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
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
you will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy 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 thee.
"I will keep you from the hour of temptation".
Ex. 20: 1-17
The Law given at Mount Sinai in the 3rd. month (Sivan):
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3. 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.
the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Refer. Lev. 23:1-4
See “Pursuit of Holiness”
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee.
shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
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.
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; ye 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 ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
If thou 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.
See Sabbath link: http://www.feastsofthelord.net/id16.html
Ex. 20:6 And showing
mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
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.
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He hath commanded
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.
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.
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 thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are
the way of life:
But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
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.
14:15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments.
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.
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).
(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”
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