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“If you love me, keep my Commandments”   Page 1.

Yahshua said (Matthew 23:37-40) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang (hinge) all the law and the prophets.”
A 'hinge' usually depicts a doorway we may pass through. Therefore, we may ask, 'What are those two commandments a doorway into? Or on what do they 'hang'?' It becomes obvious that the two commandments are not an end in themselves, but rather a way through which we can enter into the 'fuller picture' the Commandments in their entirety. Yahshua Himself declared that in no way did He desire to put an end to the Law, but to expound it, and help us to 'unpack' and understand it. This takes time and effort. We need to desire to study in order that we may understand how His Laws are relevant to us in our day. Yahshua set those of us who are not familiar with Yahweh's Commandments in their entirety, on an exciting journey of discovery.
We need to pass through the doorway and look into what these Commandments actually mean. This entails looking into the Old Testament (Covenant) scriptures which are the foundation for all New Covenant scriptures. In Exodus 20 we have the first 'breakdown' of the meaning behind what Yahshua was saying, as the 10 Commandments can be divided into those showing us how we are to love Yahweh, and the rest, how to love our neighbour as ourselves. Then, as we continue to read Exodus into Leviticus Deuteronomy and in fact all the Old Covenant scriptures we are able to discover further 'qualifications' of what these commandments mean in every day life.
Yahshua was bringing our attention to the law! How else could we understand what He was meaning in Matthew 23? He further qualified the Commandments in the fifth chapter of Matthew.
Yes, Yahshua does require us to honour His Name, to keep the Sabbath day, not to bear false witness about others, not to have idols (anything or anyone meaning more to us than He does). The word "New" as in New Testament actually should read, "Renewed" i.e. made anew, certainly not forgotten! Yahshua came to qualify and tighten up the Old Covenant requirements, not to abolish them!
Yahshua did not negate the law on covetousness, or the law re. the seventh day Sabbath, or the law requiring us to honour our parents; on the contrary, He was stating that if we loved Yahweh with all our heart and mind, we would desire to keep His Sabbath, we would not idolise any person or thing, we would desire in fact to keep all His laws to show our love, and if we loved our neighbours as ourselves, we would not covet their goods, or hurt them in any way, thus fulfilling the laws saying ‘thou shalt not…’
It is an attitude of the heart. In order to love YHWH we surely have to read about what pleases Him, and that actually means, reading his Laws and what He expects of those who love Him!

This shows the deception of someone thinking they are 'free from the law' to do their shopping on Sabbath.' It just doesn't make sense to say 'I am being led by the spirit’ and ignore the requirements of the Commandments. The holy Spirit would never go against Yahweh's laws. A person once quoted, "I'm a prophet, called out by a prominent christian minister, so you will not bring me under the Biblical Sabbath!" How misguided and sad people can become. Would it therefore be alright to murder someone? Murder and keeping Sabbath are both part of the 10! The commandments are just as important today as they ever were to the ancient Hebrews. After all, it is the same Elohim (God) whom we are serving. Yahshua said ‘unless your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees you shall not…’ Note also that in John 15:10 He says, “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.”
Thus Yahshua was a commandment keeper, and exhorted us to be the same. He talks in this chapter of loving Him meaning loving His Father. Also, our interpretation of this scripture is so simplistic, as the word is in fact plural. ‘Commandments.’ Which commandments, plural, did He mean?
Being believers in the Messiah, Saviour, Yahshua (Jesus ) we believe that He is the Son of Yahweh (YHWH, God). We believe that He is in fact the Word of YHWH (God). Therefore, we believe that He existed from the beginning – “In the beginning was the word, and the word was in YHWH and the word was YHWH.
He was more than a mere man. He was the One who appeared to Abraham, to the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace. Who was it then in fact, who talked to Moses ‘face to face’ and who was it that appeared to him on Mount Sinai and gave him the Commandments?
The scriptures are adamant. ‘No man has seen YHWH at any time’. Therefore, it was His Son with whom He deals with mankind. Yahshua is the son of YHWH, with Him in the beginning. The Commandments are His.
Yahshua Himself kept the commandments and laws of the old covenant. In fact, He kept them and more so. He wasn't 'in bondage' to them, they were His Father's character. He expanded them, He filled them full of meaning. Read Matthew 5 for yourself. He mentions a commandment, and then says, ‘but I say to you’ and expands the meaning, he makes it watertight, he makes it harder, not easier, to keep. Not only should we not commit adultery, but if we look on a man or woman with desire, thinking of them with lust, it is the same thing, we break the commandment ‘thou shall not commit adultery…’

So Yahshua not only advocated keeping the Law, He expanded it. He also said, ‘Not one jot or the smallest part of a letter shall pass from the law until all is fulfilled’ and He meant just that. Some even give the excuse (anything to keep us from actually being obedient…) that because Yahshua has come already, all is fulfilled, so this is another reason they think that we can ignore the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) But Yahshua coming to earth as a human being was not fulfilling everything. What about the perfect Bride? What about Jew and Gentile becoming one, for all to see on the earth? What about the restoration of Israel? The city of Jerusalem being safe for His people again? There is so much more to be fulfilled.

2nd. Timothy 3:16 says; ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" What 'scripture' was being referred to here? Well, the early church did not have the New Testament because it was not yet written, so the ‘scripture’ mentioned here, means the Old Covenant (Testament) ( Note: Did you know that the work 'old' mentioned here actually means 'ancient' 'as in something to be treasured, antique').

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