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Many people who consider themselves to be Christians have, in essence, been taught the mistaken idea that Yeshua (Jesus) came to do away with His Father’s laws. The comparatively few who realize that God’s Ten Commandments are still in effect, often pick and choose which ones they choose to obey. Others belittle their importance by saying “works are not necessary.” Some alter the 2nd commandment to eliminate the portion of it that teaches us not to have or bow down to idols. Also, the 4th commandment – the Sabbath –is usually disregarded or “replaced” with the pagan Sunday, the day of Baal and Sun worship. Of the smaller number of people who do seek to obey the entire Decalogue, most of them consider God’s Statutes to be no longer binding for people in the New Testament dispensation. Yet, interestingly, even though they don’t seem to recognize it, most churches still do keep and teach a small number of God’s Statutes in principle.

For example, most teachings about loving God (Deut.6:5 & Matt.22:37), tithing (Lev.27:30 & Mal.3:7-12 & Matt.23:23), fornication (Num.25:1 & Acts 15:20), marriage and divorce (Gen.2:24 & Mal.2:14-16 & Matt.19:9), witchcraft or divination (Deut.18:10 & Gal.5:19-21), showing respect for the elderly (Lev.19:32 & 1 Tim.5:1), not being a respecter of persons (Lev.19:15 & James 2:1,9), avoiding racism (Ex.22:21 & Matt.25:44), humility (Deut.17:20 & Matt.23:12), forgiveness (Lev.19:17-18 & Matt.18:21-35), and love toward your neighbor (Lev.19:18 & 1 John 3:11), are all teachings that are rooted and founded on God’s Statutes!

While many churches and people pick and choose which of God’s Ten Commandments they will teach or obey, MOST people pick and choose which of God’s Statutes (if any) they will teach and obey.

For example, many churches still teach God’s Statute of tithing (Mal.3:7-12), but they reject the other Statutes that teach us how to properly love and worship God (Deut.6:4-7 & Mark 12:29-30). Many recognize the health value in keeping God’s Statutes of eating only clean, healthful meats and avoiding unclean, unhealthful meats (Lev.11), but they don’t practice the Statute of teaching their children and grandchildren God’s Statutes (Deut.6:17) to turn their hearts to Him (Mal.4). Some keep the Statute of God’s weekly Holy Sabbath day mentioned in Lev.23:3, but they reject God’s annual Holy Sabbaths and Feasts mentioned beginning with the very next verse! This is even more amazing since Yeshua and the apostles both kept and taught the church to keep God’s annual Holy Days (John 7:8-14 & 1 Cor.5:6-8), and God reveals them as being likened to a guiding beacon and a sign or picture, teaching us about the wonderful world to come (Ex.31:13 & Ex.37:710 & Col.2:16-17)! God’s Statutes make us wiser than either our teachers or our enemies – and they teach us all how to properly and respectfully interact with God and each other (Ps.119:97-112). They teach us how to show love to our neighbor (Lev.19:18 & Mark 12:31).

Why do so many people seem to have such disdain for such a loving royal law (James 2:8 & 1 John 2:4)?

Why all the confusion about Messiah (Christ) supposedly doing away with God’s Statutes, when both He and His disciples taught and kept them?

Why do many in God’s Church show respect for and keep Deut. 5 (where God’s 10 Commands are listed), but comparatively ignore Deut.4 and Deut.6,7,8,9,10,11,12, etc., (where God’s Statutes are listed)?

Why do most believe only the 10 Commandments are referred to as God’s “Laws” or “Commandments” in scripture – when Yeshua, Moses, the  apostles and prophets, literally hundreds of times in scripture, also referred to God’s Statutes as “God’s Commandments” and “God’s Laws” (Deut.4:1-2, 8, & Deut.6:1, 24-25 & Matt.19:19, James 2:8).

Why have many in the Church of God described the 10 Commandments as the foundation of God’s law, and described all the Statutes as merely fleshing out the details of the Decalogue –when Jesus said ALL THE LAW AND PROPHETS HANG ON THE TWO GREAT STATUTES of love toward God and love toward neighbor (Mark 12:28-31) – not the other way around?

Why have  so many relegated God’s Statutes down to a seemingly lesser, redundant and therefore somewhat unnecessary law by saying God’s Statutes merely expound upon the spirit of the 10 Commandments – when an honest examination of God’s Statutes will  reveal that MANY or MOST of God’s Statutes are not at all related to the subject matter of the Decalogue? Which of the 10 Commandments are the Statutes “expounding” when God commands men not to wear effeminate women’s clothing and commands women not to wear men’s masculine clothing (Deut.22:5)? Which of the 10 Commandments does the ecological Statute of species preservation “expound” by forbidding the taking both the dam and young birds together (Deut.22:6-7)? Which of the 10 Commandments does the Statute of putting a safety hand-railing around any flat roof top or high decks or parapets relate to (Deut.22:8)? While there are a few Statues that are similar in nature to God’s awesome 10 Commandments, most are not.

To say “the Statutes expound the 10 Commandments,” or to say “the Statutes merely flesh in the details of the 10 Commandments,” is utter nonsense. Such erroneous statements seem aimed at DE-EMPHASIZING God’s Statutes by focusing on the 10 Commandments as the only portion of God’s law that is really binding or important for New Testament Christians. Yet that is NOT what Messiah or His disciples taught. Indeed, God said, NOT TO ADD TO, OR TAKE AWAY FROM ALL THE WORDS OF HIS LAW (Deut.4:2)!

Why do most Christians seem to neglect most of God’s awesome, Royal Statutes – even though God said they were binding forever (Deut.4:40, 5:29,

12:28 & Matt.5:17-19) and even though God said He gave them to us out of love, and for our good (Deut.6:24)? Why?

Has God given men the authority to “pick and choose” which Statutes they will obey? If God’s Statutes are not in effect today, why are they so prevalent throughout the New Testament –even right up to the end in the book of Revelation? What did Yeshua say regarding His Father’s Statutes?

Matt.5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did NOT come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever DOES and TEACHES them, he shall be called GREAT in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

After what Yeshua said, which one of the laws would you want to disobey and teach others they did not need to obey? Messiah, in essence, pronounced a curse upon those who both disobey and teach others to disobey even the least of God’s laws, but He pronounced a BLESSING upon those who both keep and teach them!

We all want to be blessed and called “great” in God’s wonderful Kingdom, don’t we?

In this 15 part Teaching Series given at the Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles),  

Don Haney expounds Torah, as was commanded  to do every 7 years:

Then Moses commanded them saying, “At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of cancelling debts, during the feast of Sukkot, when all Israel comes to appear before Adonai your God in the place He chooses, you are to read this Torah before them in their hearing. Gather the people—the men and women and little ones, and the outsider within your town gates—so they may hear and so they may learn, and they will fear Adonai your God and take care to do all the words of this Torah - Deuteronomy 31:10 - TLV

You will find the amazing truths, parallels and clarifications to be both inspiring and eye opening!

Expounding Torah - Video Teachings

Expounding Torah