READ,MEMORIZE AND REPENT!
Exodus Chapter 20
The ten commandments
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.(ANYTHING THAT COMES BETWEEN YOU AND A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS IS “ANOTHER god”)
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:(LET’S NOT FOOL OURSELVES,THIS IS PLAIN ENGLISH AND THE ORIGINAL HEBREW SUPPORTS THIS WORDING,SO DON’T WIGGLE OUT WITH ANOTHER TRANSLATION..THIS INCLUDES ALL YOU PRODESTENTS OUT THERE AS WELL,AND IN CASE YOU THINK YOUR FREE AND CLEAR,IT ALSO INCLUDES “MENTAL IMAGES”OF GOD!!
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (IS IT WORTH PUNISHING YOUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN FOR A FALSE WORSHIP OF A FALSE IMAGE?)
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.(PLEASE NOTE:TAKING THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN MEANS A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN “*&#%@^@###*^^$$#%”OR SOME SUCH WORDS,..WE TAKE THE LORD’S AUTHORITY,HIS NAME IN VAIN OR MAKE IT USELESS WHEN WE DO NOT DO WHAT HE SAYS TO DO WHEN HE SAYS TO DO IT! A LOT OF SO CALLED BELIVERS NEED TO REPENT BEFORE THEY MOVE ON WITH THE LORD!
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.(OH! BOY! HAS THE ENTIRE CHURCH SINNED ON THIS ONE? AFTER ALL THE SEVENTH DAY WAS NEVER SUNDAY UNTIL WE THE “CHRISTIAN CHURCH” CHANGED IT FOR PURE CONVINENCE SAKE AND SOME ANTI-SEMITISM, THE SEVENTH DAY FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY…NO MATTER WHAT EXCUSE YOU USE IT’S STILL…SATURDAY!)
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:(SO UNLESS GOD HIMSELF MADE THE “NEW CHRISTIAN CALANDER” IT CANNOT BE USED TO CHANGE THIS COMMAND,WAS GOD MISTAKEN OR MIXED UP ON HIS DAYS? I THINK NOT!) in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days(SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.(HAVE YOU EVER DISHONORED YOU MOTHER AND FATHER WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE OR DISOBEDEANCE ?)
13 Thou shalt not kill.(WITH YOUR WHOLE BEING:YOUR BODY AS ACTUAL MURDER OF THE FLESH,WITH YOUR MIND,AS IN THOUGHTS OF HATRED AND MUDERING SOMEONE’S IDEAS,AND SPIRITUALLY,AS IN CURSING SOMEONE OR SOMETHING WITH YOUR WORDS THE CONTAINERS OF THOUGHT!)
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.(BOTH IN THOUGHT AND ACTION )
15 Thou shalt not steal. (BOTH IN THOUGHT AND ACTION)
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.(THIS A DIRECT REFERENCE TO “GOSSIP,SPEAKING OF SOMEONE NEGATIVELY WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF ANY FACTS! WOW..THIS MEANS MOST CHURCHES WON’T HAVE MUCH LEFT OF SERVICES IF THEY CAN’T TALK IN “FELLOWSHIPING TIME” ABOUT EACH OTHER IN SOME WAY…SORRY!!)
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.(IT SEEMS TO ME,THAT THE “SO-CALLED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF TODAY MUST REPENT IN TRUE CONVERSION BEFORE GOD BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL BROKEN GOD’S LAWS AND STILL DO.AND BEFORE YOU SAY “I’M FORGIVEN…WATCH THE VIDEO ON “FALSE CONVERSION”,YOU MAY STILL BE UNSAVED AFTER ALL,NO MATTER HOW MANY “SINNERS PRAYERS” YOU’VE SAID BEFORE:DON’T TAKE YOUR SALVATION FOR GRANTED….Matthew 25:31-46 (KJV) 31 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was thee “>an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
Matthew 7:21-27 (KJV) 21″ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. ”
REMEMBER UNTIL YOU TRUELY REPENT,WHICH MEANS TO TURN AROUND AND GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION FROM YOUR SIN WHICH IS TOWARD JESUS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE COMMANDMENTS IN FLESH AND ACCEPT HIM INTO YOUR INNER MOST BEING YOU ARE NOT “SAVED,BORN AGAIN OR ACCEPTED BY GOD” PERIOD!!!
