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The Real Ten Commandments (Words)

Did you know that the 10 commandments in our modern Bibles do not contain the same commandments as the original Hebrew text?

Did you know they weren’t even called commandments until after Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome and went about divorcing Christianity from its Jewish heritage?

Each of the 10 Words from the CJB below is preceded by a letter from the Hebrew alphabet, which was copied from the Hebrew texts.

“Then God said all these words:TenWords

א “I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.

ב “You are to have no other gods before me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline. You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, ADONAI your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot.

ג “You are not to use lightly the name of ADONAI your God, because ADONAI will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly.

ד “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. but the seventh day is a Shabbat for ADONAI your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, ADONAI made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day, he rested. This is why ADONAI blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.

ה “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land which ADONAI your God is giving you.

ו “Do not murder.

ז “Do not commit adultery.

ח “Do not steal.

ט “Do not give false evidence against your neighbor.

י “Do not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (A: vii)”

Sh’mot (Exo) 20:1-8, 10-14 CJB


October 6, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Major Prayer Answered

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” Psalm 1:2, KJV

“The law of the Lord is perfect” Psalm 19:7a, KJV

“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10, KJV

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.” Psalm 119:1, KJV

“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” Psalm 119:10, KJV

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18, KJV

I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.” Psalm 119:174

“Lord, show me Thy face”. I have prayed this prayer for years, literally. To see the Lord’s face, to know Him more deeply, intimately, to better understand how to walk in His ways, and to be obedient to Him.

The Lord began to reveal Himself to me when I began to see how what I had been taught in churches just didn’t line up with what I was reading in His Word. So I decided to take off the doctrinal blinders I was given when I was saved and have been wearing for over 30 years. In other words, I began to study the Bible to see what IT says, and what the Lord is saying through it rather than what man says about the Bible through man-made doctrines.

And the journey has been an absolutely amazing blessing in my life!

But today, while praying, The Lord fully revealed the answer to my ongoing prayer. God has revealed Himself perfectly, through His Law (Torah, or, the first five books of The Old Testament). But the fullest revelation of God does not come just by reading His Torah, or even by understanding what it says.

In Hebrew, the word for belief or faith involves more than simple intellectual understanding, it involves doing as well. And that makes sense, what good is it to believe something if you don’t do it?

(Or, as James said, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:14, 17 KJV)

Therefore, the fullest revelation of God comes when one believes His Torah and keeps His Torah.

September 27, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, The Ten Commandments, The Torah | , , | Leave a comment

The Ten Commandments? Or The Ten Words?

I was watching a Bible teaching video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x90qou4FIjU&index=23&list=PL-ELxqmb8qfJmZfdYJfVLAIBjOnd-TehP if you are interested). This is a video provided on the “TorahClass) channel, an excellent channel that offers a great deal of depth in their studies.

One of the first things that caught my attention was the fact that in the original Hebrew, the first commandment (word) is not found in verse 3,

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” — Ex20:3

as we have been taught, but in verse 2,

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” — Ex 20:2

So, why did it change? Well, first of all, verse 2 is not a commandment by any stretch of the imagination, but still, verse 2 is the first, the first word. You can verify this for yourself if you look in any Jewish translation of the Old Testament (Tenakh) such as the Complete Jewish Bible. You will see that in the margin the commandments are numbered. Verse 2 with 1 (Aleph), verses 3-6 with 2 (Beth), verse 7 with 3 (Gimel), and from there the Hebrew scripture matches the English.

Notice when referring to the verses that start Exodus 20 I have sometime used the word commandment and others the word “word”. Iuse commandment because that is what most are used the hearing but I use “word” because that is what the Bible actually says. See Ex. 34:28, or Deu. 4:13, or Deu. 10:4. Exodus 34:28 says:

“And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

In all three of the verses cited above the phrase “ten commandments” is translated from the Hebrew (transliterated) “ ‘eser dabar”. The word ‘eser is simply the number “ten” and dabar is “words”. The word “dabar” appears over 1400 times in the Tenakh, 807 times the KJV translates it as “words” and only 20 times as “commandments”.

So which is the more appropriate translation? Obviously the majority says that “words” is correct, but what if the majority is wrong? Perhaps we should look at the “Commandments themselves to see if there is any help there.

Lets use a simple example, “Thou shalt not kill”. This command is obviously an imperative, a direct command directed at another person, and always in the second person.

Now the Hebrew for this commandment is simply “ratsach”, and according to Strong’s it is not imperative, but imperfect, specifying an action that is to occur in the present or future. An imperfect verb translation might be, “Do not kill”.

I checked several of the major English Bible translations and the all translate the verse as an imperative, either. “Thou shalt not kill”, or, “You shall not kill”. It’s as if these all insist that these are commandments, contrary to the Bible. On the other hand, the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible) translates the verse as “Do not murder.”, much more in keeping with the imperfect verb.

