The word commandment is often spoken in a derogatory way by the world and among believers. Many believe that the time of following God’s commandments is over and now we live in the age of grace alone. It’s not popular to go against this flood of fake truth, but that is where we are headed in this post.
Before we begin, can you agree with me on these points?
- Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
- Jesus is the Word of God and He is God. (John 1:1-4) In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 ALL things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- Jesus, God Himself, came to earth as a man. (Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
- The Word of God stands forever. (1 Peter 1:25) But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
- The following scripture out of Matthew 22:37-40, includes ALL the commandments: Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang ALL the Law and the Prophets. — Picture the two commandments here as two arms of a hanger and hanging from them are ALL the Law (commandments) and ALL the words of the prophets. Together they form what Jesus is saying here.
- Jesus equates keeping His commandments as love:
If you love Me, keep My commandments. John 14:15
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he 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
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5: 3
As a point of interest–there are 613 commandments in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, there are 1,050 commandments. They ALL line up with the Law and the Prophets and they are ALL based on Love.
Let’s take a look at the word Commandment in Hebrew and see what it means:
Commandment: Strong’s Concordance #6680: to command, charge, give orders, lay charge, give charge to, order
Here is what it looks like in Hebrew:
Reading from right to left the letters are:
Tzade 90 = Humility. Picture-Fishhook. Means: Righteousness, to pull toward, Desire, Trouble, Harvest
Commandment: Humble yourself in Yeshua, the One who reconnects us with heaven. Pay attention to Him and you will receive revelation and grace to follow God’s will and walk in righteousness.
Note: Everywhere ‘commandment’ is written, Jesus (seen as a Vav) is in the middle of it. Following God’s commandments connects us with heaven and we receive the revelation and grace to live in His will.
That’s enough to chew on for today. You may want to read through the New Testament and make note of the commandments written for all believers. They are instructions for living in the Kingdom of God. Our world would look entirely different today, if believers lived God’s commandments. We are not to focus on earning God’s approval, but live them in love because of God’s love and mercy to us.. You may want to start in Matthew 5, 6, and 7.