Hebrews 2:1-4 (KJV) 1 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? ”
Romans 14:23 (KJV) “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (KJV) 3 “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men(ALL MEN OF ANY FAITH OR DENOMINATION?), but in the power of God.”
Hebrews 6:1-9 (KJV) 1 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,(FALSE CONVERTS DO ALL THESE THINGS IN OUR CHURCHES) 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance(YOU CANNOT RENEW SOMETHING IF IT WAS NEVER CHANGED..THE SAME FALSE REPENTANCE WILL REPEAT AND NO CHANGE WILL HAPPEN THEREFORE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE! IF THEY DON’T PROPERLY REPENT FROM SIN THEY WILL KEEP GOING BACK TO THIER VOMIT AS A DOG DOES!); seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.(EVERY SUNDAY REPENTANCE,THE SAME PEOPLE AT THE ALTER WEEK AFTER WEEK HAVE NOT REPENTED OF SIN THEY’VE REPENTED OF “GUILTY FEELINGS” ABOUT SIN COMMITTED.) 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.(NOTICE: THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT JESUS TAUGHT IN MARK 4:1-20 ABOUT THE DIFFERENT GROUNDS OF THE HUMAN HEART AND THE WORD OF GOD” 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. ”
Hebrews 2:1 (KJV)” Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”
TRUE SALVATION CANNOT BE LOST…BUT THE “FALSE CONVERSION EXPERIENCE CAN BE LOST AND FOUND MANY TIMES,IT IS SATAN’S GREATEST LIE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST TODAY,BECAUSE THESE EXPERIENCES ARE SO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN SIMILARITY;ALMOST MIRROR IMAGES OF EACH OTHER! DON’T BE FOOLED,MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A REAL TESTAMONY IN CHRIST THAT’S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS TO DO AFTER ALL………………..
2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV)” Examine yourselves(YOU AND YOU ALONE KNOW IF YOU ARE TRUELY SAVED AND IT DOES NO GOOD TO TRY AND FOOL ANYONE BECAUSE ON JUDGEMENT DAY YOU’LL BE THE FOOL STANDING THERE ALONE TRYING TO JUSTIFY YOURSELF BEFORE A JEALOUS GOD,DON’T WAIT DO IT NOW!!), whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? “
Galatians 1:6-8 (KJV)6 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
NOW…DO NOT CONFUSE “FALSE CONVERSION” WITH “HAVING FAULTS” THEY ARE RELATED TO EACH OTHER BY THE FACT THAT OUR FAULTS CAUSE US TO HAVE BAD JUDGEMENT AND TO FALL INTO SIN,BUT A FAULT IS NOT A SIN AS A THOUGHT IS NOT AN ACTION;BUT ONE CAN LEAD TO THE OTHER WITHOUT RESTORATION TAKING PLACE…Galatians 6:1-10 (KJV)1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”Hebrews 2:1-4 (KJV)” Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”
EXODUS 20 Words WE ALL MUST FOLLOW or else HOW CAN any of us call ourselves TRUE CHRISTIAN (Christ-Like) BELIVERS IN G*D?
1. Then Elohim spoke all these words:
2. “I am YHWH your Elohim, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt–out from the house of subjugation.”
In Hebrew tradition, THIS is the first “commandment” (the second, then, is everything from verses 3-6), because these ten are not called “commandments” in Scripture, but “words” or “statements”. The inherent “command” is to simply recognize this fact. The word here for “I” is a specialized one that indicates an intimacy between the speaker and the one spoken to. But recognizing that His name is YHWH and that we are to have a relationship to Him as on those terms is the foundational principle He lays down. He often places this phrase ?I am YHWH your Elohim? next to a command, partly to say, ?You must do it because of who I am, and I said so?, but also because it is only through obeying these commands that we can truly know what He is like.
