Did Yeshua Redeem Us From The Law?

My friends, let me tell you, when I say, 'Sh'ma Yisrael, hear oh Israel, hear and obey, hear and do,' if you're not Israel, then you're not part of Abraham.

Israel is what G-d changed Jacob's name to when Jacob was doing the right thing, and if you're in the Abrahamic Covenant, then "Israel" means you.

Abraham made a covenant with G-d by faith; G-d made a covenant with Abraham. Then, Abraham broke the covenant because he swore an oath to Abimelech, the King of the Philistines, who is the god of the Philistines. And when Abraham made this oath with Abimelech, G-d automatically cut Abraham out.

Immediately after Abraham made the covenant with Abimelech, G-d told Abraham to take his only son Isaac up to the mountain and sacrifice him. We know Abraham actually did sacrifice him and that Isaac was probably in the grave for three years.

And when Isaac came out of the grave, the covenant was renewed in Isaac by G-d. And then he messed up and chose his son Esau over Jacob. And because they knew what Jacob was going to be before he was even born, he was given the name "Jacob" which means "deceiver."

We have learned that Jacob ran away and didn't accept G-d until he came back into the land. He believed in the G-d of Abraham and Isaac, the G-d of his fathers, but he never called Him his G-d. Then, when he finally came into the land, we saw that he built a sacrificial altar to G-d and called it "the altar to the G-d of Jacob, the G-d of Israel."

So, this is why in Judaism we don't say "the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." We say, "the G-d of Abraham, the G-d of Isaac and the G-d of Jacob." The three patriarchs were each fathers. And each one of them picked up and ran with the covenant. Now let me show you something:

Israel (Jacob) had twelve children. Each one of them carried on Torah. Each carried on G-d's will. Each did the Commandments of G-d. Therefore, we don't ever again need another covenant. And when people say, "Well, I have nothing to do with Israel, I'm not Israeli," realize that we're not talking about the land of Israel, we're talking about Israel who is Jacob. We're talking about the son of Isaac. That's one thing I really want you to understand because it's very important for you to understand that to understand who you are in Yeshua HaMeshiach.

We're getting into a time when people really want to know who they are so let's start finding out who we are. Let's stop with all this "spiritually Jewish," and "spiritually Israel," stuff. If you're part of the Abrahamic Covenant, you are Israel. That's all I can say to you. Are you the land of Israel? No, but guess what? That covenant G-d made with Abraham also includes the land of Israel. Praise the L-rd, Praise the L-rd.

Ok. Listen. I've got a very, very exciting teaching as far as I'm concerned, anyway. I want to write about something that has been bounced around and bounced around and I want to write about, "Did Yeshua redeem us from the Law?" Did Yeshua redeem us from the Law? Isn't that what everybody teaches us? Isn't that what we hear in every church, from every pulpit, from every pastor? Yeshua redeemed us from the curse of the Law; Yeshua certainly did not redeem us from the Torah, which people mistakenly call the Law.

Well, my friends, it's been a real picnic with this subject because we always hear people say, "Well, I'm not under the Law." We need to know what Law we're talking about here. You know, Romans 8:2 says, "For the Law of the spirit of life in Christ Yeshua has made me free from the Law of Sin." He did not set us free from the Torah, the Word of G-d. He set us free from the Law of sin and death! I hope you understand the difference here.

There is some documentation on how all of this wording got screwed up in the Writings of the Apostles. I think this is probably one of the biggest problems in the church today. There arose in Alexandria a Greek translation of the Bible called a Septuagint. 'Septuagint' means 'seventy elders.' Now this translation gets its name from the legend of its origins. King Ptolemy the Second of Philadelphius reigned from 283 to 246 B.C.E. and established a Library in Alexandria.

What he wanted to do in Alexandria was to have all the wisdom of all of the nations translated into the Greek tongue and placed in his Library. He was informed that he must include a copy of the sacred writings of the Jews. He sent away to the high priest in Jerusalem and the high priest was put under tremendous pressure. The Jews did not want to do anything in Greek or for the Greeks. Remember, the Greeks didn't make anyone take over their religion, the Greeks melded people in like today's New Agers. They were Hellenists and whether a person was Christian or Catholic or Protestant or Jewish or Muslim, as far as the Greeks were concerned, everyone was one.

So, when Ptolemy informed the high priest that he wanted to have the Hebrew Bible translated into Greek, the high priest sent him 70 of the finest sages in Israel who knew Greek. But, before he sent them, he learned what tactics Ptolemy used when sages from other lands translated their holy books into Greek. The priest learned that Ptolemy always asked to have numbers of people come to do the translating. And, that when they arrived, Ptolemy separated them into separate rooms, similar to cells. Their physical needs were met and they were given supplies but there was no contact between them so that there could be no possibility of collaboration for the purpose of perverting the translation.

The Jews were very, very against translating their Bible into Greek. They wanted it to stay esoterically Hebrew because in Greek, it wouldn't have been the same Torah. So, these 70 sages who knew Greek rehearsed exactly what they would do. They agreed upon what key words they would change so that instead of making a mockery of the Torah, their translation wouldn't even be the Torah.

Now when they arrived in Egypt, just as they expected, Ptolemy locked each of them in a cell with a copy of the Hebrew Scriptures, pens, and blank paper. He provided for all their needs, but they were not allowed to leave their cells until they had finished the complete translation. After seventy days, the elders had completed their work. (Now, 70, by the way, is the number of the nations, the Goyim. Remember when G-d separated them in Nimrod's time, at the Tower of Babel?) When the 70 manuscripts were compared, they were alike word for word. This legendary story is found in the Letter of Aristeaf.

Please understand that the Septuagint was the work of many hands and was deliberately mistranslated by those who translated it. In fact, Rabbi Akiva, the greatest Jewish sage of the second century, was so disturbed by the inaccuracy of the Septuagint and how it had come into usage by the Jews in the Hellenistic world who had forgotten Hebrew, he wanted Aquilla, a gentile convert, to compose a more literal translation into Greek. Aquilla's translation is now lost, by the way, but this Septuagint has remained and is bad news. One of the most wrongly translated words was the word "Torah". It was translated in the Greek translation as "Law". However, the word "Torah" means either "teaching" or "the Word." G-d and His Word are one. The word for law is Halacha. Now does the word "Halacha" - sound like the word "Torah?" The law of sin and death is the Halacha of sin and death and that's what Yeshua came to save us from - the law of sin and death. Not the Torah. Not the Word of the Torah, not G-d's Word.

Yeshua said, "Man does not live by bread alone but by every single Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of G-d." So, if man does not live by bread alone but by every single Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of G-d, how can we have been saved from the Law, how could we have been made free from the Law unless it was some other law and this has nothing to do with Torah?

And that's where the confusion is. The "Law" is not the 613 Mitzvoth or blessings of G-d. The "Law" is the Law of sin and death and that's what Paul's talking about in Romans 8:2. So don't get yourself all messed up with that because it's a bad situation.

