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Pray/Prayer/Praying -A Word Study

By Chette Nichols Jr – October 23. 2012

First thing a student of the Bible should do on any given subject is to list out all the verses pertaining to ones subject of Biblical study. In this case we are studying on Prayer and all its term uses like pray, praying, prayeth etc… should be listed so we can see how these terms are used.

The different forms of the word pray are found 156 times in the Old Testament(OT) and 124 times in the New Testament (NT).

A word study is necessary in order to understand what prayer is all about, this would include the when, who, what, when, where, why, which and how questions (Read Post on the Seven Divine Tools for studying the Bible) as we go through verse by verse and explore how prayer and all it terms are used in Scriptures. Once done clear doctrine of prayer can be laid out for practice for Israel and by the church, the body of Christ the fulness of Him.

The verses that follow shall not have to much interpreted but are placed in order so that YOU the student of God’s word can read them through look up their context and learn from God’s word about prayer. My study on “Biblical Prayer” is a conclusion from my own study of this vast topic. I will post it after this Verse/word study to give you time to do some of your own work. Yes studying the Bible is hard work. But we would not be called a workman that needeth not be ashamed (2Tim2:15) if everything was spoon fed to us.

Pray – Found 83 times in scripture OT 42 NT 41 Present active verb

The term pray is found in scriptures more that 2000 times. However in the majority of its uses it means nothing more than “request or ask” i.e. “I pray thee”.

Gen 20:7 Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore [her] not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that [are] thine.

Gen 20:17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

First use of the word pray in the Bible is found in Genesis and it is concerning Abraham. Remember Abraham had told a half truth to Abimelech concerning Sarah but never the less God will at times hear the prayer of a sinner. Remember Abraham was said to be righteous because he believed God.

The first prayer is made to the One True God Almighty

 Nu 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

 2Sa 7:27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

 1Ki 8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

 1Ki 8:33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:

 1Ki 8:35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

 1Ki 8:42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;

 1Ki 8:44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and [toward] the house that I have built for thy name:

 1Ki 8:48 And [so] return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

 1Ki 13:6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as [it was] before.

 1Ch 17:25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found [in his heart] to pray before thee.

 2Ch 6:24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;

 2Ch 6:26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; [yet] if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;

 2Ch 6:32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;

 2Ch 6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;

 2Ch 6:37 Yet [if] they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

 2Ch 6:38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and [toward] the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

 2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 Ezr 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

 Ne 1:6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

 Job 21:15 What [is] the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

 Job 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

 Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you [after your] folly, in that ye have not spoken of me [the thing which is] right, like my servant Job.

 Ps 5:2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

 Ps 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

 Ps 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

 Ps 122:6 ¶ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 Isa 16:12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

 Isa 45:20 ¶ Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye [that are] escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god [that] cannot save.

Here they are praying to false gods and Idols

 Jer 7:16 ¶ Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

 Jer 11:14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear [them] in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

 Jer 14:11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for [their] good.

 Jer 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

 Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

 Jer 37:3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.

 Jer 42:2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, [even] for all this remnant; (for we are left [but] a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)

 Jer 42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard [you]; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, [that] whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare [it] unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.

 Jer 42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do [it].

 Zec 7:2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,

 Zec 8:21 And the inhabitants of one [city] shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.

 Zec 8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

 Mt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

 Mt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 Mt 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

 Mt 6:9 ¶ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

 Mt 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

 Mt 19:13 ¶ Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put [his] hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

 Mt 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

 Mt 26:36 ¶ Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

 Mt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

 Mt 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

 Mr 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

 Mr 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

 Mr 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

 Mr 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 Mr 14:32 ¶ And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

 Mr 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak.

 Lu 6:12 ¶ And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

 Lu 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

 Lu 11:1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

 Lu 18:1 ¶ And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

 Lu 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

 Lu 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 Lu 22:40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

 Lu 22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

 Joh 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

 Joh 17:20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

 Ro 8:26 ¶ Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

 1Co 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue pray that he may interpret.

 1Co 14:14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 1Co 14:15 ¶ What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 Col 1:9 ¶ For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

 1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

 1Th 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

 2Th 1:11 ¶ Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of [this] calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the work of faith with power:

 2Th 3:1 ¶ Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you:

 1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

 Heb 13:18 ¶ Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

 Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

 Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

 Jas 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

To pray was a common practice among men pre Israel, Israel and of the Pagans. Prayer is an important form of communication. Mostly it has to do with sin but many other things were taken to God or gods for prayer.

Prayed – OT 26 NT 29 A past active verb

 Nu 11:2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

 Nu 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

The first time Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness God sent a flame to consume them and then later sent snakes which killed many of whom were bitten. So Moses prayed and the Lord told him what to make and instruct the people to do if they were bitten. Nu 21:8,9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. I have heard some preacher ignorantly say this is a type of looking to Christ on the cross. But my friends be not deceived you are not saved by looking to the Christ on the cross. These men may have good and godly intentions but it would be a false teaching and practice to look to the cross for salvation.

Your salvation comes through your FAITH on what Christ did which was to shed his blood for an atonement, die the sentence of death passed upon all sinners and take you place n going to hell where all sinners go when they die. Then rising the third day to assure you of you salvation in his work on the cross.

 De 9:20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

 De 9:26 I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

 1Sa 1:10 And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

 1Sa 1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

 1Sa 2:1 ¶ And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

 1Sa 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

 2Ki 4:33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.

 2Ki 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

 2Ki 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

 2Ki 19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest [between] the cherubims, thou art the God, [even] thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

 2Ki 19:20 ¶ Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [That] which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

 2Ki 20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,

 Ezr 10:1 ¶ Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.

 Ne 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

 Ne 2:4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Job 42:10 ¶ And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

It is a blessing to pray for others

 Isa 37:15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,

 Isa 37:21 ¶ Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:

 Isa 38:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

When Hezekiah prayed he was sick and could onlyu turn himself towards the wall and prayed and cried. God heard this prayer and not only healed him but extended his life 15 years.

 Jer 32:16 ¶ Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,

 Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Despite the fact that these men could find no fault with Daniel and had passed a law in the name of the king Daniel remained faithful to God in prayer. Those who had condemned Daniel ended up being fed to the lions they had meant to destroy Daniel.

Da 9:4 ¶ And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

 Jon 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, [was] not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou [art] a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

 Jon 2:1 ¶ Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, this Prayer is unique in that no other human is said to every pray fro inside an animal. In its descriptive narrative in the context is read you come to understand that it would seem Jonah was dead.

 Mt 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].

 Mt 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

 Mt 26:44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Christ Jesus Agonized in prayer over going to the cross. A feat he had been ordained to do since the foundation of the world. Which just goes to demonstrate how weak natural flesh can be.

 Mr 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

 Mr 14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

 Mr 14:39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

 Lu 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

 Lu 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering.

 Lu 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

 Lu 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

 Lu 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

 Lu 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

 Ac 1:24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all [men], shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

 Ac 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Please note that the error that is taught by may Charismatic and Pentecostal group is that they prayed to be filled with the Holy Ghost and that is not what is being said here. They had been praying but they were not filled because they were praying they were filed because it was a promise of the Father. Acts 1:4, 5d, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

 Ac 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them.

 Ac 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Under the gospel of the Kingdom no one is given the Holy Ghost as earnest or a seal until the day of redemption. And under that gospel they would need have the apostles lay hands on them and many were Jews no Gentiles were having hands laid on them. Beware of heretical practices in this last day of the falling away that proceeds the revealing of the antichrist, signs, wonders visions are all part of that falling away.

 Ac 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

The raising from the dead was done once by Peter and also Paul. This is not a gift but a sign that they were sent of God for the work they did that those who heard would believe the gospel they shared.

 Ac 10:2 [A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

 Ac 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

 Ac 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.

 Ac 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

 Ac 16:25 ¶ And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

 Ac 20:36 ¶ And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

 Ac 21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till [we were] out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

 Ac 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

 Ac 28:8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

Though there was given gifts (notice the plural) of healing this was not that, this was a sign to the people Paul was a man of god and innocent of any crime

 Jas 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

 Jas 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Though James reveals Elijah was a man just like us with same emotional conditions as we and God heard his prayers so shall it be gain for Israel. A good study of Elijah’s life can be of great learning for the church.