3. “For you there will not be any other elohim in My presence.
Other elohim: There are in one sense “gods” in the world–powerful spiritual rulers placed over certain regions (1 Cor. 8:5), which, as long as they do not interfere with His purposes for Israel, have a rightful place in keeping order among men. (See Daniel 10:13ff). But for Israel there is a direct relationship. In My presence: literally, above My face. Nothing is to be between us and His face, blocking it. There are to be no intermediaries between ourselves and the highest of the “mighty ones”, except Y’shua, who, in accordance with Torah, acts as “kinsman redeemer” to bring those who left the covenant back into relationship with YHWH, but does not take His place. In a special sense, YHWH is called ?Yaaqov?s share?. (Yirmeyahu 51:19, etc.) Recall that this is a betrothal contract, of which human vows to ?forsake all others? are a picture. This is the preamble to the covenant, in which the generalities are presented first, then the specifics. He had to be so possessive because He knew Israel?s tendencies to stray after other elohim. He had to ?get the upper hand? so that He would be free to do what was best for us. Israel is His property, for He redeemed her from Pharaoh. (v. 2) Through Y?shua, He has paid for us again, so how much more are we His property to command as He wishes? The term elohim really means ?mighty ones?; we are not to consider anything mighty to exist in relation to ourselves, except Him. What is a major threat to others (such as the Reed Sea) is not aproblem for Him, and is not to be feared.
4. “You will not make for yourself a carved image or any resemblance of what is in the skies from above, or what is on the earth from beneath, or what is in the waters [that are] lower than the earth;
Carved: or “engraved”. Resemblance: or “representation”. This is the next logical step in idolatry, followed by the third in v. 5. (Hirsch) This connotes a three-dimensional image formed out of something else.
5. “You will not bow down to them, nor will you serve them, because I Myself am YHWH your Elohim–a jealous Elohim, laying the punishment of fathers on [their] children, even the third and fourth [generation] for those who hate Me,
Serve: or ?minister to?, a work done on another?s behalf that one is not paid to perform. I.e., YHWH?s bride is not to go clean her old boyfriend?s house for free! This term for “jealous” is never used of men in Scripture; we can never attain to this type of jealousy, because it implies a deserving more pure than anything we can ever achieve. It means He wants to be our desired. Hirsch: “Demanding His exclusive rights”. On their children: the Aramaic renders it “rebellious children”, and adds “when the children follow their fathers in sinning”, to avoid the idea that a son or daughter who repented of his parents’ ways would still be punished. This agrees with Yirmeyahu 31:29ff. Holding us guilty until something is done to rectify it is a blessing since He does not let anyone go on thinking they got away with doing wrong without consequences.
6. “but doing [deeds of] lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] for those who love Me and who observe My commandments.
Lovingkindness: or “mercy”. Note how “mercy triumphs over judgment.” Observing (keeping or guarding) His commandments is the sign Y?shua gave that we actually do love Him. (Yochanan 14:15; 15:7-10)
7. “You will not carry the Name of YHWH your Elohim in a wasteful manner, because YHWH will not hold the one who carries his Name wastefully [as] guiltless.
