God’s Eternal Law - the Torah
to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
Contents1. Parts of the Law That Apply Today
2. God's Commandments vs. Rome's
3. The Meaning of "Torah"
4. The Sabbath - Q&A Sabbath Discussion
5. God's Dietary Law
6. Videos - Christians Who Accepted the Torah
7. God's "Core Law"
Confusion lies as to which of God's Laws are those we keep? Are they the 10 written in stone? Are they all 613 of the "Mosaic Law"? Are they the Catholic/Christian Commandments?
After years of confusion of attempting to reconcile the diametrically opposed personalities and character of the iron-fisted Old Testament God and that of the compassionate Messiah, I came to one key realization: The Messiah of the book of Revelation IS NO DIFFERENT from the Old Testament God. The Messiah, just as His Father before Him, will unleash great plagues and death upon those during the Apocalypse who do not keep The Word of God the Father.
"For I AM the LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Malachi 3:6
Most everyone who reads the NT overlooks the profound admiration, love and veneration the Messiah has for His Father that would make any dad proud. Matthew 21-23 makes this very clear - in so many words He is saying He won't waste His time with those who ignored His Father's Laws (Torah) come Judgment Day.
The New Covenant ("New Testament") is about REPENTANCE OF SIN. In other words, we were given OPPORTUNITY in our lifetime to reconsider our sinning ways to stop doing them - in effect, we were given time to redeem ourselves thru choice. In the Old Testament, no such opportunity for redemption was given - death came swiftly and brutally for the disobedient children of Israel and particularly its enemies. That is precisely what awaits those on Judgment Day when there are no longer "second chances".
The story of the adulterous woman in John 8:4 is a microcosm of the Old Covenant, New Covenant and Revelation because EVERYONE would be subject to immediate death - However - everyone, including the adulterous woman - MUST REPENT AND SIN NO MORE. Obviously, if she returned to her adulterous ways, she will not have mercy on the Day of Judgment from the Messiah who gave her - and all of us - the OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING and REDEEM OURSELVES BEFORE HIM.
God the Father was and is merciful - He sent His Son to give everyone OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AND FORSAKE THEIR SINNING WAYS - in other words, REDEMPTION thru REPENTANCE instead of automatic death as was the case in the Old Testament. The Messiah's ministry and ultimate price of torture and death was FOR THOSE THAT BELIEVE He was the Messenger spoken of by the prophets and do His Will which is to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND TESTIFY HE IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
Make no mistake - the Messiah WILL NOT HAVE MERCY on those who forsook Him and His gift of OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING WAYS, forgiveness of others and keeping God's Law come Judgment Day - He Himself has made this VERY CLEAR in Matthew 7:21-23 and from the wrath He will unleash during the Apocalypse. The consequence is still ETERNAL DEATH as His Father ordered and warned in the Old Testament.
The Parts of the Law / Torah That Apply Today
1. God's Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and 34 - which included several "forever" commandments).
2. The Seventh Day Sabbath (Exodus 31:13; Exodus 31:16-17; Leviticus 23:3). God told us that the Sabbath would forever be a sign between Him and the children of Israel (which includes every believer, grafted-in or otherwise!) In the end times (which we are in now) the seventh day Sabbath will distinguish TRUE believers from the "lukewarm" - especially when the Antichrist starts putting pressure on people to conform to his rules:
Exodus 31: 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, 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 the Lord who sanctifies you."
Exodus 31: 16 "Therefore the children of Israel 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 Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"
3. The Biblical Feasts are outlined in Leviticus 23 which states after each feast: "it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."
4. Keeping Kosher. Yes, eating "clean" foods was a "forever" commandment. You can search the Bible through, but you will never see that command negated. Kosher Law always was, and still is, YHWH's Law. He never said pork, shellfish, etc. were food! People called it food in rebellion against God. The NT passages (which Christians like to use as proof that appear to suggest we can eat whatever we want) deal with animals God gave us to eat and whether they are ceremonially clean and can be eaten at that time. Even in Peter's vision (Acts 11), Peter would never have eaten the kosher animals that had been in contact with treife (non-kosher) animals. Peter's vision was to show that the kosher animals were no longer considered unclean because they were among the treife. This was illustrating that the Gentiles were now to be accepted! The rest of the passage in Acts 11 shows that this is the correct interpretation and what the vision was all about....
For a complete outline, See Deuteronomy 14:1-21 and Leviticus 11. Also see Pastor Larry Lasiter's article, Food in the Bible.
5. Wearing tzit-zit, the "tassels" on the four corners of our garments. Today, we don't have "four-cornered" garments, but we can loop them through our belt loops or wear speak shirts (Google tzit-tzit for more info). Please see our articles on tzit-tzits and tallits.
Numbers 15: 37 ADONAI said to Moshe, 38 "Speak to the people of Isra'el (this includes women!), instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. 39 It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of ADONAI's mitzvot and obey them, so that you won't go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; 40 but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your God. 41 I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God. I am ADONAI your God."
6. Circumsicion. Abrahim, as part of his covenant with God, was commanded to circumcise his foreskin. "This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant" (Genesis 17:10-14).
Centuries later, God revealed what circumcision represented. "But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt- then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land" (Leviticus 26:40-42). Hence, uncircumcision represented stubborn sinfulness. Circumcision was done on the outward flesh, but it represented the acceptance of the covenant in the mind, including the willingness to obey the laws within the covenant. When God told Israel, "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer" (Deuteronomy 10:16), it meant that they were remove their stubborn sinful thoughts from their minds. In other words, they were to purge sin from their lives and become obedient to the laws of God. "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live" (Deuteronomy 30:6).
God's Ten Commandments
Catholic/Christian Ten Commandments
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before Me.
Exodus 20:4-6 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my Commandments.
Deleted. See also idolatry in the Catholic Church
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.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: 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.
Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Honour thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
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.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
God's Law is a Way of Life
Keeping God's Law becomes a way of life soon afterwards when you know and accept it as being the very instruction the Father commanded to be followed forever and His son both fulfilled and taught His disciples to keep. You will need to sacrifice some things you've grown accustomed to and enjoyed - but you must not lose focus on the ultimate goal - sainthood in the kingdom of heaven.
The Word of God the Father are His commandments which have been mistranslated to simply meaning "Law" which is found in every bible today when in fact it means instruction/teaching: (Torah (//; Hebrew: תּוֹרָה, "Instruction", "Teaching" -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah) for living in this world and for eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Scripture tells us the Word was made flesh. That flesh was the Messiah. The Torah therefore is the Nazarene made flesh and explains how he confounded the sages at the age of 12 by His complete and thorough understanding of it.
You may well be keeping most of the Law to your life already - so no need to feel overwhelmed by keeping it. It comes down to ridding yourself of venerating objects such as crosses, statutes, rosaries and keeping the 7th day Sabbath which is from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. That means you must give up pagan holidays such as Easter, Christmas, and Lent among other such pagan Christian holidays. Not easy and some relationships may be strained but remember, God before family and friends. If they truly love you, they will accept your faith. If they don't, so be it - you will know in your heart, mind and soul your are following the way thru the small and narrow gate to the Eternal Father and Son that few find.
Read this thoroughly - it makes up 1/2 of the requirement to enter the kingdom of heaven. The material below is an overview of it's key elements. I have found that I sin far less and do more good for others since keeping the Father's Law than when I followed Christian doctrines.
“Do not think that I come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. For assuredly, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:18
Can it be more clear than that? So who are you to believe - the Son of God or a heretic and fraud named Paul who came to destroy the Law? Who gave him that right - the Father or the Messiah? The simple fact is neither one did.
The Law of God is the covenant for ALL the children of Israel - both the spiritual and the physical 12 tribes descended from Yisrael the son of Abrahim which involves following a way of life embodied in a set of religious obligations and civil laws (halakha). Unfortunately the word Hebrew and Israelite has been replaced with "Jewish" which is patently false since it conveys an inclusivity of the Law for Jews and likewise, an exclusivity to all "non-Jews". Nothing could be further from the truth:
"Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your
God." Leviticus 24:22
As much as you must see for yourself how all the scriptures coming from the Father, the Messiah, the Prophets and the true, legitimate Apostles confirm keeping God's Law which is still in effect, likewise you need to read the "Lawless Paul" page to prove beyond any doubt the heresy of this self-proclaimed apostle whose false doctrines led to the creation of Christianity and all its illegitimate offspring - the very Beast of Revelation that curses and violates the Word of God.