Praying – OT 6 NT 9 Present and past active Verb

 1Sa 1:12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

 1Sa 1:26 And she said, Oh my lord, [as] thy soul liveth, my lord, I [am] the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

 1Ki 8:54 ¶ And it was [so], that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

 2Ch 7:1 ¶ Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

 Da 6:11 ¶ Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

 Da 9:20 ¶ And whiles I [was] speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;

 Mr 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 Ac 11:5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

 Ac 12:12 And when he had considered [the thing], he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

 1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head.

 Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 Col 1:3 ¶ We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

 Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

 1Th 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

 Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Prayer – OT 76 NT 30 Present active and a past verb indicative. Prayer is the most used word in the Bible with the majority found in Psalms.

 2Sa 7:27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

 1Ki 8:28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

 1Ki 8:29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, [even] toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.

 1Ki 8:38 What prayer and supplication soever be [made] by any man, [or] by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

 1Ki 8:45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

 1Ki 8:49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

 1Ki 8:54 ¶ And it was [so], that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

 1Ki 9:3 And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

 2Ki 19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up [thy] prayer for the remnant that are left.

 2Ki 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. 

 2Ch 6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

 2Ch 6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.

 2Ch 6:29 [Then] what prayer [or] what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:

 2Ch 6:35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

 2Ch 6:39 Then hear thou from the heavens, [even] from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

 2Ch 6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and [let] thine ears [be] attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place.

 2Ch 7:12 ¶ And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

 2Ch 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer [that is made] in this place.

 2Ch 30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came [up] to his holy dwelling place, [even] unto heaven.

 2Ch 33:18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they [are written] in the book of the kings of Israel.

 2Ch 33:19 His prayer also, and [how God] was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they [are] written among the sayings of the seers.

 Ne 1:6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

 Ne 1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.

 Ne 4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

 Ne 11:17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, [was] the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

 Job 15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

 Job 16:17 ¶ Not for [any] injustice in mine hands: also my prayer [is] pure.

 Job 22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

 Ps 4:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.>> Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me [when I was] in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

 Ps 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.

 Ps 6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

 Ps 17:1 ¶ <<A Prayer of David.>> Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.

 Ps 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

 Ps 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I [am] a stranger with thee, [and] a sojourner, as all my fathers [were].

 Ps 42:8 [Yet] the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song [shall be] with me, [and] my prayer unto the God of my life.

 Ps 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

 Ps 55:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.>> Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

 Ps 61:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David.>> Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

 Ps 64:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

 Ps 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

 Ps 66:19 [But] verily God hath heard [me]; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

 Ps 66:20 Blessed [be] God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

 Ps 69:13 ¶ But as for me, my prayer [is] unto thee, O LORD, [in] an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

 Ps 72:15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; [and] daily shall he be praised.

 Ps 80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

 Ps 84:8 ¶ O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

 Ps 86:1 ¶ <<A Prayer of David.>> Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I [am] poor and needy.

 Ps 86:6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

 Ps 88:2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

 Ps 88:13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

 Ps 90:1 ¶ <<A Prayer of Moses the man of God.>> Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

 Ps 102:1 ¶ <<A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.>> Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.

 Ps 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

 Ps 109:4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I [give myself unto] prayer.

 Ps 109:7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

 Ps 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense; [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice.

 Ps 141:5 ¶ Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a kindness: and let him reprove me; [it shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities.

 Ps 142:1 ¶ <<Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.>> I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.

 Ps 143:1 ¶ <<A Psalm of David.>> Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, [and] in thy righteousness.

 Pr 15:8 ¶ The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.

 Pr 15:29 ¶ The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

 Pr 28:9 ¶ He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.

 Isa 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] upon them.

 Isa 37:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up [thy] prayer for the remnant that is left.

 Isa 38:5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

 Isa 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

 Jer 7:16 ¶ Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

 Jer 11:14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear [them] in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

  La 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

 La 3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that [our] prayer should not pass through.

 Da 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

 Da 9:13 As [it is] written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

 Da 9:17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.

 Da 9:21 Yea, whiles I [was] speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

 Jon 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

 Hab 3:1 ¶ A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.

 Mt 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 Mt 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

 Mt 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

 Mt 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

 Mr 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 Mr 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

 Lu 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

 Lu 6:12 ¶ And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

 Lu 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

 Lu 22:45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

 Ac 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

 Ac 3:1 ¶ Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour].

 Ac 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

 Ac 10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

 Ac 12:5 ¶ Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

 Ac 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted [thither].

 Ac 16:16 ¶ And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

 Ro 10:1 ¶ Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

 Ro 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

 1Co 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

 2Co 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift [bestowed] upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

 2Co 9:14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

 Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 Php 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

 Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

 Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 Col 4:2 ¶ Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

 Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

This passage has been distorted and misused and people have died because they lacked understanding that this was a special type of Prayer promise to Israel. Though God anc save the scik and dying he never promised us the Body of Christ he would answer all our prayers and save the sick. We need to be careful in trying to take certain things and apply them wrongly to the body of Christ.

 Jas 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This verse has been misused and changed to make people think they need to confess their sins unto men. Faults and sins are not the same. But one thing is clear we are to pray for one another.

 1Pe 4:7 ¶ But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Prayeth – OT 4 NT 3 Present Active Verb

 1Ki 8:28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

 2Ch 6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

 2Ch 6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.

 Isa 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, [even] his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth [it], and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou [art] my god.

The wroshiping of a idol and a false god

 Ac 9:11 And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Paul came tot he realization he was on the wrong side in persecuting Jesus and now has a lot to pray about. Part of which was to have his sight back but Jesus had revealed unto him that he shall be sent to the gentiles so much prayer is indeed needed.

 1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with [her] head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

 1Cor 14:14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

A prayer done with understanding avails much more than one in an unknown tongue. To many today speak and praying unknown tongue in disobedience to Gods word yet boast in how God answers their prayers. I really wonder.

Prayers – OT 2 NT 21 Verb intensive and Active

 Ps 72:20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

 Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

 Lu 2:37 And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day.

 Lu 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?

 Lu 20:47 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

 Ac 2:42 ¶ And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 Ac 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

 Ro 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

 Ro 15:30 ¶ Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in [your] prayers to God for me;

 Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

 Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

 1Th 1:2 ¶ We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

 1Ti 2:1 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;

 1Ti 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

 2Ti 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from [my] forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

 Phm 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

 Phm 1:22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.

 Heb 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

 1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

 1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.

 Re 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell downbefore the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

 Re 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer [it] with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

 Re 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

Prayest – only found in the NT two times. An active participle

Mt 6:5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

 Mt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Conclusion of the Word and Verse Study

Many a lesson and understanding has come just from reading through these verses. But so much more needs to be learned and I pray that we understanding god wants us to pray, he wants it done in a right heart, he wants it to be genuine and true and he expects us to hear and obey as we pray as well.

For your study

In addition I have placed here three prayers for further study. Please take ample time to read, study and compare these three prayers. I am sure your conclusions will be a blessing to you and for those you will share with about prayer.

Three Examples of Prayers 

I chose these prayer for special consideration because each of them is one chapter long. While David made a lot of prayers I did not use his as an example. I chose these three prayers and would like you to read them and consider what it is they say and do in these prayers. It will give us a much more humbler understanding of how we are to pray and address god in prayer.

A) Solomon’s Prayer

2Ch 6:1 ¶ Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

 2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.

 3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.

 4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,

 5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:

 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

 7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

 8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:

 9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.

 10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.

 12 ¶ And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:

 13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven,

 14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:

 15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

 16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.

 17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.

 18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

 19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee:

 20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.

 21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.

 22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house;

 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.

 24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;

 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.

 26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;

 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.

 28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:

 29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:

 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)

 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

 32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;

 33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.

 34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;

 35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

 36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;

 37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

 38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

 41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

 42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.

2Ch 7:1 ¶ Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

B) Habakkuk’s Prayer

Hab 3:1 ¶ A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.

 2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

 3 ¶ God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

 4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.

 6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

 8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?

 9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

 10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.

 11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

 12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.

 13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

 14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

 15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

 16 ¶ When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.

 17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

C. Jesus Christ’s Prayer

Joh 17:1 ¶ These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 6 ¶ I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

 11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

 17 ¶ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

 20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 24 ¶ Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Write down what it is you see in these three prayers.  Mark their similarities, their types, their speeches and be blessed by what you learn.

