Memory Verses for Basic Doctrines, Part 1

By Randall E. Ricker

As we give our sermons, often you will hear us talk about memory verses.  We will say, “This particular verse is a memory verse if you would like to remember it.”  We have memory verses because they can be useful to prove doctrine or to support various aspects of Christian living.  I call them memory verses.  We could call them memory Scriptures.  If we are not actually going to memorize them, we want to at least remember where they are, what they are, and the general context of them, so that if anyone asks a question, we will know.  Or it’s a good idea just to know to be able to support our own beliefs.  We believe a lot of things that are not shared by most of the people in the world, and at times our beliefs might be under some pressure.  We should know that they are supported by the Bible.  We should know where they are and why we believe what we do.

I am going to go through a few different doctrines, and for each one give you some memory verses that you may want to choose to memorize or at least know where they are or what they are.  For some of you this will be review.  For others of you it might be quite new.

PROOFS THAT GOD INSPIRED THE BIBLE

The first subject is to prove that God inspired the Bible.  The Bible claims to be inspired by God, and there are numerous ways we could try to prove that.  One might be by history.  The Bible gives accurate accounts of events that can be confirmed by secular writers.  A person might want to research that.  There is the proof of consistency.  There are numerous references to Jesus Christ in the Hebrew Scriptures that we call the Old Testament.  However, I don’t think this would be very convincing to a skeptic.  It does show that there is consistency among all the writers of the books of the Bible, and when we find what appears to be a contradiction in the Bible, it can generally be explained by looking at a careful translation, for example.

We can prove God inspired the Bible just by our personal experience.  The Bible teaches a way of life.  A person can prove that way of life is correct by looking at the result of obeying or breaking the laws of God that are put forth in the Bible.  This is perhaps the most convincing proof, but it takes time.

The proof that I would like to talk about today is fulfilled prophecy.  God predicts events in the Bible, and then He makes them happen.  Only God can do that.  Here are some examples of prophecies that can be proven from history and that have actually happened.  The first one is in Daniel chapter 2.  The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and demanded that the wise men of the kingdom tell him what the dream was and what it meant.

Let’s read Daniel chapter 2.  We will start reading in Daniel 2, verse 31:  “You, O King, were watching; and behold, a great image!  This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.  This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.  You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found.  And the stone that stuck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”

Daniel was able to accurately describe the dream about a great image.  We don’t have to guess what the dream meant.  If we keep reading, we find the Bible interprets its own symbols.  Daniel interpreted the dream in verses 36 to 40.

Daniel 2, verse 36:  “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.  You, O king, are a king of kings.  For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold.”

He is explaining who the head of gold is, and it is the king of Babylon.

Continuing in verse 39:  “But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.  And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.”

He talked about four great kingdoms.  History shows there were four great ancient kingdoms: Babylon, Persia, Greece, and then Rome.  The kingdom he describes in verses 44 and 45 which we are not going to read right now, is the kingdom of God which is yet in the future.

Here is another place we can go to in Daniel to prove that God inspired the Bible.  Go to Daniel chapter 7.  No one is going to expect any of us to memorize these verses that I am reading right here, but know where they are. Realize that Daniel was a prophet, and his prophecies are confirmed by history.  Then you go in there and you read toward the beginning of the Book of Daniel Daniel 2, which I just read, and now Daniel 7.

Turn to Daniel 7 and read Daniel 7:1-7.

This vision that I just read is interpreted in verses 16 and 17.  We will read those.  Daniel 7, verse 16:  “I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this.  So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:  Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.”

These four beasts represent four kingdoms.  Just as we said before, history shows there were four ancient kingdoms: Babylon,Persia,Greece, and then Rome.  In verse 6 it said that third beast had four heads.  This represents the four generals who divided Greece after the death of Alexander the Great.  The Bible even includes this detail.

Let’s turn to another Scripture that was proven by history.  We will start reading in verse 26 of Isaiah 44 where Isaiah writes about Babylon:  “Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers; who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited,’ to the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’ and I will raise up her waste places…”

We will stop here for a minute because when this was written, Jerusalem was inhabited already. There were no waste places, so the implication here is that it’s already a prophecy that Jerusalem was going to be destroyed.  We will keep reading.

Verse 27 of Isaiah 44:  “…who says to the deep, ‘Be dry!  And I will dry up your rivers’; who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’”

It is naming someone who was going to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, but they had not even been destroyed yet when this was written.