The Real Meaning of Torah
he word Torah is a frequently used and misused Hebrew word. In our English Bibles, it is commonly translated “law.” This is sometimes appropriate, often misleading.
The word Torah in Hebrew usage has a range of meanings. As with all words, usage and context determine
meaning in any given instance. It is bad methodology to assign the meaning of “law” to the word torah, and then to say that is what it means in every instance of usage. The definition given for torah in Strong’s Concordance is fundamentally in error. It is also misleading and can be used to support an erroneous theology about Biblical law. Strong’s (No. 8451) gives the following definition for torah: “a precept or statute, espec. The Decalogue or the Pentateuch – law.”
Torah does not mean “precept,” “statute,” or “law.” Nor does it primarily refer to the Decalogue. It can, in some contexts, refer to the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses).
An authoritative definition of torah is provided in A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Brown, Driver, Briggs), on page 435d: “direction, instruction, law.” Note that the primary definitions are “direction” and “instruction.” There are instances where the word can mean “law” but it is the context and usage that determines which meaning is intended.
The word torah is a noun derived from the verb yara meaning to “throw” or “shoot” (BDB, p. 434d). For example, when Pharoah’s armies were “cast” into the sea, the word used is yara. If in ancient times, one asked for directions, the person given them might “cast” or “throw” his hand in a given direction and say, “It’s that way.” We cast or throw stones in a given direction. We point a finger to provide instruction. We shoot an arrow at a target. Thus the verb yara came to mean to“lead” “guide” (BDB, p. 434d). It can also mean, “teach.” It is the word used for casting lots (Joshua 18:6). Another relevant meaning is to “point out” or “show” (ibid., p. 435).
In Genesis 46:28 we read, “And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen…” Hebrew translations say, “to point out the way.” The verb used here is yara. In Proverbs 6:13 of the KJV we see the term “teaches with his fingers.” Again the verb is yara. In Isaiah 9:14, yara is translated “teaching.”
BDB also points out that the word is used “specially of the authoritative direction given by priests on matters of ceremonial observance…they teach thy judgments to Jacob, and thy direction to Israel…” (Deut. 33:10). The word “teach” is yara.
So we see that the verb yara is the root from which the noun torah is derived. To “instruct” or “teach” is the verb. The “instruction” or “teaching” is the noun.
Notice now the discussion of the meaning of torah from an authoritative Jewish source (Back to the Sources edited by Barry Holtz):
“Torah for the Jewish tradition is a multifaceted term. On one level it refers to the first five books of the Bible, the content of the scroll found in any synagogue. In another more expanded sense, Torah is the Hebrew Bible as a whole. But Torah stands for more than one text or one book. Torah is revelation, the entire revelation and the entire activity of Jewish study throughout the generations. When the rabbinic sages speak of the Written Torah and the “Oral Torah” (the Oral Torah being the commentaries and holy texts of later generations) as both being given at Mount Sinai, they mean to suggest that all Jewish study is Torah and all Torah has the value of revelation” (Holtz, p. 12).
What Torah Does Not Mean
Holtz takes pains to clarify what the word Torah does not mean. He writes, “The title ‘Law’ however, is of Greek, not Hebrew, origin and derives from the word nomos, ‘law.’ This is familiar from the name of the fifth book of Torah,Devarim in Hebrew. This Hebrew name means ‘words’ and is taken from the first words of the book: ‘These are the words that Moses spoke to the Israelites across the Jordan…’ But in the Greek translation of the Bible adopted by the Christian Church, the book was entitled Deutero-nomos…which describes its contents as a review of the law, a second law” (Holtz. p. 84).
The Greek nomos is not an exact equivalent of the Hebrew torah. Holtz explains what torah does not mean: “The Hebrew word torah does not strictly mean ‘law.’ The fact that it does not is crucial to its role in Judaism. Hebrew does employ words for a ‘statute,’ a ‘ruling,’ and, of course, a mitzvah, a ‘commandment.’ But the word torah itself means ‘instruction’ or ‘teaching.’” (Holtz p. 84).