Now what I'd like to do is read to you some of the laws, these "terrible things" that you call the law that are actually Mitzvoth. Now, let me give you a prayer - Boruch arta Adonoi, Elohanu, Melech ho olam, asher kidashonu ba mitzvah sov vitzivonu" - listen to it, asher kidashonu. "Kidashonu" is blessing. Ba mitzvoth - "mitzvoth" is blessing or commandments but it's a commandment that's a blessing - and then asher kidashonu ba mitzvah sov vitzavonu - "mitzvah" is commandment.

So actually, what it says is, "Blessed art Thou oh L-rd, our G-d, King of the Universe, who blesses us with His commandments that are blessings and commands us."

He commands us to be blessed. Commands us to wrap ourselves in the Tzitzith. Commands us to light the Sabbath Candles. The things that G-d commands us to do are His blessings. If we do them, we're blessed. If we don't do them, we're not blessed. It's that easy. You do what G-d says and everything's fine.

Now, I'm going to read these things to you that pertain to today's people in today's world. Some of them don't even apply to us unless we're in the land of Israel. Others don't apply to us because there is no longer a Temple, and still more do not apply to us unless you are a farmer. OK, here is:

1. To believe there is a G-d in existence. Did you hear me? To believe there is a G-d in existence.

2. To know the unity of the blessed G-d, to believe with complete faith that He is One without any partner or associate.
In other words, the Sh'ma. Now understand something here. This is what everybody thinks is "the Law." I don't know two Christians that have any idea what the 613 Mitzvoth are. Let me give them to you:

3. To love the Blessed G-d with all one's heart and spirit and might.

4. To fear HaShem (the Name).

5. To sanctify HaShem openly.

6. To walk in the ways of the Blessed G-d with all one's ability.

7. To pray every day to the Blessed G-d.

8. To make tassels - Tzitzith at the corners of your garments.

11. To recite the Sh'ma morning and evening.

12. To affix a M'zuzah at the entrance of the home.

13. To say the blessing of the grace before or after meals, after eating bread.

14. To learn Torah and to teach it.

15. That everyone in Israel
- and when they're talking Israel here, let's say "Jewry" instead of "Israel" because it's not the people in the land of Israel it's speaking of. it refers to Jewry, people that are of the Abrahamic Covenant - that everyone in the Abrahamic Covenant should write a Torah scroll for himself.

16. To be attached to Torah scholars and their disciples.

17. To rise up before an aged man, and to honor a Torah scholar, getting up before him.

18. To have a reverent fear of the Sanctuary.
A reverent fear of G-d's place. Not the physical sanctuary but the spiritual sanctuary, to have just a reverent awe of it.

19. To declare the Sabbath Holy, with words.

20. To rest from work on the Sabbath.

21. To be happy on the festivals.

22. To clear away Hametz, which is leavened food, on the 14th of Nissan which is just before Passover.

23. To eat Matzah, unleavened bread, on the first night of Passover.

24. To tell about the exodus from Egypt on the night of the 15th of Nissan
- which is also the night before Passover. To tell about the Exodus - to make it sound like it was actually we who were taken out of the land of Egypt. We should tell the children especially, but all of us, even the adults, should understand that G-d set us free. We were taken out of the land of Egypt. Without taking us out of there, we never would have had the Abrahamic Covenant and none of us would have been in it.

25. To rest from work on the first day of Passover.

26. To count seven whole weeks from the day that the Omer was brought into the Sanctuary
- until we have which day? Until we have the day of Pentecost, 49 days later. On the day of Pentecost, we go to the place of our meeting and we study G-d's Word. The highest form of praise is to study G-d's Word.

27. To rest from work on the seventh day of Passover - which is another Sabbath.

28. To rest from work on the festival of Shavu'oth.

29. To rest from work on the first day of Tishri - which is Rosh haShanah, the New Year.

30. To hear the sound of the Shofar, the ram's horn, on the first of Tishri - which is Rosh haShanah.

31. To rest from work on Yom Kippur - which is the Day of Atonement.

32. To fast on Yom Kippur.
Why? We can say Yeshua atoned for us, but we've got to stop and remember who we are. I've taught this many times. We come to Rosh haShanah, which is the New Year. Then we come into the 10 Days of Awe when everybody should go through the Mikvah. Yeshua did it so He wouldn't break the Law. Did Yeshua do it or not? Yet, we hear people say that don't have to do it as Christians because we don't live under the law, the Torah.

My friends, you better smarten up on how we live and what Yeshua told us to do. We're not living by grace, we're living by the mercy of G-d. We're SAVED by grace. And once we're saved, Yeshua says, "Why do you call Me 'L-rd, L-rd' and not do the things that I say?" And we've got scriptures like where James said "Show me your faith without your works and I'll show you my faith by my works."

My friends, we've got to go out and do something. G-d said get up and go to work doing the things I told you to do. So we're supposed to be out there doing these things that we don't seem to be doing. And, according to these commandments, there's not much here to do. Let's go on:

33. That a sinner should turn back from his sin, and should confess his misdeeds before the Blessed G-d.

34. To rest from work on the first day of Sukkoth.

35. To dwell in a Sukkah which is the booth with a roof of branches, etc., all the seven days of the festival.
Do you have to do it? No. But you know what? It's a blessing if you do.

35-66 do not pertain to us today in the USA.

67. To render judgment on matters of buying and selling.

68. To return whatever one has taken in robbery.

69. To return something lost.

70. To unload from the domestic animal of one's fellow man that is lying under its burden.

71. To load with one's fellow man, to set a burden on a domestic animal or on the person.

72. To upbraid a sinner.

73. To render judgment about heritages (inheritance of landed property).

74. Of "sending away from the nest."
Sending away from the nest means is that if someone finds a bird's nest with a mother bird sitting on the fledglings or the eggs and he wishes to take them, he has to send away the mother bird first and take them afterwards. The Scripture says, "You shall surely send the dam away," Deuteronomy 22:7: "and afterwards the young you may take for yourself." The way to send it off is by taking hold of its wings and making it fly. If one sent it away and it returned, even many times, he is obligated to send it off again. If it was flying about, if its wings touch the nest, he would have the duty to send it away and if not, he would be free of any obligations to send it off.

The requirement of sending away from the nest applies only with a pure, kosher fowl and one which is not prepared, one that is not in his possession. If a person finds it on the way, in some tree or on the ground, and specifically, the fledglings which do not fly as yet and need their mother bird or with eggs that are not infertile, and rotting, if a person transgresses and takes the mother bird with the young, he is to fulfill the positive commandment and send the dam off.

If he ritually slew the mother bird or it died before he sent it off so that he could no longer fulfill the positive commandment, he has thus violated a negative commandment. Likewise, if someone came along and seized the mother bird from his hand and sent it away, or it fled out of his hand without his knowledge against his wish, he is to receive whip lashes for violating a negative commandment.

Since he plainly did not observe the positive commandment if he took the mother bird and clipped its wings so that it would not fly and then he sent it off, he should be given whip lashes for disobedience and he is to keep it with him until its wings grow back and then he is to send it away. It is in force everywhere at every time for both man and woman.

