Obey the Statutes

IF the Bible makes anything within its lids emphatic it is obedience to the statutes and the commandments of God. Out from amidst the thunderings and lightnings of Sinai came the first and supreme commandment: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This commandment is emphatic, majestic, all-comprehensive. Its mood is at once indicative, potential, imperative; its tense, both present and future. Yet it was as true when uttered as it is to-day or ever will be. Nay, it was true before Moses was, and before the "morning stars sang together." The Bible says it, because it is true, but it would be true if the Bible had not said it. It embraces all the elements of authoritative and imperative command and infinitely more, for it is absolute truth.

This truth is declared throughout the Scriptures. In Deuteronomy, 6 : 17, we find it re-affirmed thus: "Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes."

Giving to the Church
September 12, 1903

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