The Settled Word

I. Forever O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).

A. There are three illustrations given of the stability of God’s word.

1. It is “settled” in heaven. (119:89)

2. It is seen in the stability of the earth. (119:90)

3. It is verified by the faithfulness of the “ordinances” of earth. (119:91)

B. There are three personal promises given.

1. He will never forget the precepts of God. (119:93)

2. He actively seeks the precepts of God’s Word. (119:94)

3. He will consider the testimonies of God’s work. (119:95)

C. There are several personal experiences that reinforce his commitment.

1. He has known the “delight” of God’s law. (119:92)

2. He has experienced the joy of God’s revival. (119:93)

3. He recognizes the ongoing oppression of the wicked. (119:95)

4. He has seen God complete some work. (119:96)

5. He acknowledges that God’s work is “exceeding broad.” (119:96)

II. The Word of God is “settled” in heaven.

A. God has exalted His written word by decree and majesty.

1. Psalms 138:2 -- For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

2. Isaiah 55:11 -- So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

B. God demands accurate and precise reading of His written Word.

1. Psalm 12:6 – The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

2. Psalm 19:7-8 – The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

3. Proverbs 30:5-6 -- Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

C. God’s written word must not be altered or deconstructed in any way.

1. Deuteronomy 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.

2. Matthew 5:18-19 – 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: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

3. John 10:35 – The scripture cannot be broken

D. God’s written word is eternally valid and supernaturally protected.

1. Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2. Psalm 119:160 – Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

3. Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

4. 1 Peter 1:23 -- Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

E. God’s written word is to be both the standard of eternal judgment and the means of temporal righteousness.

1. John 12:47-50 – And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

2. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 -- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

3. John 17:17 -- Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

4. Without those written words, we would be at a loss to understand history, the present relationships with each other and our Creator, and be unable to see any hope for the future.  The Writings are “profitable” (2 Timothy 3:16), allow us to participate in the “divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-4) and make it possible for us to be “thoroughly furnished” (2 Timothy 3:17) for righteousness.

III. The written word of God is to be used with careful precision.

A. Word choices are never incidental.

1. Jesus quotes from Psalm 119:1 to prove His own deity.

a. Mark 12:36 -- For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
b. The play on words: “the LORD (YAWEH) said to my lord (ADONAI)
c. Therefore: David is NOT God’s son (in the flesh) – Mark 12:37

B. Word tenses are never incidental.

1. Jesus quotes from Exodus 3:6 to prove the resurrection.

2. Mark 12:26-27 -- And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

3. The “proof” is in the tense of the verb “to be.”

C. Word spelling is never incidental.

1. Matthew 5:18  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.

a. JOD he tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet -- the smallest of them.
b. Tittle –“ a little horn” - extremity, apex, point
c. Used by grammarians of the accents and diacritical points. Jesus used it of the little lines or projections, by which the Hebrew letters in other respects similar differ from one another.

2. If anyone changed the “D” (daleth) into a “R” (resh) in Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is (dja achad) one LORD” -- the word rja achar would signify a strange or false God.

3. If anyone changed the “R” (resh) into a “D” (daleth) in Exodus 34:14: “Thou shalt worship no other (rja achar) god -- the sense of the command would then be: Thou shalt not worship the only true God.

4. If anyone changed the “J” (cheth) into a “H” (he) in Leviticus 22:32 “Neither shall ye profane (wlljt techalelu) my holy name -- the sense of the command would then be: Neither shall ye praise my holy name.

IV. The faithfulness of God endures for all generations.

A. God is faithful in and of Himself.

1. Psalm 102:12 -- But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

2. Psalm 102:24-27 -- They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

3. Psalm 89:6-8 -- For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

B. God’s faithfulness is demonstrated in the creation.

1. Isaiah 40;28 -- Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

2. Psalm 93:1-2 -- The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

3. Colossians 1:16-17 -- For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

4. Isaiah 48:12-13 -- Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

5. Jeremiah 33:20-22 -- Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

6. 2 Peter 3:7 -- But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Psalm 103:17-21

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.  The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

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