These are the kinds of laws they had but the point here is this: when you're dealing with kosher animals and you're dealing with kosher chickens and you keep the chicks but send the mother away, what do you do with the chick? What do you do with the mother? You're not allowed to keep the mother there when you take her chicks away. You send the mother away.

Everything is done the way G-d wants it to be done with respect for life. Respect for the child/parent thing. This is what G-d wants so this is the way it's done.

75. To make a parapet about one's roof and to remove every stumbling block and possible cause of accidents on one's house.

76. To remember the action that Amalek took against us.
Now remember Amalek? Does anybody remember who Amalek is? To remember the action that Amalek took against us is the 76th positive commandment. G-d doesn't like Amalek! I don't know how to tell you this. I know a lot of people out there just don't even understand who Amalek is but G-d says a couple of times, "I hate him," and He said He's going to destroy him. Scripture says that when the Messiah comes, one of the things He will do is destroy Amalek.

Scripture says "Remember what Amalek did to you" in Deuteronomy 25:17 and again in Deuteronomy 25:19, and this means to remember orally in spoken words his evil deeds, his ambush against us, so as to bestir our hearts to hate him. It applies every where in every time for both man and woman. And we must teach this to our children.

77. To decimate the descendants of Amalek. As Scripture says in Deuteronomy 25:19, "you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek." However, we won't know who the people of Amalek are until Elijah the Prophet comes and tells us. And then, we will wipe out all remembrance of Amalek from under Heaven.

May HaShem grant us to see the arrival of Elijah the Prophet and our righteous Messiah speedily in our time. Amen. Those are the positive commandments that we would be able to handle.

Now the negative commandments are:

1. It's a negative commandment not to eat the sinew of the thigh vein. Scripture states, "Therefore the children of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh vein." Genesis 32:33. It applies to pure kosher domestic and untamed animals and it applies also to an embryo, both to the right thigh and to the left.

There are two sinews. The inner one near the socket of the hip bone is forbidden by the law of Torah. The rest of the inner sinew, which is not about the socket, and the entire upper sinew with the fat on them and on the sinews of the thigh vein along with the other sinews and membrane are forbidden by the ruling of the sages.

If someone ate the sinew of the thigh vein of an animal that did not die from proper ritual slaughter, or an animal that was mortally wounded or ill, he violates two prohibitions. We are not to eat the sinew of the thigh vein because it is Treif or unkosher or dirty. By the oral traditions we know that it is permissible to derive other benefits from the sinew.

It is in force everywhere at every time for both man and every woman. .

2. That Hametz, leavened food, is not to be seen in the domain or the possession of a member of Jewry the entire seven days of Passover. How tough can that be? G-d wants us as people that observe the Abrahamic Covenant.

Holidays like Passover are not Jewish holidays, by the way. These are the L-rd's Days. G-d made Passover a very important thing by taking us out of the slavery of Egypt and bringing us into The Promised Land so that we could have the Abrahamic Covenant. He did it so that the people could mature from the time of Abraham right through until the time when Moses brought them G-d's Word.

3. That Hametz is not to be found in your domain or possession on Passover. Hametz is unleavened bread.

4. To eat no Hametz on Passover.

5. To eat no mixture with Hametz on Passover.

6. To do no work on the Sabbath.

7. Not to go out on the Sabbath beyond the Sabbath limits.
Now this is a very difficult ordinance because there are so many different things involved. But Scripture does state, "Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." That's in Exodus 16:29.

This means that if one goes outside the city or town even one cubit more than 12 mills, (which corresponds to the length of the Israelite's camp in the wilderness), he is to receive whip lashes.

Now this kind of commandment is for super ultra-orthodox. There are many authorities who hold that even if one walks out of the area of the Torah being taught, meaning the synagogue, within 2,000 cubits, he is reckoned as a sinner. But a commandment like this doesn't have anything to do with how we observe Passover today in this country.

The important thing is that we should keep the Passover. I know that that's something that we've got to start doing, and we've also got to start keeping the Sabbath.

8. To entertain no thought that there is any other G-d except the Blessed G-d.

9. To make no idol to worship.

10. Not to make any idol to be worshipped by himself or by anyone else, even for a heathen.

11. Not to bow down and bow oneself to an idol.

12. Not to worship an idol in the way that it is usually venerated.

13. Not to swear in the name of an idol.

14. Not to lead a town in Israel astray to worship in idolatry.
That means people. That doesn't mean Israel the country, it means the group of people within an area that are followers of G-d. It even means just one person who is in the Abrahamic Covenant.

15. To eat or drink nothing from an offering to an idol.

16. Not to turn one's intention to idolatry.

17. To have no benefit from any decoration from an idol or from its ornaments.

18. To have no benefit from an idol, from its offering or its attendants or anything done in its behalf.

19. Not to intermarry with a non-Jewish person.
That means someone who is not a believer. If you marry a non-believer, someone who is not in the Abrahamic Covenant and you believe you can bring them in, I think you better get over to 2 Cor. 7 and see what Paul has to say.

Who do you think you are? G-d says, "I chose you, you didn't choose Me." You don't know if you're ever going to bring this person into the Kingdom, and I've seen so many broken marriages and so many broken hearts.

It's like my old analogy of standing up on the table. If you stand up on the table and someone's standing below, are they going to pull you down, or are you going to pull them up? They're going to pull you down. It's always that way.

Do not be unequally yoked. It doesn't work. It doesn't work! It might work for 20 years but eventually, it will absolutely fall in your face. You cannot live in an unequally yoked area. I really want you to understand that.

It's so difficult to make people understand not to intermarry, but that's what it is. It's not just a matter of marrying someone who is not a believer, it's intermarrying, you're marrying outside of who you are.

It's like marrying outside of your species because we're not of this world. And the person you're marrying is of this world. I could beat that to death all day long and I'm not going to. Praise G-d.

20. To have no mercy on idol worshippers. Now what is an idol worshipper? Is this someone who stands there and has a great big idol they worship? No. It's someone who has something that's much more important to them than G-d. And if you intermarry, marrying someone from the planet Earth when you're from the planet of the Kingdom of G-d, all of these things come together for the bad. You have a situation where you have someone that's an idol worshipper and they love money, they love themselves...there's nothing wrong with liking money but there's something wrong with it when it takes the place of G-d. Nothing should take the place of G-d. Nothing.

21. Not to follow the fixed customs of the heathen. Boy, that sure goes together with not to intermarry with a non-believer, to have no mercy on idol worshippers and not to follow the fixed customs of the heathen.

22. Not to pay heed to a person prophesying in the name of an idol. Let me tell you, we have a lot of that going on now. We have a lot of people out there doing things with healing that's just not of G-d. It's the fixed customs of the heathen.

My friends, we get into that especially in this country. The Jews are set apart and they set themselves apart. We as believers should be set apart. We should be in the Kingdom of G-d and have nothing whatsoever to do with the heathen other than to go out there among them and to teach them.