Carry the Name: or “take the Name upon yourself”; Aramaic, “swear falsely with his name”. Swearing calls down on oneself all that YHWH is, in the event that what one says is not true. It combines the belief that He is always watching over us with the idea that He holds the power over all that will happen to us; to swear falsely in His Name is to ignore both of these. In a wasteful manner: in an empty way, in vain, in a way that indicates devastating or ruining it, treating it as useless. This means so much more than just using it as a profane epithet. It makes Him out to be just like all the gods, which in popular belief acted little differently than men; i.e., His existence makes no difference in our plans, decisions, or expectations. When we worry, we are doing this as well. In Hebrew something that is not unique, but is just like everything else, is conceptually nonexistent, having nothing of its own to show for its having lived (both ideas being expressed by the same word). Thus it is purposeless. Making a superfluous oath is thus “playing with the most solemn of all solemn acts of men”. (Hirsch) Lifting up His Name to devastation also includes diminishing His true Name (YHWH) by replacing it with other, lesser names, especially those with pagan background usages. So in endeavoring to hold His Name as sacred, He does not, on the other hand, want us to stop using it, but only to not use it lightly, being responsible in our usage of it, and not apply it to things that are worthless or that He does not approve of (as outlined by the Torah). And it means to live in a way worthy of those who have His name upon us, doing nothing that is not commensurate with that awesome privilege. If we are going to say we are YHWH?s wife, we must act like it. Guiltless: or exempt from punishment.
8. “Remember the Sabbath day in order to preserve its set-apart [status].
Remember: recall, recognize, or make mention of it–because it is nothing new at this point; it has been around since creation (and verse 11 makes this connection overtly). This assumes we keep track of which day it is. But to look around today is to see how easy it is for even very religious people to forget. This is the one commandment YHWH repeated after all the words Moshe brought down from the mountain (31:13-17), perhaps because He knew it would be the one most frequently susceptible to mis-obedience by otherwise-righteous people. (It does not just say “one day in seven”, but specifically the seventh day of the week ) But keeping it in mind also requires a concrete participation as acknowledgment of its spiritual reality. The tense of “remember” here extends indefinitely beyond merely the day itself (S.R. Hirsch), since in a sense all days were created for the purpose of having a Sabbath rest. The liturgy for the end of the Sabbath blesses YHWH who, as He created a distinction between the Sabbath and the ordinary days, has also distinguished between light and darkness, and between Israel and the rest of the nations, since it is not to be a nation just like all the others.
9. “Six days you will labor in service and do all your work,
Work: here, occupation for the sake of gain or the continuation of creation by altering the nature or form of anything. Herein again is the importance of finishing the work YHWH gives us to do in this age, and not waiting until it is convenient to obey (as it will be in the Kingdom) to show with Whom we stand. Notice that even on the six ordinary days, service takes priority over employment.
10. “but the seventh day is a sabbath devoted to YHWH your Elohim; you shall not carry out any employment–neither you nor your son, your daughter, your male or female servant, your livestock, or the foreign guest who is within your gates,
Sabbath: time of ceasing and desisting. Employment: or “constructive work”, or “using the material of the world for our own purposes” (Hirsch). We do this for six days, but only this is excluded on the Sabbath; the “labor [for service]” in verse 9 (for which we expect no reward in return and through which others benefit and are moved to bless YHWH) is not prohibited, so we do that type of work seven days a week, not just on the Sabbath when we desist from the work for our own gain. The first three commands pertain specifically to our relationship with YHWH, and twice as many–six–that pertain to our relationship with our fellow men. Yochanan the Envoy emphasized this, asking how we could love YHWH, whom we cannot see, if we cannot even love our neighbors, whom we can see, as ourselves. But the hinge on which the gateway between them swings is this fourth command. Service to one another [the first type of work (labor) listed above] is not forbidden on the Sabbath; indeed, on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple doubled their work of sacrifices. What is forbidden is doing things for our own pleasure (Isaiah 58:13)–the opposite of serving one another and focusing on YHWH–and anything by which we participate in an act of creating or gainful activity, since it is a reminder that YHWH, not Mammon, has the final word and ultimate ownership of our lives. Everything else takes a back seat to this and does not matter. (As demonstrated by the Maccabees and in the Six-Day War, or more commonly by continuing to run hospitals, deeds necessary to preserve life are exempted from this prohibition, though those who do so should not earn anything by doing so, or if they must, then give it away.) We also let others rest, and even our animals have a day to be themselves, and not “ours”. Guest who is within your gates: an idiom for someone who has come under Israel?s authority to learn from her about YHWH, with a view to one day becoming part of the community. But even a guest who was passing through was responsible to know the rules of what could or could not be done on the Sabbath. Rashi comments that our ceasing is also to be in attitude, not just deed; we are to enter into the Sabbath with the same ease we would feel if all our other work was actually completed, just as YHWH did after creation. Though it was not on a Sabbath, Y’shua exemplified this idea just before his death, when he said he had completed all the work YHWH had given him to do.
