Friday, June 1, 2018

Just two commandments?

Many folks seem to be under the erroneous impression that they don't have to bother keeping the Ten Commandments anymore (let alone the original "613"); but, rather, just TWO. And they will proudly cite a passage out of Matthew 22 as "proof":

Matthew 22: 36. "Teacher, which Commandment in Torah is the greatest?" 37. And Y'shua said to him, that "You should love Master YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might and with all your mind." 38. This is the first and the greatest Commandment. 39. And the second is like it. That "You should love your neighbor as yourself." 40. On these two commandments hang Torah and the prophets. (AENT)

We would ask those who insist they only need to keep two commandments to please re-read verse 40 with the help of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit). Does verse 40 imply that all of God's original instructions have magically been done away with, or can be ignored, just because Jesus died? NO! The Torah and the Prophets HANG/ARE DEPENDENT ON those two commands!
There's more to it than just "loving God and loving your neighbor!" If you LOVE God, then stop trying to figure out ways to ignore His commands!

YHWH (Yahweh) gave us many rules/commands/"laws" that can be found scattered throughout the Torah, the first five Books of the Bible, which contains His Divine Instructions in Righteousness. We must understand, however, that the "numbering" of the original commandments was done by man, not by YHWH (Yahweh) Himself, which means there is no reason to worry about trying to keep "all 613 commands."

Not to mention that most of those "613" commands were directed at the cohens (priests) of the day; some were only for men; some only for women, and some were only for a certain time frame.
But some were meant to last FOREVER - and those are the ones that believers must pay attention to. For instance, please consider the Seventh Day Sabbath which is a SIGN between YHWH and His people:

Exodus 31:16 The people of Isra'el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is A SIGN between me and the people of Isra'el forever; for in six days ADONAI made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.'"
Ezekiel 20:11 I gave them my laws and showed them my rulings; if a person obeys them, he will have life through them. 12 I gave them my shabbats as A SIGN between me and them, so that they would know that I, ADONAI, am the one who makes them holy.

People – Shabbat is one of the loving things we do for ADONAI that sets us apart from the rest of the world! He commanded His people to keep it! If you’re not keeping YHWH’s Shabbat, then WHO are you worshiping?

So, yes, while YHWH eventually recorded the TEN commandments in stone, (which encompass all commandments), we must remember, these ten are only part of the larger picture taken from YHWH's Torah which He said would stand forever – and forever hasn’t ended yet.

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