Madison Hebrew Roots
You can’t be under the law,
when the law is written within you!
(Jeremiah 31:31-33 & Romans 6:14)
WHY FOCUS ON THE COMMANDMENTS?
We are focusing on The “Commandments” of God (Elohim) because they are the very parts of the LAW that New Testament believers tend to misunderstand or oppose. Unlike other aspects of the Law of God, his Commandments are the part which present us with clear and binding obligations. Though the “Ten Commandments” are only a part of the great body of God’s Commandments, there’s a whole lot more where they came from. I have recently found out that some preachers and denominations claim that the 10 commandments are obsolete. I would watch out for preachers like this because if they will lie about something so clearly refuted by multiple scriptures, then they will also lie to you about the more hidden truths which are harder to understand!
TWISTING THE WORDS OF PAUL.
Most people use the words of the Apostle Paul which are written in the New Testament (Brit Chadasha) to get out of keeping
the Commandments of the Law. They choose to obey Paul over Jesus (Yahshua) even though Jesus himself advised us to keep
the Commandments of the Law in Matthew 5:17-19. On the other hand, Paul seems to say as many things FOR the Law as he
does AGAINST it. This is due to translation problems and a lack of serious Bible study, as well as the fact that we, being Westerners living in the 21st century, are unfamiliar with ancient Hebrew culture. Peter advised us in 2nd Peter 3:15-16 that
the epistles of Paul are hard to be understood and that unlearned and unstable men wrest (twist) them to their own destruct-
tion. In verse 17 he goes on to warn us beforehand not to be led away by the error of the Wicked (lawless). Yes we were
warned beforehand that people did and do twist the words of Paul in an attempt to lead others into Sloppy Agaepe and
Greasy Grace. If Peter, who knew Paul personally and spoke with him on many occasions, was of the same race, religion, and culture, and used the same scriptures, languages, temple and country … had a hard time understanding the things that Paul
had written, how can we possibly be able to understand his writings any better, since we now live more than 2000 years later,
live far away across the ocean, and have a different language and culture than that of Peter and Paul?
Most people who reject the commandments, attack the message and messenger before doing an investigation simply because it sounds unfamiliar. Clergymen seem to have the biggest struggle with the commandments because keeping them would cause them to be shunned by their denomination, movement or church board. Finally, there are those who do understand the scriptures and the heart of Yahweh, begin to keep the commandments, and walk in Yahweh’s favor.
HOW MANY COMMANDMENTS EXIST?
There are 613 commandments in the written Torah (first 5 books of the Bible). 248 of these are affirmative and 365
negative. Moses Margolioth was one of the translators of the English Revised Version of the Christian Bible, and also pub-
lished a catalogue of the 613 Commandments in English in 1743. A few scholars dispute this finding by claiming that there
are a few more but at least Margolioth gave us a rough idea of how many there are.
Click here for a list of THE 613 COMMANDMENTS from a Jewish site called Chabad.org.
RELAX, NOT ALL OF THE COMMANDMENTS APPLY TO EVERYONE.
Though there seems to be a large number of commandments, most of us don’t have to keep up with all 613 of them because
many of them solely target specific categories of people, and none of us fit into all the categories. Some apply to farmers, some to soldiers, some to rulers, some to children, some to men, some to women, some to fathers, some to husbands, some to parents, some to foreigners, and some to priests, etc. Most Christians who faithfully follow the scriptures in the New Testament (Brit Chadasha) are already keeping most of the commandments. They don’t eat bats, skunks or toads for dinner or kill other people indiscriminately, they don’t sleep around with prostitutes if they see one, or steal from their neighbors when they get the chance. Christians who do not do these and other bad things are already keeping many of the commandments. Since Yahshua has replaced the discontinued Levitical priesthood as a high priest after the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:10, 6:20, 7:11 & 12), and since we no longer have a temple to practice ceremonial law in, we are free from those ceremonial laws for as long as Yahshua decides to keep things this way. The ceremonial works that were to be performed in the temple represent another whole category of commandments that none of us have to worry about any more.
NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES WHERE COMMANDMENT KEEPING IS PROMOTED.
1) Keeping the Father’s commandments proves that we know him.