11. “because in six days YHWH set in order the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He desisted on the seventh day. On account of this YHWH blessed the seventh day and set it apart [as holy].
12. “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged on the land which YHWH your Elohim is giving to you.
This is “the first commandment with a promise”, as Paul writes (Ephesians 6:2). It does not mean to obey them in everything (though in Ephesians 6:1 children are commanded to do so while under their tutelage as long as it agrees with YHWH’s other commands, and in the Land no parent should have been teaching his children anything pagan), but rather to literally “treat them as important”, “give weight to” their teachings, as Proverbs constantly reminds us. The greatest honor that we can give them is to insist on YHWH?s standards, even if they do not, for we will have proven that they have raised worthy children insofar as they were able to bring us before we transferred that obedience directly to Him. Notwithstanding this literal command, on another level (especially being right after His mention of creation) we could read “Consider Adam and Chavvah [our singular father and mother] so that your days may be lengthened on the soil” (rather than shortened and relegated to tilling the soil in drudgery, as theirs were). Our days can be prolonged into the age to come, even if our physical lives in this age are cut short because faithfulness to YHWH requires us to lay them down for Himself or for our brothers. Also, Y’shua put this command in perspective by saying that if we are not willing to forsake our physically parents for the sake of the Kingdom, we are not worthy of it. He said his true mother was anyone who did YHWH’s will, whether a blood relative or not. This would have a special reference, then, to those who are inauthority over us within Israel.
13. “You will not commit murder.”
Murder: The term means to uselessly kill for no reason?selfishly or outside the proper context; this verb is never used of legal killing. It applies to killing animals for mere sport, and in a wider sense, rabbinically, it means, “Do not destroy anything that is still useful” and do not even shame a man who does not deserve it. This would apply to killing animals merely for sport. Killing men in war is permitted, yet there is still a tainting of one’s life and a dulling of one’s spirit in this. The half-sheqel Temple tax was provided to atone for this type of wrongdoing that is sometimes necessary because of others? sin. The root meaning of the term for murder is “to bore through”, i.e., in a broader sense it applies to any willing, purposeful exercise of free will that is unlawful. (Hirsch)
14. “You will not commit adultery.”
This term also carries the connotation of idolatry, which is spiritual adultery The two are almost interchangeable in Scripture, partly because pagan worship so often included sexual relations with priests and temple prostitutes. Israel had been “married” to the gods of Egypt; their “husband”, Egypt, had to “die” so they would be available to YHWH as His bride. The Torah allowed for divorce because of the hardness of men’s hearts. The letter leaves room for men’s weakness; the spirit–the picture it intends to get across–does not. Y’shua says that if you can stand the full weight of it, by all means opt for that interpretation. Adultery, figuratively, also means to “adulterate” the Word of YHWH, or teach it falsely. Loosening the meaning of His commands (Mat. 5) leads others into idolatry.
15. “You will not steal.”
This applies to anything that is not rightfully one’s own, but especially carries the connotation of kidnapping fellow human beings. We can also steal immaterial things like people’s reputation or drive.
16. “You will not bear false testimony against your fellow [as an] injurious witness.
