The holy commandment and Ten Commandments refer to the testimonies of God. The first thing the Bible teaches about them is that they are testimonies. However, it is extremely rare to read or hear about them as just testimonies. However, it seems God knew most people would see them only as law. Yet, even as the law of God, they still came from the mouth of God. And His servants are to live by every word that proceeds from His mouth. (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4) However, it seems most of His servants reject much of what He has said. Furthermore, the bible goes on to teach that God wrote the testimonies on two tablets of stone. It also teaches His servants should diligently keep His commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes, which He gave Israel. (Deuteronomy 6:17)
At Mount Sinai
It was at Mount Sinai that the Israelites received the testimonies of God. Because it is here that the Lord tells Moses to come up to Him on the mountain. (Exodus 24:12) Then the Lord says He will give Moses the tablets on which He had written the testimonies. Next, the Bible talks about building an ark and putting the tablets into the ark. The Lord says they shall construct an ark. He tells Moses to put into the ark the testimonies, which I shall give you. In the ark, you shall put the testimonies, which I will give to you. There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim, which are upon the ark of the testimony; I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel. (Exodus 25:10-22)
When the Lord finished speaking with Moses upon Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimonies of God, tablets of stone, written by the finger of the Lord. (Exodus 31:18) Then Moses turned and came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets written on both sides, written on one side and the other. (Exodus 32:15) These tablets were the Lord’s work, and the writing was the Lord’s writing engraved on the tablets. (Exodus 32:16) It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. (Exodus 32:19)
The Two Tablets of the Testimony
Later the Lord said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on them the testimonies on the former tablets which you shattered.” (Exodus 34:1) So Moses cut two stone tablets like the former ones, and he rose up early in the morning and went up to Mount Sinai, as the Lord commanded him, and he took two stone tablets in his hand. (Exodus 34:4) So, he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And the Lord wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:28)
Again, Moses writes, 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. (Deuteronomy 4:13) He wrote on the tablets, like the former writing, the Ten Commandments that 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. (Deuteronomy 10:4) From the preceding, it becomes self-evident that the testimony and the 10 Commandments are the same things.
The Testimony Spoken from Heaven
In the Bible in Exodus 20:1-17 is where we find the testimonies of God. There is a second version in Deuteronomy 5, which is in the book of the Law of Moses. However, there is little difference between the versions. There is biblical evidence that they existed at the beginning of the world. Here is the original version.
1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
- 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
- 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them.
- 7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
- 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD; in it, you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore, the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
- 13 “You shall not murder.
- 14 “You shall not commit adultery.
- 15 “You shall not steal.
- 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- 17 “You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
22 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven.
The Mystery of Iniquity
The history of Israel is filled with them rejecting the testimonies of God. They also rejected His statutes and His ordinances. So, rejecting the law of the Lord is certainly nothing new. But, it is a mystery. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21–23)
- Strong’s Greek # 458. άνομία anŏmia an-om-ee´-ah; from 459; illegality, i.e., violation of law or (gen.) wickedness: –iniquity, x transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.
- Strong’s Greek # 459. ἂνομος anŏmŏs, an´-om-os; from 1 (as a neg. particle) and 3551; lawless, i.e. (neg.) not subject to law; (by impl. a Gentile), or (pos.) wicked: –without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.
Israel rejected the Lord’s ordinances, and abhorred the testimonies of God. (Leviticus 26:43) They rejected His statutes, His covenant, and His warnings. (2 Kings 17:15) You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes. (Psalm 119:118) They have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts. (Isaiah 5:24) They have not listened to My words, and as for My law, they have rejected it also. (Jeremiah 6:19) They have rejected the word of the Lord. (Jeremiah 8:9) Because you have burned sacrifices and have sinned against the Lord and not obeyed the voice of the Lord or walked in His law, His statutes or His testimonies, therefore this calamity has befallen you, as it has this day.” (Jeremiah 44:23)
If a Man Observes Them
Israel rejected the Lord’s ordinances and did not walk in the testimonies of God. (Ezekiel 5:6) The house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My statutes, and they rejected My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; and My Sabbaths they greatly profaned. (Ezekiel 20:13) They rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My Sabbaths. (Ezekiel 20:16) They had not observed My ordinances but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My Sabbaths. (Ezekiel 20:24) They rejected the law of the Lord and had not kept His statutes. (Amos 2:4) They tempted and rebelled against the Highest God and did not keep His testimonies. (Psalm 78:56)
It is Common Knowledge
Here is what some people say online that relates to the testimonies 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? Wherever your voice is being aired, and people wish to know the person talking, your name will always be mentioned. Why? Well, it is because it is you. You may not be there physically, but your voice brings you to the scene. 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 person 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’s Testimonies are Within Him
Everyone knows that our testimonies is within us and the testimonies of God is within Him, just like ours are. People know their testimonies are inseparable from them, part of them, within them, and with them as long as they live. It is the same way with God’s testimonies. It is inseparable from Him, part of Him, within 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 it. The only ways to do away with any of them is to do away with God. Just ignoring them does not do away with them, but it does damage your relationship with God.
Are servants of the Lord really free to choose which testimonies of 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 proceeds out of the mouth of God. Therefore, there can be no reason to reject anything God says. Moreover, the Bible makes it clear that the Ten Commandments proceeded from the mouth of God. Therefore, servants of the Lord are to live by them. Furthermore, Christ said, “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore, the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” (John 12:50) However, most people who call themselves servants of God will still reject some testimonies of God and His righteous laws.
Satan does not care which reason of his you chose to reject God.
JUST CHOOSE ONE!
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.” (Psalm 119:1–3)
It is vain worship to accept some testimonies
of God and reject other testimonies of God.