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Fasting/Fast/Fasted

By Chette Nichols Jr – September 14, 2012

What is your reason for fasting?

I have seen people saying they are fasting for a “Spiritual Benefit” but that is a generality and not specific.  

What spiritual benefit would anyone get through fasting?  Surely no Christian would have any additional Spiritual benefit than that which he has already received in Christ Jesus.  Every spritual benefit or blessing we have already in Christ.   Eph 1:3  Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

Before we get into a word and verse study of fasting I want to first show what our Lord Taught on fasting.  Matt 6:16-18 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.  When we fast we are not to proclaim it, show it off or tell others about our fasting for in doing so God will not reward us and those who would show off about their fasting are in disobedience to the word of God.

Fasting Biblically seems to be for some physical benefit more than a spiritual benefit as I go through the Bible on the verses of fasting I find that most of the time it is for a reason that is outward more than inward.  Outward preservation of a person or persons lives, or an answer to an situation that affects the outward man such as church elders or a decision that needs clarification or direction.

Fasting for the wrong reason can be dangerous to both physical and spiritual health.  So one must search the scriptures and set out to fast according to God’s word and purpose not our own.

 Mr 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Here the fasting is done with prayer for the casting out of a certain type of devil.  You will notice that God’s word is actually silent as to which type of devil it is.

Did you know that fasting is only mentioned once in the Church Writings Romans, through Philemon?  And that Paul never went into any detail as to the purpose of fasting.
 
1Cor 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.        

However the Bible does record some people who are fasting in the New Testament Narrative in the book of the Acts of the Apostles written by Luke.  It was Cornelius, Paul, some of his companion, and a ship full of pagans.  

 Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
The context of Cornelius fast resulted in a vision and this vision did not go against the revealed word of God.  While the gospel of Grace was not yet revealed in Scripture Peter gave these Gentiles the only Gospel he had the Gospel of the Kingdom, however before any command to repent or to be baptized for remission of sins was spoken of Peter as it was in all other instances of this Gospel Presentation, the Holy Ghost came upon them and they spoke as all of the 16 Jewish men in the upper room had in Acts 2 (you will notice in Acts 2 there was no interpretation needed as all heard them in their own tongue and that there were 16 nations of these devote Jews whose languages were spoken).

So it would seem Cornelius was taught by Jews about fasting and it was because Cornelius is Searching for an answer.

 Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
 Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.  Here the men were seeking God’s direction and instruction and he told them what to do.  The fast resulted in the sending of Saul(Paul) and Barnabas to the Gentiles.

 Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
The context here is clear is that Paul, Barnabas and a few others are the ones fasting and it would seem it was for discernment as to whom to appoint as an elder in every city.  

Ac 27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished [them
Acts 27:33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought [them] all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.  Now this example of fasting in scripture is a good one as it shows that pagans fast as well.  We should never confuse Biblical fasting with the fasting of the world (i.e. new age, Hindu, Buddhist or any other world religion.  To do so is Dangerous).  The reason to fast was they were seeking to be spared from the Storm by their own gods.  But the true and living God spared them all for Paul’s sake not their fasting.

Here is what happened, Paul fasted too, the word Abstinence means either of food, his physical presence or both which would mean Paul kept to himself separated as he prayed and fasted.
Acts 27:21-25 ¶ But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
Now here we see it is only Paul who gets an answer.  And by this context we see that all on board will be spared for Paul’s sake that he may stand before Caesar.  Not one of these Sailors got an answer through their fasting.  It was Paul who got the answer.  

Fasting of a Christian is for a reasons that are outward more than inward.  Guidance or Preservation are two reasons for fasting.

Now I started with the New Testament because that is what applies immediately to us.  But Paul said the Old Testament was given for our learning  Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

So lets look at other scriptures to gain something for our understanding about fasting

Fasted

Old Testament Uses
 Jg 20:26 ¶ Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
 1Sa 7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured [it] out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
 1Sa 31:13 And they took their bones, and buried [them] under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
 2Sa 1:12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
 2Sa 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
 2Sa 12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell [whether] GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
 1Ki 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
 1Ch 10:12 They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
 Ezr 8:23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
 Ne 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
 Isa 58:3 ¶ Wherefore have we fasted, [say they], and thou seest not? [wherefore] have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
 Zec 7:5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh [month], even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, [even] to me?

Men can declare a fast and fast in some cases God accepted it and in others he did not.  So fast with a right heart and for the right reason.  We need not fast for forgiveness because we are forgiven our sins in Christ Jesus Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

New Testament Uses
 Mt 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  
We are never told why Jesus Would have need to fast.  40 days and nights without food is not a fast for everyone.  God does not call people to do so and very few in the Bible ever did.  Though Moses was gone for 40 days and nights in Exodus, it is not said he fasted.  Also, Elijah went 40 days and nights on the food an angel fed him but this is not normal for people to attempt.

Fast

Old Testament Uses
2Sa 12:21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing [is] this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, [while it was] alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
 2Sa 12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.  David fasted on his own accord this was not said to be of the Lord.  And he did not get his wish that the child life be spared.

 1Ki 21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
 1Ki 21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.  Here the Pagan wife of Ahab proclaims a fast and it to is not of the Lord.  She just wanted it to look religious.  She still murdered Naboth in her husbands name.

 2Ch 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  God honored this fast

 Ezr 8:21 ¶ Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.  God answered this fast

 Es 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  Though God is not mentioned in all the text of Esther the fast was not just a fast to no one but in seeking God to preserve her life as she approached the King.  God answered.

 Isa 58:3 ¶ Wherefore have we fasted, [say they], and thou seest not? [wherefore] have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
 Isa 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as [ye do this] day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
 Isa 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? [is it] to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes [under him]? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
 Isa 58:6 [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
These are the fasts God has asked them for but their hearts are not right in doing it.  God does not hear I such cases.

 Jer 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. A fast God did not accept or hear

 Jer 36:9 ¶ And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, [that] they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.  A fast he accepted

Joe 1:14 ¶ Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

 Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: In the last days there will be a great fast that god proclaims and all Israel will fast and I bet even many Gentiles.

 Jon 3:5 ¶ So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.  Pagans proclaim a fast that God hears.

 Zec 7:5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh [month], even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, [even] to me?  Their own fast God did not accept
 Zec 8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth [month], and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.  This fast will be in the future at the end of the tribulation or the beginning of the Kingdom Christ Establishes upon his return to earth.

New Testament uses
 Mt 6:16 ¶ Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 Mt 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. See above

 Mt 9:14 ¶ Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? Mr 2:18 ¶ And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?  Not sure why the pharisees were fasting but Christ always revealed their hypocrisy for doing religious acts

 Mt 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.  
Mr 2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
 Mr 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Lu 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise [the disciples] of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
 Lu 5:34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
 Lu 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. Christ instructs that there are times of fasting and times not for fasting.

 Lu 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  But this is not the fast that God accepted this pharisee was boasting to God of his good works.

 Ac 27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished [them], See above

Fasting
 Ne 9:1 ¶ Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.
 Es 4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, [there was] great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
 Ps 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
 Ps 69:10 When I wept, [and chastened] my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
 Ps 109:24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
 Jer 36:6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
 Da 6:18 ¶ Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
 Da 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
 Joe 2:12 ¶ Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
 Mt 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples [unto him], and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
 Mt 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
 Mr 8:3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
Ac 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
 Ac 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
 Ac 27:33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought [them] all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
 1Co 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Through all god required Fasting of Israel, but does not of the church the body of Christ the fulness of Him.  He will accept a fast if down for the correct reasons ans with a humble and contrite heart.

Fasting should not cause a husband or wife to be defrauded of the affections of their loved ones.  This is the verse taught the church by Paul and is part of the central doctrine of fasting for the church.

Be sure God is the one calling you to fast.  There are other Jesus’s out there, there are other spirits out there so we need to be absolutely sure before fasting or it will not be accepted.

Fasting to be recognized as spiritual is definitely discouraged and will not be accepted by God nor will it get you spiritual graces with him.  We all have the fulness of his grace already.  Obedience over sacrifice is far better to God than all the fasting in the world.

Unsaved Religious People of the world fast for different reason and Christian fasts should never be confused with them for what has the church to do with Belial.

