How Deep Is Your Love
The Eternal Creator?
by Minister, D. J. Love, TSN, SBC
Have you ever attempted to measure the depth of your love for your Creator ? Well, if you haven't, then I must honestly tell you that nowhere in the Holy Scriptures is there one single person who received the "Promise of Salvation" that wasn't shown how to "Love YHVH with All their Mind, Life or Soul, and Heart."
Remember what Messiah Y'Shua said when asked what was the greatest commandment ?
36 "Teacher, which is the greatest Commandment (Vow) in the Law (Covenant)?"
37 Y'Shua said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your EL with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
38 This is the first and great Commandment (Vow).
39 A second like unto it is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 The whole Law (Covenant) and the prophets (prophecies) depend (are built) on these two Commandments (Vows)."
So, did you not already realize that all of YHVHCommandments (ordinances, precepts, laws, etc. . .) are in reality the words to the Marriage Vow (Covenant of Love) made by YHVH's Children with YHVH?
5 Now therefore, if ye (the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob or Israel) will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the Earth is mine:
6 And ye (the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob or Israel) shall be unto me a Kingdom of Priests, and an Holy Nation (In the Coming Kingdom of YHVHon Earth). These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the Children of Israel (Heirs to the promise made to Abraham).
7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the YHVHcommanded him.
8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that YHVHhath spoken (Commanded) we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto YHVH.
In the above verses it is easy to see that all of our Creator's Laws, Commandments, and Prophecies revolve around these two Commandments. As a matter of fact, it is nearly common knowledge that the "Ten Commandments," as given to Moses by YHVH, was summarized by Messiah Y'Shua in light of Matthew 22:36-40 above as follows:
"The Greatest Commandment" (Matthew 22:36-38) summarizes the first five (some say four) of the "Ten Commandments", and "A Second Like Unto It" (Matthew 22:39-40) summarizes the last five (some say six) of the "Ten Commandments". I say that YHVHis your real Father, and in any event, your Earthly mother and Papa are not simply neighbors, but allegories for YHVH. Thus, I group The Fifth Commandment with "The Greatest Commandment."
Therefore, it is a safe bet that you can, also, judge the depth of your own love by the "Ten Commandments" (Covenant "MarriageVows" of Love). So why don't we take a deeper look into the real meanings found within the "Ten Commandments" or Torah of Love.
The First Commandment
Love towards YHWH
Exodus 20:3 & Deuteronomy 5:7
"You shall have no other gods before me."
This word "Before" in Hebrew is "Al" meaning "Esteemed More Than"
At first glance it looks like this is an easy Commandment to keep. After all, when was the last time that you can remember praying to the goddess Isis, the Sun god Apollo or to any of the hundreds of other pagan gods and goddesses? Most of us don't even know their names. So this is an easy one to "Keep" . . . . Right? Well, before we start jumping to any conclusions why don't we ask ourselves this question: Who has the power and wisdom to determine what is good or what is evil, and to determine who will have Salvation or who will not? Is it mankind or YHVH? Of course, it is our Creator YHVH. So where will you place your trust and faith? In Mankind, your Minister or Priest, your Doctor, yourself, an engraved rock, Science and Technology, Mother Nature, Satan (Source of Human Nature) or in The Creator YHVH? I am going to assume that you realize that only The Creator YHVHhas the power to save us from ourselves and "Self-inflicted-destruction". So, with that in mind, let us learn for ourselves what it is that our Creator YHVHhas already determined to be "Good" or "Evil", and "The Path" (direction) His Word has made clear for us to follow (Obey).
28 Observe (obey, do, follow) and hear (pay attention to) All These Words which I Command You (this is not a suggestion), that it may go well with you, and with your children after you forever, when you do that which is Good and Righteous (Not Evil) in the eyes of YHVHyour Elohim (not in your opinion, but YHVH's opinion).
Note: If you do not do that which is good and righteous (In YHVH's Opinion) then it will not go well with you or your children, forever.
