The Commandments of God

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:21 (ESV)

There are roughly 613 instructions regarding how to live like a child of God in the Torah. The New Testament contains approximately 1030 commands for walking in a Godly fashion. It’s something to think about.

5 thoughts on “The Commandments of God

  1. Hi,

    I stumbled across your site (probably not by accident). I just recently visited a First Fruits of Zion event, where the fact that we should be “Torah observers” was discussed at length. I’m wrestling with this and your post here interested me. Have you actually done the study to find the 1030 commands in the NT or are you using info found elsewhere. In either case have you ever found a comprehensive list of those commands.

    The 613 are easy enough to find, by visiting almost any good Hebrew study site, but this is the first I’ve heard of the 1030.

    Thanks in advance,
    Jason

  2. Jason,

    It was a study that someone else did. I can’t find the document at the moment, but if I do I will send it your way. I know there are a couple sites around the web that provide a list of the commandments in the NT.

    Who was the speaker at the FFOZ seminar?

  3. The speakers were, Michael Boaz and Toby Janicki. There was supposed to be a third speaker, but he was stuck in Wisconsin or somewhere because of awful weather at the airport.

    I agreed with many, many things they said. If I am being honest though I am finding it difficult so far seeing clearly that we are supposed to be “Torah observant” I understand that Jesus was obviously Torah observant, and many sites give decent arguements for the obvious NT verses people jump to, (Galations, Romans 10:4, a few others) but some verses I am wrestling with are verses like, Hebrews 7:11-18.

    My questions, (not for you, for God). We can share with one another, learn from one another, but ultimately God will settle things in our hearts, is all I mean by that.
    What does it mean, “change of the law?”
    If Moses’ law was written out for the Levitical priesthood and Yeshua was not from that order, did He bring a “change of the law?”
    When v.18 says, “the former regulation is set aside……and a better hope is introduced,” what does that mean…for us….as followers of Messiah?

    Well, I could, (in a very Hebrew fashion), write 20 or 30 other questions that are circling in my journal and brain, but I’ll just stop there. Kent Dobson, from Follow the Rabbi, once told a story, found in the Talmud, of a priest that would do a dance and praise God, everytime he came across something in the Scriptures he had many questions about. I love that story. Our God is vast, I thank Him deeply everytime He allows me to get a clear glimpse of His ‘mystery.’ (Eph. 3:2-4) I thank Him even more when He allows me the undeserved honor of sitting as His side, as His Bride, and questioning His heart, that I might know Him more.

    Sorry for being so long with my comment, thanks for your response and email.

  4. Ahh, ok, good deal. Daniel Lancaster was the speaker stuck in an airport. I have a great appreciation for both Boaz and Daniel.

    You’re taking a great attitude about this…upon beginning to search these things out for myself it took me three years to settle my mind, and a little over 2 years before I began to be Torah-pursuant myself.

    Hebrews is the most difficult book to reconcile with what the rest of the Scriptures attest to pretty clearly once you really absorb the 1st century milieu. You might consider listening to a series of sermons on the book of Hebrews given by Daniel Lancaster. These can be found at http://www.bethimmanuel.org/audio-archives.html

    Here’s a pointer in regard to Hebrews: you will need to understand the rabbinic teaching methods in order to properly understand the book of Hebrews. Kal vahomer, for example, is used repeatedly. Secondly, you’re going to have to use a Strong’s and/or Thayer’s to check out the Greek words and their tenses, as many English translations have really altered the text in the book of Hebrews. The NIV is notorious for changing the tenses in the book of Hebrews…I have no idea why they did this.

    Here’s an example: in Hebrews 7:12 the words translated “change” by the NASB are G3346a and G3331 respectively (metatithè„mi and metathesis). Note that the dominant meanings of these two Greek words are not “change” but “transfer” and ask yourself, which makes the most sense in the passage? Perhaps there will be/was a transfer of the priesthood from the tribe of Levi to Yeshua (the tribe of Judah) and there was/will be a transfer of the Law from stone to hearts.

    Does having the Torah written/being written on one’s heart make that Torah null and void, or does it make it that much more a part of you? Does it become then your very nature (new creation)?

    Having that understanding one can go back and read it as is, and “change” doesn’t take on the immediate negative connotation that we reflexively read into it as a result of years of conditioning. What, ask yourself, would the first century audience have understood? Could they have imagined that the Torah was abolished? No, they would have rejected Yeshua and all the Apostles as false prophets had they suggested such a thing. Clearly it wasn’t suggested…the history of how their words came to be understood in the now popular fashion is fascinating…and lengthy. I’ll make some posts on the topic in the near future.

  5. Actually, I think Jesus was also a descendant of the priestly line through Mary.

    Mary was a relative to Elizabeth (Luke 1:36) who was a descendant of Aaron (Luke 1:5).

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