Friday, November 9, 2018

Reader question concerning which commandments to keep


I have a question. Are there specific commandments that should be kept only by Hebrews and commandments that we all should keep? Or everything is for everybody?  And if there are specific commandments only for Hebrew people give me some examples, please!


Thank you for writing to The Refiner's Fire! The answer to your excellent question is simple:

First of all, once you accept YHWH, the ELOHIM of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as your God (and recognize His Son Yeshua as His Divine Messiah), you automatically become a "Hebrew" (a word which in Hebrew means, "to cross over" - which is what Abraham did in Genesis 12).

When you do that, you are obligated to obey His Divine Instructions in Righteousness (Torah), because YHWH doesn't hand down separate rules for different people (Numbers 15:13-16). Galatians 3:28 tells us that we are one in Messiah; there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, slave nor free. (See also Ephesians 2.).

The thing to remember is this: Most of those original "613 commandments" were directed at the Levite cohens (priests) of the day; some were only for men; some only for women, and some were only for a certain time frame. (See our article on the commandments.)

But some were meant to last FOREVER, and for ALL to obey - and those are the ones that believers must pay attention to.

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