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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 countless people for thousands of years... 

The Ten Commandments are a very specific Covenant made between the Almighty/Elohim/God and humans. YaHuWaH - the  Creator of the heavens 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) are His direction to us to lead us on His path. We can see this very clearly throughout Psalm Chapter 119 where David continuously talks about the right path and YaHuWaH's - 'Mitsvah' (directions/commands.)

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 Mighty One / God who brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery. You have no other gods before me...

2. You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the 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 God, am a jealous God, 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 God to naught, for YaHuWaH does not leave the one unpunished who brings His name to naught.

4. Remember the Shabbath day, to set it apart. Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbath of YaHuWaH your God. 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 heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YaHuWaH blesses the Shabbath day and sets it apart.

5. Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the land which YaHuWaH your God 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.

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 on 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 Torahlessness i.e. Living without regard for the commandments in the Torah equates to sinful living. For more information click here.

~ Deuteronomy Chapter 6 ~

Scriptures states:

Revelation Chapter 22 Verse 14

"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."

John Chapter 14 Verse 15 states:

"If you love Me, you shall guard (keep) My commands."

Let's take a close look at each of
the 10 Commandments (
click here)

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