Continue in verse 1 of Isaiah 45:  “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut:  ‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.  I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.  For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.’”

For a man to rebuild Jerusalem and lay a foundation of the temple, he had to defeat the kingdom who possessed that area.  People were always fighting over the area of the holy land, and at that time the kingdom where this was occurring was Babylon.  Isaiah named the man who would conquer Babylon.  His name was Cyrus.  He named him 150 years before Cyrus was born!

In Isaiah 45:1 it talked about the double doors.  In history that would have referred to what they called the two-leaved gates of Babylon.  In 539 B.C. Cyrus diverted the Euphrates River that flowed under the gates of the city.  The water level decreased to the point where soldiers could wade into the city and open the gates for the rest of the army to enter.  This was prophecy being fulfilled.

Then there is another prophecy for a time after this back in Daniel.  Go back to Daniel chapter 8.  Read Daniel 8:1-8.

We don’t have to wonder what the ram and the male goat represent; just go on to verse 16 where it is explained.  Read Daniel 8:16-22.

Here we have the ram being the kings of Media and Persia, the male goat being the kingdom of Greece, and the first king was Alexander.  The four kingdoms that arise out of Greece in verse 22 were divided among the four generals of Alexander after his death, which we talked about in another prophecy.

As we are trying to prove the Bible, just remember in the Book of Daniel which is a book of prophecy that in Daniel chapter 2 you have the image explained that talks about ancient kingdoms.  It is explained in another way in Daniel 7 and Daniel 8.  Remember in Isaiah 44 and 45 it talks about the rebuilding of Jerusalem long before it occurred.  These events were predicted in advance in the Bible, so this is proof that the Bible is inspired by God.

WHAT IS MAN?

Let’s look at a second doctrine that we can prove with memory verses and memory Scriptures.  There will be a few in here that you actually will want to memorize.  We don’t want to memorize long passages in Daniel, but here there are some short ones.  The subject is, “What is man?”

There are two generally accepted answers to this question as to what is man. The first answer people might give is that man is a physical being.  He is a product or by-product of evolution.  He is something that occurred over billions of years.  Man is just another animal.  When man dies, that’s the end of his life and his existence.  When people who believe this are asked about the purpose of life, they may say, there is no purpose of life.  Or they may say the purpose of life is just to be happy or to make other people happy during this short existence.

The second popular concept of what is man is that he has an immortal soul that is trapped in a physical body.  What’s the truth?  Is either of these correct?  We can answer the question what is man?

Turn to Genesis chapter 2.  Here we read in this memory verse that man became a living soul.  It doesn’t say he had a soul.  Genesis 2, verse 7:  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Here we have man made of the dust of the ground, which is something physical.  He became a living being.  The King James Version says, “a living soul.”  It says, he became a living soul.  It doesn’t say that he has an immortal soul.  This word “soul” is coming from the Hebrew word nephesh.  In the Strong’s Concordance it is number 5315 (1995 edition), and it means a breathing creature.  It means the life of animals.  Elsewhere it is translated differently.  You can look that up.  In other places it just means a living creature.  It is not saying anything about an immortal soul or anything like that.  Genesis 2:7 could be a memory verse.  You could remember that one.  You can memorize that one.

Go to Ezekiel chapter 18, verse 4:  “Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the soul who sins shall die.”

If a soul can die it means it is not immortal.  There is another memory verse.

As we are talking about what is man, we have to talk about the spirit in man.  I Corinthians chapter 2 has a memory verse.  I Corinthians 2, verse 11:  “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?  Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”

It is telling us that by the spirit of man we know the things of a man.  In other words, we know physical things because of this spirit that is in us.  It is the spirit of man.

As we see that, we realize what the human mind is.  It is the human spirit that we just talked about here plus the brain.  We know it includes the brain because as people think and their thoughts change, you can detect certain electrical patterns that change, so we know the brain does have something to do with thinking.  What we are learning here is that it’s the spirit in man, this non-physical essence, that also has something to do with our mind.  Many animals have brains that are almost as big as man’s and maybe some bigger, but they do not have intelligence.  The spirit essence makes the difference.

Man has physical and material knowledge.  Because of the brain and the spirit essence in him, he can work with things.  He can build buildings.  He can plan and build computers and cell phones.  All these things men know how to do while working with physical things.  They learn science.  They understand the laws of physics of the universe.  They understand the laws of chemistry, physics, and biology.  They apply it as technology to make our lives easier and more convenient.

