Shemoth[i] 20:1 And Elohim spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am Yahweh your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.
3 You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the shamayim[ii] above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,
5 you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I,Yahweh[iii] your Elohim[iv], am a jealous El[v], visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My Commands.
7 You do not bring the Name of Yahweh your Elohim to naught, for Yahweh does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name of naught.
8 Remember the Shabbat[vi] day, to qadosh it.
9 Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat of Yahweh your Elohim . You do not do any work-you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days Yahweh made the shamayim and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh barakh[vii] the Shabbat day and qadosh it.
12 Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you.
13 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you.
14 You shall not murder.
15 You shall not steal.
16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
17 You shall covet your neighbor’s house, you do not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.
I stop here because I want to speak about the fact that the Commandments are no longer kept by the followers of Messiah, the “Church” and other Messianic groups.
The name “YHWH” has been removed from the English translated Scriptures, and has been replaced with “the LORD.” The fact that all the letters of lord are capital does not change the fact that Lord is not the Name of Yahweh, but a title. Why do you suppose they removed the Name?
I believe it has been done because they worshipped other gods, who are also called by the title “the Lord.” Therefore by giving Him the same title as all false gods, they could be worshipping any god at all and no one would know the difference. Yahweh is not pleased by this.
Devarim 4:2 “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and o not take away from it, so as to guard the Commands of YHWH your Elohim which I am commanding you.”
When we remove His Name and replace with any title that He has not given us, we are sinning against Him by breaking the Commandments. When Mosheh was called to deliver Yisra’el from Pharaoh he asked Elohim what would he say to the leaders when they would ask him, “What is his Name? (Shemoth 3:13)
Bereshith 3: 14-15 And Elohim said to Mosheh (Moses), I am that which I am.” And He said, “Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’el, ‘I am has sent me to you. 14 And Elohim said further to Mosheh, “thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’el, ‘YHWH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitschaq, and the Elohim of Ya’aqov, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generation.”
YHWH has given us His Name forever, and it is also given to all generations. It is not a Name for the Jews only, for He is the Elohim of all flesh. No one can presume to have the right to remove His Name for any reason. There is much dispute on how to pronounce His Name, and this is normal, since it has been kept hidden for many centuries! However it is time now to begin to call our Creator YHWH, which is the Name He has given us, and pronounce it the best way we know how. We do this with great respect and great honor. I choose to pronounce His Name Yahweh, not Yahua, Yehovah, Yahuwah, Adonai, Hashem, or G’D. His Name is very important since He has given it to us 6823 times in His Word. We honor His correct Name, and not a surrogate, for the power is in His Name.
There is another Commandment that almost all Churches do not keep. I am talking about the Sabbath. We know that persecution began after all the apostles died. Eventually in the third century Constantine decided with the leaders of the “church” to stop keeping the Sabbath day holy, and obligated the followers of Mashiach to worship on the venerable day of the sun. He did this because he was a Mithra sun god worshipper and wanted to continue to worship his god, even though he said he became a Christian. Many “Christians” today are ignorant of this fact.
Romiyim (Romans) 1:25 “who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is barukh (blessed) forever. Amen.”
I cannot speak in detail about this now, but I want to remind all believers in Yahweh and His only Ben (Son), Yahoshua, to read the Scriptures and realize they are breaking the Commandments every time they go to church on Sunday, and do not keep the Sabbath set apart day.
Bereshith 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day Elohim ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it he rested from all His work which Elohim had created and made.
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 26:3 “You shall keep My Sabbaths [viii]and reverence My Sanctuary; I am YHWH.
Shemoth 31:12-17 And YHWH spoke to Mosheh, saying, 13 Speak also to the children of Yisra’el, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctify you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it , that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to YHWH. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Therefore the children of Yisra’el shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Yisra’el forever; for in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshes.”
Yahweh gave specific instructions concerning the Sabbath. On the seventh day we do not work. Either us or anyone else in our house or business, (Bereshith 20:10).
Yahweh has set apart or sanctified the seventh day because He chose to be honored on this day. He has the right to choose the day He wants us to worship Him. We cannot make our own time. He has set times and seasons that He wants us to come near Him. The Feasts of Yahweh[ix] are also for all of us who have entered into Covenant with Him.
Yisra’el was a mixed multitude when they came out of Mitsrayim, (See Shemoth 12:38). And the ger or stranger was assimilated into one of the tribes. There are only twelve tribes. They became one with the Olive Tree.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 11:16 Yahweh called your name, Green Olive Tree, Lovely and of Good Fruit.
Yisra’el is the Olive Tree, and all who are following Mashiach are also grafted into this Olive Tree, therefore they have to keep the same Rules of the Kingdom of Yahweh. Although some branches were cut off, Yahweh can graft them in again. And He has done this.
Romiyim (Romans) 11:17 And is some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree[x], were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree.
Those grafted branches, in this case, the believers in Yahoshua, need to obey the Covenant. The reason Yisra’el was cut off or divorced, is because they committed spiritual adultery. They forsook Yahweh and worshiped other gods. They stopped obeying His Kingdom rules and they were sent out of the Promised Land because they did not keep the Sabbaths.[xi] The Sabbath is the visible sign of the Covenant. Everyone knows who we are if we keep the Sabbath. The Sabbath is His Sabbath, not a Jewish Sabbath, as many believe because of ignorance. There were no Jews on Mount Sinai, but a mixed multitude![xii] At Creation there was no Yisra’el or any Jew, but only Adam, the first created man. From Him the whole human race came into being. The Torah is for all. His Commandments are for all to obey.
We are not the Creator, Master, or King. We are not to rule Him, He who created us and gave us life, but He rules over us.
He has created us (Bereshith 1:26; 5:1; Devarim (Deut.) 4:32)
He is our Father ( Devarim 32:36; Shemu’el 1 (I Shemu’el 2:10).
He is our King (Tellim (Ps.10:16; 27:7) and Yochanan (John) 8:15-16)
He is also our Judge (See Bereshith 1:26; Devarim (Deut.) 14:1; Tehillim 96:13).
He has the right to expect our obedience, and we should be very happy to do so.
The Sabbaths are binding. We are commanded to keep all of them. The apostles always kept the Sabbath and all the Feasts with all their Sabbaths. Please understand that when you keep the Commandments you are blessed, and cursed if you do not, (Devarim/Deut. 28). Each believer is going to be judged by the Scriptures, and not on what the pastor has taught them. The pastor has to give an account to Yahweh for teaching false doctrine, but each of us has the responsibility to read the Word and to do what it says.
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[i] Shemoth is the word for Exodus
[ii] Shamayim is the Hebrew word for Heaven.
[iii] Yahweh is the original Hebrew Name that He gave to Mosheh, Moses, (Shemoth 3:15), and it is translated mostly “the LORD”. Lord is only a common title that is given to any English man, and to any false god. Our Creator has a Name, and His Name is YHWH, which is mostly pronounced Yahweh.
[iv] Elohim is Adonai or Master, but is translated as God. Once again God is a name given to any false god, and I prefer calling Him Master, for He is my Master.
[v] El is the short form for Elohim
[vi] Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Saturday, the seventh day of the week.
[vii] Barakh is the Hebrew word for blessed.( See Bereshith/ Genesis 2:3)
[viii] My Sabbaths means the Sabbath is His chosen day of Rest /Shabbat, not a man religious rule.
[ix] Wayyiqra /Leviticus 23
[x] The wild olive tree is the gentiles.
[xi] Wayyiqra 26:33-35,the seventh year Sabbaths.
[xii] Shemoth/Exodus 12:38