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Blogging thru the Bible/Keeping the 9 Commandments

Incidentally, I discovered recently that the first commandment is not what I thought it was.  Instead, see:  Exodus 20:2  (CJB)  “I am Adonai your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.”  (See my very first blog about this. 9/11/11)

I always wonder why, in the churches most of us grew up in, we were taught to keep only the 9 Commandments.  Last time I checked, there were ten (at least).  Every time I read through the Bible, over and over again, I read that God set apart the 7th day, starting in Genesis 2:3.  The commandment to keep Sabbath is repeated numerous times in the scriptures.  God even wrote it in stone.  But somehow, our religious leaders come up with all kinds of convoluted reasons why we do not have to keep it.  None of the passages they quote, are quoting God, who instituted the Sabbath.  Seems to me, He is the only one qualified to abolish or make it UNholy.  (See Matthew 5:17 & following.)

Also, if you really want to know the truth, get a concordance and look up every reference on the Sabbath and I think, like us, you will come to a whole new understanding of the Sabbath.

What people don’t seem to understand is, that it is a gift, #1 & #2, it is supposed to be about God.

Exodus 16:29  (CJB)  “Look, Adoinai has given you the Shabbat… each of you is to stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the 7th day.”

Exodus 20:8, 11  (CJB)  “Remember the day, Shabbat”  to set it apart for God.” “This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for Himself.”

See also, Leviticus 23 and Isaiah 56:6,7 & 58:13, 14.

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The 1st Commandment

Realizing that so many of us “raised in the church” may have (through our ignorance) really believed in and kept only 9 of the commandments, I thought it important to help my grandchildren learn all 10 and what they meant.  They could both easily recite all 10 by age three and shortly thereafter give a brief explanation of each one.  (We did have to instruct my granddaughter that the 9th commandment did not have to do with “bearing false sweatness”:)  Imagine my surprise, when someone recently informed me that the  1st Commandment wasn’t “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before Me”!  According to Hebrew interpretation, it is Exodus 20:2:  “I am the Lord (YHWH) your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  (The next two are combined into the 2nd commandment).  The idea being that our Father is establishing His authority and reminding us who He is, distinguished from all the false gods of the surrounding nations.  If you read through the Torah, He constantly repeats this first commandment to recognize Him as the one true God.  Just a reminder (to me) that we are all still learning, unless we have come to the place where we think we know it all.  As one of my Bible college professors so aptly put it, “We’re all wrong somewhere.”  Father, continue to show me where.

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