Fellow: literally, one from the same flock, with the same shepherd: friend, companion, or “brother”. It does not specifically apply to all one’s fellow humans, except in a general sense. The weight of the concept is best expressed by Galatians 6:10: “As we have opportunity, let us do what is beneficial to everyone, [but] especially those who are of the household of faith” (if there is a conflict between the two). The command here is not about lying in general, but about saying (or even letting another tell us) something untrue about a comrade–or telling the truth in a way designed to injure his reputation. Even in the Renewed Covenant we are only told not to lie to “one another” because we belong to the truth and it is now our nature. This does not preclude misleading an enemy during his acts of hostility against you, though in a sense this taints us. The verb here technically means a provoked response to an event or a question; the falseness can refer either to the person as a witness (with malicious motive) or to the actual testimony he gives. (Hirsch) Injurious: or false, deceitful. The word “witness” is related to the word for “continuity”, indicating that retaining the matter in our minds endows the witnessed event or outburst with a permanence it might not have otherwise had. (Hirsch) “Bear” actually means to “uphold” gossip by listening to it, heeding it, or allowing it to be spoken to us; a true neighbor will at least give the benefit of the doubt to one who is being accused by an outsider to the community.
17. “You will not [even] desire your fellow’s house; you will not desire your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything which belongs to your fellow.”
This is a further refining of?or a fence built around?the command not to steal. It places it one step further from us, not even allowing us to think about stealing! Coveting also led Izabel (Jezebel) to bear false witness in the process of her stealing. Desire: or “delight in”, but it differs from mere inner longing (a different verb in Hebrew) by indicating a lust which proceeds into opportunistic action. (Hirsch) “House” includes the sense of “household”, “inheritance”, or “descendants”, and would extend to envying another?s position of authority or those under his authority. It does not mean one may not desire a similar possession if it is granted to be within his power to obtain, but this emphasizes that we are each given a different calling, and what one needs is not necessarily what another should have. All are to work together as a body, but with different functions. This is an issue of faith, to trust YHWH’s judgment, that He has indeed distributed each commodity to those who are best suited to handle it for the benefit of the whole community. Hirsch says this sets on the “Ten Words” the seal of being no mere mortal laws: men can forbid crimes; only YHWH can legislate against the thoughts and intents of the heart. Y’shua only intensified our understanding of the tenth commandment in the “Sermon on the Mount” by pointing out how keeping every external command does not guarantee that our hearts are right. Rabbi Avraham Joshua Heschel says that a sin of the mind is greater than one carried out physically, because at present our mind is the only way of perceiving and communing with YHWH, who is not physical.
18. And all the people observed the sounds and the burning torches and the voice of the shofar and the smoking mountain. When the people looked, they shook [from fear] and stood at a distance.
Observed: or perceived. They finally understood what the shofar-sound had spoken, because Moshe had now interpreted and explained it to them. It literally says they saw the sound (voice). The Midrash says they saw every letter of the Torah coming forth. Josephus writes of thunderbolts as well as thunder, and a terrifying type of lightning. This manifestation was merely a prologue to the other commands He would give; these Ten in a sense summarize all of His commands, and they are the only ones written by His own hand, but He did later command Y’hoshua to have the Israelites literally write them all in stone at the border of the Land so that anyone entering knew he was under obligation to follow these regulations while there. So we may not say that we need only obey these ten but not the fine points elucidated later; on the other hand, the fine points actually given are in a sense only examples of many more righteous acts that a heart knowledge of and a love for the spirit of the Torah will precipitate. The torches, in conjunction with the smoking mountain, immediately remind us of the covenant YHWH cut with Avraham (Gen. 15:17), where a torch and a smoking oven also figure prominently, along with a reference to the very period of enslavement that had just ended for them and the judgment that had just come on the nation that had enslaved them. Perhaps this is why they shook: they realized they were seeing what they had always heard that Avraham saw, and that right before their eyes the covenant made with him was indeed being renewed with the whole community of his descendents (which itself is the very next theme in Genesis after this event). YHWH has also, through His commands, recounted the history of the types of sins that have been special problems for Israel.
19. Then they said to Moshe, “You [be the one to] speak to us, and we will listen, but don’t let us converse [directly] with Elohim, or we’ll die!”
The rules (for “Moshe” is also an idiom for the Torah as a whole) are relatively easy to obey, but we let YHWH tell us what is behind the letter, we know it will kill us–but the part of us it kills deserves to die anyway. Circumcision of the heart is never easy, but always necessary if we are to bear pure fruit. Becoming an unselfish community terrifies us.
20. So Moshe told the people, “Don’t be afraid, because it is as a means of proving you that Elohim has come upon [you], and so that awe of Him may be on your faces, so that you will not go wrong.
“Proving”: from a word meaning “to elevate”, but related to the tempering of a precious metal that comes only through heat and pressure. Y’shua quoted Psalm 82: “You [judges of the earth] are gods, yet you will die like men” because you do not do justice. (Yaaqov/James reiterated that pure, undefiled religion is caring for widows and orphans in their need.) There is a “spark” of divinity in each of those who is made in Elohim’s image, yet it requires the smelting-furnace of the Torah (including Y’shua, the Word made flesh) to purge it of what will condemn us to perish like animals if we do not allow it to do its work. Go wrong: incur guilt by missing the right way.
21. So the people stood at a distance, but Moshe approached close to the thick, dripping cloudiness where Elohim was [there].
Close to: Aramaic, “the side of”.
22. Then YHWH told Moshe, “You shall say this to the descendants of Israel: ?You have observed that I have spoken with you from the heavens.
23. “?You shall not fashion deities made out of silver alongside Me, or gods of gold for yourselves.
The golden images of cheruvim that He expressly commanded were meant to engender human traits, not depict divine ones (Hirsch); the bronze serpent that He commissioned was a picture of Messiah, not of his Father YHWH. Messiah Himself is the only “image” of YHWH allowed to be seen by men, although we will one day become part of that image if we continue to follow Him–the door and the way back to YHWH. Alongside Me: close to Me, i.e., competing with Me in your minds and hearts. Silver and gold are not to be considered mighty, because that raises them to His level. He did not allow silver or gold (as money) to be brought into His Temple itself; it had to be exchanged outside for sacrificial offerings if necessary. He does not want us to ?marry Him for His money?; He would rather we keep the place of ascension to Him simple:
24. “?[Instead, what] you shall [do is] make a slaughter-altar for Me out of earth, and you shall sacrifice your ascending offerings and your peace offerings on it–your flocks and your herds. In every place in which I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.
He does not want us to bring heavenly things down to earth, but rather, elevate earthly things to Him. (Hirsch) On it: actually, the slaughtering itself was not done on it, but nearby; only the burning of the animal was carried out atop the altar.
25. “?And if you fashion an altar made of stone for Me, you shall not build them of cut stones, because if you wield your cutting-tool on it, you profane it.
“Build them”: the plural is in the original. “Build” can connote “have or obtain children”. This gives us a clue as to what the altar stones are really a picture of. Profane: to pollute, violate, defile, desecrate, prostitute, or treat as common (and thus no longer useful to YHWH). Each “living stone” is shaped to fill a particular place in the living Temple, the body of the Second Adam. The judge is not meant to be chipped into a man of mercy; they will all balance each other out, but each has an intense message to emphasize and this will be lost if we are homogenized. We are not to shape these stones according to our desire, but to hold them together by the “joints and ligaments” of the sharing of our strengths and gifts among the whole community. The water of the Torah makes the sand of the descendants of Avraham (spiritual and phytsical) into the mortar of a love that will firmly establish us as one building, though without it we would roll off each other. The theme of uncut stones also links us to the stone cut out without hands (Daniel 2:34)–the new Kingdom of Y’shua, a man who never allowed his flesh to be defiled, which pulverizes the counterfeit image of man’s glorious kingdoms. The Temple is made of cut stones, but not cut on-site (because the living stones are chosen on earth and finally fit together in the heavenlies), but the altar, in every instance, is built prior to the Temple (because we cannot build it without the righteousness of Messiah shed abroad by his sacrifice). It is built not of all the common people, but leaders with vision, who have not been chopped by society to fits its categories. Or, if they have, they have had to be taken out of that “building” and placed back in the rushing river-water of the Word to be reshaped.
26. “?And you shall not ascend to my altar by way of steps, since your nakedness may not be uncovered on it.'”
The altar had a ramp built up to it instead. There is a proper time for honesty about who we are and what we lack, but it is not before the whole congregation when it is focused on something that applies to the whole community and not the individual as such. But “nakedness” in Scripture also points to the lack of white raiment, a picture of righteousness, with which we now have to be covered (atoned for) because we are already defiled. Our flesh may not be exposed directly to His holiness. But YHWH’s business is salvaging and repairing the ruined things of the world and making them holy again, and that is what the priesthood was about.DEAR JESUS, I AM A SINNER BECAUSE I HAVE BROKEN YOUR LAWS,THE 10 COMMANDMENTS..I BELIEVE YOUR LAW IS MY WARNING OF IMPENDING JUDGEMENT IN HELL! I CANNOT KEEP YOUR LAW IN AND OF MYSELF,I GIVE UP TRYING TO BE WHAT I CANNOT AND I CONFESS THAT I BELIEVE JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD AND DIED FOR MY SINS ON THE CROSS TAKING THE LAWS PUNISHMENT TO FORGIVE ALL OF MY SINS. JESUS, I REPENT,I TURN AROUND NOW, NEVER TO LOOK BACK,I ASK YOU TO HAVE MERCY ON ME, A SINNER, AND COME INTO MY SPIRIT WITH YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR POWER. HELP ME TO WALK IN YOU SO I CAN FOLLOW AND OBEY YOUR COMMANDMENTS, AND TO LIVE FOR YOU. JESUS, I GIVE YOU COMPLETE CONTROL OF ALL MY LIFE AND I THANK YOU FOR HEARING MY PRAYER. THANK YOU FOR COMING INTO MY LIFE. I ASK IT IN THE NAME OF MY LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. AMEN. As God is my eternal Witness, Savior, and judge, I do here by affirm that I am a child of God that has been purchased with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rms. 6:3-11): I confess Him as my Lord and Savior and by my own volition, I specifically renounce Satan as my lord and god. As one completely acknowledging and accepting the finished work of Christ on the cross for my redemption and my only hope of eternal life, I now renounce all ancestral and genetic ties, back as many generations on my dad’s and mom’s sides that God needs to go. Because I have, through the lord Jesus Christ’s own shed blood, been redeemed and delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Col. 1:13), I now cancel out and nullify all demonic power or effect that has been passed down to me from my ancestors, including the ancestral demon that carries my formal name and his network. Also, I cancel out any other ancestral demon and their networks. Because the lord Jesus Christ became a curse for me by dying the death on the tree (Gal. 3:13), I use my authority that is found in Him to cancel every spell or curse that may have been placed on me with or without my knowledge. As God’s child, covered by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and trusting totally in the atoning power of that blood (Eph.1:7), I cancel, renounce, sever, and nullify every agreement or pact I have made with Satan or anyone else, including blood pacts.
I renounce and sever any and every way that the Devil has gotten ground in my life and all ground that I have ever given to Satan that gave him power or claim over me. I cancel, renounce, sever, and nullify any powers, gifts, or workings in me which are not of my Heavenly Father or pleasing to Him.
I confess that I belong totally to the Lord Jesus Christ. As one who has been crucified (Gal.2:20) and raised with Christ and now sits with Him in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:5), I sign myself eternally and completely over to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is my desire to pray daily that my lord Jesus will have total control of my life. All of these things I do in the precious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and by His absolute authority over all things, rulers, authorities, principalities, and powers (Eph. 1:18-23), and with a childlike faith, I thank you that it’s done. Amen.
Witness_______________________________ If you are serious about repentance pray this prayer today…It will work with your FAITH to break the powers of darkness!!