Why should I memorize, speak, and stand on the Written Word of God?
By Min. Charles Jackson
We last read Jeremiah (33:33) “I will put my law in their inward part…” Joshua (1:8) “This book of the law shall not depart out of my mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night”. And the LORD said to Moses… I will give thee a law… I have written…. Teach them “Exodus (24:12-18). Deuteronomy (6:6-7) “these words …. shall be in thine heart…. teach them…. and talk of them…” God clearly wants his people to remember his writ-ten word so why should “I” Memorize God’s Written Word and did Jesus commit God’s Written Word to memory? I should memorize God’s written word because he tells me to and for the many benefits I receive each day. The written word of God answers questions no one else can, takes away fear like no drug can, but most importantly, it tells me how to miss hell and go to heaven through Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus memorized the written word of God. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” Romans (14:5). Paul was talking about two men who were in disagreement, yet his point was: make up your own mind. Luke (4:16-18) “And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth… and stood up… to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah and when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the LORD is upon me”. What skill did Jesus use to locate Isaiah (61:1)? Listen to Matthew (4:1-11) “Then was Jesus led to Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted on the devil… when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered… it is written, Man shall not live by bread a-lone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. In the tempter’s three attacks, he failed because “The word of God is quick and powerful…” Hebrews (4:12) Jesus spoke the written word of God. Jesus responded to Satan by saying “It is written… it is written again and …and get thee hence (away) Satan… for it is written. Then the devil leaveth him” … Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy (8:3). How was Jesus able to “speak” God’s written word and defeat Satan? By putting to use “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians (6:17) Jesus reminded the tempter what was written. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans (14:5) “Be fully persuaded in your own mind”. Please read the entire quoted chapter for fuller details. Thank you… To be continued in Part 3, next first Sunday.