Fasting may be without eating but in the Bible we are never taught to go without water as well.  It could be that some have but there is no teaching on what a Biblical fast is.  Gathering from Scriptures it is going without food and certain types of drinks.  There are a few examples David fasted without eating certain foods and during the day only.  Others fasted without food for a day this is the general rule of fasting in Scripture.  Some fasting is abstaining from certain foods altogether for life or a period of time this would be true for Daniel and his companions and for someone who took a Nazarite Vow.

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God’s Division of His Word – Precepts/Precept – September 10, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

This post is a continuation of  “How God Via Inspiration Rightly Divided His Own Word”.  As stated therein God divided his word in Psalm 119 into nine divisions.  these are not the Only divisions but are important.   the divisions is Psalm 119 are as follow Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances

PRECEPTS / PRECEPT

Precepts is found 24 times in the Bible – all in the OT
Precept is found 11 times in the Bible – 9 times in the OT and 2 times in the NT

A precept is a written command, rule, law or a process of how to keep a command or rule  It plural form used first in scriptures tells us that there were more than one written form of a command.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
pre’-sept: A commandment, an authoritative rule for action; in the Scriptures generally a divine injunction in which man’s obligation is set forth (Latin praeceptum, from praecipere, “to instruct”)

It would seem from these meanings that precepts are the practical working of the law and commandments.

PRECEPTS

Precepts – the plural form found only the OT

The first use of a word is fairly important and so we can establish a meaning of the word.
 Nehemiah 9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: Here we see the first use of the word precepts in conjunction to God’s commands, he commanded them three things Precepts, Statutes and Laws.  These were the twelve original written by the finger of God on two tablets and then later rewritten on tablets by Moses along with many other commands, statues and laws.

Psalm 119 has the most uses of the word precepts.
 Ps 119:4 ¶ Thou hast commanded [us] to keep thy precepts diligently.
 Ps 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
 Ps 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
 Ps 119:40 ¶ Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
 Ps 119:45 ¶ And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
 Ps 119:56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
 Ps 119:63 ¶ I [am] a companion of all [them] that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
 Ps 119:69 ¶ The proud have forged a lie against me: [but] I will keep thy precepts with [my] whole heart.
 Ps 119:78 ¶ Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: [but] I will meditate in thy precepts.
 Ps 119:87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
 Ps 119:93 ¶ I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
 Ps 119:94 ¶ I [am] thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
 Ps 119:100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
 Ps 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
 Ps 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
 Ps 119:128 Therefore I esteem all [thy] precepts [concerning] all [things to be] right; [and] I hate every false way.
 Ps 119:134 ¶ Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
 Ps 119:141 ¶ I [am] small and despised: [yet] do not I forget thy precepts.
 Ps 119:159 ¶ Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
 Ps 119:168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways [are] before thee.
 Ps 119:173 ¶ Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
 Jer 35:18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:
 Da 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

It would seem upon deep study that the Precepts are The Original Ten Commandments written by the hand of God.

PRECEPT

Precept – Singular for found 9 times in the Book of Isaiah

Isa 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:
 Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
 Isa 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: tells us the teaching on how to fear God was the  doctrine or a teaching of men.  It is interesting because in the example of a Precept Jesus gave we see it is a man who gave the precept.

Precept – singular form found once in Mark and once in Hebrews
 Mr 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.  Here Jesus gives us an example of a precept and that it is something given by a man.  In this case it was Moses giving them a precept of divorcement from their wives because of the hardness of their heart.
 Heb 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, I had to under line every precept to show that the precept is plural.

Conclusion:          
It would seem the Precepts were the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God himself.  This would answer well as to why our Lord said that the on the greatest commandment to “Love God” hung all the law.

And we can see that a precept was teaching of a man guiding one on how to keep the law or command.  If someone would follow the Ten Commandments that person could indeed keep all the Law.  But none did except Jesus Christ.

For Christians today precepts are the real life applications we learn from God’s Holy word.  That is the day to day practices derived from the word of God for our life.  for example if God says be a good steward of your time then we would be harder workers for our employers, or maybe not having that Facebook account so we are not spending so much time online.  a precept is the actual outworking of God’s word in our daily life.

A precept details the work part of the word of God. James said this, But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.   For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.   But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:22-25

 
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God’s Division of His Word – Way/Ways – August 5, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr
This Study sprang out of the desire to seek God’s will on how to rightly divide the word of truth.  The first usage of the term “the word of truth” is found in Psalm 119 and therein I found the 9 divisions of God’s word of truth Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances. 

We are following our division as found in Psalm 119 and we are following the order in which the divisions were given in Ps 119.  We have passed through two terms God has used to divide his word Laws and Testimonies  This next term is so profound that understanding it will give you a great appreciation for the one true way – Jesus Christ.

Way is found 609 times in the Bible, 479 times in the OT and 130 times in the NT
Ways is found 199 times in the Bible, 179 times in the OT and 20 times in the NT.

Way or Ways are paths to be followed, a particular direction physically, mentally or spiritually that one follows to an end.  God’s ways is his law and commandments that he gave for all Israel, his ways are also his works that he has done.

Lets look at the different ways God’s word uses the word way and ways.  There are at least 11 different phrases used with the word way or ways found in the Bible that speak of God’s word, the Holy Bible.

The Way of the LORD
 Ge 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
 Jg 2:22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep [it], or not.
 2Ki 21:22 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the LORD.
 Pr 10:29 ¶ The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.
 Isa 40:3 ¶ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
 Jer 5:4 Therefore I said, Surely these [are] poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, [nor] the judgment of their God.
 Jer 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, [and] the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, [and] burst the bonds.
 Eze 18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
 Eze 18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
 Eze 33:17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
 Eze 33:20 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.
 Mt 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 Mr 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 Lu 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 Joh 1:23 He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
 Ac 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

The Ways of the LORD
 2Sa 22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
 2Ch 17:6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
 Ps 18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
 Ps 138:5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great [is] the glory of the LORD.
 Ho 14:9 Who [is] wise, and he shall understand these [things]? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, [thou] child of the devil, [thou] enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

My Ways
 1Ki 3:14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
 1Ki 11:33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do [that which is] right in mine eyes, and [to keep] my statutes and my judgments, as [did] David his father.
 1Ki 11:38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do [that is] right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
 Ps 81:13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!
  Ps 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
 Pr 8:32 ¶ Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways.
 Isa 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD
 Isa 55:9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 Isa 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
 La 3:9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
 La 3:11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
Eze 18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
 Zec 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
 Mal 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
 Heb 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.

My Way
Eze 18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
    
His Way
 2Sa 22:31 [As for] God, his way [is] perfect; the word of the LORD [is] tried: he [is] a buckler to all them that trust in him.
 Job 23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
 Job 36:23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
 Ps 18:30 [As for] God, his way [is] perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he [is] a buckler to all those that trust in him.
 Ps 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
 Ps 37:34 ¶ Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it].
 Pr 8:22 ¶ The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
 Na 1:3 The LORD [is] slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit [the wicked]: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds [are] the dust of his feet.

His Ways
 De 8:6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
 De 10:12 ¶ And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
 De 11:22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
 De 19:9 If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:
 De 26:17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:
 De 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
 De 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
 De 32:4 [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.
 Jos 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
 1Ki 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
 1Ki 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
 Job 26:14 Lo, these [are] parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
Job 34:27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
 Ps 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
 Ps 119:3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
 Ps 128:1 ¶ <<A Song of degrees.>> Blessed [is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
 Ps 145:17 The LORD [is] righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
 Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
 Isa 42:24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
 Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
 
 Lu 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
 Ro 11:33 ¶ O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

The Ways
 De 5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.
2Sa 22:22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God
 Job 40:19 He [is] the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach [unto him].
 Jer 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Thy Ways
 2Ch 6:31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
 Ps 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Ps 51:13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
 Ps 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
 Ps 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
 Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, [and] hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
Isa 64:5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, [those that] remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
 
Acts 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
 Re 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.

The Good Way
 Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].

The Way
John14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

One way
Jer 32:39  And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

So in Conclusion

We see that God’s ways were commandments by which Israel was to walk in, to keep and to teach.  God’s ways are his words given and preserved in our AV Bibles and are to kept and lived by.  God’s ways are his works which are also known as his testimonies.

