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crease of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
ISA. 1: 19. If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land.
MAL. 3: 16. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
2. Fears, Apprehensions.
DEUT. 28: 58. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law, that are written in this book, the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, and of long continuance.63. As the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought.
[See Future State.- Blessedness would they be of the Righteous.]
[See Penalty of Divine Law, and Future State, the Disobedient.]
If then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear?
ROM. 5: 8. God commendeth his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. -6. When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
1 Cor. 6: 19. Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and spirit, which are God's.
[See Inducements to obey God. Love of God. - Goodness of God.]
IV. The only authority in religion. DEUT. 4: 2. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you; neither shall ye diminish ought from it; that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you.
JOHN 5: 39. Search the scriptures; for in them, ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me. LUKE 16: 31. Moses and the
If they hear not Prophets, neither persuaded though one went unto them from the dead. 2 COR. 11: 2. For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you unto one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. — 4. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit which have ye not received, or another gospel which ye have not accepted: ye might well bear with him. Such are false Apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into Apostles of Christ.
GAL. 1:6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him, that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that we have preached, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you, than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
REV. 22: 18. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
V. Relation of the Old and New
MAT. 5: 17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.
VI. Importance of studying it.
Ps. 119: 6. Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy
LUKE 24: 44. And he said unto them. These are the words which I said unto you, while I was yet with you that all things must be ful-mouth. I have rejoiced in the way filled, which were written in the of thy testimonies, as much as in all law of Moses and in the Prophets riches. I will meditate in thy preand in the Psalms, concerning me. cepts, and have respect unto thy Then opened he their understand- ways. I will delight myself in thy ings that they might understand the statutes: I will not forget thy word. scripture, and said unto them, Thus -92. Unless thy law had been my it is written, and thus it behoved delights, I should then have perishChrist to suffer. ed in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
LUKE 16: 16. The law and the prophets were until John, since that time, the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
2 PET. 1: 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place.... knowing this first, that no scripture is of any private interpretation.
ACTS 17: 2. Paul reasoned out of the scriptures.
18: 24. Agabus was mighty in the scriptures.
ROM. 16: 25. Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret from the foundation of the world, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith) to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
COL. 2: 14. Blotting out the hand writing of ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
EPH. 2: 15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity (between Jews and Gentiles) even the law of commandments contained in ordinances.
ACTS 8: 35. Philip began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
ROM. 4: 3. What saith the scripture?
9: 17. For the scripture saith.
COL. 3:16. Let the word of Christ | risest up. And thou shalt bind them dwell in you richly in all wisdom.
2 TIM. 3: 15. From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures.
HEB. 2: 1. We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we let them slip.
1 PET. 2: 2. Desire the sincere milk of the word.
LUKE 24: 27. Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. -32. And they said, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and opened to us the scriptures?
THE DIVINE LAW.
DEUT. 6: 6. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way; when thou liest down, and when thou
THIRD GENERAL TOPIC.
THE DIVINE LAW.
for a sign upon thine hand, and they
JOSH. 1: 7. Only be thou strong,
GEN. 2: 8. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.-16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the_garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. — 2. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which
he had made. And God blessed the
Curse inflicted on the transgressor.
GEN. 3: 17. Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life; thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth unto thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
THE TWO TABLES OF STONE, CON-
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
IV. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
§ 2. TO ONE ANOTHER.
I. Ex. 20: 12. Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
II. Thou shalt not kill.
III. Thou shalt not commit adul
IV. Thou shalt not steal.
V. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
§ 1. DUTIES TO GOD.
I. Ex. 20: 3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness
of any thing that is in heaven above, § 1. GOD THE OBJECT OF SUPREME or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: and showing mercy unto thousands of them thave love me and keep my commandments.
VI. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
APPLICATION OF THESE STATUTES
DEUT. 6: 4. Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD; and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. — 12. Beware lest thou forget the LORD which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people that are round about you. - 16. Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God.... Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God.... Thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD.
8: 2. Thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee, these forty years in the wilderness; to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no. - 11. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God.
10; 12. And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. - 20.
of dreams, shall be put to death;
§ 2. THE ONLY OBJECT OF RELIGIOUS thou, nor thy fathers; namely, of
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God;
11: 1. Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge... alway.
14: 1. Ye are the children of the LORD your God.
Ex. 20: 22. And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
22: 20. He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
DEUT. 13:1. If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer