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The Commandments Keep Us Safe

2017-05-10

  • The commandments keep us safe and secure.
  • The Law reveals the righteousness of Yah but cannot produce righteousness in the heart.
  • We are not saved by keeping the 10 Commandments. However, we are kept safe by them.
  • A boy who came home from his Sabbath morning class. When his dad asked what he learned, he bubbled over with excitement: “It was great, dad. We learned all about the Ten Commandos!”.
  • The commandments keep us safe and secure.
  • The Law reveals the righteousness of Yah but cannot produce righteousness in the heart.
  • Commandments don’t give us life; but they certainly guide life.
  • The Ten Commandments are an excellent summary of 10 divine rules for human conduct.
  • The Bible Knowledge Commentary calls them rules of (1) religion, (2) worship, (3) reverence, (4) time, (5) authority, (6) life, (7) purity, (8) property, (9) tongue, and (10) contentment.

Ex. 20:1 And Elohim spake all these words, saying,
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I am Yahweh thy (Your) Elohim, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
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Thou shalt have no other mighty ones before me.

Establishing the context of the commandments.

  • 1. Revelation – “And Yah spoke all these words”.
  • Having been in Egypt for 400 years, Yah’s people needed to hear from Yah.
  • They had been wowed.
  • But now they needed words to know who Yah was and what He wanted from them.
  • They knew He was powerful.
  • They saw smoke and flashes of lightning and as they heard the thunder and the sound of the trumpet.
  • But now these words express Yah’s character and his demands.
  • These words come from the Elohim who speaks and were written by His very finger according to Exodus.

Ex. 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of Elohim.

  • Yah has revealed Himself and He has also entered into relationship.
  • 2. Relationship
  • The word “your” is the second person singular pronoun.Ex. 3
  • Yah is powerful and He is also personal.
  • He has revealed Himself to each one personally so that everyone can know Him relationally.
  • We see this personal relationship reinforced throughout the commandments.

Ex 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I Yahweh thy Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Ex. 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh thy Elohim in vain; forYahweh will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahweh thy Elohim: 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.

Ex. 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee.

  • Yah’s love gives us limits. Sometimes love means saying, “No.”
  • Yah knows what is best for us so he lays out laws of love.
  • Blessed are they who put Yah first.
  • Blessed are they who need no substitutes.
  • Blessed are they who honor Yah’s name.
  • Blessed are they who honor Yah’s day.
  • Blessed are they who honor their parents.
  • Blessed are they who value life.
  • Blessed are they who keep their marriage vows.
  • Blessed are they who respect the property of others.
  • Blessed are they who love the truth.
  • Blessed are they who learn the art of contentment.
  • Yah’s precepts are given to protect us.
  • The first four protect our relationship with Yah.
  • The next five protect our relationships with others.
  • The final command against coveting protects us from ourselves.
  • They are short and simple and are designed to gives us freedom.

1 John. 5:3 For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

  • “It’s not about what I do. It’s about who He is.” It’s not about me performing. It’s all about Yah and who He is. And just think. I get to have a relationship with Him because He is a Elohim who has revealed Himself. But there’s more. He’s also the Elohim who redeems.
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