Note that Holtz considers it “critical to Judaism” that the word torah be correctly defined and used.
A Second Witness
Ariel and D’vorah Berkowitz, both of whom are Messianic Jews, write in their book Torah Rediscovered: “First and foremost, the Torah is God’s teaching. This is the primary meaning of the Hebrew word Torah…Moreover, the root for ‘Torah’ can be traced to the Hebrew word meaning ‘to shoot an arrow,’ or ‘to hit the mark.’ Thus, the word ‘Torah’ means literally, ‘teaching,’ whether it is the wise man instructing his son, or God instructing Israel.’ Hence, we can say that ‘Torah’ is God’s teaching, hitting the mark of man’s needs, including his need to know who God is and what His righteousness looks like.
“Torah is a document in which God has revealed Himself to mankind and taught us about Himself and His righteousness. In the Torah, one can learn all the theological concepts which are expanded upon throughout the rest of the Bible, such as sin, sacrifice, salvation, sanctification – and Messiah, the One who accomplishes it all” (Torah Rediscovered,pp. 7-8).
A Third Witness
Torah, explains Rabbi Morris Kertzer in What is a Jew? (pp. 108-109): “…is our way of life…All the vastness and variety of Jewish tradition…More narrowly, the Torah is the most revered and sacred object of Jewish ritual – the beautiful hand-written scroll of the Five Books of Moses…which is housed in the Ark of the Synagogue.”
So the word Torah can be defined broadly or narrowly, but it does not strictly mean “law” and should not be so translated or used. The correct translation in most instances would be “instruction,” “teaching” or “direction.” The Greek wordnomos is not an exact equivalent of torah. Torah does not mean “law” in the sense of English Common Law.
Arthur Hertzberg explains that, “…the concept of ‘Torah,’ in its full national significance, cannot be rendered adequately in any other tongue. Its content and connotations embrace more than ‘religion’ or ‘creed’ alone, or ‘ethics’ or ‘commandments’ or ‘learning’ alone, and it is not even just a combination of all these, but something far transcending all of them. It is a mystic, almost cosmic, conception” (Judaism, p. 85).
Neither Greek nor English have an adequate word for translating the concept behind the Hebrew torah. Nomos (law) is certainly inadequate to the task. Yet, in the New Covenant writings, or even in the earlier Septuagint translation, whennomos is used for the Hebrew word torah it can be misleading. This is especially true in the teachings of Jesus and later Paul. Much bad theology about Mosaic “Law” has been formulated on the basis is a misunderstanding of the concept of Torah.
To work with the concept torah we must first gain an adequate understanding of what it meant and means to the Hebrew mind. That meaning goes far beyond the idea of law or commandments. It is the sum total of all of the instruction and inspired discussion of God and his self-revelation from the beginning of time to the present. It is a grand concept – perhaps grander than can be conceived by the average Christian mind.
God's Dietary Law
I absolutely use to love to eat all types of pork products, shrimp cocktails, lobster and frog legs and still crave them at times - but I accepted God's word on the matter and though it was not easy, I stopped eating them completely. If I could, so can you. Go Kosher- it's for your own good.
SOME COMMON CLEAN ANIMALS
A World Health Organization (WHO) group declared on Monday (10/26/2015) that processed meat, such as hot dogs and bacon, causes cancer and red meat may as well.
2. God's "Core" Law
What do is meant by God's "Core Law"? It is those fundamental commandments in place since the days of Adam till the Book of Revelation. Obviously Adam, Eve and their descendants thru Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Noah knew nothing of the "Mosaic Law" - but they knew full well God's "Core" Law. Below is an excellent article that explains it in clear detail:
Did the Ten Commandments Precede Moses?
Most suppose that the Ten Commandments “ended with Christ” and “started with Moses.” Is this correct? Were the Ten Commandments in force before Moses? If so, is there biblical proof that they were?
Most leaders of professing Christianity insist that the core of God’s Spiritual law—the Ten Commandments—is done away. They call it the “law of Moses” and claim that it was abolished by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. But they do not know the difference between the Levitical sacrificial rituals, the law of Moses and the law of God.
