Which Commandments?

Not What You Think!

What Law?
If asked, many church-going and supposedly "God fearing" people will tell you that they believe the "Ten Commandments" of Yahuwah are His commandments which we should live by today. Sometimes these "commandments" are even posted in their "church" buildings on fancy scrolled tablets. When pressed about some of the items of their faith that don't adhere those commandments, however, they will also just as adamantly say that the "Mosaic Law" was "nailed to the cross" when Yahushua was impaled, and the "Ten Commandments" are part of that "Mosaic Law." They will say that the first day of the week is the "Christian Shabbath" and therefore the correct day of worship, even though the fourth commandment of those ten plainly states and commands the seventh day. But they still say that they believe the "Ten Commandments" are valid. How confusing! They will tell you all kinds of things that dispute their stated belief in the "Ten Commandments" being the rule for today. It can't be both ways. Either those commandments are part of the Law of Mosheh (Moses) and not valid today, or they are not part of that law and ARE valid today. Or maybe it's something else!

Which is it? Who has the authority to say? Can we find the answers to these questions?

All questions concerning the Scripture can be answered ONLY from the Scripture. The ONLY authority that can answer any questions of Scripture is Scripture. If you believe that the Scripture is the inspired word of our Eloah (Mighty One), whose name is Yahuwah (yah-hoo-WAH), then you must be willing to believe what it says. ALL OF IT! If you are going to treat it any other way, then you must discard it as not being inspired, and therefore not being worthy of believing. If you can't believe it ALL, you cannot believe any of it.

In order to get a correct scriptural answer to a scriptural question, you must realize that scripture confirms scripture, and it is through this means that its authority is made evident. If you read some little tidbit over here, for instance, that you don't understand, don't build some theory on what you think it means and put that theory into practice as doctrine. If you do this, you are doing what the scribes and Paroshiym (Pharisees) did. You are making the doctrines of man supplant the commandments of Yahuwah.

What you must do is find other scripture that confirms and supports what you read in the first instance, and if you do, it will expand and explain the first passage. This is exactly what will happen when you open yourself to the Spirit and let Him be your guide in Scripture study. When you begin to do this, you will be amazed at the things you THOUGHT you knew about the Scripture that are not really there. You will begin to see what Yahuwah's plan really is, instead of what some man has decided Yahuwah's plan should be. You will learn what Yahuwah's will is for you, instead of what some man has told you it is.

One of the first things you will see is that what people commonly call the Old Testament in fact is not. The true Old Testament is Yahuwah's system of law that He estsablished at His creation and later spoke to the people at Mount Siynay (Sinai) (Choreb [Horeb] means the mountains of Siynay) during the exodus from Mitsrayim (Egypt). It is not a collection of books of Ibriy (Hebrew) Scripture. You will also begin to understand that the New Testament is the new dispensation of Yahuwah's law that applies to us, and it became of force at the death of Yahushua. Both of these dispensations used the Ten "Commandments" as their framework.

After this He took Mosheh aside and gave him a set of stautes and rituals for publication that are known as the Law of Mosheh. Both of these systems ceased to be in effect at the death of Yahushua when the "new covneant" came into being, which is also based on the precepts found in the the Ten Words.

For those people who can't seem to get it straight whether or not to obey the precepts of the Ten Words (Commandments).

    Ya'aqob (James) 1:5-8 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahuwah that gives to all liberally, and does not upbraid, and it shall be given him. {6} But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. {7} For that man must not think that he shall receive certain of Yahuwah. {8} A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

So ask! Then believe the answer He gives and live by it.

If someone is telling you one thing, while believing and/or practicing something else, they meet the criteria for these words of Yahushua.

    MattiythYahuw (Matthew) 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Parash, hypocrites! For you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him double the child of she'owl than yourselves.

Any who do not obey Yahuwah, but instead obey the doctrines and traditions of man;

    MattiythYahuw 15:3-9 But He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of Yahuwah by your tradition? {4} For Yahuwah commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'He that curses father or mother, let him die the death.' {5} But you say, 'Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever you might be profited by me {6} and does not honor his father or his mother, he shall be free.' Thus you have made the commandment of Yahuwah of no effect by your tradition. {7} You hypocrites, well did YashaYahuw (Isaiah) prophesy of you, saying, {8} 'This people draws near to me with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.' {9} But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Then Yahushua will say these words to those who refuse to believe Him, but go about trying to establish their own righteousness.

    MattiythYahuw 7:21-23 Not every one that says to Me, "Master, Master," shall enter into the kingdom of the sky, but he that does the will of my Father which is in the sky. {22} Many will say to Me in that day, "Master, Master, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works?" {23} And then will I profess to them, "I never knew you. Depart from me, you that work iniquity." (See Markos (Mark) 7:7-9)

Here's what Yahushua had to say about obedience to the precepts found in the ten words (commandments).

    MattiythYahuw 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. {18} For verily I say to you until the sky and earth pass one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law until all is fulfilled. {19} Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of the sky. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of the sky.