Man develops culture, art, and some of the most beautiful music you can imagine.  We enjoy these things and marvel how some people have such beautiful minds.  They can compose such beautiful pieces of music or paint such beautiful pictures.  They can make such beautiful sculptures.  It is the human mind composed of the brain and the spirit in man.  It is not instinct.

I worked on a dairy farm years ago, and I would watch the calves being born.   Sometimes I had to help them.  The ones who were strong enough the first thing they wanted to do was to stand up.  Within a minute or two, some were up.  Now for most children, it takes a whole year to learn to walk.  We are quite different.  We don’t have that instinct.  We have to be taught everything.

The spirit of man is certainly not instinct.  The spirit in man enables man to become self-aware.  He knows he exists.  He knows those around him.  He realizes that he must make an attempt at morality and try to understand ethics with a sense of right and wrong.  He thinks about why he does things and why he makes choices.  We call it free moral agency.  He chooses right and wrong.  He wonders why he was born and what is his purpose in life.  He tries to have a relationship with other people.  Sometimes it fails because it is a spiritual relationship.  He doesn’t necessarily understand that.  The Bible teaches us about  it though.

Man wants a relationship with God or with a god.  He can figure out that much at least, although he doesn’t understand all the details of who and what God is, for example.  Man with his mind which is the brain plus spirit essence is not really complete.  Some would say he is only half there.  There is more to it than that because God’s Holy Spirit is able to combine with the spirit essence to beget us as members of the God family.

As we study what is man, let’s review the Scriptures.  As we study these, we have Genesis 2:7 which I mentioned.  It is a good memory verse.  We can remember that.  We have Ezekiel 18:4.  We had I Corinthians 2.  All these Scriptures we can learn and memorize.  These aren’t too long to learn.  We can learn these Scriptures.  If we begin to wonder and want to meditate on a subject, we have it right there.  What is man is another subject we study and have memory verses for.

WHO AND WHAT IS GOD?

Here is another subject:  who and what is God?  The Bible says who and what God is, so we study it from the Bible.  First of all, we can see that God is a God family with two members.  This is a concept that we can understand.   Turn to John chapter 1:1.  We can make this a memory verse.  John chapter 1, verses 1-3:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

This could be a difficult verse to understand.  The clearest understanding that I have seen was written by Mr. Herbert Armstrong, the person who founded the Church that the Great Lakes Church of God came out of.  He substituted names.  He said, substitute the word John for the Word, and substitute the last name Smith for God.  Then what we have is this:  In the beginning was John, John was with Smith, and John was Smith.  This can be true because John is the son of Smith.  Smith is the family name, but there are two separate persons in the family.  We can call them persons if we want.  In this case with God one person is the Word, which comes from the Greek word logos (#3056, Strong’s Concordance, 1995).  This has been translated spokesman.

Go on to verse 14 in John 1.  John 1:14 is another memory verse.  John 1, verse 14:   “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

This Word became a Man, and we know that Man was Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament the word for God is elohiym (#430).  In the Strong’s Concordance 1995 edition this word refers to gods in a plural form.  We occasionally look at commentaries for linguistic purposes and not for actual doctrine because they often have too much influence of their own beliefs in there.  In Adam Clarke’s Commentary he also calls this a plural, but the trouble is he starts going off in the wrong direction of calling it a Trinity which is not correct.  I have heard other writers and speakers talk about God as a Trinity and that elohiym support it.  That’s not correct either.  We will see more of that in a little while here.

Let’s get back to the word elohiym referring to gods in a plural form.  There is a term in English grammar called a collective noun, and that’s what this is.  It is like group, family, and church. The term elohiym for God is a collective noun.  It allows for a God family with two members, as we talked about in John 1:1.  It describes the Word and someone called God.

Here is another memory verse.  Let’s turn to I Corinthians chapter 8, verse 6.  We can memorize this one.  “…yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”

It is talking about God the Father and Jesus Christ.  Notice it did not mention the Holy Spirit as a person.  We will study more on that later.  That’s why it is an important verse because it is telling us there is God the Father and Jesus Christ.

Now turn to I Corinthians 10:1-4 to understand who and what God is.  I Corinthians 10, verses 1-4:  “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink.  For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

This is telling us who the God of the Old Testament was.  Verse 4 says, “For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”  It is a good verse to memorize.  It tells us that Christ was the God of the Old Testament.  That’s important because some people think that it was God the Father who was the God of the Old Testament and that Jesus Christ came to, as people say, do away with God’s laws.  This is not correct because we have seen in this verse that the Rock that followed them in the Old Testament was Christ.  Christ gave the Ten Commandments, and then He came back later as a human.  He did not come to contradict Himself.