So, the main question that needs answering is, why do so many Bible translations translate “The Ten Words” as “The Ten Commandments”? And what is the origin of this translation?

That will be the subject of my next post.

August 26, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, The Ten Commandments | , | Leave a comment

Doing Righteousness

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. — 1 John 2:29 (ESV)

The Lord has really been opening my eyes of late. So many revelations of the righteousnessmeaning of His Word, and so many challenges to long-held beliefs.

For over 30 years of my Christian walk, I believed that I could never please YHWH, that all of my righteousness was as filthy rags in the sight of The Lord. I was taught that my righteousness was found only in Yeshua and that He, having lived a totally sin free, 100% righteous life imputed that righteousness to me when I believed in Him for salvation.

But the above verse says that I will know someone is born of Him because he practices righteousness. So, if I can practice righteous acts and they can be seen as righteous, they must be something other than filthy rags in the sight of YHWH. Indeed, they must be righteous.

So I looked back at the source of that filthy rags verse to see what it really says:

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. — Isaiah 64:6 (ESV)

It says, “We have all become unclean”, so it seems there was a time when they were not unclean. But when was that? And the answer is in the verses just above.

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.  You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.  Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;  in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? — Isaiah 64:4-5 (ESV)

If we read the verses in their correct order it is obvious that when those referred to (Israelites) “remembered YHWH in His ways they worked righteousness joyfully. It was when they stopped remembering YHWH in His ways that they became like one who is unclean and that their righteousness, no longer joyous, became like a polluted garment.

So yes, when we follow YHWH in His ways, our righteousness is a joyful thing and seen as righteous by The Lord. But when we forget the ways of YHWH, then all of our righteousness is profane, filthy, and unclean.

August 18, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Righteousness, Worship | , | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Backwards

One of the most frequent criticisms I hear concerning The Hebrew Roots Movement is HebrewRootsthat it’s adherents interpret the Bible backward. The argument goes something like this: They start in the Old Testament, in The Law and The Prophets, and let those writings then influence their understanding of the New Testament.

And as far as the argument goes, I would agree with it one hundred percent. That is exactly what Hebrew Roots adherents do.

However, those who make such arguments are the ones that have things backward.

They come to the Bible with a completely western mindset and read the New Testament with no regard at all for what the Old Testament says. They take certain key phrases like, “we are no longer under the law, but under grace”, and spin doctrines that fit their mindset and way of thinking, but these same doctrines do violence to the whole Word of God.

The basis for many of these doctrines that sound nice but do not fit the Bible has their roots in the writings of Paul. But what they fail to understand is that Paul did not share our western mindset, but rather was a Hebrew, a Pharisee, steeped in The Torah and The Prophets, and his doctrines relied completely on his worldview which was decidedly Middle-Eastern. Then people try to understand Paul from their western mindset and context without even learning what Paul was referring to in most cases.

News flash, when Paul was writing there was no New Testament, every proof text used by Paul was directly out of the Old Testament, which, since we are no longer under the law but under grace, most modern thinkers don’t spend much time there.

Perhaps if we are to understand a Middle-Eastern writer such as Paul or any of the New Testament writers, partially accepting Luke, we should spend some time learning what they knew without even thinking about it.

In other words, until we understand their worldview, their context, we will never fully understand what they are trying to teach, often with disastrous results.

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Revival, Scripture | , , | 2 Comments

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Dispensationalism

I have been to several churches during my Christian walk and every last one of imagesthem taught dispensationalism. It is only since I began to explore Hebrew Roots that I have seen this doctrine challenged.

I know, there are a lot of learned teachers that expound this doctrine, but after some study on my own, I can no longer believe it.

One of the tenets of dispensationalism is that The Lord deals with Jewish believers and Christians differently and that at the end of the Church Age or dispensation, the Church will be raptured (before the tribulation) and then God will deal with the nation of Israel during the tribulation. But after looking into Ephesians 2 fairly deeply, I can see that this tenet of dispensationalism does not fit does not fit with what the Bible says and must be discarded. And if one of the tenets is proven false, then the entire doctrine cannot be trusted.

So, what does the Bible say about Israel and The Church?

‘Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; ‘

Ephesians 2:11

There are two groups here, first, the Uncircumcision (Gentiles) and they were called that by the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, Israel.

‘That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: ‘

Ephesians 2:12

In the past, Gentiles were separate from the covenants of promise, given to Israel by the Lord in The Torah.

‘But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; ‘

Ephesians 2:13-15

So, in His flesh, Jesus Christ abolished the enmity and made in Himself of twain ( Israel and The Church) one new man. So then, if there is only “one new man” how can that “man” be both raptured and left behind to face the tribulation? This makes no sense at all!