29 When YHVHyour Elohim shall cut off (Destroy or Eliminate) the nations from before you (YHVHis speaking to His first symbolic wife and her children, Israel, which is-are-was our example), where you go in to dispossess them (the unrighteous), and you dispossess them, and dwell (Establish your homes) in their land;
Note: YHVHis warning against learning about and practicing the evil influences (unrighteousness seeking pagan culture) that His beloved children (including us) will be exposed to.
30 Take Heed To Yourself that you Are Not Ensnared (Cleverly Tricked or Trapped) to follow (Imitate) them (The Unrighteousness Seekers), after they are destroyed from before you; and that you Do Not Inquire After (Do Not Be Curious About) their gods (idols), saying, "How do these (unrighteousness seeking) nations serve their gods (Pagan Traditions and Pagan Customs)? Even so, will I do likewise."
31 You Shall Not Do So (Do Not Imitate the imaginations of humans; their Pagan Customs and Traditions, and unrighteousness seeking.) to YHVHyour Elohim: for every abomination, which YHVHhates, have they done to their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods (YHVHRemembers Their Evil and YHVHNever Forgets).
32 WHATEVER THING I COMMAND YOU, THAT SHALL YOU OBSERVE TO DO: YOU SHALL NOT ADD THERETO, NOR DIMINISH FROM IT. (Be Obedient! Show Me That You Love Me, and Trust Me ONLY. Do NOT Place Trust In Yourself Or Think More Highly Of Your Own Opinions. Just Do exactly What I Tell You To Do, And Do NOT Imitate Different Ways, Improvise, Modify, Or Alter in any way what I COMMAND You to Do for your own good.)
YHVHIs Saying: "I AM The Mighty EL, The Father!" "You Are NOT The Self-existent One! "I AM !" "However, you are in the unique position to become my children!" "OBEY ME OR ELSE I will be required to destroy you for "Righteousness Sake" just the same as I destroyed these pagans from before you!" "If you place your will above My Will, then you evidently ESTEEM yourself more than you ESTEEM Me, your Creator!" "Where Is Your Humility?" "Why do you choose Satan inspired Human Nature over MY RIGHTEOUS NATURE?" "Do you see yourself as a god too?" With this in mind, who do you worship?
DO YOU ADD TO YHVH's COMMANDMENTS?
YHVHIs Saying: Do you observe the pagan holidays of Xmas, Easter (Ishtar), Halloween, Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick's Day, Saint Valentines Day, May Day, Groundhog Day, etc. . Do you say prayers or "Hail Marys" to Mary the "Queen Of Heaven (The Sky)" ? Can you show me where I commanded you to do so?
. Do You Say Prayers To Patron Saints? Do you go to Ishtar (Easter) "Sunrise Services", Observe Lent, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday or make Sunday your day for holy convocation (assembly)? Can you show me where I commanded you to do so?
DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM YHVH's COMMANDMENTS?
YHVHIs Saying: Do you simply not worship ME at all, but follow your own will? Do you fail to observe MY Sabbaths (Weekly & Annual) as a Holy Convocation? Does the focus of your prayers center around your needs OR on the needs of others ? If so, how does this self-willed and disrepectful attitude bring honor upon MY reputation (Good Name)?
The Second Commandment
Love towards The Eternal Father
8 "You shall not make an engraved (carved, milled or casting from an engraved mold) image for yourself nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water lower than the earth:
9 you shall not bow down yourself to them (physically or mentally), nor serve them; for I, YHVH, your El, am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me;
10 and SHOWING LOVING KINDNESS TO THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO LOVE ME AND "KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS".
Well, Most of us "Keep" this one, Right? If you're a Protestant then you might be thinking that those Universal Romans (catholics) are the worst offenders of this Second Commandment, and you would be partially correct, but is the ROMAN church the only offender?
