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Introduction: Psalms 119

Psalm 119

Introduction

King James Version (KJV)

The Law of Moses

Many teach that we must keep the commandments, and by that they mean the Ten Commandments.

Their huge error is in making a distinction between the Law of God, as they put it (the Ten Commandments); and the Law of Moses, which they interpret to mean all the scriptural law other than the Ten Commandments.

Be on guard for this deception!

In fact Moses NEVER imagined a body of law and rules which he placed on the people as their leader. Moses only taught the people all that God had taught him! The term Law of Moses comes from the fact that Moses was the mediator who passed God’s Law on to the people.

Indeed the laws of God were NOT a part of the Mosaic Covenant, which Covenant was only obedience by the people in exchange for care and blessings from God.  The people agreed to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4) and after that Marriage Covenant God revealed how God [not Moses] wanted the people to live.

God thundered out the TEN from Sinai and wrote them out on a stone [representative of the stony hearts of the people] giving them directly to the people; however GOD also gave all the other laws, statutes, ordinances, precepts and judgments to Moses to be taught to the people!

Deuteronomy 5:30-31 “Go say to them, Get you into your tents again. But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do [them] in the land which I give them to possess it.”

Notice also the concluding verse of the book of Leviticus which says:

Leviticus 27:34These [are] the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.”

Obviously the book of Leviticus talks about a lot more than just “THE TEN” and all these instructions are also called God’s commandments.

There is no such thing as any Law of Moses, separate from the Law of God; for Moses taught the people the Law of God, that God gave to him for God’s people!

This is why Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We are to keep everything that is written in scripture and that includes the so called: Law of Moses! Because ALL of Holy Scripture was inspired by God and represents the WILL of God regarding what God wants us to do! 

Jesus taught:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

ALL of Holy Scripture was inspired by God and represents the WILL of God for us.

The Law of Moses IS the Law of God!

Beware this falsehood used to deceive men into rejecting a major part of God’s law by simply labeling it the Law of Moses and then rejecting it.

Paul writes to Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

What scriptures existed when Timothy was a child? Genesis t0 Malachi but not the New Testament!

Continuing Paul says:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [the entire “Old Testament” including the Law of Moses, to which the New Testament was canonized and added many years AFTER this letter to Timothy] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem in the Hebrew.

This means that the first eight verses begin with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet “Aleph”, and the next eight verses begin with the second letter of the alphabet, and so on, right to the last eight verses which begin with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Psalm 119 (Greek numbering: Psalm 118) is the longest psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. It is referred to in Hebrew by its opening words, “Ashrei temimei derech” (“happy are those whose way is perfect”). It is the prayer of a true faithful Called Out person who delights in and lives by every Word of God.

Psalm 119 has 176 verses which are divided into twenty-two stanzas, one stanza for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet; within each stanza, each of the eight verses begins (in Hebrew) with that letter. The name of God (YHVH) appears twenty-four times.

I will add the English lettering of the Hebrrew alphabet letter to each stanza.

Employed in almost (but not quite) every verse of the Psalms is a synonym for the Holy Scriptures, such as dabar (“word, promise”) mishpatim (“rulings”), etc.

Psalm 119 is intended to present man’s complete duty to God as declared in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Now just imagine the temple service with a group of Levites thousands strong, singing out a verse and then another choir on the other side of the temple, singing out the next verse. Can you imaging the teaching effect as the words of a Psalm thunder over the people on the Feast of Pentecost, or some other High Day when all the people are to be assembled at the temple?

The lyrical nature of the psalms in the Hebrew, has been somewhat diluted by translation.

The psalms are a teaching tool, as well as praise.

King James Version (KJV)

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  1. The Old Testament finishes with “Remember the Law of Moses”
    “My Servant” including the Statutes & Judgements. Nothing could be more clear. Thank You,James

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