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Have a blessed Shabbat!
Hello, my name is Dirk.
Christianity/Church teaches that Yahushua taught two commandments: Love your Elohim and Love your neighbor as yourselves. They also teach that Torah is done away. This vlog is split into two parts, each focusing on one of the commandments as well as focusing on how the Torah is related to the commandments.
Slide: We Will Love YHWH
Before Yahushua was crucified, one person asked Yahushua, “What is the greatest commandment?” In the bible, in both books of Matthew and Mark, are the responses that Yahushua gave to the person. This includes both commandments. I will focus on the first one.
Slide: Matthew 22:36-37
(36) “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
(37) And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’
Slide: Mark 12:29-30
(29) And יהושע answered him, “The first of all the commands is, ‘Hear, O Yisra’ĕl, יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one.
(30) ‘And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first command.
First, we must remember Yahushua did not come to start a new religion. He did not come to start new teaching. He came in His Father’s name to teach what His Father taught. With that in mind, we can look at the scriptures and understand what we are reading—the purpose behind what is being said.
In this particular situation, a Pharisee, who is from the House of Judah from the Southern Kingdom, (remember that?), asked Yahushua what was the first commandment—the greatest? He already knew the answer which came from the Torah and was curious if what Yahushua was teaching was correct and from the Father. Yahushua replied and said “Hear O’ Israel, YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is one, you shall love YHWH with all your heart, with all your might, with all your mind, and this is the first commandment”. The Pharisee knew from where that information that Yahushua said came from.
Where did that comment come from? Was it a new commandment that we did not know? Or? Let us look and read from the book of Deuteronomy chapter 6:4-5.
Slide: Deuteronomy 6:4-5
(4) “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
(5) “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.
Hear O’ Israel, YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is One. You will love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your might. This means that everything that you are, your thinking, your actions, everything. You must give it to YHWH if you really love Him. Really give it to Him. This also means that anything else that is not pleasing to YHWH must be removed and we do not do them.
Today’s teachings in church indicate that Torah is done away. However, Yahushua came to teach what His Father taught. He also taught about the importance of the two commandments. Love Elohim with all your heart—all. Where did this come from? The Old Testament—it is not actually the Old Testament, it is still a valid covenant there. YHWH commanded the people that “you will love me with all your mind, with all your heart, with all your strength”. This is very important. You will talk about it all day, when you leave and when you return, everything that you do, everything that you think must be of YHWH.
Now people may say: “But I cannot do it, it is very burdensome!” However, Scriptures is very clear on this. In First John 5:3 says “it is not a burden”. If you love Elohim, love YHWH very much, you will obey His commandments. The word commandments does not mean just the two commandments that I am talking about today: Love Elohim and Love your neighbor as yourselves. It also means all of the instructions that YHWH gave us. I love Him and others and what You want me to do, I will do them. But people say it is a burden. I feel like I am being punished. That is not so. Scripture says it is not a burden. Just like Yahushua who said, if you love me, follow me, my yoke is light. Just like following YHWH, His burden is light—not heavy.
Read the verse
Slide: 1 John 5:3
(3) For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands,and His commands are not heavy,
Slide: We Will Love Our Neighbors As Ourselves
We have discussed the first commandment—You will love YHWH your Elohim. Will love with all your mind, heart, and strength. With all that you can you will love Him. The second commandment is that you will Love your neighbor as yourselves. From the same books in the bible, Matthew and Mark. Read on.
Slide: Matthew 22:39-40
(39) “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
(40) “On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.”
Slide: Mark 12:31
(31) “And the second, like it, is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other command greater than these.”
In the first commandment, there is a reference to the Old Testament—the Book of Deuteronomy. This commandment also refers to the Old Testament but from the Book of Leviticus 19:18 which says you will not take vengeance or hold a grudge against the children of your people, you will love your neighbor as yourself, I am YHWH. Please read.
Slide: Levicitius 19:18
(18) ‘Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am יהוה.
Both commandments that Yahushua repeated came from the Torah. The Torah is still for today. It hasn’t stopped, it hasn’t been put away. The emphasis about the two commandments is that you must love YHWH first so you can really give yourselves to Him then love your neighbor as yourself. It is so that it becomes easy to follow the Father’s commands which do not become a burden when you do not have any feeling so anger or jealousy or desire for vengeance against your neighbor. We let YHWH take care of those things. Give everything of yours to YHWH.
In the book of First John 5:2 which says if you love the children of YHWH our Elohim, this means that you already love YHWH and guard His commandments. Read on.
Slide: 1 John 5:2
(2) By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and guard His commands.
Notice, the verse says when you love Elohim, you will guard His commands. Who is Elohim? YHWH! It is important that we remember that the writers of the New Testament emphasize on guarding His commands, doing His commands—who are they referring to? Elohim/YHWH. Where did His commands come from? From the Torah. When we know it is from Torah, we can read it and know what to do. Remember our death penalty is nailed on the stake. Our disobedience against YHWH will not receive any punishment because we know He is our Elohim and we know what He did for us. By knowing this, we should really truly love Him and all that we do is for YHWH. My attitudes, thoughts, and loving YHWH will make it possible to love other people.
I want to close with verses from Book of John. Chapter 14 verses 15 and 21 through 24 which reinforces with Yahushua talks about when he says. “If you love me, follow me commands.” This is what Yahushua said but remember Yahushua came for who? His Father. The things He said came from who? His Father. Remember, Yahushua said the words I say are not mine but my Father’s that I say to you.
Yahushua saying “If you love me, follow my commands” means it is YHWH who is saying, “If you love me, follow my commands” Chapter 14 verses 21-24 emphasizes what I just said.
I hope that you will read and pray on this—find where you stand with YHWH. Do you really love Him with all your mind, heart, and strength? All that you do, your thoughts, your behavior, what you do, and your everything—is it pleasing to YHWH?