To teach them and to call them forth, those that want to come. Not to force them in because G-d never said to force them in. Yeshua never did. Those that will come will come and you have to be ready to teach them. You have to be ready to help them. You have to be there for them, but you don't go into the bars and sit down and drink with them so you can become one of them. That doesn't happen. You cannot sup with the Devil, and if you are doing that, you've got to stop doing that.

23. To entice no one that is a believer to worship an idol.

24. For the enticed person to bear no affection for the enticer. If someone entices you, bear no affection for them.
That means get away from them, don't feel good about them. Don't be attracted to them. This is really something you've got to be very careful of.

25. For the enticed person not to relinquish his hatred for the enticer. "Hatred" G-d says here. These are G-d's rules. These are G-d's laws. I'm not making these up and they're not Rabbinical. Now understand that, these are not Rabbinical, these are right out of Torah. It's a negative commandment for the enticed person not to relinquish his hatred for the enticer. And Scripture says, "Neither shall you listen to him." You shall not listen to him.

28. To make no gashes or incisions in one's flesh in idol worship or in grief over one's dead kin. You can't cut yourself open. You're not supposed to make gashes in your skin. You're not supposed to put earrings on because they're a sign of slavery. In Biblical days, you were identified as a slave by the earrings you wore. They were the sign of your master. You were put up against a door jam and an awl was put through your ear and an earring was put in your ear with the sign of the master on it. You were a slave.

These are things you have to understand. You can't tattoo yourself, it was a way to give yourself in the flesh to a false god. All these things that we're getting into in this world, we're not supposed to be doing. We're not supposed to be doing it.

29. Not to swear in vain. Now what does that mean? Not to swear in vain. What that means is you shall not take the Name of HaShem your G-d in a light manner. That's Exodus 20:7. A vain oath is divided into four categories:
1. If one swears to a change in something known, for example if he swears about a man that he is a woman, or about a stone that is gold.

2. If he swears for no purpose, for example he takes an oath about a stone that it is a stone. Like who cares and why would he take an oath for that?

3. If he takes an oath to fail to observe a Mitzvoth.

4. If he's swears to do something which is impossible to fulfill. For example, that he will not sleep for fifty days in a row or that he will taste no food for seven years.
Pertaining to every one of these oaths, if a man swore it willfully, he should receive whip lashes. And if it was unwittingly, he is free of penalty. If someone says a benediction in vain needlessly or if he utters the Name of Heaven and when he says the Name of Heaven, you know whose Name he's talking about to no purpose, he violates the injunction, "you shall not take the name of HaShem in a light manner."

It doesn't say "in vain" really, it says "in a light manner." You shall not swear in a light manner. You shall not use His Name lightly.

30. You shall not bear false witness. Bearing false witness is the worst thing in the world, it's terrible.

31. Not to swear an oath of expression over a falsehood.

32. To kill no living human being.
Kill is the word Retzach. We're talking premeditated murder here; we're not talking about defending yourself; we're not talking about going in the Army and defending your country; we're not talking about if you're called up by the president to go to war. We're talking about murder. You cannot murder anyone. "Thou shalt not kill" means thou shalt not commit premeditated murder. Retzach.

It's got nothing to do with killing someone because they are trying to kill you or your wife, or rape your wife, or kill your children or steal your goods. You have a right to protect yourself. That is being a good steward of what G-d gave you. "Kill" here means strictly premeditated murder.

33. To kidnap no living person.

34. To steal no object or item whatever of monetary value.

35. Not to take anything in robbery from one's fellow man by main force.
You're not supposed to ever take anything in robbery anyway. Adam and Eve were given everything in The Garden but they were told to stay away from the tree. And, they went over to that tree and they stole. That was the "Original" sin, robbery.

G-d told them not to go there, not to talk to the Serpent. The Serpent sold them a bill of goods because they took his word instead of the Word of G-d. You know, robbery is the most terrible thing that there is in the Bible. G-d always calls judgment when it occurs. The waters of Noah were the judgment of robbery, stealing a person's right to be. The same thing happened with Sodom and Gomorra. You cannot rob anyone without having to pay for it. Robbery is the beginning of all sin.

36. Not to deny falsely anything of value owed.

37. Not to wrongly retain anything belonging to one's fellow man.

38. Not to delay the payment of a hired man's wages.
This is called robbery. G-d says, "The wages of a hired man shall not remain with you all night until the morning," It says further, "Neither shall the sun go down on it." Deuteronomy 20:4. For if he was a hired man for the day, he is to collect his wages at any time, during the entire night. The Scripture says all night until the morning. And if he is a hired man for the night, he is to collect his wages any time during the entire day. So neither shall the sun go down on it. A man hired for a certain number of days of the week will get his salary at the end of the week but the whole thing here is based on this one thing:

Don't let it happen that this man goes before G-d and says he has no money to feed his family or take care of himself. If this happens, G-d says He will come to you for an answer and you don't want to be on the receiving end of that.

39. To give no false testimony. We know what that is. Bearing false witness is the worst thing in the world. Lying about someone is going to get them hurt, so you're robbing them. You're robbing them of time or of money or of reputation.

40. Not to covet - desire - anything belonging to one's fellow man. Now there's a big difference between covet and lust. Not to covet anything belonging to one's fellow man. Why? Because when you covet, the next step is lusting after it and you have to have it.

That's what happened with David and Bathsheba. He looked down, he saw this beautiful woman taking a bath and he said, "WOW!" And that should have been it. But instead, he said, "WOW! I'm going to have her, I'm going to find out who her husband is and have him killed." And, that's just what David did. It was lust.

The difference between coveting something and lusting after it is this: If you're looking in the jewelry store window and see a diamond ring and say, "Man I covet that ring, I'd love to have that ring, oh man, do I want that ring," that's coveting it.

If you lust after it, you throw a brick through the window and take the ring. That's when you start committing robbery. We want to stay away from it, ok? We can't stop the bird from flying over your head - those are the demonic thoughts - but we can stop it from landing in our hair. And building a nest into our brain. You cannot allow lust to happen in your life, ok?

41. Not to crave in one's heart something that belongs to his fellow man.

42. It's a negative commandment not to withhold She'er, K'suth, or Onah from your wife. Her food, her raiment and her conjugal rights he shall not diminish. Exodus 21:10.

The term "She'er" denotes food; "K'suth," clothing; and "Onah" denotes sexual intimacy. "Whoever withholds one of these three by his own will in order to distress or pain her violates this prohibition. By the law of the sages, he bears another seven obligations towards her. And these are they:

The principle payment of the marriage contract in case of divorce or his death; to cure her if she takes sick; to ransom her if she is taken captive; and to bury her when she dies. She is to stay in his house the entire time of her widowhood and is to be sustained out of his property. Her daughters are to be sustained out of his property after his death until they become betrothed, and the right of her sons by him in the marriage contract is to inherit its principle amount before equally dividing the reminder of the father's inheritance with brothers of another mother.