8 You shall not make: an engraved image for yourself of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water lower than the earth: nor any likeness ..... (con't to)
If we take this literally, then No Carved Statues, No Cast Moldings, No Injected Plastic Shapes or Stamped Shapes of Anything! However, what is truly being said here is slightly less restrictive, and since the implication is anything that is or could be esteemed higher than YHVH(including Jesus Christ), know this, YHVHplaces the burden of obedience through Love on each and every one of us as individuals, and YHVHcannot be fooled!
Do you have a "Crucifix" that you just can't help kissing or praying to? A "Good Luck" Charm in which you have placed your trust or hope? Any Sports Hero action figures? Any special rock or glass crystals with so called powers? Any chocolate Easter bunnies? A Madonna with Child? A St. Christopher medal? Angelic statues? The list is endless!
(con't from) ....... nor any likeness (image) of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Do you have any paintings, etchings, photographs of Jesus Christ? Of music or rock stars (idols)? Of actors or actresses? Do you have any nude photographs of men or women or children that you really enjoy looking at? ....Shall I continue?
Now, do we actually have to bow down to an image or statue, etc. in order to worship it? Do you find yourself feeling defensive? Regardless of how we might feel about this, we can only honestly come to one conclusion. No, we do not have to actually physically bow down to an image in order to worship it or serve it ! . .We can Spiritually bow down to these things by simply esteeming any one of them (in our minds or hearts) to be more value to us than YHVHour Creator. Of course, you will esteem these things more than YHVHif you continue to keep them knowing that YHVHhates your decision to do so! Additionally, our actions speak louder than our words when it comes to observing any of YHVH's commandments.
Do your actions speak louder than your words? . . . I pray not !
The Third Commandment
Love towards The Eternal
You shall not take the name of YHVHyour EL in vain (Hebrew "Shav"): for YHVHwill not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain (Shav).
. . The Hebrew word "Shav" (In Vain) covers a broad spectrum of meanings, and we will cover each of them separately. Those meanings are:
(1) In a "Desolating" way... Which is to deprive YHVHof His Children. Anyone, who says anything against YHVHor YHVH's Will for mankind in such a way that it causes or could cause a "Called" disciple to abandon his or her Calling.... That person has used YHVH's Name in Vain!
(2) In an Evil Destructive way... Which is to harm the high public opinion of the Perfect and Righteous character of YHVH(Which is YHVH's Holy Spirit).
* The implication of using YHVH's name in a display of cursing and swearing, such as "God D_ _ _ it !" , as in when you smash your finger with a hammer is most likely this 'Evil and Destructive' way. I believe that the concept behind NOT using YHVH's name in vain is one of respect, and if this form of disrespect should occur an immediate repentant attitude should follow.
(3) In an Idolatrous way... Which is to make the only True G-d to appear no better than a useless false pagan god. This one already has YHVHvery angry with those people, and churches that have applied YHVH's name to the ancient customs and traditional practices of (christo-) paganism.
(4) In a false or lying way (to deceive)... "To bear false witness against YHVH."
(5) In the way of human Vanity... "To mock YHVHin order to 'Puff Up' one's own ego." As in these examples: (To say, think or believe something similar to the following) "So where is your God now when you need Him?" or "Let's see if your God can save you from my wrath?"
The Fourth Commandment
Love towards YHVHand from YHWH
This Fourth Commandment symbolizes
that True Love is not a one way street.
12 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy, as YHVHyour EL commanded you.
13 Six days shall you labor, and do all your work;
14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHVHyour Elohim: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates; that your man-servant and your maid-servant may rest as well as you.
15 You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt (Sin), and YHVHyour Elohim brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm: therefore YHVHyour Elohim commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
Now I Will Repeat The Above Commandment With All Of Its Parallel Meanings For True Believers Today.
12 Observe (Hebrew "Shamar"... to "Protect", "Watch Over", "Attend To", "Keep", "Save", and "Preserve") The Sabbath Day (Not "A" Sabbath Day, but "The" Sabbath Day), to Keep (Shamar) it Holy, as YHVHyour Elohim commanded you.
