10:4 “He wrote on the tablets, like the former writing, the Ten  Commandments which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly; and the LORD gave them to me. 

When we declare God's Words loudly, not our Words but His, we hear God’s Commandments commanding us to do what He says even coming from our mouth.

 Ex. 20:2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of  slavery.
Ex. 20:3   “You shall have no other gods  before Me.

We do not need to have a device to say the Words out loud; we can say them anywhere, anytime, anyplace.

Each time we hear God’s Commandments, the more we want to follow His Orders. Say them, speak them, shout them, and command them. Your ears will hear His Commands in English, and the Commands will enter our brains at the highest level.

As you know there are many levels of language from the idiolect, familioelect, to highest level, the divine level. We choose how to think, at what level. God’s Words automatic rise to the divine level because that is how the mind works. That is the only level His Words can go; it’s Linguistic (how language works). The more we speak at the divine level (saying, hearing and musing), the more we act according to His thoughts embedded in our minds.

Worried, afraid, confused, cannot sleep, cannot concentrate, cannot decide which is Right: let the divine level of God’s Words cause us to repeat God’s Words, the Commandments.

“You shall not make any graven image…”

Ezek. 36:27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

Spirit is ruach, which means God’s Mind is put to use in our mouths. We speak as ones made in God’s Image.

Gen. 1:26 (NAS95S) ¶ Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness ; and let them rule.

Luke 11:28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed arethose who hear the word of God and observe it.

Ex. 7:2 (NAS95S) “You shall speak all that I command you.

Deut. 29:9 “So keep the words of this covenant to do them,that you may prosper in all that you do. 

Speak the Commandments with all your Power from God; so that you may always be able do God’s Words.

 

Amen.

Gil Kovacs,
Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church

 

 

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