By the law of the sages, he has the right to the fruit of her handiwork in exchange for her food and the fruit of income from her property in her lifetime. In exchange for the duty of her redemption from captivity if necessary, he gains the right to whatever she finds for the sake of avoiding enmity and he becomes her heir. In exchange for the duty of providing for her burial, a man also has the duty of sustaining his small sons and daughters."

This is in force everywhere at every time and it's a good law. Here is another good law. I'd really have to get into the Talmud and tell you about this because this law is determined by occupations. How many times a man has to have sex with his wife a month is determined by his occupation. I think it would cause a lot of problems to get into this so I'm not going to.

43. To strike no person whatever.

44. Not to strike one's father or mother.

45. To curse no decent person in Jewry.

46. Not to curse one's father or mother.
What happens if you curse your father or mother? It says "Honor thy mother and father and all will be well with you." If your curse them, "all's" not going to be well with you; you're not going to have long days on this Earth.

47. Not to cheat one another in buying and selling.

48. Not to oppress one's fellow man with words.

49. Not to oppress a righteous proselyte, a full convert to Judaism with words.
A full convert to Judaism is a Jew. If he's been converted to Judaism, once he goes through the Mikvah, he comes out a Jew. But this is talking about a righteous proselyte, in other words, he's doing the things he's supposed to be doing but he hasn't been totally converted yet.

50. Not to wrong a righteous proselyte in matters of monetary value.

51. Not to inflict suffering on any widow or orphan.

52. Not to demand of a borrower to pay his debt when one knows that he has not the means to pay.

53. To have no part in dealings between a lender and a borrower at interest.

54. To lend nothing to a member of Jewry at interest, be it money or something to eat or anything else. This is like the Beatitudes. This is talking about believer's relationships with believers. It doesn't talk about non-believers. Your relationships with non-believers has nothing to do with this.

56. Not to refrain from lending money to a member of Jewry for fear of the year of Sh'mittah (release), that the loan should not become canceled.

57. Not to demand payment of a loan over which the seventh year - Sh'mittah - has passed.

58. Not to take in pledge (pawn) any utensils with which sustaining food is made.

59. Not to take an object in pledge or pawn by main force from a debtor.

60. Not to take in pledge (pawn) the garment of a widow.
There are some commandments here that don't sound like much but they're there. G-d's got them in His Torah. Every one of these is in the Torah.

61. Not to withhold from its owner an object taken in pledge, at the time that he needs it.

62. Not to harden one's heart and not to shut one's hand toward a poor man.

63. Not to curse a judge.

64. Not to appoint a judge who is unsuitable.

65. For a judge not to hear the argument of one party to a lawsuit when the other party is not there.

66. Not to have pity on a poor man in a court trial.

67. For a judge not to pervert justice for a sinner on account of his wickedness.

68. For a judge not to pervert justice for a proselyte or an orphan.

69. To commit no injustice in rendering judgment.
My friends, understand what's going on here. These are the things that you feel you're not under. Every one of these commandments is just. Every one of these commandments is out of G-d's Word. This is the Word of G-d, this isn't the law. This is the Torah. This is the teaching. This is the way to be blessed.

70. To show no honor to an eminent man in a court judgment. In other words, just because a guy's a big time operator, or a pillar of the community, it doesn't mean that he is right. Judging is to be done fairly and equally.

71. For a judge to accept no bribe.

72. That the judge should have no fear of a party to a lawsuit.

73. To establish nothing as certain by the word of one witness. Not by one witness but by two.

74. For the court not to accept the testimony of a close relative.
That's still in effect today, a wife doesn't have to testify against her husband.

75. For the court not to accept the testimony of a man of sin. In other words, a liar, a perjurer.

76. Not to cause one's fellow man to stumble over anything.

77. Not to tell anyone things that another person said against him.

78. Not to hate in one's heart any decent person in Jewry.

79. Not to shame one's fellow man.

80. Not to take revenge from one's fellow man.

81. To harbor no hatred in your heart toward your fellowman.

82. Not to refrain from rescuing one's fellowman from danger.

83. To do no wrong with any measures or weights.
Weights and measures are a means that people use to cheat each other.

84. Not to retain in one's possession any short (defective) measure or weight.

85. Not to encroach beyond a neighbor's boundary.
That basically refers to the land of Israel but we shouldn't encroach beyond our neighbor's boundary anyway.

86. To eat no N'velah. Ok, we're not supposed to eat any N'velah. If you guys have been eating N'velah, you're going to be in serious trouble so I'd like you to stop it as soon as possible. N'vehal - you should not eat anything that dies of itself. N'vehal means something that dies a natural death, or that's roadkill. That's Deuteronomy 14:21.

It's any domestic or wild animal or fowl, roadkill that dies of itself and was not given a ritual slaughter, Whoever eats an olive's amount of it should receive whip lashes. You don't eat from an animal that dies a natural death.

87. To eat no T'refah. Now T'refah - you shall not eat any flesh in the field that is T'refah - torn of beasts. The term "T'refah" as stated in the Torah means an animal which a wild beast of the forest has torn. And so, likewise a fowl that was clawed by a bird of prey, such as a falcon or anything similar in such a way so that the animal or fowl cannot survive because of the attack.

And, even if a person acts in advance and ritually slays it with a proper kosher Chaydah, it's forbidden as Traif. This is called D'rosha-quad. And then there are seven other kinds of animals. The point is not to eat anything that's dead or dying unless it's killed or slaughtered ritually as a kosher slaughter.

When you buy kosher meat, you know that nobody's fed it another cow that was dead; nobody's fed it chicken droppings. Buying kosher food is the only way that you know that you know that you know that what you're getting is a kosher kill. And that the thing hasn't been fed garbage it's not allowed.

88. To eat no forbidden fat.

89. To eat no blood at all.
The life is in the blood. You do not eat, ever, ever, ever, ever eat blood. It's not good for you anyway. We know even in the natural not to eat blood. It shouldn't be done, that's it, period. Don't do it. Don't drink blood. Unless you're a vampire and then none of this makes any difference to you anyway!

90. To eat no limb or part of a living creature. We know about that.

91. To cook no meat in milk. We know about that. The reason we don't cook meat in milk is because of the Edenic Covenant, the one that originated in the Garden of Eden.

G-d created the animal and then He gave the mother's milk to sustain the animal, to give it health, so that it would grow strong and hearty. We cannot take G-d's creation of milk and take the mother's milk and boil a baby, not hers or anyone else's, in the milk.

It's not a matter of it could be the same calf from the mother, it means any mother. Not to take a goat, a kid, and boil it in a cow's milk. It's a mother's milk, you're not supposed to do it. Don't do it. Milk and meat do not mix, you're not supposed to put them even together. It's got nothing to do with anything else except that it's an abomination against G-d to do this. Do not do it. Ok? You're not supposed to do it.

