Exo 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 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:
Exo 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;
Exo 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exo 20:7 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.
Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exo 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:
Exo 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.
Exo 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Exo 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Exo 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Exo 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exo 20:17 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 about 2007, Diane and I listened to a message on “there are only 2 kingdoms, the kingdom of Babylon, and the kingdom of our Creator”. After that, Diane prayed “Father, I want all of Babylon out of my life, no matter what it takes”. I prayed “Father, the rest of our lives is but a short vapor and I want to learn and do what pleases you, and stop doing what displeases you”. Have our lives ever changed since then.
We began studying all of scripture like we have never done before. We discovered that the law was not nailed to the cross, but the curse of the law was. The Passion of our Messiah fulfilled the scripture that Father would write His law on our hearts. So the law (Torah of Moses) is very much still in effect, of which the foundation is simply the 10 commandments (Words). We know the sin sacrifice was paid once and for all at the crucifixion of our savior, but we are very much expected to still keep Father’s commandments, statutes, and ordinances.
So if the commandments are still important to keep, do we know what we need to do to keep them? Most Christians do pretty well with most of them, but what about commandments 1, 2 and 4.
In today's Christian world, most believers are taught that the law has been done away with, and replaced by grace. After much study, I believe this is the great apostasy or falling away in the last days spoken of in scripture. It's time we wake up, think for ourselves, and understand that obedience to Father is not abstract but concrete as defined in scripture.
I propose that we generally do not understand the 1st, 2nd and 4th commandments and therefore ignore them. We do not know all the things Father dislikes in our lives that are pagan oriented and part of Babylon, and certainly most believers have no clue when Father’s appointed weekly sabbath is.
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