Precepts of God

Precepts are the key to getting understanding; precepts are God’s ideas, His
original information.  Precepts are a commandment or direction given as a rule of
action or conduct.  A principle is prescribing a particular course of action.  Precepts
precedes a concept; concepts are transferred through words.

Psalms 119 tells us a lot about precepts; let’s look at a few; verse 4 says “You have
commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently”; verse 15 says “I will meditate in
Your precepts, and have respect to Your ways”; verse 63 says “I am a companion of
all then that fear (reverence) You, and of them that keep Your precepts”; verse 93-
94 says “I will never forget Your precepts; for with them You have quickened me.  I
am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts”.

In verses 97-104 the Bible says “O how love I Your law!  It is my meditation all the
day.  You through Your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies; for
they are ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Your
testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep
Your precepts.  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Your
word.  I have not departed from Your judgments; for You have taught me.  How
sweet are Your words to my taste; yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.  Through
Your precepts, I get understanding therefore I hate every false way”.

Many times in the Bible we are told to “get wisdom and understanding” (Proverbs 2:
1-11) says “My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with
you.  So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to
understanding.  Yea, if you seek after knowledge, and lift up your voice for
understanding.  If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures.  
Then shall you understand the fear (reverence) of the Lord Yahweh, and find the
knowledge of God.  For the Lord Yahweh gives wisdom out of His mouth comes
knowledge and understanding.  He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous; He is a
buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves
the way of His saints.  Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and
equity, yea, every good path.  When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge
is pleasant to your soul.  Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep
you”.

We get understanding from knowing God’s precepts, His thoughts.  The Bible says
“He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel”.  Moses drew
into the Lord Yahweh, and the children of Israel were afraid and drew back.  
Nehemiah 9:13-14 says “You came down also upon mount Sinai, and spoke with
them from heaven, and gave them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and
commandments.  And made known to them Your holy Sabbath; and commanded
them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses Your servant”.

All of God’s precepts are sure (Psalms 111:7), God’s word is sure and does not
change.  God said “put Me in remembrance of My word”.  In Isaiah 55:11 it says “So
shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth, it shall not return to Me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent
it”.

David was called “a man after God’s own heart”; heart is also translated mind.  That’
s why we are told to renew our mind.  We are also told to “let this mind be in you
which was also in Christ Jesus”.

David sought the mind of God; he would inquire of the Lord Yahweh, and thus it
would encourage him.  David prayed in Psalms 25:4-14 “Show me Your ways, O
Lord Yahweh; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth; and teach me for You
are the God of my salvation, on You do I wait all the day.  Remember, O Lord
Yahweh, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindness; for they have been ever of
old.  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your
mercy remember You me, for Your goodness’ sake O Lord Yahweh.  Good and
upright is the Lord Yahweh, therefore will He teach sinners in the way.  The meek will
He guide in judgment; and the meek will He teach His way.  All the paths of the Lord
Yahweh are mercy and truth to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.  For
Your name’s sake, O Lord Yahweh, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.  What man is
he that fears the Lord Yahweh? him shall He teach in the way that he shall choose.  
His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.  The secret of the
Lord Yahweh is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant”.

Daniel prayed and confessed (Daniel 9:4-5) which says “and I prayed to the Lord
Yahweh my God, and made my confession, and said O Lord Yahweh, the great and
awesome God; keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them
that keep His commandments.  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and
have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and
from Your judgments”.

Jesus came to show us the Father (John 1:18).  Jesus is the word of God.  He came
to communicate to us the transfer of thoughts and ideas into words through God’s
concepts.  Words are used to transfer concepts.  Jesus only preached about the
kingdom.

Jesus said “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).  Seeking God’s way of doing things.  
As we seek the kingdom first, God promises us many benefits (Psalms 103:1-5)
“bless the Lord Yahweh, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  
Bless the Lord Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.  Who forgives all
your iniquities, who heal all your diseases.  Who redeems your life from destruction;
who crown you with loving kindness and tender mercies.  Who satisfies your mouth
with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”.

In the book of Isaiah we are told that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:
8-9) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says
the Lord Yahweh.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways
higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts”.  But God does reveal
His thoughts to us.  

The Bible says in I Corinthians 2:9-10 “but as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear
heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has
prepared for them that love Him.  But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for
the Spirit searches al things, yea, the deep things of God”.
Many Christians are still operating in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament,
we are born again from above and we have the mind of Christ (verse 16).

Jesus condemned the doctrine of the Pharisees because it was of human origin.  By
contrast, Jesus’ teaching was not systematic and repetitious.  It was fresh and new.

The earliest doctrine of the Christian church declared; (1) that Jesus was the
Messiah, the Christ (Acts 3:18); (2) that God had raised Him from the dead (Acts 1:
22; 2:24); and (3) that salvation was by faith in His name (Acts 2:38).  These three
truths were presented as a clear fulfillment of the promises of the Old Testament.

God’s precepts, His laws and commandments have been given for us to help us live
the life that He planned for us.  They are not suggestions, but should be taken
seriously.

God wants us to study to show our self approved to God, a workman that needs not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15).

Let us look at our examples and follow what they did, Moses drew near to God in
spite of fact that the mountain was on fire; David enquired of the Lord Yahweh; and
prayed for God to reveal His precepts.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: April 3 2009
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