1st John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins
of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him,
and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the
love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk,
even as he walked. [KJV]
2) Keeping the commandments helps to get our prayers answered.
1st John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we
receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. [KJV]
3) We prove our love for Elohim (God) and his children by keeping his commandments.
1st John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. [KJV]
4) We are loving each other when we are keeping the Father’s commandments.
2nd John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. [KJV]
5) Keeping the commandments and following Yahshua (Jesus) leads to eternal life.
Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. . . . 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. [KJV]
6) Yahshua (Jesus) taught us to keep the commandments of Elohim (God) and to teach others to keep them as well.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [KJV]
7) Yahshua (Jesus) affirmed the idea of keeping the two greatest Commandments.
There is no benefit in keeping the other commandments if we fail to keep these at the same time.
Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great Commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. [KJV]
8) Commandment keepers get rest and reward for their works.
Revelations 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. [KJV]
9) Commandment keepers get access to the New Jerusalem and the tree of life.
Revelations 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall
be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his [God’s]
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. [KJV]
10) Paul assumes that the Commandments of Yahweh (Lord) are still valid because his advice is one of them.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first
commandment with promise;) [KJV]
MOST OF US ARE KEEPING MANY OF THE COMMANDMENTS. WHICH ONES ARE WE FAILING TO KEEP?
A) The Command to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath separate from work so we can rest and fellowship with Yahweh.
B) The Command to keep the 7 Annual Feasts of Yahweh forever.
It’s not too difficult to keep the 7 annual feasts once you have learned about them and have completed a whole year’s
cycle. The fear of the unknown is the greatest obstacle to overcome.
C) The Commands to avoid idolatry, false gods, or the mixing of such worship methods into the worship of Yahweh.
In Deuteronomy 12:29-31 Yahweh commanded that we should never try to find out how false gods were worshipped and then
turn around and worship him in the same way. Christmas and Easter are merely pagan holidays which were celebrated for centuries before the time of Christ but were given Christian names and labels in our modern times. For more information
D) The Command to avoid unclean foods.
There are many unclean foods we are not supposed to eat and almost all of them are scavenger animals or bottom feeders
which feed on rotten or diseased flesh. The most common unclean meats many Westerners eat are pig meat, salt water sea creatures like crabs, shrimp, prongs and clams, as well as freshwater catfish, and rabbits but this is not the entire list of
all unclean foods.
WARNING ABOUT FALSE DOCTRINES:
Yahshua (Jesus) warned us to beware of false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing, hirelings, and blind leaders of the blind.
A blind leader may be honest but only know part of the applicable scriptures on a particular subject. Though many deceivers
leave the scriptures out that back alternate viewpoints, there are also honest ones who can’t tell you about truths they don’t know about. Because of their ignorance and inexperience they also leave important scriptures out of their teachings. There
are also people who are specialists about certain scriptural subjects while at the same time know very little about other
scriptural subjects. The way to make the best of such situations is to learn to EAT THE FISH, & THROW THE BONES
AWAY. This means that a wise person should only accept what the scriptures clearly promote, and allow. Because many
topics are covered in the scriptures from many angles and from many different writers and books, we should make sure that
we know what each available writer of Scripture has to say about a particular subject before accepting or rejecting and
entire doctrine. Failure to be balanced by all of the scriptures that apply to any given subject can leave us unbalanced in our doctrines and practices, and open us up to sin and error. When a teacher, preacher, or religious leader of any type comes
along and tries to say that the law or the commandments are obsolete, or wants to start and endless antagonistic debate
over what the Apostle Paul had to say about Law and Grace as if they are opposed to one another, … the quickest way to
wake them up is to show them the scriptures in the New (Renewed) Testament (Covenant) which clearly promote the idea
that we are currently supposed to be keeping the Commandments of Elohim (God). This will force them to rethink their
doctrines and figure out a way to make all the scriptures agree with each other. They will no longer have a love for Sloppy
Agaepe and Greasy Grace once they are forced to make sense of a all the scriptures when they are blended together.
Another thing that flies in the face of Greasy Grace, Lasciviousness, and Lawlessness is the commandment to be holy. Yahweh
has commanded “Be ye holy for I am holy (1st Peter 1:15 & 16).