92. To eat no meat that was cooked with milk.

93. To eat no meat from non-kosher domestic or untamed animals.

94. Not to eat non-kosher fowl.

95. Not to eat non-kosher fish.
All of these things are scavengers. The reason they're not kosher is because they're scavengers.

96. To eat no Man - I don't want to eat one of those suckers! That just doesn't sound right. Of course, in my lifetime, I could have eaten one already. In fact, I just read that a person in their lifetime, while they're sleeping with their mouth open, swallows a minimum of eight spiders in their lifetime. So, who am I to say anything?

Scripture says, "And all winged, swarming creatures are unclean for you. They shall not be eaten." That's Deuteronomy 14:19. These are non-kosher kinds of grasshoppers, flies, gnats, bees, wasps and so forth. If someone ate an olive's amount of them, he should be given whip lashes. If he eats a whole creature, even if it did not comprise an olive's amount, he should receive whip lashes. G-d doesn't fool around with this stuff. You're not supposed to eat non-kosher things.

97. It is a negative commandment to eat no swarming creature of the ground. Scripture says it. "And every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth is an abomination, it shall not be eaten."

"Swarming creatures of the ground" means snakes, scorpions, beetles and worms. Ants. Whoever eats a whole creature of them should be given whip lashes. Why would you even want to eat that? But if you were starving to death I guess - you know, life comes before everything else. It comes before every Mitzvoth. These things were made to better our lives. I guess if we were in a situation where there's nothing else to eat, I guess we could do that.

Here's the next one. Oh, this is disgusting. I'm sure we've done it by accident. I know I have.

98. It says it is a negative commandment to eat no worm of fruit or seeds. The Scripture states "even all the swarming things that swarm upon the earth, them you shall not eat."

It's disgusting to even think of but think about it, how many times do you eat a worm? People must eat them for protein.

Let's get away from that.

99. To eat no swarming creature of the water. Again, we're back into swarming creatures of the water are frogs and crabs and lobsters and shrimp and all the scavengers.

They're all the things that eat anything that they want to eat. Then when we eat them, we take in all the garbage that they've eaten.

100. To eat no Remmess. No creeping things. Scripture says, "Neither shall you defile yourself with any swarming thing that Remmess, that crawls upon the earth." So, we're not supposed to eat anything that crawls upon the earth.

Anything that crawls or creeps or swarms, we're not supposed to eat. Ok? Do you understand that? Is it so hard to understand? It's really easy, I think but hey, what do I know?

101. To eat no bread from the new crop of grain before the Omer offering was brought to the Sanctuary. This is not something you have to do, this is for the land of Israel.

102. To eat no Kali - that means grains of the five species that roast in the fire. This is in the land of Israel.

103. To eat no karmel, meaning that it was crushed by hand and not roasted in the fire. Now this actually shouldn't be done here by orthodox, kosher Jews.

104. To eat no Hametz - leavened food - on the day before Passover after noon.

105. To eat no fruit of a tree in the first three years since its planting. That's a big thing in Israel, its not really here.

106. Not to eat the kind of food eaten by a wayward and rebellious son. WOW! What does a wayward and rebellious son eat? He must eat anything he wants to, just to show his father and mother that he'll do what he wants to do. It says in the Torah, "You shall not eat over blood" which is understood to mean you should not eat the kind of meal that leads to bloodshed, and that is the food eaten by a wayward and rebellious son.

So, it's an injunction not to eat any flesh of an animal before its life expires and it's also an injunction not to take any food before we pray.

We're not supposed to get involved in any kind of a situation where there's violence and bloodshed. It's an incredible thing to understand that the violence in wild animals supposedly goes into us.

That's not just a belief among the Africans and the Indians. It's a belief among the Jews too; they believe that the soul of a wild animal will go right into you and you'll become rebellious and wayward.

107. Not to sow two kinds of seeds in a field. Well, most farmers know that.

108. Not to slay ritually both a pure kosher animal and it's young in one day. That's that whole thing about the mother bird and the babies and you're not supposed to ever kill the mother - you're supposed to know who the mother is. See, the whole thing here is an admonition that you don't just have piles of things running around. You need to know what's what and who belongs to what and you've got an order of things. And by doing this, you know that you're not going to ritually going to kill a mother animal and her young on the same day. Or, to make sure that you kill animals of a certain age on one day, and animals of another age on the next day.

109. Not to redeem the firstling of a pure kosher animal. Not to redeem the firstling. That's kind of a strange law. Scripture states, "And the firstling of an ox you shall not redeem." At the time that the Sanctuary is not in existence, is it permissible to sell it but the believer has to treat it in accordance with the holiness of a firstborn animal.

The point of this firstborn admonition is that the firstborn of everything that opens the womb belongs to G-d. You can sell it because the temple's not around anymore and then you should take the money from that and give it into the offering.

110. Not to be in close contact with consanguineous (same-sex) relations, even without conjugal intimacy. Scripture says, "None of you shall approach anyone near of kin to him to uncover nakedness." This whole thing about uncovering nakedness is immorality. It doesn't have to be a homosexual act, but you're not supposed to do it because it could lead to anything.

111. Not to uncover the nakedness of one's father in homosexual intimacy. That's what happened with Noah.

112. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's mother.

113. Not to be conjugally intimate with the wife of one's father.
You know, I'm saying these things and people out there are going, "Wow, that's terrible," but it happens right here.

114. Not to be carnally intimate with one's father's brother in homosexuality.

115. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's daughter-in-law
- which means his son's wife.

116. To have no carnal intimacy with a male. This is for men only, obviously.

117. To have no intimacy with an animal in a male (active) role or in a female (receptive) role. In other words, not anything with an animal. Period. Bestiality is bestiality.

118. That a woman should not have an animal be carnally intimate with her, whether in natural or unnatural intimacy.

119. Not to be conjugally intimate with the daughter of one's son; not to be conjugally intimate with the daughter of one's daughter.

120. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's daughter.

121. Not to be conjugally intimate with a woman and her daughter.

122. Not to be conjugally intimate with a woman and her son's daughter.

123. Not to be conjugally intimate with a woman and her daughter's daughter.

124. Not to be conjugally intimate with a married woman.
That's committing adultery.

125. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's aunt, which means the wife of one's father's brother.

126. Not to be conjugally intimate with the wife of one's brother, whether from the same father or the same mother, and even a brother through a parent's immoral relations.

127. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's sister, whether only from the same father or only from the same mother, or even from an immoral relationship.
You're not supposed to do this stuff.

128. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's sister who is his father's wife's daughter.

129. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's father's sister.

130. Not to be conjugally intimate with one's mother's sister.

131. Not to be conjugally intimate with the sister of one's wife during his wife's lifetime.

132. Not to be conjugally intimate with a woman ritually unclean from the menses. You're not supposed to have sex with a woman having her period. There are about 18 pages of law about when a woman is unclean. She's not even supposed to be around a man because if she touches him when she has an issue of blood, it's a terrible sin.

That's why the woman with an issue of blood who touched the hem of Yeshua' garment would have committed a sin if she hadn't been healed. Because she was healed, there was no sin.

