God’s Torah Commandments

I have followed God’s Torah partially since 2005. I was taught about Torah in the sense that we are to refrain from eating unclean animals, keeping the Sabbath and Feast Days and refraining from celebrating man made holidays like Christmas and Easter. There are a lot of man made traditions that people keep that they include in the Torah, which isn’t the Torah at all. I am after the true and unadulterated Torah of the Living and Unknown God as spoken about in Acts 17:23,


For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23 NIV

It is this God and his Torah Commandments/rules/instructions that have been left out of society and what we see today is a spiraling down of humanity to anarchy. People have stopped loving because Jesus said they would, he said that because he knew that people would continue to break his Commandments to the point where life for us humans is falling apart.

You will find things in this Torah study that will open your eyes as mine have certainly been opened over the past couple of times that I have looked up the meanings of God’s Commandments in his Torah.

I’m starting at Exodus chapter 20:1. This is where God gave the children of Israel and the foreigners with them the Ten Commandments. I have heard that a wedding band is a sign that I’m married to my spouse. Likewise, keeping the Ten Commandments is a sign that we are betrothed to God in marriage.

Exodus:20:2
I am the LORD thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Bondage, in the Hebrew, refers to servitude. I look at the current religious systems and to me they serve as houses of bondage. The are many houses of bondage: gambling casinos, shopping malls, crack houses, Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, whore houses, strip clubs and many more. Eygpt was a very harsh and cruel house of bondage, just like many Churches and Synagogues I attended. I saw so much manipulation, control, harrassment, lying, greed, lust, perversion, guilt trips and much more. God called Israel out of the house of bondage, yet many Jews still remain bound in lies and tradition, so much so, that they will get very angry when confronted of their sin. Christians are in bondage in that they have omitted many, if not all, of God’s Commandments that are written in his Book of Instructions from the first five books of the Bible, commonly called Torah.

Jews, on the other hand, have added to the Torah by creating commandments that aren’t commandments at all. They are simply rules made by man and are made equal with or greater than the Commandments of God. The Book of Deuteronomy tells us to not add or subtract from the word of God. Jews have added and Christians have subtracted from the word of God.

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

What this Scripture is saying is that we are to follow no one other than God. The question that begs to be asked is this: who am I following today? Is is a spouse, a Pastor, Rabbi, an addiction, who am I following or giving credence to over God?

Exodus 20:4 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:

A graven image is creating an idol to replace, or put before God, or something to follow other than God. This scripture ties in with Exodus verse three. It’s possible to idolize people who are leaders of any organization, a Pastor, Priest, Rabbi or Imam. We can idolize actors or actresses and there are so many other things or people that we can follow or revere greater than God.

Exodus 20:5 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;

To bow down means to pay homage to or worship. We are not to follow worthless idols, nor are we to practice any form of servitude to them because they can never replace God. To serve and Idol means to work for them. God says that he visits (punishes), the deprave and perverse behavior of our ancestors, they carried great guilt and received great condemnation from God and were either chastised or killed off by God. It’s a vicious circle, adultery, lust, perversion, idolatry (money, women, sex, material things or actual graven images of man, beast or thing that they joined to by following such idols and showing their hatred and disdain for God. We are guilty of doing this in our own lives as God’s word states, there is no one righteous, no not one.

I worshipped the female body for many years and it was a form of idol worship for me. I was more interested in what I could get from a woman than to consider her feelings or dreams. I came first. In essence, I worshipped myself. I came first before anyone, including God. I was on the throne of my life, not God. This lasted for many years, even as a born-again, Pentecostal Christian and well into my time in Messianic Judaism.

I do not know what sins my ancestors committed, but I may very well be under a curse if some of my ancestors hated God. God I pray you would remove any generation curse that affects me because of the hatred of my ancestors towards you. Judging by the early years of my life, it appears that there have been curses placed over me and have affected me all my life.

Prayer to break generational curses:

In the name of Yeshua (Jesus) I break every curse that has been laid upon me through the ignorance of my forefathers and mothers back to the fourth generation. I ask that you sever every connection that I have with the demonic and satanic forces that have sought to destroy me. I ask that the curses that have been legally laid on me through my ancestors disobedience and hatred towards you be broken in the name of Yeshua. I renounce the behavior of my ancestors who hated you, and their sinful ways which caused me to be cursed when I was born. In the name of Yeshua I break all ties to my ancestors and I ask that you would forgive me for any involvement in their sins and disobedience. I repent of that behavior and I choose to follow you all the days of my life. I choose of my own free will to worship you in spirit and truth. Please show me what this really means. Thank you Abba (Daddy).

Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

The word ‘shewing’ has many definitions, but in keeping with verse 5, one word that is used is ‘bruise’. I am reminded of what was said of Messiah Yeshua, “a bruised reed he will not break.’ Many of us have been bruised in this life, we have been chastened and had our hearts broken. What I am beginning to realize is how broken God’s heart must be with 7 billion people on the planet and very few if any take the time to talk to him and get to know him. This is a very sad state for mankind. He bruises and chastises us, he allows our hearts to be broken over and over, but instead of turning to him to help us, many of us continue in our hatred towards him and others. Hurt people, hurt people, and that can be extremely damaging to both God and the person he is trying to gather into his arms. Especially when hatred is chosen over forgiveness. Bondage over freedom.

I believe that when I really turned to God and got real with him, he extended his hand of mercy towards me and we started the process of him courting me. He has always shown my love and faithfulness, even though there of times in my life where I do not see that and hope in time to understand how great his love has been for me all of my life. Everything he does in my life is contingent on being obedient to his word. God cannot reward disobedience with good things. Until we allow him to put a bit in our mouths and allow him direct us wherever he wants us to go, we remain unstable and unusable. If we walk in disobedience to his commandments, we keep ourselves under the curse. No forgiveness, no mercy, just more pain and anguish. Yes, things may appear to be okay, maybe sometimes he justs leaves a person to their own apathetic devices. A very sad place to be. I have been in that place and am now working out my salvation with fear and trembling. I didn’t realize how thin the ice I was skating on back in the day. 

Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Vain in the Hebrew: emptiness, nothingness, vanity. If God is a title then how would one take the Lord’s name in vain? Is saying ‘God damn’ blasphemy or is there a deeper meaning of this commandment? The word ‘take’ in this scripture, in its Hebrew definition, means to ‘lift up’ so if we read the commandment with a Hebrew definition it would read, ‘you shall not lift up the name of the Lord your God in emptiness or nothingness?’

Some say that the name of God is Yehovah or Yahweh. Jews have revered the name of God so strongly that we are not sure what God’s name really is. Could that notion have come from this commandment? That is, the Jews felt so strong about blaspheming the name of God that they wouldn’t use his name at all. Could a deeper meaning be to refer to God in such a way that we mention his name with no real regard for him? Or we treat him like nothing or our relationship with him is lacking, or empty?

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Holy: Consecrated definition: to be set apart, to set apart as sacred. Consecrated definition: is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious. Sacred definition: connected with God. If I keep the commandments, especially the Sabbath, I am connecting myself to God. Like marriage, a wedding band shows the world I am in covenant with my wife and likewise, honoring the Sabbath day and keeping it Holy, shows the world I am in covenant with God. Like the wedding ring is a sign I’m married, keeping the Sabbath is a sign I am betrothed to and in covenant with God. This is one of the greatest Commandments God offers his people, yet many Christians believe that the changing of the Sabbath to Sunday is okay with God and should be acceptable to Him. It is not. It is a violation of his will, his Laws and his Commandments. It is such a grievous sin that many do not realize that God commanded people to be stoned for working on the Sabbath…for gathering sticks!

Remember here means to ‘call to mind’ it wasn’t the first time that the Hebrews learned about the Sabbath. If God was saying to remember it, he was calling the peoples attention to the fact that they knew about the Sabbath. It wasn’t a new concept or Commandment. I read recently that The Ten Commandments Were In Effect Before Sinai. Click HERE to read the article.

I’ve been searching out ‘How do I keep the Sabbath Day holy?’ and most sites are vague or very strict in observance. Some sites talk about Sunday being the Lord’s Day and thus it is now the sabbath for Christians. I don’t believe this because I don’t read anywhere in the bible that God changed the day to Sunday. I’ve read Jewish sites that have a great deal of traditions associated with the keeping of this Holy day. Yet, I have no idea how one is to keep the Sabbath Holy according to God. Jews used to (still do) hire Goyim, that’s Gentiles or non-Jewish people to turn off their light switches for them, and many other things. To me, that’s insanity.

Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:

Work definition:

occupation, work, business

occupation, business

property

work (something done or made)

workmanship

service, use

public business

political

religious

These definitions reveal what work is, you can’t run your business on the Sabbath, you can’t perform the duties of your occupation on the Sabbath, you can’t build things or do projects around the house. The day is a day of rest and should be treated as so.

This Scripture gives us an indication about how God wants us to keep the day Holy – no work is to be done. Nothing associated with work is to be done. That means we don’t work on the Sabbath to make money, we don’t do any house work, nor do we hire anyone to work for us. That being said and what I am about to say might upset others, but I see no where in the Torah where God says you must assemble on the Sabbath at a local assembly. The Hebrews were commanded to assemble three times a year at the Temple to hear the word of God being read. There is no admonition to refrain from spending on the Sabbath either. I know that Nehemiah closed the city gates in Jerusalem to stop the people from buying wares on the Sabbath from travelling merchants and caravans, but the Torah does not say anything about buying something on the Sabbath. This may be a gray area, I’m not sure. My wife and I go for drives on Saturday sometimes and we will stop at a restaurant for something to eat if we are hungry. God has not told me that doing these things is a sin. If he does, I will stop this immediately.

Exodus 20:10 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:

Work definition:

Noun: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. Effort definition: strenuous physical or mental exertion.

Work definition verb: be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one’s job; do work.

What I see from the above definitions, work is something you do whereas rest is simply being, be-ing. We rest and chill with family or friends, we refrain from expending energy trying to accomplish a task or duty, we take it easy and enjoy this weekly mini vacation God has given us.

What is important to note is that it may be permissible to purchase something on the Sabbath like food or a meal, but where it might cross the line is to purchase something that you would have to lug home, say like a bag of cement, lumber or something else that would cause your body to work, i.e. expending energy instead of resting. Some Messianic believers say that if you go to a restaurant on the Sabbath and buy a meal that you are causing the staff to work for you and that is a sin. Here is my take, they are going to sin by working on the Sabbath regardless if you went there or not. Remember, the Jews would have Goyim (Gentiles {non-Jews})turn their lights on and off and other crazy things, so it’s all relative. The only thing we have to worry about is refraining from work on the Sabbath. What about being intimate on the Sabbath? Again, I have found no rules against this in the Torah. One could say that a couple expends energy when making love, but tell that to a young couple who have recently been married! Messiah said it’s okay to do good things on the Sabbath and nothing could be ‘gooder’ than making love to your beautiful spouse!

In my early years of faith I went to a Seventh Day Adventist Church where I tried to keep the Sabbath for about three months. I left there because I didn’t seem to fit in with the people there and most avoided me. My mother was also furious that I attended this Church, I still don’t know why. I was reintroduced to my Hebrew roots in 2005 and started to diligently keep the Sabbath and partook in some of the Holy Feast Days of the Lord.

Exodus 20:11 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.

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