The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are universally known and accepted as the single greatest summary of moral law ever penned. You don't have to be Jewish or Christian to be familiar with the values expressed in the Ten Commandments. Many constitutions and laws are based on the wisdom contained on the two tablets of stone. The Ten Commandments have provided sound guidance and instruction for many people.
The Ten Commandments are a very specific Covenant made between Elohim( God) and man. YaHuWaH, the Elohim (God) and Creator of heaven and earth has extended this Agreement to his people. The agreement defines our relationship with YaHuWaH and sets out our responsibilities and His expectations of us within that relationship.
When we think of the word 'command or commandment' from a western point of view it conjures up a picture of the Almighty as the one in charge who gives us His orders like a General does to his troops. The word 'command' in Hebrew is 'Mistvah' and is derived from the verb 'tsavah' meaning 'to direct.' While translators usually translate this word as 'command', the more Hebraic definition is 'to direct' meaning 'to point out a path'. YaHuWaH is not a general barking out orders but a guide. He is our guide and His 'mitsvah' (commands), is His direction to us to lead us on His path. We can see this very clearly throughout Psalm 119, where David continuously talks about the right path and YaHuWaH's 'mitsvah' (directions).
So now we know that the ten commandments are YaHuWaH's directions to us, let's take a closer look at them. These directions were given to Moshe (Moses) on Mount Sinai. These commandments were written by YaHuWaH's hand twice in Paleo Hebrew on two tablets of stone. (YaHuWaH wrote them again when Moses smashed the first tablets of stone).
Let's go to Exodus 20.
1. I am YaHuWaH your Elohim (Mighty One / God), who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt), out of the house of slavery. You have no other mighty ones against My face.
2. You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the shamayim (heavens) above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them, For I, YaHuWaH your Elohim,am a jealous El, visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My Commands.
3. You do not bring the Name of YaHuWaH your Elohim to naught, for YaHuWaH does not leave the one unpunished who brings His name to naught.
4. Remember the Shabbath say, to qadosh it (set it apart). Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbath of YaHuWaH your Elohim. You do not do any work - you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days YaHuWaH made the shamayim (heavens) and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahuwah barak (blesses) the Shabbath day and qadosh it (sets it apart).
5. Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the land which YaHuWaH your Elohim is giving you.
6. You do not murder.
7. You do not commit adultery.
8. You do not steal.
9. You do not bear false witness against your neighbour.
10. You do not covet your neighbour's house, you do not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbour.
You may be suprised at reading these, as they may not sound the same as what you may have been taught. These are the commandments as written by YaHuWaH's own hand.
Many people are aware of the 10 commandments but may not realise that YaHuWaH also gave us a set of instructions of how to live. These are set out in the first 5 books of scripture i.e. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These are called Torah. They teach us how to walk in YaHuWaH's ways and how to treat others and how to execute right ruling. Torah is the target that we are trying to hit. Sin is lawlessness or Torahless. Not hitting that mark. For more information click here
YAHUWAH'S COMMANDS ARE TO BE DILIGENTLY TAUGHT TO OUR CHILDREN, AND POSTED ON THE DOORPOSTS OF OUR HOME. (Deuteronomy 6).
'Blessed are those doing His Commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city.'
'Great shalom (peace) have they which love the TORAH: and nothing shall offend them.'
John 14 v 15
'If you love Me, you shall guard (keep) My commands.'
Let's take a close look at each of the 10 Commandments (click here)