God’s Ways are to be Walked in
God’s Ways are to be Kept
God’s Ways are to be Known
God’s Ways are to be Taught
God’s Ways are to be Learned
God’s Ways are to be Considered
God’s Ways are to be Respected
God’s Ways are to be Remembered
God’s Ways are to be Stood on

God’s Ways are Perfect
God’s Ways are Equal
God’s Ways are Judgement
God’s Ways are Righteous
God’s Ways are Right
God’s Ways are Past Finding Out
God’s Ways are Life
God’s Ways are Just
God’s Ways are True
God’s Ways are Good
God’s Way is Jesus Christ

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God’s Division of His Word – Testimony/Testimonies – July 27, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

As we continue to look at how God rightly divided the word of truth we come to the second word of the nine we found in Psalm 119, testimonies/testimony.  I pray these word studies help in your deeper study of God’s word.

Testimonies – found 36 times in the OT only and 23 of those times in Psalm 119.

Testimony is found 73 times in the Bible 42 times in the OT, 31 in the NT, and only used by Paul 5 times.

Testimony was used first in Scripture in Exodus 16:34 and it is singular, while the plural Testimonies was first used in Duet 4:45. So we will take a look at these verses to determine the first usage meaning then look at the other verses for additional meanings.

 Exo 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept. While the first usage verse says that Moses and Aaron laid up a pot of manna before the Testimony. But the next two uses that came after Exodus 16 tell us that he has not given them the testimony yet.

Exo 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. Future tense

Exo 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. Future tense

Deut 4:44, 45 And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:  These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt, Present tense

So our conclusion is that Moses wrote of how God had brought them out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And later God gives them the 10 commandments on two tables of stone twice and the second time there are more things written. The narratives of Israel’s journey which are a testimony and the commandments which are called the testimonies also. The ark is called the ark of testimony because it carries those writings and tablets. The Tabernacle is called the tabernacle of the Testimony which is the inner vail and covering of the Holy of Holies. Most of the uses speak of the commandments and law and the recordings of Israel’s exodus as the testimonies.

Ruth 4:7 Now this [was the manner] in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave [it] to his neighbour: and this [was] a testimony in Israel.

Ruth is the first place we see the word testimony is used differently. It is used as a means of recording a witness between two people. And the commandments, law and statutes, precepts were all given between God and Israel. So testimony can mean a witness, a covenant, a contract, and it can mean the two stone tablets of the 10 commandments , the law and statutes as well.

2Kings 11:12 And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and [gave him] the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.

2Chronicles 23:11 Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and [gave him] the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.

Here is the narrative is about Joash was made king. It would seem Jehoiada the high priest either took the two tablets from the ark or at least a copy of them to Joash for the royal anointing ceremony. This was to identify the King with the Lord and Israel. The testimonies were once again the commandments of God.

Psalm 81 the testimony was a witness to fulfilled prophecy concerning Joseph. It is a witness of God’s power in his life.

In the New Testament Gospel writings the sacrifice of Moses was a testimony or a witness to the priest by people who had been healed by Jesus Christ making the sacrifice for their healing.

Matt 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Mark 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Luke 5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Jesus not receiving the testimony of men even John the baptist

John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

It was also a witness against those who would not receive the word of the disciples

Matt 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles

Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Luke 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

 Also a witness that what John the Baptist spoke to those who did not receive his testimony

Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

John 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

John 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

A witness that what John the beloved wrote was true

John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true

The witness of two men established a truth it is called a testimony as in a witnesses testimony for a court or judge.

John 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

In Acts we find God word being called testimony that David was a man after God’s own heart.

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

The next two uses are the Apostle Paul’s testimony one that the witness he was teaching or preaching the truth and it was affirmed by signs and wonders.

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

And here that they would not receive Paul’s testimony of Jesus Christ and Christ was the one speaking here.

Acts 22:18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

Testimonies are the recoding of how God did things and said things, they are also the recordings of the law, they are his words and witness for and against his people Israel. Someone may rely upon, believe, trust in these testimonies seeing God never changes and that is what give us a basis for our faith.

Lastly let’s look at the Dictionary meaning of testimonies/testimony.

Webster’s 1827 Dictionary TEST’IMONY, n. L. testimonium. A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact. Such affirmation in judicial proceedings,may be verbal or written, but must be under oath. Testimony differs from evidence; testimony is the declaration of a witness, and evidence is the effect of that declaration on the mind, or the degree of light which it affords.

1. 1. Affirmation; declaration. These doctrines are supported by the uniform testimony of the fathers. The belief of past facts must depend on the evidence of human testimony, or the testimony of historians.

2. Open attestation; profession.

Thou for the testimony of truth hast borne Universal reproach.

3. Witness; evidence; proof of some fact.

Shake off the dust under your feet, for a testimony against them. Mark 6.

4. In Scripture, the two tables of the law.

Thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. Ex.25.

5. The book of the law.

He brought forth the king’s son–and gave him the testimony. 2 Kings 11.

6. The gospel, which testifies of Christ and declares the will of God. 1 Cor. 2. 2 Tim.1.

7. The ark. Ex.16.

8. The word of God; the Scriptures.

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple Ps.19.

9. The laws or precepts of God. “I love thy testimonies.” “I have kept thy testimonies.”

10. That which is equivalent to a declaration; manifestation.

Sacrifices were appointed by God for a testimony of his hatred of sin.

11. Evidence suggested to the mind; as the testimony of conscience. 2 Cor.1.

12. Attestation; confirmation.

TEST’IMONY, v.t. To witness. Not in use.

 Take this as a basis for your own study and may God bless.

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LOVE – What it means to the Body of Christ – July 20, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

Love is a primary aspect of the Body of Christ. The body exist to some degree because of God’s love for man.

But the Church, the body of Christ, the fullness of him, has a enormous lack of love for one another,  an anti-love thing that is going on.  I believe one of the reasons we have so many denominations is because of a lack of love, not an abundance but a lack.  A better understanding of love is needed.  And instead of running to a shrink, a dictionary or our mothers, the best thing to do is look at the verses and contexts of all the uses intended to teach love to the body of Christ as found in Paul’s writings to the Body of Christ.

A surprising truth that came out in the preparation for this teaching was that Paul never once used the term “Love thy brother” or “love thy brethren” to commanded or instruct the Body of Christ as to their love to one another.  The closest he gets is when he uses the term brotherly love twice in instructing the church the kind of love we are to show one another.  However the commandment to love thy neighbour is part of Paul’s church age teaching and it covers loving one another in the body of Christ.  Another truth that came to light is Paul never once tells us to love those who are not part of the Body of Christ. 

The Word “love” or one of its forms loveth, loved, loving, and lovely as found in the AV text, are used by Paul 84 times in his writings to the church.  Out of that there are 51 times he uses them where they directly apply to the body of Christ, the fulness of him.  Paul never used the word “loves” which is possibly a very important thing to understand so deep meditation on that will be required of  the reader.  I have divided (rightly divided) the verses of  that show how to love the brethren the Body of Christ, the verses consist of commandments, instructions, examples, the work of God.

The final conclusions of how the body is to love one anther is left to each reader being led by the Holy Ghost to compare spiritual things with spiritual and come to a understanding of how you are to love one another.  I have made that easier for you by getting the verses prepared for you to study.  remember it is not just me who is to study but we are all commanded to study 2Tim 2:15 Study…. .

Read each of the following verse and on a separate paper right what the instruction means.  (i.e.  Let love be without dissimulation means love should be genuine, real, without hypocrisy, without hidden agenda.)

19 Instructions to love and how to love the body of Christ – in actions and deeds

Rom 12:9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Rom 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.
2Cor 2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm [your] love toward him.
2Cor 8:24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Gal 5:13 ¶ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Eph 4:2 ¶ With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Eph 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
Php 1:9 ¶ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;
Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.
Col 3:19 Husbands, love [your] wives, and be not bitter against them.
1Thes 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves.
1Tim 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Commandments to love

Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

21 Ensample/Example

2Cor 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
2Cor 8:7 ¶ Therefore, as ye abound in every [thing, in] faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and [in] all diligence, and [in] your love to us, [see] that ye abound in this grace also.
2Cor 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
2Cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
2Cor 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Eph 1:15 ¶ Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Eph 2:4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it
Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Col 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [which ye have] to all the saints,
Col 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
1Th 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
1Thess 4:9 ¶ But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
2Thess 2:16 ¶ Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
Phm 1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
Phm 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Phm 1:9 Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

7 Works of Love God does in the believer

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Eph 2:4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
1Thes 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you:
1Thess 4:9 ¶ But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
2Th 2:16 ¶ Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

2 Wrong Examples of Love

2Tim 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
Love of this world, its goods, its styles, its ways is not the correct love we are to have.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Love that is dissimulative is the wrong kind of love that is if it is done insincerely for show or out of self centered motives.

