Exodus 20: 3-6 The Second Word Part 1: No Other gods Part 3

The counterfeit gospel, or Mystery Babylon, began in the Garden of Eden with a lie from Satan. This began the quest for the hidden true wisdom of God, as well as the concept of man’s self-worship as well as the worship of Satan through Lucifer. 

This belief system has always existed and it’s tenets are briefly explain in this way:

The god that we know of as Jehovah in Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, is an evil, blind, tribal emanation named Adonai, the deluge, or Yaldabaoth from the Sophia, the divine feminine or what came to be known as The Queen of Heaven. Sophia was also an emanation from the Monad, the One, or the god of the New Testament. This great force had three emotions:

Sophia

The Christ Spirit

And Lucifer 

Proponents of this system believe that this evil god, who held great contempt for mankind, trapped his spirit in the flesh. Man has a divine spark inside that can only be triggered by greater knowledge of the true god through their guardian angels or ascended masters. 

Lucifer or as some see him, Jesus, came to mankind and gave him knowledge in order to free him from this evil world. 

They see Lucifer as equal or greater god than the false creator god.  There are numerous accounts and myths concerning this story but this brief synopsis is the general storyline. 

Keep the Queen of Heaven and Guardian Angels in the back of your mind because we will define these terms in a few paragraphs. 

The Mystery Religion is developed even more in Genesis chapter 6 through the episode of the Sons of God and the Daughters of Man. 

Some see this as the line of Seth and daughters of Cain. Some say these Sons of God were fallen angels who possessed men. Some say they are fallen angels who physically came down to have sexual relationships with mortal women. 

I tend to lean towards the latter from verses by Jude and Peter about angels leaving their first estate or habitation. 

Another clue is the fact that these relationships brought about giant offspring called Nephilim or fallen ones. Whomever wrote the books of Enoch seems to have the same idea. 

It claims these angels are what Daniel called the Watchers, and lists all there names. These watchers came for two things:

To muddle the line of the Messiah as well as to teach mankind sorcery, occult hidden knowledge, and how to make war. 

This knowledge found its way to Alexandria where some of the displaced Israelis picked it up. This is probably where the Kabbalah developed if not in the Babylonian exile but we do know that the Babylonian Talmud had a big effect on Jewish theology 

Next: Nimrod

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Exodus 20: 3-6 The Second Word Part 1: No Other gods Part 2

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

The book of Genesis is full of openings for conspiracy, the gap theory in chapter 1, the 2 creation accounts in chapters 1 and 2, and the following:

Genesis 3:

4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

We know this as the temptation and fall of mankind into sin. Satan, through the serpent, convinces Adam and Eve that God did not have their best interest at heart, that He was hiding something from them, holding them back from becoming what they were meant to be. 

They believed him and both turned from God, separating themselves and us from God. 

Here is where the conspiracy begins. There are groups who believe that this episode was a good thing and it begins with Plato. 

Plato, 300 years before Christ, taught that a universal mind or force called the Monad, or the One existed in and around everything. Three emanations came forth from the One: 

The first was Sophia, the sacred feminine, or wisdom. The second was Lucifer, the Holy Spirit, and the third was the Christ spirit, or divine spark. 

Sophia, out of pride, gives birth to Yaldabaoth, known as the deluge. A blind, petty, tribal god who is evil and jealous. He keeps man trapped in sinful flesh hidden from the one true god. He is also known to them as Adonai, the god of the Old Testament. 

Lucifer through His agent Satan or the snake, illuminates and frees mankind to begin learning the truth about god. 

All agree that certain people have the divine spark but they differ on how it is triggered. Some believe that it is through guardian angels while others believe it is through increased knowledge about god. 

Lucifer is a Latin word that means “Light bearer or bringer.” It replaces the Hebrew word “Hellel- “morning star” used in Isaiah 14:

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer,[b] son of the morning!

Jerome used it when translating the Latin Vulgate pointing to Satan and all the church fathers believed it as well. 

Yet these groups saw Lucifer and Jesus as the same and sadly many in Christianity are following them. 

They believe that the Judaic, Christian accounts of Scripture are false versions of what they know as the truth.

Sadly for them it is exactly the opposite and what we have is the real thing in the Gospel and the counterfeit in their teachings. The real thing in Christ and the counterfeit in Lucifer.  

They believe that Lucifer is a god yet Jesus is God in flesh and we know what happens to Lucifer in Isaiah 14. 

They believe that knowledge leads mankind to know God and attain salvation. 

Jesus is the only way to salvation and it was His death on the cross that opened the way. 

Knowledge of God is wonderful but the true question is not how much do we know about God but does He know us?