At times people consider the God of the Old Testament to be harsh.  That’s not really true, but some people see Him that way.  Then they say that Jesus Christ was so loving and merciful.  It actually was the same Being doing all these things in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  God is a God of mercy, and we must never forget that.

Another point on the subject of who and what is God is that Christ always existed.  We already read in John 1:1 “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God,” so Christ, the Word, was really there in the beginning.  Another place to prove that is Ephesians 3:9, so let’s go there.  Jesus Christ was there for the creation.

Ephesians 3, verse 9:  “…and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ…”

The King James Version says, “created all things by Jesus Christ.”  In the Greek Interlinear it says, “by Jesus Christ.”  In other words, Christ did the creating at the will of the Father, so He was there for it.  He’s always existed.  Some people don’t believe that, but this verse definitely supports that.

Another point concerning who and what is God is what is God’s composition and shape?  What is God made of?  Man is made of the dust of the ground.  We know that.  God created all things, so surely He can’t be made of the dust of the ground like we are.  Turn to John chapter 4, verse 24 to see what God is made of.  It says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

That’s what His composition is.  He is Spirit.  To try to be able to find this verse in the future, remember this is toward the beginning of the Book of John where Jesus Christ was just starting to teach people about the Father.

As we are talking about God’s composition and shape, what does God look like?  Turn to Genesis chapter 1, verse 26:  “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”

If man is created in God’s image, then God must look like man.  God has two arms, two legs, a head, etc.  He has the same type of form as man, and there are some other Scriptures that support that.  We just don’t have time to get to those right now.  There is more to this verse which we will get into later.  Taking it at physical face value, God looks like us.  He is not some shapeless blob as some people have actually said.

Another aspect of who and what is God is what is the Holy Spirit?  It is not part of a trinity.  In fact, it is the power of God.  You won’t find the word trinity in the Bible.

Turn to Acts chapter 2.  This is easy to remember because in Acts chapter 2 it’s the beginning of Acts where it is talking about what the apostles did after Christ’s resurrection and ascension to heaven.  It will be easy to remember it’s in Acts chapter 2 where we talk a lot about God’s Holy Spirit.  In Acts 2:4 the Holy Spirit was given on the first Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection in 31 A.D.

We read this in Acts 2, verse 4:  “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

It is talking about being “filled” with the Holy Spirit.  Some say the Holy Spirit is a person, but you do not fill a person with another person.  That would not make sense at all.  It is the power of God.

Then going on further in Acts, Peter gave an inspired sermon which caused people to realize they had been responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.  In verse 38 of Acts 2 he says this:  “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”

The Holy Spirit is a gift which is given to us upon repentance and belief and baptism.  It is the power of God and not a person in a trinity.

We want to try to summarize what we have here on the subject of who and what is God.  We want to summarize the verses that we would want to go to. There are several here that we would want to certainly memorize.  John 1:1-3 where it says in the beginning was the Word.  Go on to verse 14 and memorize that, too.  It’s not too long to memorize.  Go to I Corinthians 8.  I mentioned that one.  I Corinthians 8:6 is easy to memorize.  Then I Corinthians 10:4 says who the God of the Old Testament was.  It is a one liner to memorize.  Others to remember would be Ephesians 3:9.  It might be a bit long to memorize, but you might choose to.  It says, He created all things through Christ.  John 4:24 states God is Spirit.  Genesis 1:26 is “Let Us make man in Our image.”  Acts 2 says they were filled with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:38 talks about the gift of the Holy Spirit showing the Holy Spirit is a power and not at all a person.

MUST WE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS?

Here is another subject:  must we keep the commandments?  There are some memory verses associated with this as well.  The Ten Commandments are listed in two places in the Old Testament of the Bible.  One of them is Exodus 20.  It is easy to remember that they are in Exodus.  Remember exodus means “going out” like exit.  We can think of the second book of the Bible where the Israelites went out of Egypt.  It makes sense for the Ten Commandments to be late in the Book in Exodus because they had to leave Egypt and travel for a couple months to get to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments.  Then we have them in Exodus 20, so that is one way of remembering where the Ten Commandments are in the Bible.  I am not going to read them right now for lack of time, but you can find them yourself.