Now if we take the word Lovest or Loveth and change it to loves as some so called better translations we change the meaning of the English grammar and the context.  To do so would cause an undo addition to the word of God which brings a curse upon anyone doing so under three scriptures which say not to add to God’s word.

For example let’s take Eph 5:28 and compare the AV text with the NKJV text.

AV Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

NKJV Eph 5:28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Now before we explain the change let’s look at basic English grammar.  If you add the suffix  “s” or “es” to any word it renders that word a plural.  However in modern American English we have no such suffix to prevent rendering a noun to its plural form and rendering a verb to its active and ongoing form.  The English of AV makes this distinction by using the “est” or “eth” ending.

So looking an our examples, we see that in the AV form lets us know that the love the husband is loving his wife with is an active and ongoing.  In the text the word is a verb and the “eth” makes the distinction between it and the use of a noun loves.  One has to become an Modern English Major to be able to make the distinction between verb and noun.  Which is difficult as loves is used as a noun as much as it is used as a verb in Modern English and both at active so a noun can be mistaken for a verb and vise versa.

So here we see the husband is to have a active and ongoing love for his wife.  Not a stop and go type of love but a continual growing love.

Our Love for one another is to be like that an ongoing growing love that represents the love of God.  If you have taken the time to read each of the above verses in context you will undoubtedly come to the conclusion that true love for one another will not involve self centered motives.  It will not have any type of evil associated with it.  It will not be to promote one mans understanding over another mans understanding.  It will not divide the body into separate groupings as found in 1Corithians.  Because when true love is being exercised the Holy Ghost is the one leading the body as it should.  So next time you don’t agree with your pastor, or home groups leaders teaching run your check and see if love is in place first.  It is not all about jumping in and correcting, rebuking or pointing our error.  Your first thought should be how will my actions affect the body?  After you have let the Holy Ghost work in you then use scriptures not your fair speeches to rebuke and correct.  Allow yourself to be the “oracles of God” so that it is God speaking and let love rule in your midst.

If there had ever been a time that true love and unity in the Body of Christ is needed it is today.

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Law and laws continued – Laws – Part Two July 14, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

Laws often need to be refined and clarified as to how they are to be followed. In our own constitutional laws we have seen this to the clouding of the basic constitutional rights of individuals and amendments give for jurisprudence.  This same process took place by the priests, scribes and religious elders of the people to the creation of the Talmud.  In which its traditions have replaced the basic laws with all sort of minute practices.But as I studied the law angle out one thing seemed to stand forth.   The law consist of commandments  called the law and known as precepts, statutes, and ordinances.  These are laid out by God himself when he gave the law to Moses but sometimes not all at the same time.  So you may find a law of a certain sacrifice, then a statute is given to clarify the law, and a precept to make it workable to the individual but all relate to the original commandment or law.  Just as an example Numbers chapter 9 where they are commanded to keep the passover, some came to ask for further understanding of the commandments if they were defiled by a dead body.  So the conclusion was if they could not keep the passover because of being defiled or away, when they were clean or returned they were to keep the passover on the 14th day of the second month instead of the first month. 

Num 9:4-12And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover.   And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at even in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.   And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day:  And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel?   And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.   And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD.   The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.  They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.

But if a person just decided they didn’t want to keep the passover and they were not defiled by a dead body or away.  They were to be cut off from his people Number 9:13  But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the LORD in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.  This particular law or commandment is known as a judgement. It is both a law and a judgement in that the people were to keep it and judge him by it.  It is God’s judgement for violating his commandment or law of the passover.  So God clarified the commandment of the law so that they would not violate it.  

Later Talmudic tradition was used to clarify a law concerning honoring the mother and a father to which Jesus asked why they annulled Gods command by their tradition.  It was called Corban Matt 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.   But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.  Mark 7:8-13 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.   And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.   For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.   And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.  Men must be careful not to make Gods word of no effect by traditions.  In the case of the Talmud they may of had good intentions in trying to clarifying some of the laws but in the end it was excuses created to disobey Gods word with their traditions.   Law is an order of God to follow without question, ordinances, statutes and precepts were clarifications of the main law or issue as described above.

Israel transgressed the laws of God by not walking in them.

Here is an example of some of the laws that are laid out in scriptures:

Law of Offerings Read Lev 6-8
Le 6:9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This [is] the law of the burnt offering: It [is] the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.
Le 6:14 ¶ And this [is] the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar.
Le 6:25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This [is] the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: it [is] most holy.
Le 7:1 ¶ Likewise this [is] the law of the trespass offering: it [is] most holy.
Le 7:11 ¶ And this [is] the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.
Le 7:37 This [is] the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;

Law of the Beasts and foul – read all of Lev 11
Lev 11:46 This [is] the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:

Laws of uncleanliness and cleansing/cleansed
Le 12:7 Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This [is] the law for her that hath born a male or a female.

Law of the plague of Leprosy read Lev 13 and 14
Le 13:59 This [is] the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woollen or linen, either in the warp, or woof, or any thing of skins, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.
Le 14:2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest:
Le 14:32 This [is] the law [of him] in whom [is] the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get [that which pertaineth] to his cleansing.
Le 14:54 ¶ This [is] the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall,
Le 14:57 To teach when [it is] unclean, and when [it is] clean: this [is] the law of leprosy.

The Law of him that have and  issue of Fluids read Lev 15
Le 15:32 This [is] the law of him that hath an issue, and [of him] whose seed goeth from him, and is defiled therewith;

The Law of Jealousy read Numbers 5
Nu 5:29 This [is] the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside [to another] instead of her husband, and is defiled;

The Law of the Nazarite
Nu 6:13 And this [is] the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
Nu 6:21 This [is] the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, [and of] his offering unto the LORD for his separation, beside [that] that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation.

Here is an ordinance of the Law – this had to do with the cleansing of the priest.
Nu 19:2 This [is] the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein [is] no blemish, [and] upon which never came yoke:

The law of a man dieth in a tent – read Numbers 19:11-22 it is also connected with the cleansing starting in vs 1
Nu 19:14 This [is] the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that [is] in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.
Vs 20 is a Judgement   Nu 19:20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.

This is just a few of the laws and as you see they get into many many details and observances all of which God clarifies.  By what we have observed above we also get a little understanding of what is a judgement and an ordinance.

This is why under Paul’s teaching to the church we are to consider ourselves dead to the law but alive to Christ.  For we are saved by grace through faith and not by works of the law or any work of our own righteousness.

Ro 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
Ro 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Ro 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Ro 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Ro 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Ro 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Ro 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Here we find God inspired a division of Law and Grace.  Paul made a difference between them.  the Law led one to realize his sin and thus one was a transgressor.  and unsaved man could not be subject to the Law because his mind was carnal.

Grace was God’s favor or help apart from works of the law.  this is an interesting division and it is only effective during the church age.  I have made note many times that in any dispensation or age that Faith, Works and Grace are always connected in some way.

Before Israel Believe God’s word, do what was expected like Noah, Job or Abraham in the resurrection and judgement receive God’s promise(grace)

Under the age of Israel Law they who had believed or had faith in Gods word did the required work and if they had been faithful they would receive God’s grace at the judgement.  Later we saw many got it when Christ was crucified and the graves were opened and many of the saints arose.

Under the Church Age they who believed the word of God they received the grace of God (salvation) and good works followed them who believed.

Under the Church Built on the Rock, the Church in the wilderness, the Church of the first born (postponed now for circa 1977 years) If they received the word of John the Baptist, Jesus and the apostles and disciples, got baptized, repented and did the works they would enter the Kingdom.  This will start up again when the church has been gathered unto Christ in the clouds evermore to be with him, and Israel’s and the worlds great tribulation begins in the not to distant future.  During that time the Jews will be persecuted and tempted to take the mark of the beast, and they will find themselves in need to gather or fellowship together for their daily survival.

