A Look At the First And Greatest Commandment!

The first and greatest commandment often gets overlooked. People tend to forget about if because of all the different beliefs about God. But here you are going to find out what the biblical interpretation is.

When the messiah was asked what the first and greatest commandment is, here was his response, lets take it from the top:

Matthew 22:36-40

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38This is the first and great commandment.

39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

So we see that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

This seems easy on the surface as many people believe that there is only one God, but what does the bible say about this.

We will need to look at the ten (commandments) moral laws to get an understanding of this, they can be found amongst the ten commandments. If we look at the first, second, third and fourth commandments we can get a better understanding of what the Messiah was saying:

Exodus 20:1-11

1And God spake all these words, saying,

2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Commandment 1 -3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Commandment 2 -4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any

likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the

LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Commandment 3 -7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in

vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Commandment 4 – 8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

It is important to look at what the messiah said, which is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. This is interesting because we can safely say it is possible to be have good intentions, but still be in error when it comes to our love of God.

That being said all these part of us need to be in agreement when loving God, which are:

Heart – which are your emotions

Souls – Which is your spirit and you as a person

Mind – Your understanding and good reason

When we break this down we see that there is a logic to worshiping God and that it is not just about how we feel (our heart) about him but what we do, and getting a good understanding.

A scripture that springs to mind is in the book of proverbs which says:

Proverbs 4:7

7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Even this very scripture separates wisdom and understanding, which further lets us know that having knowledge of things does not mean we understand.

For instance many people know about the Messiah and refer to him as the Son of God then they say that he is God? This is a lack of understanding, even though there is wisdom in knowing the messiah is the son of God.

So lets look at the first commandment:

Exodus 20:3

3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

By this statement could it be that there is more than one God? Let us see what the YHWH himself has to say about this:

Psalm 96:4-6

4For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

5For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

6Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his

sanctuary.

As can be seen the psalmist David knew that there were other gods, but he that the God of Israel was the only one worthy of honor having created the heavens.

Exodus 23:13

13And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Here we see further insight and explanation of this commandments, that extends to the way the Fathers name is being pronounced. You can read:

http://www.scriptureincontext.com/yhwh/

The Second Commandment:

Exodus 20:4-6

4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

The first thing that should be noted is that any god besides the God of Israel is an Idol. Further reading says that nothing is to be created or made for worshiping purposes.

This type of idol can take any form and can be of anything “that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth“.

YHWH Warns Israel and all true believers against this type of Idol worship in the book of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 10:1-10

1Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

2Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

4They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

5They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

As we see the word that was spoken to the Israelites was to further reiterate, that no idol worship was to be observed. It is also interesting that it also says, not to fear these idols. this is important because people often develop traditions such as Christmas, which is idolatry.

The reason why many Christians do not want to leave unbilical traditions like Christmas is because of the fear of rejection, and opinions of others (even though they wont admit it) But the YHWH says not to fear them.

The Third Commandment:

Exodus 20:7

7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Today people call God and the son without reverence for their names.

The messiah is wrongly called Jesus which is a corruption of Yahusha in Hebrew which actually means saviour (*if you are guilty of using these heathens names it is something to reconsider*).

The Fathers name is YHWH but some are spelling it YHVH or pronouncing it Jehovah, when its should be pronounced Yahuah.

If we read we see that the prophet David would not even speak the name of another God on his lips. Today people willingly say Jesus without researching its meaning.

Psalm 16:4

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

The Fourth Commandment:

Exodus 20:8-10

8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

This is the commandment that many totally leave out when they think about the first and greatest commandment. The argument seems to be that every day is holy. But the point is God rested the 7th day not because he was tired, but because he had finished creating.

This day was set apart for us to reverence God for his work, there is nothing here that says that we can’t keep other days holy, but this day was specifically made a day of rest to worship the God of Israel.

The seventh day is Saturday today, although it has been changed to Sunday by the world this is against the will of God.

So, when the messiah speaks about the first and greatest commandment, which is:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind“.

We need to look deeper so that we are not found in error. Salvation is a continual process, which involves repentance (change), if you were in error with your love of God, ignorantly you can confess and repent, this is what God requires from his true believers, there is no condemnation when we repent (change).

Peace and shalom

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