I have read this passage probably a dozen times or more but always read it only at a surface level because it did not seem to make sense. It only made sense when I cast of the preconceived idea that dispensationalism must be true.

But now that I have begun to read the Bible and let it be the authority and the and the lens by which I examine the accepted doctrines on men, once difficult passages of the Bible are making a lot more sense.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Discipleship, Dispensatioinalism, Hebrew Roots | , , | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – The Sabbath

There are lots of teachings from Hebrew Roots sources explaining why The Sabbath is TheSabbathfor Christians today and I find myself agreeing with those teachings.  But here is one I believe they may have missed.

The Lord created everything in six days.  This is recorded in Genesis, chapter one. And then, at the start of chapter two we read:

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So, as I see it, the idea of a day of rest is not just part of Jewish ceremonial law, and it is not just part of the moral law,, see the fourth commandment, the idea of a day of rest is literally woven into the fabric of creation.

I believe this is further exemplified by what the Lord commanded in Leviticus 25:

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.”
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭25:2-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Not only was Israel commanded to keep a Sabbath every week, but to give the land a Sabbath rest every seven years.  And the Lord took this very seriously as He warns of the consequences of disobeying:

‘And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it. ‘

Leviticus 26:33-35

Does not the Lord seem to say that the land needed its rest?  It seems to me this was more than just a custom that He wanted to impress on His people, but something deeper, that is, Sabbath, or rest, is built into the very fabric of creation.

Therefore, the Sabbath is not just for Jews, and not just for Jews and Christians, but for all people, whether people of faith or not.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Hebrew Roots, Worship | , , | Leave a comment

I’m Tearing Two Pages Out Of My Bible

This one:




And this one.



It is one book, one Word of God, not two, and it doesn’t need any artificial separations to confuse matters.

July 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Being a Berean

As I have started learning about Hebrew Roots, what it is and what it teaches, I have TheBereanswatched a lot of videos on YouTube. In the beginning, I was little more than binge-watching, drinking in all that I could of a refreshing view of Biblical truth. But, as I soon discovered, all was not well. Not all YouTube sources are reliable or trustworthy. Let me give an example.

One video I watched wanted to prioritize Biblical teachings, The words of God first, then the words of Jesus, then the apostles, and finally the words of the disciples. But then it went on to say that if any of those sources was in conflict with a source that had a higher priority, then that teaching had to be set aside. So, if a teaching of Paul conflicted with a teaching from the Old Testament, then the teaching of Paul has to be rejected.

But this is a HUGE problem in that it completely subverts the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. It supposes that Man has a perfect understanding of the scriptures and that if two passages seem to conflict, then it must be the Bible that is in error rather than the understanding of the reader. The arrogance of that attitude is colossal and incredibly dangerous. This is heresy just waiting to happen.

No, either the Bible or to be more precise, the original manuscripts from which our Bible derives, are inerrant or the Bible cannot be trusted in anything that it teaches.

That error was easy to spot. No Berean style investigation was even necessary. But what about videos or sites where the error is more subtle?

And then I realized, this is why I need to test every teaching, look up their scripture references and make sure they are being used correctly. View the references in context, and see if the offered interpretation stands up in context. And then, look up similar verses and verify that the offered teaching does not conflict with those verses, in context, either.

This, of course, has slowed my watching considerably but at the same time, it has increased my level of conviction (of the truth) considerably as well.

July 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Hebrew Roots Journal – Baby Steps

For a while, not much changed. I continued with my daily readings baby-stepsfrom The Old and New Testaments and prayer with the one addition that I would now daily remember His calling and make myself available for whatever He would have me do.

This went on for a few weeks. I knew to just wait, that the Lord would speak again when His time was right.

One day, as I was watching a few Christian based YooTube videos from my favorite pastors, a recommendation for a video came up that attracted my attention. It was from a channel I had never heard of before, “James and Lea D Philia Ministries”. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRFecY0YwbXCFtTwNddXcw) So I clicked on the video and watched. I don’t remember the topic now, but I was definitely attracted by the subject matter. There are things in my experience with the institutional church that just leave me feeling empty at times, and I felt that this video helped to fill that emptiness. So I watched more. And over the next few days, a lot more.

I didn’t even know that this was a Hebrew Roots channel, I just knew they were saying a lot of things I needed to hear.

Now, I have had some contact in the past with Hebrew Roots people, and I always came away with a bad taste in my mouth, but these people were not like that at all. By this time I knew that James and Lea were Hebrew Roots, and I became very skeptical because of my past dealings with this crowd.

But James and Lea are always encouraging their listeners not to take their word for anything but to check everything they said in the scripture. And that is just what I have been doing.

July 10, 2018 Posted by | Discipleship, Follow Jesus, Hebrew Roots | , , | Leave a comment