In Lev 26:1, we read, “Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am Yehovah your God”
This is plain and simple, do not pray to or bow down before idols or pillars.
Very few of us would deliberately pray to an idol or bow down before a pillar. Even if we would not do it intentionally, we might end up doing it without being aware of it. Ignorance does not excuse the crime; it is still a sin to break this commandment, even if it was done out of ignorance.
Very few Catholics would see it as a sin to show respect to a statue of Mary or kneel at a crucifix. Very few protestants would see it as a sin to kneel before a cross in worship. Why we do it does not matter, so to show respect to a statue of Mary, to kneel at a crucifix or before a cross is still a sin according to this commandment.
In Lev 19:16, we read, “Do not go about spreading slander among your people.
“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am Yehovah.” In Lev 25:17, we read, “Do not take advantage of each other but fear your God. I am the Yehovah, your God.”
It is a sin to gossip and to hurt or damage anyone with your speech.
This commandment does not prohibit us from rebuking a sinner, which can be hurtful for the sinner. What this commandment talks about is gossip and spreading rumors with malicious intent where we desire to hurt someone’s reputation and take revenge on them.
We are not to do anything endangering the life of another believer. When I am writing this, it is the year 2020, and the world is going through a pandemic called Covid-19. This commandment tells us that even though we have a constitutional right to gather in places of worship, it would be a sin for us to do so if we stand the risk of infecting anyone with Covid-19.
Perhaps when you are reading this, the Covid-19 pandemic has passed. But this also applies to other situations, if you are sick, do not endanger your fellow believer by infecting them. Do not do anything that might threaten their lives.
It is also a sin to take advantage of each other. This means a believer is not to cheat another believer in a business transaction; we are honest with each other and love our neighbor as ourselves.
In Lev 19:17, we read, ” Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.”
Yeshua repeats this in Matt 5:22 when He says hate is a sin, a sin equal to murder. In Matt 5:22, Yeshua makes it clear anger is not the same as hate. We are allowed to be angry if it is justifiable anger, but we are not allowed to stay angry. Anger can become hate, but to prevent that from happening, we are to rebuke our brother so it will not fester into hatred and unforgiveness and not share in their guilt.
In Lev 19:18, we read, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people but love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yehovah.”
We are not to seek revenge, and we are not to bear a grudge against anyone among our fellow believers.
So far, we have only scratched the surface of what the Torah teaches. As Christians, we believe Rom 3 and Rom 7, where it says the Torah shows us our sin and our need for salvation. What have you seen so far? Have you seen your sin and your need for salvation, even if you call yourself a Christian?
I hope you have because when we compare the Torah with mainstream Christianity, it is straightforward to see Christianity is knee-deep in sin, and they dont seem to care. Most Christians do not believe in Rom 3 and Rom 7; they think everything is ok as long as they have “prayed the sinner’s prayer and asked Jesus into their heart.”
This is the group we read about in Matt 7:21-23, Christians who believe they are going to heaven when they die, but instead, they hear “depart from Me, I dont know you, you who are without the Torah.”
If you have rejected the Torah, you have rejected Christ, and you are not saved.
Before we continue our Torah lessons, take a few moments, and reflect upon where you stand right now. If you died today, can you honestly say Yehovah would judge you as guilty or innocent when you know you will be judged by how you obeyed His Torah?
When you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, Yehovah is not going to ask you if you believed in His Son. He will ask you if your faith in His Son was evident in your obedience to His Torah.
How will the outcome be? Will He judge you guilty or innocent? Will you hear “depart from Me, I do not know you, you who are without Torah.”
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