A combination of ignorance and an attempt to minimize the Ten Commandments as “dispensational” (obligatory for a limited period of time), has caused most to believe the Ten Commandments did not exist prior to Moses receiving them on Mount Sinai. Is this true? Is this what the Bible teaches? While a companion article here will address whether the New Testament requires obedience to these great laws, our purpose here is to examine the period from Creation to Moses. Keeping in mind that scripture cannot be broken, what scriptures can be examined for proof?
Law of Moses or God’s Law?
The Ten Commandments were never called the law of Moses, but rather the law of God. First, understand this! The law of Moses consisted of (1) the civil laws, which were statutes and judgments that Moses relayed to the people from God, recorded in Exodus 21-23 and in the remaining books of the law and (2) the ritualistic laws (or ergon) that were added later, summarized in Hebrews 9:10. They were ordinances regulating the job of the tribe of Levi in temple service and sacrifices (Leviticus 1-7) and associated functions. The Greek word ergon means “works,” as in the “works of the law,” as found inGalatians 2:16. This refers to the labor involving the Levitical rituals that were abolished by Christ’s sacrifice.
The Ten Commandments were already in force long before they were officially given to Israel at Mount Sinai. In fact, they have existed since the creation of man. The Ten Commandments were never part of the law of Moses or the Levitical sacrificial system. The civil laws and sacrifices were based on God’s commandments, which constitute the core of God’s laws. Thus, the Ten Commandments precede and transcend any and every lesser law or practice based upon them—statutes, judgments, precepts, and ordinances.
The Ten Commandments are God’s spiritual laws (Rom. 7:12, 14). They are just as active as the physical laws of gravity and inertia. Just as breaking physical laws results in physical consequences, breaking spiritual laws results in spiritual consequences.
Before proving that the Ten Commandments have existed since the creation of man, we need to understand the Bible definition of sin: “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3:4).
Romans 6:23 defines the penalty—the end result—of sin: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Notice: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come)” (Rom. 5:12-14).
In other words, Adam sinned. Sin is not imputed—does not apply—where there is no law (Rom. 4:15). Death reigned from Adam to Moses. (Remember, death is the penalty for sin, which is defined as the transgression of the law.) The only way Adam and his descendants could sin—break God’s spiritual law—is if God’s law already existed!
Instead of rejecting sin, false religionists reject the law. They view the law as a burden—they want to be free from keeping it. But notice the key lessons found in Romans 7:7: “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, You shall not covet.” It is not the law that is at fault, but sin. God reveals to us what sin is. He does this by His perfect law. On his own, man cannot discover God’s perfect law. God has to reveal and teach it to us.
Man’s First Sin
In the Garden of Eden, God talked to Adam and gave him clear, understandable instructions. Adam needed this. He was an adult with an adult mind, but God had to reveal to him the spiritual boundaries that Adam could not discover on his own, without breaking God’s laws. Genesis 2:15 states, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.” AndRomans 6:23 states “the wages of sin is death.”
Adam was given instructions on how to maintain the garden. He was also commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (not to decide for himself what is right or wrong), and was told what the penalty would be for disobeying this command.
God revealed to Adam, and to his wife, Eve, right knowledge about how to live. But He gave them the freedom to decide whether or not they would follow His way. This was free moral agency, which God has given to all mankind.
Satan, in the form of a serpent, told Eve that if she took the fruit of the forbidden tree, “You shall not surely die: For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:4-5). Being gullible in the face of Satan’s shrewd tactics, Eve fell for his deception and ate from the tree, as did Adam.
Adam sinned by acting against God’s command. He broke God’s law. In doing so, he became the servant of the one whom he obeyed—Satan. This principle is explained in Romans 6:16: “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
Whoever or whatever someone obeys and serves is his god. In this case, Adam and Eve broke the First Commandment byputting another god before the Creator God. In doing so, they also broke the Fifth Commandment, by dishonoring their Parent, in the sense that Adam was a created son of God (Luke 3:38). Their sin also involved stealing (the Eighth Commandment), in that they took something that was not theirs. Besides this, Eve lusted for the forbidden fruit. Lusting is coveting, which breaks the Tenth Commandment.