This division of Grace and Law made these understandings possible by reading and understanding and comparing Bible with Bible. and Doctrine with Doctrine.  comparing spiritual things with spiritual will give you contrasting understanding and divisions of his word.

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God’s Division of His Word – Law/Laws  – Part One – July 11, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

This post is a continuation of  “How God Via Inspiration Rightly Divided His Own Word”.  As stated therein God divided his word in Psalm 119 into nine divisions.  these are not the Only divisions but are important.   the divisions is Psalm 119 are as follow Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances.  We will start with the first word and go through all the terms God divided his word by. 

This series will be under the title of “God’s Division of His Word”  I will also add some quests post in this as some have given some good insight to divisions or certain aspects that we do what to look at.  So please return and visit from time to time to read the whole series.

Law/Laws Part One

This first term Law/Laws is in two parts.

Law is found 459 times is scripture and not all apply to the word of God but a majority of them do.  The term Laws in its plural form are found 19 times in scripture and 16 of them are direct references to God’s Laws.

The first use of the word Laws is found in  Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.  This is the only use that occurs that does not include Israel.

Having read this verse we can add to God’s system of Rightly Dividing his word another two words or terms that is “my voice” and “my charge”.  The first term  “My voice” represents that which was given verbally to men like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abram and later, to Moses, the Priests and Prophets.  Men  like Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and lastly John the Baptist, for these men heard God’s voice.

The second term, “my charge” is a commands and instructions to do something.  In the case of Abram he kept Gods charge by leaving Ur and traveling to a land he knew not.  Genesis is filled with stories of how God communicated to Abram but it never tells us what laws Abram kept, but we see him trusting God, sacrificing to God, obeying God.  One he obeyed God when he asked him to circumcise himself and all men with him.  And When he asked him to sacrifice Isaac.  Also it represents the Law of Moses given both verbally to Moses and recorded from Exodus through Deuteronomy.

Now we see here in Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. an interesting point and that is there were commandments, statues and laws of God before the Law of Moses for all Israel.  What these were we are not to sure of, but they must have had some bearing on the sacrifices and faith Abram had in God during his pilgrimage in Canaan.  Here in this verse we have three of the 9 terms God used in Psalm 119 to show us his division of the word of truth.

Law it is singular form is found over 459 a God portion of the uses have to do with extended family of the spouse we call them “in-law or in-laws”.  In all the 18 uses found in Exodus only two pertain to God’s word the rest are to extended family.  The two times Laws in it’s plural form are found in Exodus it is directly meaning those commandments and laws given to Israel by Moses.

The Laws and commandments were more than just the ten commandments.  While they were ceremonial, civil and social laws laid out through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, they were never separated into ceremonial, civil or social laws.  That is a man made division of the Laws given to Israel.  But for Israel there were no divisions ALL the laws which governed every aspect or their nation were to be obeyed by everyone everyday for the existence of the Nation.  It would seem they were to also to be a light unto the Gentile nations around them.  Look what is says in Deut. 4.

Deut 4:1-8 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.  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.  Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.  But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.  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 possess it.  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 as all this law, which I set before you this day?

They were to keep all the statues and judgements and all that was commanded them by God’s servant Moses.  The Nations would have looked upon them in awe and wonder as to how wise and how righteous the law of God were.  But it never happened, the Gentiles never spoke thus of Israel’s laws, statues or judgements.  In the context above law includes all that was commanded not just the statutes and judgements.

LAW, n. L. lex; from the root of lay. See lay   A law is that which is laid, set or fixed, like statute, constitution, from L. statuo.
1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by the supreme power of a state to its subjects, for regulating their actions, particularly their social actions. Laws are imperative or mandatory, commanding what shall be done; prohibitory, restraining from what is to be forborn; or permissive, declaring what may be done without incurring a penalty. The laws which enjoin the duties of piety and morality, are prescribed by God and found in the Scriptures

Basically, laws are established for the governing of people.  Before the flood men were not governed by laws but each man did as he was right in his own eyes.  When a man is left to his own conscience to guide him it will produce wickedness continually.  It was because of that wickedness continually that God pronounced judgement upon the whole earth and called out Noah as he found grace in the sight of God and he was declared to be just and perfect in all his generations and Noah walked with God.

But after the flood we see God setting up some laws for Noah and his sons to follow.  Often people call this division of time the Dispensation of Governments.  God sets up some rules or laws that they are to live by in Genesis 9:1-7.  1) God puts fear in animals so they will be afraid of man, 2) the dietary addition is given to man with a further statute/judgement given concerning the eating of a creature with the blood in it. And 3) the blood of man if shed by beast or man will be required of the one who took it.  I.e. if an animal was to kill a man the animal was to be killed, if a man was to kill a man then that man was to be killed.  A far cry from the laws of the nations today.  Again we are not told of any more than these it would seem these could be what he referred to when he called Abram out of Ur.  Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Law and Laws refer to the commandments that God had given unto ALL Israel was to live by.  Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.  It is by observation and application of the Law that Judgement is made.  To understand the law statutes and precepts are made to make application more easily understood and if anyone violated the law, statutes and precepts then they were to be judged by the law and sentenced according to the Law.  Judgement is the sentence to be meted out by the Law.

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Oracles – A Word Study – June 27, 2012

by Chette Nichols Jr

The following is part of an email conversation that was partially posted on Paul Becker’s “A voice in the Wilderness” weekly Q&A series.  You can find this at his site under “VW: Q/A -persecution/music (091)”‏.  He is also the author of the VW edition of the Bible.  I had been seeking his knowledge on Bible verses on a certain subject that he accused me of being compromised because I did not rebuke a certain group for their use of modern musical instruments and styles for worship.

As I sought his guidance on what Bible verses to use I said,  “that when I spoke to others to correct them I wanted to speak as the Oracles of God, by using Bible verses to do the correcting for the Scriptures are good for correction”.  He gave a pretty long answer but for the most Part it was from his own understanding using some scripture to support his ideas of what musical worship should be but not one verse to use for correction on proper instruments or style of worship.  In the end he says musical instruments and style is a matter of conscience.  So why the quick judgement I was compromised because I had not rebuked the others if it is a matter of conscience?  Well a question that will have to wait for another time.

However, it was my use of the word Oracles that got him into a bit of a quandary.  He politely derided me for using it saying he didn’t understand why I would use such a word and that it was Unbiblical.  Here is Paul Becker’s response for my using “oracles”

VW ANSWER:
“First of all, let’s make a little correction here. The word “oracle” is  not a Biblical term. And I’m not sure how/why you have used it. I know, the KJV uses it, along with some other translations. But it is occultic and demonic. It is a place/process whereby, through various means, a practitioner becomes “high”, in a hypnotic state or trance or what-have-you, to emit vocal noises to whatever the purpose of the demon is.  http://www.a-voice.org/qa/kjoracle.htm#oracle

But Here is my reply to Paul B of “A voice in the wilderness” fame.

Dear Brother Paul,

“Concerning your reply on the word Oracles.  You said it was unbiblical, occultic and demonic, and you gave a pagan understanding of the word and not God’s understanding, which would be far more important than yours or mine. Your understanding of that word was based on a definition that came from outside of the Bible.

Two things I see in the AV that all other versions lack including the VW edition.
1) the AV has within itself its own built-in dictionary able to define any word in it by the context of where any given word is found.
2) the AV has it own built-in supernatural cross-reference system.  (All center column and page footer cross references systems are based on a group or denominations particular teaching, depending on who published, sponsored or had their study guide inserted into it).

Now lets see how God’s word defines the word Oracle and Oracles by looking at all the usages of the word as they are found in the Holy Bible.

If the word Oracle is found in the Bible then it is a Bible term.  No amount of humanistic or sophist reasoning will make it unbiblical unless you remove it from the Bible when talking about it.

Let’s start by looking at how many times the word Oracle (found only in the OT) and Oracles (found only in the NT) are used in the Holy Bible.  17 times the word Oracle is used in the Old Testament, and 4 times is the word Oracles used in the New Testament.

