Most people do not have a full understanding of the testimony of God. God told Moses to put into the ark the testimony which He would give him. (Exodus 25:16, 21) Therefore, the first thing the Bible teaches about the Ten Commandments of God is that they are the testimony of the Lord. However, it is extremely rare to hear or read about them as the testimonies of God. Most people only hear about the Commandments as law that no one can keep. However, the Lord knew most people would see them only as law. Yet, even as the law of the Lord, they still came from the mouth of the Lord. And the Lord’s servants are to live by every word that comes from His mouth. (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4) Now the bible teaches that the Lord wrote His testimony on two tablets of stone. But first the bible teaches that the Lord spoke His testimony from Heaven.
Spoken from Heaven
The bible says in Exodus chapter 20 that God spoke the testimony of God from heaven. Now God spoke all these words, saying, I am thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery. Do not have any other gods before me. Do not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath nor that is in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to them nor serve them; for I thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons unto the third and fourth generation of those that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands of generations of those that love me and keep my commandments. Do not take the name of thy God in vain for the LORD will not hold guiltless anyone that takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:1-7)
Thou shalt remember the sabbath day, to sanctify it. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; but the seventh day shall be the sabbath of thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man slave, nor thy maid slave, nor thy beast, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and earth, the sea, and all that is in them and rested the seventh day; therefore, the LORD blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it. Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be lengthened upon the land which thy God gives thee. Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not give false testimony against thy neighbor. Do not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man slave, nor his maid slave, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s. In addition, the LORD said unto Moses, thus thou shalt say unto the sons of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. (Exodus 20:8-17, 22)
Written in Stone
By writing them in stone, the Lord is telling us that the testimony of God is permanent. Now God gave unto Moses, when he finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18) And Moses turned and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand; the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. (Exodus 32:15) And it happened as soon as he came near unto the camp and he saw the calf and the dances, anger caused Moses to wax hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mount. (Exodus 32:19)
And the LORD said unto Moses, hew two tables of stone like unto the first; and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou didst break. (Exodus 34:1) And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and Moses rose up early in the morning and went up unto Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. (Exodus 34:4) And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, nor drink water. And He wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:28)
It is good to study the Ten Commandments of God as testimony of God. For God’s very own character is revealed in His laws. Therefore, we are learning things about God when we study His laws. For example, we learn that all the ways of the Commandments are ways of God. In other words, the Commandments stand for God. The following list shows some of the many ways of the Commandments.
- Eternal – Psalms 111:7-8, Luke 16:17
- Good – Romans 7:12, 16, 1 Timothy 1:8
- Holy – Romans 7:12, 2 Peter 2:21
- Just – Romans 7:12
- Life – Matthew 19:17, Proverbs 3:1-2
- Light – Proverbs 6:23
- Love – Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14
- Perfect – James 1:25, Psalms 19:7
- Pure – Psalms 19:7-8
- Righteous – Romans 9:31, Psalms 119:172
- Spiritual – Romans 7:14
- Sure – Psalms 19:7, 111:7
- The Way – Psalms 119:30-32
- Truth – Psalms 119:142, 151
- Unchanging – Matthew 5:18, Psalms 111:7-8
Testifier and Testimony Inseparable
Here is what people have said online that relates to the testimony of God.
- A person’s words are inseparable from the person speaking them.
- A witness’s testimony cannot be separated from the person himself.
- For John, Jesus’ message as witness was inseparable from His very personhood.
- God and His words are inseparable.
- God’s message and God’s person are inseparable.
- Our testimonies cannot be separated from our changed and changing selves.
- So, inseparable are the character of the testifier and the nature of the testimony.
- The deeply personal nature of testimonies.
- The personal nature of God’s testimonies.
- The testifier cannot be separated from the testimony.
- You cannot separate God from His words.
- I really cannot be convinced that there is a way of separating God from His words. How can you say you love God when you disregard His words? … Can anybody separate you from your words? … The lie sold to many of us by the devil is that we can separate God from His words. The devil keeps telling us that God is one thing and His words are another. He is really making us look silly before God by telling us that we can choose to honor God and disregard His words without qualms.
God and His Testimony Inseparable
We know that our testimonies are within us and the testimony of God is within Him, just like ours are. In addition, we know that our testimonies are inseparable from us, part of us and with us as long as we live. It is the same way with God’s testimony. It is inseparable from Him, part of Him and with Him as long as He lives. Anyone can ignore our testimonies, but no one can refute or do away with them. It is the same way with God’s testimonies. Anyone can ignore God’s testimonies, but no one can refute or do away with them. The Holy Spirit always ties rejecting the Commandments with rejecting Him. (Joshua 24:16, 20; 1 Samuel 8:7-8, 15:23)
Now beyond all doubt, the only way to do away with any testimony of God is to do away Him. Just ignoring God’s testimony does not do away with them, but it does damage your relationship with God. Are servants of God free to choose which testimony from God they accept? Again, Christ said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4) The clear answer is no since we are to live by every word that comes out of the mouth of the Lord. Moreover, the Bible makes it clear that the Commandments came from the mouth of God. Therefore, servants of the Lord are to live by them.
The Mystery of Iniquity
The history of Israel is filled with them rejecting the testimony of God. They also rejected His statutes and His ordinances. Therefore, rejecting the commandments and laws of God is certainly nothing new. But, it is a mystery. Why accept all other testimony from God, but reject some of the Ten Commandments? Jesus said, not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of the heavens, but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in the heavens. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you; leave from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21–23)
Blessed are those who walk in the perfect way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are those that keep his testimonies and that seek him with their whole heart. For those who do no iniquity walk in his ways. (Psalm 119:1–3)
Satan does not care which reason of his you chose to reject testimony of God.
JUST CHOOSE ONE!