Most people would agree with many of the concepts of the Ten Commandments, but there is disagreement on whether we are actually required to keep the Ten Commandments.  We can prove that.  Some people think that the New Testament does away with the Ten Commandments, so let’s just give New Testament proof of keeping the Ten Commandments.

We have Christ’s own teaching in Matthew 19.  Let’s go there first.  Matthew chapter 19, verse 16:  “Now behold, one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’  So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is, God.  But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.’”

That’s an easy one to memorize.  Verse 17 is a short verse and a very good summary.  We can read more though.

Verse 18 of Matthew 19:  “He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’  Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

He names some of them just to make it clear which commandments He is talking about.  That’s one memory verse in Matthew 19:17.

John 14:15 is another straight forward statement and a memory verse.  John 14, verse 15:  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

It is a very straight forward command.  We can remember John 14:15.  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

Turn to I John 3:4.  We are told many places in the Bible to avoid sin.  We have to be sure we know what sin is.  It applies very much to what we are studying today.  I John 3, verse 4:  “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

In the Authorized Version it says, “Sin is the transgression of the law.”  It means breaking the law of the Ten Commandments, so breaking the Ten Commandments is sin.  This is proof that we ought to be keeping these Ten Commandments.

Going back to Matthew, in Matthew we have what we call The Beatitudes.  People say those are real nice sayings and actually they are good things to live by.  Some people probably even think that if you keep The Beatitudes, you don’t worry about God’s law, but He kept talking.

Matthew 5:17-18 is a memory verse.  “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

There is a memory verse for you.  Christ did not come to destroy the law.

Continue reading Matthew 5, verse 19:  “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Verse 19 is another memory verse.  We are not only to avoid breaking the commandments, we are to do and teach them.

There are some other verses about whether we should keep the commandments that we may not choose to memorize, but I think we should know they are here.  Keep on going in Matthew 5, and we can go to verse 21:  “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’  But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.  And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council.  But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

I like to say Christ raised the bar.  He gave the spiritual intent of the law here, and also another example is in verse 27:  “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Besides keeping the commandment against murder in the letter of the law, we must not be angry without cause or look down on people.  Besides not physically committing adultery, we should not even lust after a person.  This would also be breaking the commandment.

Christ did not do away with the commandments.  He explained we must keep them in the intent as well as in the letter.

I have one more memory Scripture.  I will call it a memory Scripture in terms of wanting to know where something is on this subject.  Turn to Hebrews chapter 8.  It might be too much to memorize, but we should remember it’s there.  Hebrews chapter 8, verse 8:  “Because finding fault with them, He says:  ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,’ says the Lord.  ‘For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,’ says the Lord:  ‘I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’”

God was finding fault with them, them being the Israelites.  There was nothing wrong with the law.  The Israelites failed to obey the law.  These verses in Hebrews that I just read are quoted from the Old Testament Jeremiah 31.  The law is in verse 10 where it says:  “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts.”  Those are the Ten Commandments on which the old covenant was based.  The new covenant is based on the same laws.  The laws should be written in our minds which means we are to learn the laws.  They are to be written on our hearts which means we should want to do them.  We should want to obey them.

As with all the other subjects I have covered today, let’s just briefly summarize these memory verses on this subject as to whether we must keep the Ten Commandments.  I will get back to page one.

In Matthew 19:17 it says, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”  And in John 14:15 it says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  I John 3:4 says, “Sin is the transgression of the law.”  These are all memory verses.  Matthew 5:17 talks about not coming to destroy the law but to fulfill it.  In Matthew 19 it says we are to do and teach the law.  Remember the rest of the verses in Matthew 5 where it talks about the spiritual intent of the law.  Remember there is a lot in that sermon on the Mount.  In Hebrews 8 it compares the Old Testament and the New Testament covenants.

The apostle Paul says so much, and there is a good way to remember this.  The apostle Paul says so much in Hebrews about the Old Testament law and the Old Testament ceremonies, etc.  Remember that is a book that people have called a commentary on Leviticus.  It was written by Paul we believe, but it was certainly inspired by God.  If he is talking about Old Testament things so much in Hebrews, that’s where we find we have the old covenant and the new covenant as well.  That’s the Old Testament covenant and the New Testament covenant.  That helps us understand that we must keep the commandments.

So there are a few subjects for you today that have memory verses, memory Scriptures, and things to remember that I have found very useful, and I hope you will, too.  We will do this again sometime with a few more subjects.

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