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  The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:

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:

For in six days 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.

5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
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He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8


De. 6:4-6   Hear O Israel:  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength.


Ex. 15:26  And said,  IF thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you.  Reference Rev.3:10  "I will keep you from the hour of temptation" (Note Peirasmos, not Ebrah; “wrath” see “End Of The Age & Signs of Jesus Coming” ).

10 COMMANDMENTS; The Law given at Mount Sinai in the 3rd. month (Sivan):

Ex. 20: 1-17

1.  You shall have no other gods before me.

2.  You shall not make unto thee any graven image

3.  Thou shall 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. 

4.  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Refer. Lev. 23:1-4 

See “Pursuit of Holiness”.

5.  Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the   LORD thy God giveth thee.

6.  You shall not kill.

7.  You shall not commit adultery.

8.  You shall not steal.

9.  You shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10.  You shall 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.

Lev. 23: 1-4   And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.  Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.  These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons.


If you turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.  Isa. 58:13-14.


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Ex. 20:6  And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.


Leviticus 26  All      See www.BlueLetterBible.Org


Deut. 4:40  Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou may prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.


Deut. 6:25  And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He hath commanded us.


Deut. 11:13  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,


Ps. 19:7-9   The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.


Ps. 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endure for ever.


Ps. 112:1  Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in His commandments.


Ps 119:72  My tongue shall speak of Your word: for all Your commandments are righteousness.


Prov. 6:23  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:


Matt. 15:9  But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.


Matt. 22:37-40  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…  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


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


1 John 2:4  He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.


1 John 3:24  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 which He has given us.


2 John 1:6  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.



To the Jewish nation, the Written Law consists of the books of the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh. The appropriate term for Jews to use for the Hebrew Bible is "Tanakh".  Tanakh is an acronym for Torah, Prophets and Writings.


The word "Torah" is a tricky one, because it can mean different things in different contexts.  In its most limited sense, "Torah" refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  But the word "Torah" can also be used to refer to the entire Jewish bible: in its broadest sense, to the whole body of Jewish law and teachings; including the Mishnah and Gemara commentaries.


In addition to the written scriptures Jews have an "Oral Torah," a tradition explaining what the above scriptures mean and how to interpret them and apply the Laws.  Orthodox Jews believe God taught the Oral Torah to Moses, and he taught it to others, down to the present day.  This tradition was maintained orally in oral form until about the 2nd century A.D., when the oral law was compiled and written down in a document called the Mishnah.


Over the next few centuries, additional commentaries elaborating on the Mishnah were written down in Jerusalem and Babylon. These additional commentaries are known as the Gemara. The Gemara and the Mishnah together are known as the Talmud. This was completed in the 5th century A.D. 


Many people erroneously equate the keeping of holy days with righteousness before God.  Some slip into synagogue for Yom Kippur, others slip into church for Christmas and Easter.  They would like to believe that they are righteous in God’s eyes for doing their religious ‘duty’.


God rebuked Israel for keeping the external requirements of the Law while disregarding a heart relationship with Him: “The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies – I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.  Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me; I am weary of bearing them” (Is. 1:13-14; cf. Amos 5:21)


The people had misunderstood and distorted God’s law.  They had abandoned a personal relationship with God.  Instead, they sought after self-righteousness through keeping the requirements of the Law.


The outward requirements of the Law were meaningless without an inward relationship with the living God.  It was for this reason that God commanded Israel:  “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!  Your shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today, shall be in your heart”  (Deut. 6:4-6).


The Messiah (Jesus) also underscored this truth: “’ 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.  This is the first and great commandment”  (Matt. 22:37-38)


By Bill Miller email:   wmrmiller@everestkc.net    Updated  June 7, 2008

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