Let’s get a little understanding of the English word – Oracle means to utter or speak. Oracles is plural so that is utterings or that which was spoken

Oracle – let’s just see how the Bible uses it and base our definition on what the Bible says and not on Webster, Pagan religions or Humanistic understanding of the word.

What was uttered or spoken of by God?

Why the Holy Bible, the words of God, from the Genesis to Revelation it was all spoken by God to Holy men who recorded them, and God preserved them for us today.  God spoke words to Moses, the prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the apostles and Paul.  God preserved them by His own power through holy men even unto this generation.  Man has God’s utterances  today so if man needed he could seek and find God’s word on any given subject.  I.e. dress, music, prayer, etc etc etc . . .Where are these recorded oracles?  The Holy Bible.

2Sam 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, [was] as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so [was] all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom. This use lets us know it was AS IF (these two little words if understood properly would clear up a bunch of false teachings today) he had sought the word of God on this.  We do know by the Bible all that was done that it was the will of God.

1Kings 6:5 And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, [against] the walls of the house round about, [both] of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about:
1Kings 6:16 And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built [them] for it within, [even] for the oracle, [even] for the most holy [place].
1Kings 6:19 And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
1Kings 6:20 And the oracle in the forepart [was] twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof: and he overlaid it with pure gold; and [so] covered the altar [which was of] cedar.
1Kings 6:21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold.
1Kings 6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that [was] by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
1Kings 6:23 And within the oracle he made two cherubims [of] olive tree, [each] ten cubits high.
1Kings 6:31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors [of] olive tree: the lintel [and] side posts [were] a fifth part [of the wall].
1Kings 7:49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right [side], and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs [of] gold,
1Kings 8:6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy [place, even] under the wings of the cherubims.
1Kings 8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy [place] before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.
2Chron 3:16 And he made chains, [as] in the oracle, and put [them] on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put [them] on the chains.
2Chron 4:20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;
2Chron 5:7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy [place, even] under the wings of the cherubims:
2Chron 5:9 And they drew out the staves [of the ark], that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.
Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
All these verses teach us that the Holy of Holies, where in the Ark of the covenant was placed, was called the Oracle of God. This was the place where the Mercy seat was the place where God dwelt among his people Israel.

So far nothing unbiblical, occultic or demonic about the use of the word oracle.

Now let’s look at how the NT uses the word Oracles

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:  what was spoken to the Jews from mount Sinai?  What was it they received at mount Sinai? the Words of God were spoken and given unto them in Sinai.  All the commandments, statues, precepts, judgements, and laws, the word of God, the Holy Scriptures.  So from this use we understand that Oracles are the words of God given to Moses for all Israel as found in the Holy Bible.

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. again the context would let us know the Oracles are the Holy Scriptures.

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. again the context leaves us to see that it is the Holy Bible, the Holy Scriptures including that written of by Paul.

1Peter 4:11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  Here a Christian is to speak as the oracles of God, he is to speak forth the words of God.  He is to give God’s word on any issue, circumstance or situation.

Now what I have showed you is what the word of God says about and defines the word Oracle and there is absolutely nothing unbiblical, occultic or demonic about it.

Knowing that God’s word defined the word Oracle a bit differently than you had in your article shows that God is able to define the word exactly as He wanted and preserved it that way.

To say that the use of the word Oracle is wrong is totally your opinion but to call it unbiblical, occultic and demonic without seeing how the scriptures defined the word shows your insincere handling of the word of God.  In so doing all you did was give the readers of your articles an opinion of a mere man and not the word of God.  We can convince men that things are what we want them to be without the word of God as you did concerning the word Oracles but with the word of God we show forth what God says, that is we show forth and speak as the Oracles of God.

I think we can conclude that there was nothing unbiblical, occultic or demonic in the use of the word Oracles or Oracle as found in the Holy Bible.  At best you were just mistaken.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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Having searched the scriptures we have found that the word Oracles is indeed a Biblical term we also see that it is not occultic or demonic but holy and pure.  It means exactly what the Greek and Hebrew words meant to utter, utterings, spoke, speaking, spoken, and not once did it refer to or was it ever used in a way that was pagan, occultic or demonic.

If Paul Becker had only read the Bible he would know that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the way God’s word used the word “Oracles” and he would have known that the Oracles is a Biblical term defined and preserved in our Bible for us today.

Ps 12:6 The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

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How God Via Inspiration Rightly Divided His Own Word – June 25, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

2Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There are a couple of types of Divisions of God word we could teach.  There is Dispensational Divisions made famous by C. i. Scofield and Clarence Larkin early in the last Century.  This division has to deal with time periods or “Ages” as they termed them.  These are divided in ways on how God dealt differently with men at different times.  i.e. the age of Innocence (Adam the Garden), then the Age of Conscience, Age of Governments, Age of Law, Church Age, the Great Tribulation, the Millennial Kingdom.  Encompassing these ages is Eternity.

Some of those Dispensational divisions are still in effect today for example Conscience and Governments are still in effect with men.  The Law for the moment has been set aside per se, until God once again picks up His prophetic plan for Israel with the culmination of the Church Age.  We are currently in the Church Age also known as the Age of Grace.  Another way the word of God is divided is by how Salvation is had under Law and Grace.  According to Paul they are two opposing systems of belief, one evokes works to prove ones faith, the other is by faith alone.  So these are just examples of Divisions of the Word of truth.

However, I have been searching for an example in scripture of rightly dividing the word of truth as commanded in 2Timothy 2:15.  And by Study, reading and comparing scripture I found that part of the example is found in Psalm 119.  I believe that God would not given us a command to rightly divide without giving us an example or instruction on how to do it so we may keep his command correctly.  Many say that right division is how we are to study and that is true but what is left out is God’s guidance on how to rightly divide leaving us at the mercy of other men and not God’s word as to how to rightly divide the word of truth.

The term “the word of truth” is found five times in scripture the first usage gives us an example of divisions of God’s word, and so does 2 Timothy.  Paul uses the term three times in his writings and James uses it once.  And each of the usages of the term “the word of truth” in itself also gives us insight into different ways it describes God’s word or activity thereof.  The first usage of the term ” the word of truth” is found in Psalm 119:43 so it was there that I went to to get God’s understanding.

As I was reading and studying Psalm 119 I found it interesting that there are 9 different terms that God inspired to describe all of Scripture.  What led to the discovery of God’s truth was the connection to right division by the term “the word of truth”.  These nine terms God used to divide his word in order of first use are Laws, Testimonies, Way/Ways, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word/Words, and Ordinances.  The term thy word in most of its context seems to point to a promise which included salvation and everlasting righteousness.  What really makes for interesting study is how these terms are applied and use.

Open chart and view all the verses under these 9 divisions.

9 Divisions Chart

The following list is how many times the terms were found in Ps199.

Law 25 timesTestimonies 23 timesWay/Ways 2 times, Precepts 21 times, Statutes 22 times, Commandments 22 times, Judgements 19 times, Word/Words 41 times and Ordinances 1 time.

I will take time to look at each one of these 9 terms to see what they mean and how they apply to our lives today.  These Studies will be posted in following posts.

Right division must be based on God’s word for if He commands of us an obedience to study and tells us how by dividing the word of truth.  He surely left us with some instructions and examples on how to do so.  I believe first step is to see how these 9 terms play out in God’s desire for us to rightly divide “the word of truth”.

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Seven Study Tools for Studying the Bible – June 25, 2012

By Chette Nichols Jr

Apart from having the Holy Ghost who teaches us all things and like him we compare spiritual things with spiritual.

1Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

We also need our God given tool box, and in that tool box are the seven tools to study and rightly divide the word of Truth.

these tools are Who, What, When Where, Why, Which and How.

Are you studying the way God wants you to or are you just following what other men say?

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2Ti 2:15

Over the years I have come to appreciate the simplicity in using the Word of Truth to study the the Word of Truth, by comparing spiritual things with Spiritual and by learning to rightly divide.

I will be posting some interesting observations of God’s word that shows how God Rightly Divides His own words.  I pray that as we show some divisions of God’s word it will help you understand how important this particular type of study is.

I will also be posting some guest studies that will also give us light on How to study the Bible.

I Pray the posts on how to study the Bible will be  a blessing to you.

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