Matthew 7:

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

We can know everything about Him but if He doesn’t know us it is useless. Make sure He knows you and that you know the truth from the counterfeit 

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Exodus 20: 3-6 The Second Word Part 1: No Other gods

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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; 5 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 upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Here God is setting down 4 principles for Israel to live by if they accept the terms of the covenant. 

1) No other gods 

The Hebrews believed at the time that God was still One of many gods but He would be the only one they were allowed to worship. Gods were believed to be territorial at the time as well so to them He was the God of this particular people or territory they were working their way towards. 

There were a couple of rival gods known at this time: 

1) Baal – The god of power

Bael, means “Master or Rlord.” Probably a general term for a variety of local deities. 

Numbers 25:1-3

Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove,[a] and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. 2 They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. 3 So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel.

Baal was considered a god of power whose symbol was a bull. He was believed to be a direct descendant of the creator god El.  He could be the prototype for the Greek god Zeus mainly because he is pictured at times holding a lightning bolt in his hand. This deity normally required the sacrifice of children, mainly the first-born male child. 

He was believed to have defeated the gods of the sea, storms, and death. This idea of his defeat of death was repeated every year, as he was resurrected from the land of the underworld, or death, bringing rain and the sunshine to renew the earths fertility. 

2) Ishtar – The goddess of fertility 

Her symbol is the rabbit. Ishtar is the Western European name for her.  “Astarte”  is her Canaanite name, her Greek name is “Aphrodite” in Rome she was called “Venus” but she was mainly known as “Ashtaroth,” or “Asherah.”  She was worshipped near trees and poles called “Asherah poles” or “Groves.”

Worshipping her lead many, especially Israel to become involved in all kinds of sexual immorality. She is the main player in the Sumerian legend of Damuzi (Tammuz) and Inanna (Ishtar.)

In one of the many accounts of “The descent of Inanna” when Tammuz dies, Ishtar, his wife is grief-stricken and follows him to the land of the underworld. She then enters through 7 gates where her earthly attire is completely removed. She is judged and then killed. In her absence the earths crops stop producing and the animals stop reproducing. 

Her faithful servant seeks help from many of the gods but only Enk/Ea responds. He creates some creatures that sprinkle the plant and water of life on Inanna and brings her back from the underworld, however she must obey the conservation of souls law, which required her to find her replacement in the underworld. 

The demons give her several options in her friends and consorts but she couldn’t pick one as they were all in mourning for her. She eventually finds and chooses Tammuz because he is not in mourning at all. Tammuz sister agrees to stand in his stead and it is agreed that they each take a six month stay in the underworld. Inanna is so sad during the six months that Tammuz is gone that her powers of fertility wane only to come back fully when he returns. 

3) Mammon – The god of prosperity 

He would have been the god of money or possessions. 

Luke 16:9-11

9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail,[c] they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 

Matthew 6:24

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

4) Moleck – The god of success 

Also known as Moloch, this Ammorite deity is pictured as a man with a bulls head and is very similar if not equal with Baal. 

His worship consisted mainly in the sacrifice of the firstborn male child. These children were placed in his arms and burnt. 

Jeremiah 32:26-35

26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? 28 Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it. 29 And the Chaldeans who fight against this city shall come and set fire to this city and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke Me to anger; 30 because the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only evil before Me from their youth. For the children of Israel have provoked Me only to anger with the work of their hands,’ says the Lord. 31 ‘For this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My fury from the day that they built it, even to this day; so I will remove it from before My face 32 because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me to anger—they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction. 34 But they set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’

These gods are still around today. We still worship money, we still want power, and sexuality has taken over our entertainment industries. 

Don’t believe me then think about this for a minute:

Do you put anything before God?

Pray about it. Ask the Lord to show you anything you may be putting above and before Him in your life. You might be surprised at what He shows you. I honestly was. 

Sometimes it is the most innocent and well meaning things but ANYTHING and ANYONE we put above our relationship with God is a distraction and/or a Breach in our relationship to the Lord. 

Do you watch immorality on tv?

If you watch just about anything on tv you do. 

Do you worship money over the Lord?

Do you worry about bills?

Do you work as much overtime as you can?

Do you want more things or are you content with what God has provided?

Money/Mammon won’t save you

Power/success won’t save you

Sex/immorality won’t make you happy 

Only a relationship with the Lord will save you

Only abiding in Christ will give you what you need. 

Only Christ will supply you needs and hopes

Philippians 4

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Matthew 6:

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Trust God and pray that He shows you the things that you may be placing before you walk with Him. 

Then pray for the strength and guidance to take those things out of the way. 

You will be glad that you did. 
 

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Exodus 20:1-2 The First Word

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

This particular declaration had it’s own conspiracy as so many of the “Firsts” of God in the Word. 

For instance:

1). Israel dropped this Word shortly after the exile in Babylon but eventually added it back in. 