133. Not to be conjugally intimate with a K'deshah without the marriage ceremony of consecration. Ok, there shall be no K'deshah of the daughter of Israel. The term "K'deshah" denotes an unmarried woman who has abandoned herself to harlotry. Or her father has given her over for conjugal intimacy without the purpose of marriage. Or her father has submitted her to harlotry. If someone is conjugally intimate with a K'deshah for immoral purposes without the consecration of marriage, both of them violate this prohibition and this applies in every place in every time.

134. Not to take back one's divorced wife once she is married to another man. The Scripture says, "Her former husband who sent her away may not take her again to be his wife after she has been defiled." That's Deuteronomy 24:4: If the first husband did take her back and he was conjugally intimate with her, he would violate this injunction and may the law compel him to send her away even if she did not become fully married but only consecrated by betrothal to another man she would become forbidden to her first husband. But if she had immoral relations after the divorce, she would not become forbidden to the one who divorced her.

If she had immoral relations after divorce, she would not become forbidden under this commandment, she would become forbidden because of the cause of adultery and the cause of adultery would make them both adulterers.

Included in this prohibition is the rule that a woman who is unfaithful to her husband through immorality becomes forbidden to her husband. The Scripture says, "after she has been defiled, and here she was defiled. If she was raped, however, and she was not the wife of a Cohen she would not become forbidden to her husband. If she was raped and she was the wife of a Cohen, he still has to divorce her." It's just an incredible thing when you start to realize what these things mean and what they're saying. But G-d has a reason for everything. You know, this is all Scripture.

135. That the wife of a dead man without children is not to marry an outsider, someone other than the man's brother. Now, she doesn't have to marry him, she can take off his shoe in what is called a Ritual of The Shoe. She takes off his shoe and that's a sign that she's not going to marry him and if she doesn't marry him, then that's fine also. But, if he doesn't marry her and she wants to marry him, it's a sin. Scary stuff, isn't it?

136. That no man with crushed testes or severed membrum is to marry a daughter of Jewry. The Scripture says, "He whose testes are crushed or whose membrum is cut off shall not enter the assembly of HaShem." That's Deuteronomy 23:2.

137. Listen to this, this is important. That a Mamzer - a bastard - is not to marry a daughter of Jewry. A mamzer, a bastard. When the woman said to Jesus that even the dogs get scraps from the table, this was a play on words. The word "Mamzer" could be "dog" or it could be "bastard" and here it happens to be bastard.

Scripture says "A bastard shall not enter the assembly of HaShem." The term "Mamzer" denotes a person who issues from the conjugal union of those who are punishable for their intimacy by law except for a woman ritually unclean from the menses. A child by her is of defective status but is not a Mamzer.

Anybody who is not married and has a child causes the child to be a bastard or a Mamzer. This also applies to someone who is married to someone who should not be in Jewry.

Unequally yoking creates this Mamzer because the Mamzer will take after the one that is the non-believer. "The iniquity of the fathers go on to the third and fourth generations." And fifth and sixth and seventh and tenth unless it's broken. And the thing is, if it's not broken, then you have a bad situation here with a Mamzer. Ok? The Mamzer is a problem that keeps perpetuating itself.

138. That a Cohen is not to marry a Zonah. A "Zonah" as stated in the Torah means anyone who is not a daughter of Jewry or a Jewish daughter who was conjugally intimate with a man who she is forbidden to marry. It is also one who was conjugally intimate with a profaned Cohen even though she was forbidden to marry him.

Even if she was thus intimate by rape or by a natural union, she would become a Zonah. If, however, someone is conjugally intimate with an unmarried woman, although she is a K'deshan (harlot), since she has made herself available to all.

Or, if a man who is conjugally intimate with a woman defiled by the menses, or a woman who underwent carnal intimacy with an animal, she would become a Zonah thereby. It is in effect everywhere and at all times. Anyway, let's hope we don't meet too many people like that.

139. That a Cohen should not marry a profaned woman.

140. That a Cohen is not to marry a divorced woman.

141. That a Cohen is not to become defiled by a dead person.
I can't walk into a cemetery except if it's because of someone in my immediate family. If I touch a dead person or go into a cemetery, I can't do any of my work for 30 days. It would just stop me cold, G-d would not work with me. That's because you're defiled by the dead.

142. Not to mate a beast or a bird with a creature not of its own species. We've had that happen lately. We've had things mated. I'm not talking about cloned, I'm talking about mated with someone outside of its own species. In fact, I read somewhere that they had bred a lion with a macaw parrot and they didn't know what they got but every time that thing talked, people listened! Ok, that was a lousy example.

143. To emasculate no male being whatever. Whether it be a man or an animal, you're not supposed to castrate or emasculate any of them. None. Whatever, ever. I want to take a look into "emasculate" when it comes to animals. The Scriptures says, "Any with testes bruised or crushed or torn or cut in your land, you shall not do thus." In other words, you can't do it and it's not to be done among the people. You're not supposed to do it to people or to animals.

144. To make no image of a human being, even for ornamentation as art. We're not even supposed to have pictures of each other. I know I'm a real breaker of this particular commandment. But we're definitely not supposed to make images of G-d.

145. To make no oil like the anointing oil. We don't really know what the anointing oil is. We use oil for anointing we're not supposed to duplicate the oil that was used in the temple. It was not to be used anywhere except in the temple but that isn't something that applies now.

146. Not to reproduce the composition of the incense at the Sanctuary. These are strictly for the Sanctuary.

147. To do no work on the first day of Passover.

148. To do no work on the seventh day of Passover.

149. To do no work on the festival of Shavu'oth.

150. To do no work on Rosh haShanah
- the beginning of the year.

151. To do no work on Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement. Yeshua didn't. Yeshua did everything exactly the way He was supposed to. During the 10 Days of Awe, He went into the mikvah. Yeshua did not go into the baptism because He had sin. He went into the baptism because He was supposed to. He said, "Do it quickly to fulfill the law" because if He didn't do it, He would have been breaking the Law. You have to do it during the 10 Days Of Awe.

152. To eat and drink nothing on Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement.

153. To do no work on the first day of Sukkoth.

154. To do no work on Sh'mini Atzereth
- the Eighth Day of Assembly.

155. To do nothing whatever from which there can result Hillul HaShem - a desecration of the Divine Name. Nothing should desecrate the Divine Name. I have a computer program in Hebrew and you know what it said? It said, "Since this can print out the Divine Name, understand that it is sacred and that you can't throw it away."

Do you realize that if you make a mistake on a piece of paper that has that Name on it, you can't throw it away? You're supposed to bury it.

156. Not to go straying after the thought of the heart and the sight of the eyes. After the thought of the heart which is the mind because the heart and mind are the same. And the sight of the eyes. Scripture says that you shall not follow after your own heart, your mind and your eyes. This means that we should not entertain in our heart any thought that can cause any one of the main principles of your faith to be uprooted because Satan will incite us to heresy.