    MattiythYahuw 19:17 And He said to him, "Why call you me good? There is none good but One, that is, Yahuwah. But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments."

Yahushua defines the New Testament:
Obviously, what Yahushua is speaking of below in verse 40 are the ten PLUS everything else. Note that the first five of the original Ten Commandments are included in what He says in verse 37. The rest of them are covered in verse 39.

    MattiythYahuw 22:36-40 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" Yahushua said to him, "You shall love Yahuwah your Eloah with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. {38} This is the first and great commandment. {39} And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. {40} On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (See Markos 12:28-31)

Then He speaks of the Ten Words, period.

    Markos 10:19 You know the commandments. Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother. (See Loukas (Luke) 18:20)

This shows that the precepts were in force while He walked the earth and the statement in MattiythYahuw 22:36-40 shows how those precepts were to be obeyed for all time.

Old Testament abrogated and New Testament in force:

    Loukas 23:56 And they returned and prepared spices and ointments and rested the shabbath day according to the commandment.

The shabbath being observed by followers of Yahushua after His death. Remember that the New Testament became of force AT His death, so if these rested on the seventh day according to the commandments, they were obeying the fourth commandments as His followers.

This is what Yahushua has to say about His NEW commandments.

    Yahuchanan (John) 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. As I have loved you, that you also love one another.

    Yahuchanan 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.

    Yahuchanan 14:21 He that has My commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves Me, and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.

    Yahuchanan 15:10 If you keep My commandments you shall abide in My love even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

    Yahuchanan 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Without a speed limit, no one can ever be guilty of speeding. Without a law, no one can ever be guilty of disobeying Yahuwah. Without the commandments, we do not need Yahushua and His sacrifice, for we would not be sinners. When we are immersed into His death, the old man of sin dies. Then we rise to walk in the likeness of Yahushua. Then the commandments will not apply to you SO LONG AS YOU CAN REFRAIN FROM SIN (See Rhomaios (Romans) 6). As soon as you violate one of them, in fact or in principle, you have fallen back into the world, are once again guilty of sin, and you must repent and pray to the Father for forgiveness for those sins through Yahushua, who became your mediator with the Father at your immersion. Prior to your immersion you had no mediator but were totally in the world and without hope.

    Rhomaios 7:8-13 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. {9} For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. {10} And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be to death. {11} For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. {12} Wherefore the law is morally pure, and the commandment morally pure, and just, and good. {13} Was that then which is good made death to me? Yahuwah forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Sha'uwl (Paul) talking about which commandments we are supposed to observe.

    Rhomaios 13:9 For this, You shall not commit adultery. You shall not murder. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not covet. And if there is any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as thyself.

    Rhomaios 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting Elohiym, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

    1 Korinthios (Corinthians) 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of Yahuwah.

    Ephesios (Ephesians) 6:2 Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise. . .

Here is where the LAW was abolished (somewhere in the vicinity of 600 laws that Yisra'el (Israel) had to observe).

    Ephesios 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace.

The administrators of the Mosaic Law.

    Ibriym (Hebrews) 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Lawiy, who receive the office of the minister, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though they come out of the loins of Abraham.

To sum it up:

    1 Yahuchanan (John) 2:3-4 And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. {4} He that says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    1 Yahuchanan 2:7-8 Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard from the beginning. {8} Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines.

    1 Yahuchanan 3:22-24 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. {23} And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Yahushua the Anointed, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. {24} And he that keeps His commandments dwells in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit that He has given us.

    1 Yahuchanan 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of Yahuwah, when we love Yahuwah and keep His commandments. {3} For this is the love of Yahuwah, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.

    Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Yahuwah, and have the testimony of Yahushua the Anointed.

    Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Yahuwah, and the faith of Yahushua.

    Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

On the sins of the fathers being visited on their children even to the fourth generation found in the ten words, as with any command from Yahuwah, the only authority to change it is Yahuwah Himself. He made the law, and only He can change it. This commandment was modified by Him in YirmeYahuw (Jeremiah) 31:29-30.

    YirmeYahuw 31:27-30 Behold, the days come, says Yahuwah, that I will sow the house of Yisra'el and the house of Yahudah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. {28} And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, says Yahuwah. {29} In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. {30} But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eats the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

If you are wondering what the big deal is about all of this, read the entire twenty-fourth chapter of YashaYahuw (Isaiah). There you will see that Yahuwah will destroy this earth totally for the transgressions of the people on it AFTER the children of obedience are removed. He will cause it to "reel to and fro," and "turn it upside down" because:

    YashaYahuw 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Transgressing His law is violating the precepts of the ten words which have been compressed into TWO laws, called the law of Grace. Changing the ordinance is observing "Sunday" as the "Sabbath of Yahuwah" and the everlasting covenant that is being broken is the observance of the seventh day shabbath (Shemot 31:16, where perpetual is "owlam," which means everlasting). If you continue to disregard His will, you will be among those that perish.

C.F. Castleberry