2). The Church, being very anti-Semitic as well as claiming God for themselves included the first part of verse 2 “I am the Lord your God,” but added it to the next declaration making the 2nd, the first. 

3). Taking the first out of the declarations causes what became known of as commandments rather than declarations. You can call them what you want but these 10 words declared by God to Israel were part of His covenant with them and to call them anything else, to me changes the Word of God. 

“I am the Lord thy God”

Here the Lord is making sure that the people know for sure just Who is speaking to them by using His personal Name, “Yahweh” as well as His Title, “Eliohim.”

It’s interesting how even then the Lord uses the plural form, Eliohim, signifying “two or more” and speaking of the God-Head. 

“Yahweh” is known as the Tetragrammaton and means “to be, to cause to become, and to exist.” 

Israel used this title because they had the utmost respect for names, especially the Lords. To them, a name meant something, it signified Who and what God was. That’s why, even today, they write G-d when writing His name. Not because of accidentally using His name in vain, but so that His Name couldn’t be erased or defaced, many times only saying “Adonai,” or simply “The Name” when speaking of Yahweh in prayer or publicity. 

Here at Mt. Sinai, Israel still was not sure if there was only one true God of all the universe and they did not know how to completely trust in Him and Him only. 

So God is stating plainly again that He is the God of the Hebrews Who struck down Egypt. He is the One Who brought them here. 

He is the God of the universe and He has chosen Israel out of all the peoples of the world. He had redeemed Israel and those who had been grafted in and He desired to make a covenant with them, yet this covenant had stipulations of obligations of loyalty and obedience towards the principles and ordinances contained within it. 

This was something that the rest of the world did not have, something that caused Israel to stand out from the rest. 

There were blessings and curses for obeying and disobedience. 

What does this mean for us as spiritual Jews?

Are we grafted into the same covenants with Abraham, Moses, and grace?

Israel was a redeemed people, expected to follow the Lord, yet their redemption was 100% from and by God as long as they kept themselves in these Words. 

He is our Lord, our God, Who brought us out of Egypt ( the world.)

Out of bondage. 

Is it legalism or works if we, as Israel, are obligated to the same principles and ordinances when we have already been redeemed?

Can we simply continue proclaiming how much we love these godly principles while we ignore them?

Is redemption the last “work” or obligation to the Lord?

Jesus sums up the 10 Words for us

Matthew 22:

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 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.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So we are to love God and in this lies the first 5 Words. 

We are also to love our neighbor, and in this lies the last 5. 

Romans 13:

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Were these Words just for Israel physically in the past or is it the spiritual implications for the redeemed?

Are you one of the redeemed?

Are these Words perpetual for all of the redeemed?

Are we obligated to keep these Words summed up in the 2 commands by Jesus or do you believe that we are freed by grace?

Do you love God?

Do you love your neighbor?

How do you know?

If you say you do then do you keep the Law?

God has not changed and His Words, feasts, and commands are for our good. 

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Exodus 20:1-17 The 10 “Words” Part 4

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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; 5 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 upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

7 “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.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no 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. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “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.”

When we speak of the Law, we need to ask some questions.

There seems to be two separate Laws that are about to be laid down here at Sinai. 

These 10 “Words” that we are currently about to discuss are what became known of as “The Law of God” and in chapter 21 through Leviticus we learn what became “The Law of Moses.”

Both were given at Mt. Sinai, the first publicly, the following was given privately. 

Both seem different in that the first seems more global and the second seems aimed more towards only the Jewish people. At the same time this Law of Moses seems to be merely extensions of the 10 Words. 

Are they the same?

Are they interchangeable?

Some say no. 

God’s Law again was given audibly by God and is timeless 

Psalms 111:7-9

7 The works of His hands are verity and justice;

All His precepts are sure.

8 They stand fast forever and ever,

And are done in truth and uprightness.

9 He has sent redemption to His people;

He has commanded His covenant forever:

Holy and awesome is His name.

Romans 4:15

15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

Moses Law primarily dealt with ceremonial and civil regulations for Israel. It was given to Moses privately on the mountain and was abolished on the cross 

Ephesians 2:14-16

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 

God’s Law was placed in the Ark of the Covenant. Moses Law was placed on the side of the Ark. 

The Law of God drives us to Christ by teaching us that we are sinful and cannot save ourselves 

Romans 7:7

7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

Romans 3:20

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin

It directs us in Christ

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”[b] 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[c] and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Our bodies belong to the Lord. He desires to fulfill the Law through us until He comes back

Matthew 5:17-18

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Amen even so Lord come!

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Exodus 20:1-17 The 10 “Words” Part 3

1 And God spake all these words, saying,2 am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

7 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.

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 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:

11 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.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 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.

