"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
THE DIVINE LAW quotes
1) “Divine” means God, and God is the Creator of this world and each human being in it (Genesis chapters 1-2). As our Creator, then God has the right to establish law which governs His creation.
The only Divine law that has come directly from God to mankind is the Law consisting of righteous principles contained in the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
This Divine Law should be viewed as a precious treasure to be prized because it came from our Creator. But few people view God’s Law in this manner, and still fewer prize it above anything else in this world - which includes many of the professed followers of God (Hosea 8:12; Isaiah 53:6).
As God is Omniscient - all knowing or all wise (1 Samuel 2:3, 16:7; 2 Chronicles 6:30; Job 26:6, 37:23; Psalms 44:21, 139:2, 147:5; Jeremiah 51:15), then this Divine Law is the wisdom of God placed into words that mankind is capable of understanding. But because mankind is finite and God is infinite, then there are limitations as to just how much we can comprehend of the wisdom of God contained in His law. To make matters even worse, we chose to disobey God (Genesis chapter 3), our nature became fallen, our mind became corrupted (Genesis 6:5), and our wisdom became foolishness (1 Corinthians 3:19). In this fallen foolish state, it is difficult to really understand and appreciate this Divine law and is impossible to keep it.
God then chose to inspire holy men of old (2 Peter 1:21) to clearly write down what His law was, and how to properly keep it. As mankind still miserably failed to understand and keep this Divine law, God then finally sent His Son as the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1-14) and the Wisdom of God manifested (Proverbs 8:4-36) so that fallen mankind could have a clear visual picture of how His law was to be lived.
2) After the Israelites left the land of Egypt and had traveled for exactly three months, “the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai” (Exodus 19:1), and “camped before the mount” (Exodus 19:2). Then “Moses went up unto God” (Exodus 19:3) to the same spot where the burning bush was on the mountain, and “the Lord called unto him” (Exodus 19:3) and gave him a specific message to take to the children of Israel.
The Lord God declared to His people that “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bear you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself” (Exodus 19:4). God then told them that “if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation” (Exodus 19:5-6).
3) After the Israelites heard the message of the Lord God, “all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do” (Exodus 19:8). When Moses told “the words of the people unto the Lord” (Exodus 19:9), the Lord God then amazingly told Moses that in three days He would personally “come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai” (Exodus 19:11) “in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee” (Exodus 19:9).
4) After spending two days preparing themselves to meet with the Lord God, “it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled” (Exodus 19:16). This loud trumpet blast was the signal for all the people to “come up to the mount” (Exodus 19:13) in order “to meet with God” which they did (Exodus 19:17).
As all the Israelites “stood at the nether part of the mount”, again “the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder” (Exodus 19:19), and in the hearing of all the people “Moses spake” to God, the trumpet then ceased, and “God answered him by a voice” (Exodus 19:19). Then the people watched in amazement as “the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount” (Exodus 19:20) enveloped in fire so that “no similitude” of His form was seen (Deuteronomy 4:12), “and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven” (Deuteronomy 4:11).
It was from “out of the midst of the fire” (Deuteronomy 4:12) that the Lord God began audibly speaking to all the Israelites “with a great voice” declaring “his covenant...even ten commandments” (Deuteronomy 4:13).
God began the first commandment of His covenant by declaring that “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” (Exodus 20:2). He then continued declaring the first, then the second, until He had finished with the 10th commandment, and then “he added no more” (Deuteronomy 5:22), signifying that He had given a complete and perfect law. Afterwards “the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount” (Exodus 24:12), and it was there that these same 10 commandments were written “upon two tables of stone”, and then God “delivered them unto” Moses (Deuteronomy 5:22).
Each of these two stone “tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written” (Exodus 32:15). About half of the 10 commandments were written on both sides of one stone tablet, and the remaining commandments were written on the other. Moses had not carved out or chisled the words, but “the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables” (Exodus 32:16) and “written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18).
These commandments were His covenant or agreement with the people that He would be their God, and they would be His people, if they would keep and “perform” all 10 of them (Deuteronomy 4:13). And since these commandments were written by God Himself with His own finger in stone instead of on cloth or paper, reveals that God considered His law to be permanent and unchanging.
5) The first commandment of God is:
“I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3.
This first commandment revealed who God was – the God which had delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, and further declared that “no other gods” were to be chosen or worshiped by His people “before me”.
But who was the God that declared in the hearing of all the people that no other gods were to be before Him?
“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” John 5:37.
Before Jesus had spoken this, no one had ever heard the Father’s voice at any time. This meant that it was not the voice of God the Father that all the Israelites heard declaring each of the 10 commandments at Sinai! So then who was this Great I Am, the Lord God who performed all the miracles in delivering His people from Egyptian bondage, and who was now speaking to the people His ten commandments?
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58.
6) Who was Jesus known as before He became human?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made....He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” John 1:1-3, 10.
These verses reveal that before becoming Jesus in humanity, He was identified as the Word, who was not only with God, but was also a God Himself. He was the God who had created the world and all things in it, by the power of His word, and who had formed man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7). But was this particular God only known as the Word?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
“Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks...” Daniel 9:25.
“And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” Acts 3:15.
“And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood...” Revelation 1:5.
“Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31.
These inspired passages reveal that this mighty God who became Jesus Christ the Son of God in the flesh, was also known as Messiah the Prince, the Prince of peace, the Prince of life, the Prince of the kings of the earth, or just simply a Prince and Saviour.
But what was this mighty God and Prince all about?
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
The Word, who was a mighty God and Prince, also became Jesus the Son of God in the flesh. He was also full of grace and truth, and was Himself the truth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] unto the fathers:” Romans 15:8.
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:” Ephesians 4:21.
7) Was this Mighty God and Prince known only by the name of the Word?
“But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and [there is] none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” Daniel 10:21.
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people...” Daniel 12:1.
These verses reveal that this mighty God, this great Prince, the Word, and the truth itself, was known by the name of Michael before being born into humanity and becoming Jesus Christ the Messiah and Son of God in order to minister the truth to His people. It was to this mighty God Michael that the Almighty God the Father had declared “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:20)! So in the beginning there was the Almighty God the Father, and the mighty Lord God Michael, thus making two Gods and not only one!
“But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Hebrews 1:8-9.
In these verses Michael, who became Jesus Christ – the Son of God, is here called by God the Father to be a God Himself! This means that there are two Gods listed in this text – the God Michael, and His God the Father. This reveals that the Word who was a God along with God the Father in the beginning, and who then created the world through His own divine power, was Michael – the truth, the great Prince, the future Messiah to His people when He would be born into humanity becoming Jesus Christ the Son of God.
It was this mighty God Michael who put down the rebellion of Lucifer or Satan in heaven and then casting them out.
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9.
8) How do we understand this first commandment stating there is to be no other gods worshiped but Michael when both Michael and the Almighty Most High God are two separate Gods who are both to be worshiped? The Hebrew word for “gods” used in this commandment is “elohiym”, and this word in this sense translates and means “gods in the ordinary sense”, or in other words pagan deities (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #430). This reveals that Michael was not declaring that the only God who could be worshiped in the universe was Himself and thus the Almighty Most High God is not to be worshiped. But Michael was referring to all the pagan gods that were being worshiped on the earth. Since Michael was the real Creator God of the earth, then in this first commandment He was declaring that there were to be no other earthly gods worshiped but Him.