13 Six days shall you labor, and do all your work;
14 but the Seventh Day is a Sabbath (Of Rest) to YHVHyour Elohim: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates; that your man-servant and your maid-servant may rest as well as you.
15 You Shall Remember (you are given no choice) that you were a Servant in the land of Egypt (A Servant to Sin), and YHVHyour Elohim brought you out of there by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm: therefore YHVHyour Elohim commanded you to Keep (Hebrew "ASAH"... "Observe" In The Broadest Possible Sense) The Sabbath Day.
And *IF* you have been faithfully following my sermonettes, you should know by now as to why YHVHwants you to "PROTECT", OBSERVE", "KEEP", "SAVE", "PRESERVE", "ATTEND TO", and "WATCH OVER" The SABBATH DAY. Why? Because those of you who are obedient to this commandment (through Love) will have mysteries revealed unto you, that will endear you to The Eternal Father!
8 For The Son Of Man (Messiah Y'Shua) is Lord of The Sabbath.
12 Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath Day.
However, any act of Righteous Love is correct, and always has been, but the ancient Israelites were too legalistic to understand this.
27 He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
28 Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath."
This does NOT mean that man has the right to change the Sabbath to another day. This verse was stated to show that it is lawful to perform acts of kindness and love on the Sabbath, so that "Man" may benefit from that "Love" and not suffer from being under Legalism. See "Authority Of The Church."
The Fifth Commandment
Love towards Parents
Who Spiritually Symbolize YHVH
Honor (Hebrew "Kabad" Or "Kabed"...see definition below) your Earth father and your Earth mother, as YHVHyour Elohim commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you, in the (promised) land which YHVHyour Elohim gives you.
See "Kingdom of YHVHon Earth"
Kabad Or Kabed... Either of these words implies a deep sense of commitment regardless of conditions. A commitment that is very similar to marriage vows where it says "Until Death Do Us Part". That, even in hardship or death, we should show love and respect to our parents, and not cause them shame. That we should treat them as our superiors even if it isn't true. This type of Honor is not detrimental to us, but strengthens our character, and our relationships with our Physical Parents, as well as, With Our Creator. Always remember... Love Is Selfless, and Love Is Humble!
1 Corinthians 1:27-28
27 but YHVHchose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. YHVHchose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong;
28 and YHVHchose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are:
The Last Five Commandments
Love towards all of Mankind
17 You shall not murder.
18 Neither shall you commit adultery.
19 Neither shall you steal.
20 Neither shall you give false testimony against your neighbor.
21 Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife; neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.
These Last Five Commandments are fairly easy to understand, and most of us have never murdered anyone. but ....
Deuteronomy 5:17-21 (expounded by Matthew 5:17-48)
Matthew 5:17-48 (Messiah Y'Shua explains the "Intent" of The Ten Commandments Of Love)
Don't think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to make Replete (More abundant through acts of Love). For most assuredly, I tell you, until heaven and Earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law (Torah), until all things are accomplished. Whosoever, therefore, that shall break even the least one of these Commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven On Earth (Paradise); but whosoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven On Earth (Paradise) (That is assuming you actually make it into The Kingdom!).
20 For I tell you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (On Earth).......
Matthew 5:21-26 'YOU SHALL NOT MURDER;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.' But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment;....... ....... Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.......
Matthew 5:27-32 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY;' but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart........ It was also said, 'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,' but I tell you that whoever who puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, MAKES HER AN ADULTERESS; and whoever shall marry her when she is put away COMMITS ADULTERY.
Matthew 5:32-37 'YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS,....... but I tell you, don't swear at all:.......
Matthew 5:42 Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you (Use Discernment Here. YHVHLoves A Giver, but NOT a thief !)....
Matthew 5:44 I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, ....
Matthew 5:46-47 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same? If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be PERFECT (by Intent), just as your Father in Heaven is PERFECT.
* If you are motivated by "Love" then this task will be a labor of "Love," but if your heart is not motivated by "Love," then you will find this task to be an impossible mountain to climb.
Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.
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