1 Some want to impress others

Some look at these verses as a way to make themselves feel better by how they think they look in the Lords eyes and in front of others. 

Jesus came not only to bring salvation to mankind but to teach the Jewish people that there were two aspects of these 10 Words. 

Physical and spiritual 

Physical in that each of these words and their later extensions were things that you do, things you keep, things you shouldn’t do. 

If you had the wherewithal to keep each one and follow them to a tee then you would look pretty godly to others physically but the only problem with that was we are creatures full of sin and God is not impressed by how well we keep them. 

No matter how well intentioned one was, they were bound to break one of these words because they forgot the second aspect of this gospel from God. 

The spiritual 

James tells us that if we break one of the declarations set forth then we break them all. 

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that if we lust in our heart we are guilty of adultery. 

2 Some want to oppress others

Food laws, Sabbath laws, don’t do this, don’t do that. By doing so they take the beautiful words of God and add to them and make them legalistic. 

This is practiced today and God still does not like it any more than He liked it when Gentiles were forced into circumcision to join the early church. 

These “Words” were given to Israel out of love and a need for justice. Jesus makes this clear when He says that they are summed up “Love the Lord with all your heart,body,and soul and love your neighbor”

This is the Gospel for Israel as well as mankind starting with Abraham. 

3 Some use it to progress forward 

Have you ever heard someone say that the “Law” was nailed onto the cross with Jesus. They see the Law as an old covenant made useless through the new covenant of grace. These folks will also sometimes tell you that the church replaced Israel thus making it seem that God had given up on her. 

Don’t be mistaken. 

The Law is still useful to the Lord. 

Paul tells us in Galatians 3 that the Law (these Words) is our schoolmaster, teaching us that we are sinners who could never save ourselves. We must have a Savior. 

The Law points us to Jesus. He fulfilled it. He lived out, He kept it perfectly, not the rules, not the traditions, but the Words of God. 

He fulfilled the Law through His death. He took our place. He paid the price for us. He saved us from death that comes through breaking the Law. 

He tells us that not one dotted i or crossed t shall pass from the Law shall pass till all is fulfilled and HE WILL fulfill it when He returns. 

He is Israels God and He is not done with her. Now they must be saved through Jesus just as we but He has not given up on her.  Just read the book of Revelation. 

He is our God in that just as He delivered Israel from the bondage of Egypt, He has delivered us from the bondage of the world, sin, and death. 

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Exodus 20: 1-17 The 10 “Words” Part 2

1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2  am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 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.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 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:
11 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.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 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.

In the Jewish Bible, as well as the Torah, the left hand margin contains a single Hebrew letter next to each of the 10 Words. These letters can also represent numbers as they do here. 

The first is “Aleph” and the list goes on all the way to “Yud” or 10 and does not appear in our modern versions and many different versions have them listed differently.  Whether they are numbered is not so much the problem but what is is where the numbers are placed. 

We have all learned that the first commandment is “I am the Lord, thy God…you shall have no other gods before Me.” Now that is how we were taught, not how our Bibles have recorded it and if you read it you will notice that a very important part is missing. 

2 am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

This is the first word in the Torah as a whole and the second is “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

This can tell us two things:

1) These Words were never meant to be commands but were meant more as principles, or declarations. 

2) These Words were initially for only the Jewish people at first then for those who were to become spiritual Jews later. 

There was a time after the exile in Babylon that the Jews dropped the first word when they had allowed pagan practices to influence their lives and had forsaken many of the appointed feasts as well, but they eventually revised the words sometime before Jesus was born. 

Christians though kept the list without most of the first and brought number one together with number two. 

Why?

The Jesus movement started out as  a strictly Jewish thing of course. Yet at some point somewhere around 100AD, Gentiles either equaled or outnumbered the Jewish followers. As many Gentiles found themselves in powerful positions as leaders over the church, an anti-Semitic mindset crept into the organization. 

This made way for an attempt to minimize the influence that the Jews had in Christianity. 

This was not new and literally goes all the way back to the time of the book of Ester but the main reason for the hatred during the church’s rise through Gentiles had mainly to do with the fact that to these leaders the Jews killed Jesus.  Over time the center of worship is moved from Jerusalem to Rome and Judaism is outlawed and called illegal. Christianity is then marked as the state religion only for Gentiles and if Jews wanted to join they had to give up their heritage. 

This anti-Semitic idea is still going strong today. 

So now what was set out audibly by God for the very people who are outlawed is changed to a strictly Gentile set of rules and regulations as a way to control people when that was the exact opposite of their true meaning. 
We see this especially as we move into Chapter 21. These 10 words were declarations or preambles for the 603 laws that are extensions of the 10. These were the ethical and daily practices of justice that Israel was to live out daily if they chose to love God and their neighbors. 

Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[e] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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