THE WAY TO LIVE_DOT III (YOUR ROLE) // CHAPTER 19
In the Old Testament, God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments.
1. Do not have any other Gods before me.
2. Do not worship anything except me.
3. Do not use my name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not lie.
10. Do not covet.
These Ten Commandments went on to form the basis of all Jewish law.
These are simple principles that govern personal ethics as well as a relationship to God. By the time Jesus showed up in the New Testament, 603 laws had been added to these original ten. It was a full-time job trying to learn, understand and apply these 613 laws to the Jewish community.
These were divided into positive (do this) and negative (don’t do this) commandments.
There were 365 negative commands, one for each day of the year. And there were 248 positive commands, one for each bone and main organ in the human body as they understood it.
This list was also further divided in many ways depending on the scholar that was interpreting the law.
These commands varied from things like:
· Know that God exists (Exodus 20:2)
· Pray to God daily (Exodus 23:25)
· Don’t take revenge or have grudges (Leviticus 19:18)
· Men can’t wear women’s clothes and vice versa (Deuteronomy 22:5)
· Don’t sacrifice your children in a fire to idols (Leviticus 18:21)
· Don’t eat the fruit of a tree its first three years (Leviticus 19:23)
· No magic allowed (Deuteronomy 18:10)
· Don’t sacrifice animals bought with the wages of a prostitute, or any animal that you exchanged for a dog (Deuteronomy 23:19)
People that were experts in the law, like the religious experts, believed that obedience to the law was the way they related to and pleased God.
Then Jesus showed up in Israel and began teaching. He gained a following. He seemed to have a deep command of Jewish law. But if you ask the religious leaders of that time, he was not one of them. He was saying that other things were more important than the law, which didn’t fit their narrative. They were always trying to test and catch Jesus, trying to show how much he didn’t know. By doing this, they hoped to reveal him as a false teacher and turn his followers away.