"And after the sight of the eyes" means immorality. Do you remember when Abraham said to Lot, "Look Man, we're walking all over each other here so why don't you pick a place to go and you go there and I'll stay here or you stay here and I'll go there." He said, "You choose the place, you want to stay here or do you want to go somewhere else?"

Scripture says Lot "looked with his eyes" and that's exactly what that means. He looked with his eyes. He didn't pray about it, he didn't do anything spiritually, he just looked with his eyes and he saw Sodom and Sodom looked good to him. With a little prayer he wouldn't have ended up there but he didn't go with prayer, he went with his own sight and with his own mind.

157. To destroy no holy thing and to erase no name whatever among the Holy Names of G-d.
This is what Nimrod did. Nimrod said, "Oh, let us worship the stars because the stars were created by G-d." And then by the second generation, he said "Let us worship the stars," and the people forgot about G-d. He didn't want the people to worship G-d and eventually tried to replace G-d with stars and the moon.

Remember Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. People say, "Well, Babel means the Gate to G-d, why would they try to reach G-d? Were these people stupid enough to think that they were going to try to go up and take over Heaven?"

No, what they were trying to do was protect themselves. They were not believers. They said, "We will" and they wanted to make a name for themselves, they wanted to become big men in their own time.

They were trying to put a tower up so high that it would be above the flood line of the flood that G-d had created, the waters of Noah. Therefore, G-d wouldn't be able to flood them again.

What a S-T-U-P-I-D thing that was. But they did it, and that's why they did it. And they all had the same language, they all had the same ability to understand each other and instead of doing things to the good, they had Nimrod to follow. And Nimrod did things for the bad.

158. Not to deviate from the words of the great Bet Din, the supreme religious court. In other words, what G-d has laid out, is what G-d has laid out.

159. To add nothing to the Mitzvoth of the Torah. In other words, to add nothing to the 613 Commandments.

160. To take nothing away from the Mitzvoth of the Torah. It sounds kind of like what Yeshua said, doesn't it, not change one jot or one tittle, not to change the Law but to set it upright?

161. To make no paving stone in order to bow down to the ground on it, even to the Blessed G-d. You don't make idol worship possible. Even if you start it to G-d, it's going to end up to something else. The Scripture says, "Neither shall you place any paving stone in your land to bow down on it." If someone bowed down on it spreading his hands and feet in prostration to the blessed G-d, he should be given whip lashes. If it was without spreading hands and feet in prostration, he should be beaten with whip lashes of disobedience if he bowed down on it.

You're not supposed to put a stone there that has anything to do with idol worship. Now, the stone was a sign of the groves so the stone is something you do not put down. We don't really know what it is so I'm sure we wouldn't be guilty of it.

162. To erect no pillar anywhere at all. A pillar again is symbolic of idol worship.

163. To inscribe no tattooed mark on one's flesh. You shall not put tattoos on your flesh. I see every single kid in the world wearing them including my daughter. Thank G-d neither of my sons ever got one but my daughter did.

The Scripture says, "Nor shall you tattoo any marking on yourselves. It is a tattooed marking when one makes an incised marking on one's flesh and fills the place of the incision with ink or other coloring matter. A person who transgresses this shall be whip lashed." This is for both men and women. The reason G-d doesn't want it is because it's defacing your body. Your body is something G-d gave you. Pagans deface their bodies.

164. To produce no baldness over one's dead near kin. The Scripture says "Nor shall you make any baldness between your eyes for the dead." That means not to pluck out the hair of one's head. I don't know why you would do it except as a way of hurting yourself.

As a way of sackcloth and ashes, you'd pull your hair out of your head. We've heard that expression but I don't know too many people who do it.

165. To practice no Augury. Ok, we're not supposed to practice Augury. So you guys doing it, stop it.

The Scripture says, "Neither shall you practice Augury" and this means, for example, if one makes signs or portents for himself like, "if this and this will happen for me, I shall do thus and so."

If a person did some action through such Augury, he would thus violate this rule. It's basically witchcraft. Augury is witchcraft because Mitzvos follows it with #166:

166. To do no conjuring or soothsaying.

167. To practice no divination.

168. To practice no sorcery.

169. To cast no spells or charms.

170. To do no act of an Ov
- a kind of medium. A witch, a medium.

171. To do no act of a yid'oni - a kind of wizard.

172. To make no inquiry of an Ov.

173. To make no inquiry of an Yid'oni.
So not of the wizard or of the medium.

174. Not to inquire of the dead.

175. Not to prophesy falsehood in the Name of HaShem.
Listen, not to prophesy falsehood in the Name of HaShem. It is really important that you understand this because there are too many people out there doing it today.

Stop doing it. It's a sin. I mean, G-d will call you on this one. He tells you absolutely in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:20. It says that "the prophet who presumes to speak a word of My Name which I have not commanded him to speak."

This means that no man whatever is to say that words were conveyed to him prophetically by the Blessed G-d when the Blessed G-d did not say them. If someone violated this and prophesied falsely, his execution should be strangulation. You hearing me? His execution should be strangulation. This is a terrible thing. His breath should be cut off in his throat.

176. Not to shave the temples of the head. Why don't you shave the temples of your head? "You shall not round off the temples of your head" is what it tells us. One is punishable for each temple thereof. If a person shaves both his temples, even at the same time, he should receive whip lashes twice whether he shaves the temples alone or he shaves the entire head at once.

It specifically is the man who does the shaving who is given whip lashes because he does a physical act. The one who is shaved is not subjected to whip lashes unless he helped the one doing the shaving, even with scissors used as a razor. By shaving the temples, the physical sign of charity, that remind us when we see them, not to glean the corners of our fields, but to give them to the poor.

A woman is not subject to any restriction not to round off the temples of her head but she is forbidden to shave the temples of a man's head. She is even forbidden to shave a minor male's temples.

Now why is this so important? Because it all dealt with idol worship, that's why Paul told the women to cover their heads. It has to do with witchcraft, it has to do with idol worship. It has to do with when you see the priests of Egypt, their heads were shaved. It's illegal in Judaism to imitate the priests of Ba'al, the priests of Satan.

177. Not to mar, razor shave, an edge of the beard. That's kind of a weird thing. Why wouldn't you razor shave the edges of your beard? Because Scripture says, "Neither shall you mar the edges of your beard."

A man's beard can be trimmed but not shaved to where it looks funny. When people look at the beard or the payas they remember to take care of the poor because of the admonition not to glean the corners of their fields.

These are all admonishments that G-d has put out there to make sure we do the right thing as far as taking care of the poor. Now the rest of these basically have to do with Israel. So at this point, I guess we're just about done with them. I would like to say Baruch HaShem, praise the Name.

I want to tell you something else too. Don't ever think that we're not under G-d's Word. Under G-d's Torah. We're not under the law of sin and death, but we are under the Torah.

Boruch HaShem! (Praise the Name!)
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About Harvey Cohen

Rabbi Harvey Cohen has been serving the community's spiritual and physical needs through Bosko Ministries since 1983.


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