The Testimonies of God are Personal to Him
The testimonies of God are also called the law of God, law of the Lord, and the Ten Commandments. The first thing the Bible teaches about them is they are testimony. However, it is extremely rare to read or hear about them as just testimony. However, it seems the Lord knew most people would see them only as law. Yet, even as the law of God, they still came from the mouth of the Lord. 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 the Lord wrote the testimonies of God 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)
Israel received these commandments, testimonies, and statutes at Mount Sinai. 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 of God. 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 testimony, which I shall give you. In the ark, you shall put the testimony, 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 of God 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)
Later the Lord said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on them the words 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 (the testimonies of God); 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 testimonies of God and the 10 Commandments are the same things.
The Testimonies of God Spoken from Heaven
The first version of the testimony of God is in Exodus 20 of the bible. 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; for I, the LORD, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
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 your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or 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 God by rejecting the testimony of God and His statutes and His ordinances. So rejecting the law of God 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.
They (Israel) rejected My ordinances, and their soul abhorred My statutes. (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)
They have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.’ (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)
Here is a sample of what people say on the Internet about testimonies and words.
- 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 testimony 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 testimony.
- The personal nature of God’s testimony.
- 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? What better way is there to show your reverence for God than obeying His words? How exactly can a man say He honors God, yet he lives to dishonor His words? I have questions in my heart as I write and surely, these are questions in the heart of God for His Children. You know how we will not stop surprising God. We are too complex for Him to understand and I mean, too impossible for Him to make any sense out of us. We are simply too confused! 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.
The testimonies of God are personal to Him just like ours are to us. People know their testimony is inseparable from them, part of them, within them, and with them as long as they live. It is the same way with the testimony of God. 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 the testimonies of God. Anyone can ignore the testimony of God, 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 free to choose which testimony 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 testimony 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)