Breaking one commandment leads to breaking all of them. This is precisely what the Apostle James expressed in James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” God’s laws are interrelated and intricately woven together—if you break one, you eventually break them all.
In Genesis 4, Adam’s first son, Cain, became angry against his brother Abel, because God accepted Abel’s sacrifice, but not Cain’s. Notice how God admonished Cain in verses 6-7: “And the Lord said unto Cain, Why are you wroth [angry]? and why is your countenance fallen? If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him.” Cain murdered and broke the Sixth Commandment.
When someone is in the wrong frame of mind, sin does lie at the door, waiting to happen, because sinful thoughts lead to sinful actions. God commands us to rule over sin—to control those pulls and impulses to commit sin. Cain murdered Abel and lied to God about it. This is a direct violation of the Ninth Commandment, which forbids “bearing false witness against your neighbor.” Cain had sinned and he knew it. This happened a few decades after Adam had first sinned. Adam and Eve’s expanding family knew that sin was the breaking of God’s law, else God would not have held them accountable.
Other Commandments in Force Before Sinai
The Bible gives examples of each of the Ten Commandments being kept before Moses’ time. When God called Jacob to return to Bethel, where God had appeared to him approximately 21 years before, Jacob warned his people, “Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went” (Gen. 35:2-3). Jacob knew that God forbade idolatry—breaking the Second Commandment. By telling his household to put away their idols, this fulfilled the principle in Proverbs 16:6, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.”
When Abram told King Abimelech that Sarah, his half sister and wife, was merely his sister, he lied—another breaking of theNinth Commandment. Believing this, Abimelech sent for Sarah. Now notice Genesis 20:3-4, 6: “But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, for the woman which you have taken; for she is a man’s wife. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, will you slay also a righteous nation?…And God said unto him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; for I also withheld you from sinning against Me: therefore suffered I you not to touch her.” In this situation, Abimelech would have committed adultery, which is a sin. He would have broken the Seventh Commandment.
When Joseph was tempted by the advances of Potiphar’s wife, he “…refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master knows not what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:8-9). Joseph was well aware that adultery was sin. This occurred about 250 years before the law was officially presented to Israel at Mount Sinai!
During their march to the Promised Land, God told the Israelites to gather their daily amount of manna each morning. On the morning before the weekly Sabbath there would be enough for both days. This was because no manna would appear on the Sabbath, God’s day of rest. God intended that they rest on the Sabbath, rather than spend time gathering manna. This account is given in Exodus 16. In verse 28, after some of the people deliberately broke the Sabbath by attempting to gather manna, God told Moses, “How long refuse you [Israel] to keep My commandments and My laws?”
Now notice verses 29-30: “See, for that the Lord has given you the Sabbath, therefore He gives you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide you every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.” So, the Fourth Commandment was in effect before the law was given at Mount Sinai.
By the time Israel entered the land of Canaan, the nations there had “run the full course”—they had surpassed the threshold of moral collapse, much like nations have done today. God knew that this would happen and had told Abram about it, over 400 years earlier: “And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they [Abram’s seed—the nation Israel] shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full” (Gen. 15:15-16).
Here, the word “iniquity” comes from the Hebrew word avon, which means “perversity, mischief or sin.” If there had been no law in force, there would not have been any iniquity or sin for the Amorites, or any other nation, to commit. Refer to Leviticus 18:3, 19-30 for more description of the iniquity and abominations committed by the Canaanites. They included sacrificing—murdering—their children in the fire of Molech, every form of adultery and sexual perversity, and profaning the name of God.
Take a look at the pre-Flood world: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:1-3, 5-6). The word “wickedness” used here comes from the Hebrew word rah, which means “exceedingly evil.” So wicked was mankind that verse 6 tells us, “And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.” This wickedness brought every conceivable type of sin and blatant disregard for the sanctity of life.
These sins were imputed—pointed out—by the laws of God—the Ten Commandments, which existed from the creation of mankind.
These examples show that all the Ten Commandments preceded Moses. From Adam to Moses, all men had sinned—had broken God’s laws, the Ten Commandments. That is why God commended Abraham, saying, “Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws” (Gen. 26:5).
37And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' 38"This is the great and foremost commandment. 39"The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40"On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40