The use of precedent in the bible. Being that it is commonly accepted that the bible has within it many covenants and promises, the implication has always been that the relationship between God and man is of a legalistic nature with both blessings and requirements involved. God both establishes and folllows precedent within scripture, that is, once an action is taken for a given situation, God tends to follow that same example throughout the bible. 1. An example of the believer invoking precedent is that of Elisha. He invokes the law where it states that the firstborn is to recieve the double portion that represents his share among his siblings, even when he is the son of a despised woman. He invokes this law to inherit the prophetic ministry of Elijah. Most of us are more familiar with the phrase, "calling on the promises", the invocation of precedent is but a more technical name for the same. 2. A more significant application is that of using precedent to understand prophecy. IS 29's description of Tyre is an example of prophetic precedent. Whereas Isaiah's companions looked at Tyre and saw a neighboring economic giant, Isaiah saw into the future. Revelations later reveals an economic giant by the name of Babylon the great. 3. Deborah, Samuel, Hulda and other prophets are examples of people that understand precedent to see the past, understand the present and inspire with the future.