THE SANCTUARY AND THE STATUTES
There are more than 600 statutes in the Bible. These statutes are not shadowy precepts to be nailed to the cross. They are binding forever unto eternity.
The statutes, along with the commandments are found in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. For further study, please check my website: www.numbers1317.org -file 19.
OLD TESTAMENT: TEACH STATUTES AND JUDGMENTS
"Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the
judgments which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live and go in
and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.
SIMILAR WARNING AS REVELATION 22:18, 19
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:
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord
my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to
STATUTES AND JUDGMENTS TO BUILD A GREAT NATION
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your
understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these
statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding
people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto
them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so
righteous to all this law, which I set before you this day?"
TEACH COMMANDMENTS, STATUTES AND JUDGMENTS
"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. Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath
commanded you: "Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God
hath commanded you." Deuteronomy 5:31-33.
GOD GAVE MOSES JUDGMENTS AND LAWS IN ADDITION TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
He did not even then trust His precepts to the memory of a people who
were prone to forget His requirements, but wrote them upon tables of
stone. He would remove from Israel all possibility of mingling heathen
traditions with His holy precepts, or of confounding His requirements
with human ordinances or customs. But He did not stop with giving them
the precepts of the Decalogue. The people had shown themselves so
easily led astray that He would leave no door of temptation unguarded.
Moses was commanded to write, as God should bid him, judgments and laws
giving minute instruction as to what was required.
PRINCIPLES OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AMPLIFIED
These directions relating to the duty of the people to God, to one
another, and to the stranger were only the principles of the Ten
Commandments amplified and given in a specific manner, that none need
err. They were designed to guard the sacredness of the ten precepts
engraved on the tables of stone."
Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 364.
THE STATUTES WERE GIVEN TO GUARD THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
"In consequence of continual transgression, the moral law was repeated
in awful grandeur from Sinai. Christ gave to Moses religious precepts
which were to govern the everyday life. These statutes were explicitly
given to guard the ten commandments. They were not shadowy types to
pass away with the death of Christ. They were to be binding upon man in
every age as long as time should last. These commands were enforced by
the power of the moral law, and they clearly and definitely explained
CHRIST IS THE AUTHOR OF THE STATUTES AND PRECEPTS
They cast aside the restraint of the law, and give loose rein to the
corrupt passions and the prompting of the natural heart, and then
triumph in the mercy and grace of the gospel. Christ speaks to such:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
Heaven." What is the will of the Father? That we keep his commandments.
Christ, to enforce the will of his Father, became the author of the
statutes and precepts given through Moses to the people of God.
Christians who extol Christ, but array themselves against the law
governing the Jewish church, array Christ against Christ."
E.G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
SATAN HAS PERVERTED THE DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE
"In seeking to cast contempt upon the divine statutes, Satan has
perverted the doctrines of the Bible, and errors have been incorporated
into the faith of thousands who profess to believe the Scriptures. The
last great conflict between truth and error is but the final struggle
of the long standing controversy concerning the law of God. Upon this
battle we are now entering - a battle between the laws of men and the
precepts of Jehovah, between the religion of the Bible and the religion
of fable and tradition."
The Great Controversy, p. 582.
JESUS WAS THE FOUNDATION OF THE JEWISH ECONOMY
"Jesus was the foundation of the Jewish economy, the author of all the Laws, Statutes, and requirements of His chosen people."
E.G. White, Review and Herald, September 13, 1906.
THE GOSPEL IS REVEALED IN THESE TYPES AND SHADOWS
"The earthly temple is no more. Its mysterious vail has been rent
asunder; its sacred vessels have been demolished, and the Jewish people
are scattered to every part of the world. But the judgments that fell
on that nation are a symbol of those that will fall on all who, like
Jerusalem, know not the time of their visitation. Let not man mock the
ancient Jewish economy, of which Christ was the Originator, and the One
to whom the types and shadows pointed. In these types and shadows is
revealed the everlasting Gospel."
E.G. White, Sign of the Times, January 13, 1898.
CHRIST DID NOT COME TO ABROGATE THE LAW HE GAVE ON SINAI
"Christ did not come to abrogate the law given on Sinai, but to enforce
it. He was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy. That which He
had spoken from Sinai was the foundation of the government of heaven,
and was to be as enduring as eternity. He knew the strength of the law
of Jehovah. He knew its immutability. It was because the law of God
could not be changed to meet man in his fallen condition, that Christ
clothed His divinity with humanity, and came to our world to take upon
Him the sins of a fallen race. He became sin for us, that we might be
made the righteousness of God in Him."
E.G. White, Signs of the Times, July 7, 1898.
PAUL PROCLAIMS A MESSIAH WHO UPHOLDS THE TRUTH
"Nor does Paul proclaim to the Jews a Messiah whose work is to destroy
the old dispensation, but a Messiah who came to develop the Jewish
economy in accordance with the truth."
E.G. White, 6MR p. 324.
CHRISTIAN SHOULD LOOK AT BIBLE HISTORY IN ITS TRUE BEARING
"The Christian who accepts the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but
the truth, will look at Bible history in its true bearing. The history
of the Jewish economy from beginning to end, though spoken
contemptuously and sneered at as the dark ages, will reveal light and
still more light, as it is studied."
E.G. White, Review and Herald, February 6, 1900.
THE STATUTE AND THE JUDGMENT: WORD OF GOD TO US
"The words of Moses to Israel, concerning the statutes and judgments of the Lord, are also the word of God to us..."
E.G. White, Sign of the Times, March 21, 1895.
NO MERE FORMS OR CEREMONIES
"Men professing to stand as watchmen of the walls of Zion speak of the
Jewish age as one of darkness. They represent the religion of the
Hebrews as consisting of mere forms and ceremonies."
E.G. White, Review and Herald, September 14, 1886.
INSULT TO THE GOD OF HEAVEN TO TRAMPLE UNDERFOOT HIS LAWS AND STATUTES
"What insult is this to the God of Heaven that has given righteous Laws
and wise and merciful Statutes to have them disregarded and trampled
underfoot... "God will not take into His kingdom and give eternal life
to those who will not come under His Laws and Statutes in this life."
E.G. White, Signs of the Times, September 8, 1887.
REVERENCE AND OBEY THE STATUTES
"The statutes of the Lord are to be reverenced and obeyed."
E.G. White, Review and Herald, December 20, 1898.
TEACHING THAT THE STATUTES ARE NO LONGER BINDING IS THE SAME AS IDOLATRY
"The light esteem in which the law of God is held, even by religious
leaders, has been productive of great evil. The teaching
which has become so wide-spread that the divine statutes are no longer
binding upon men, is the same as idolatry in its
effect upon the morals of the people. Those who seek to lessen the claims of
God's holy law are striking directly at the foundation
of the government of families and nations. Religious parents, failing to
walk in his statutes, do not command their household to
keep the way of the Lord. The law of God is not made the rule of life. The
children, as they make homes of their own, feel under no
obligation to teach their children what they themselves have never been
taught. And this is why there are so many godless families;
this is why depravity is so deep and wide-spread.
"A reformation in this respect is needed--a reformation which shall be deep
and broad. Parents need to reform; ministers need to
reform; they need God in their households."
Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 143