I wrote this a few days ago. For some time now I’ve been writing the Torah and the 613 commandments to help me better understand what the Commandments or Mitzvot are all about. As I was writing these 10 (CJB version) I began thinking about how so many of these are unknown to others, some may only know a few that they will use to “build themselves up,basically, fluff their appearance to hide evil deeds in a dark life they lead”. As I began writing these I couldn’t stop thinking of the negative elements that are in each commandment…the opposite of what the command states.
It’s ironic I think, that each one with the negative added (1a, 2a, 3a etc…) doesn’t even surprise me, doesn’t phase me, I realized that I’ve become nonchalant about the negatives, this is because we all hear the stories on the news and in the paper about so many of these things. I wrote my own negative statements and it wasn’t easy to do. I know in the past I’ve committed some of them, I’m not dismissing my own mistakes and I won’t make excuses. This isn’t about me anyway, it’s about how deceived we are because of lowered standards in society, because it’s easier to accept the least than to stand up for the BEST!!!
Exodus 20 – Negative Elements of the Ten Commandments
1 “Then God said all these words:
1a- I never heard god say these words.
2 I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery”.
2a- You are NOT Adonai my God, I did not want you to bring me out of the land of Egypt, I wanted to be left you in the abode of slavery!
3 “You are to have no other gods before me”.
3a- I want all the other gods before and not you. I will worship who I want!
4 “You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline”.
4a- I want to carve images into any representation that I want, nothing from heaven above, I will make them on the earth beneath and in the water below the shoreline. I want to have tattoos and cut lines into my body to show I am patriotic!
5 “You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, ADONAI your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
5a- I will bow down to these other gods and serve them; You are NOT Adonai, my God, you are not jealous, I do not want you to punish the children for the sins of the parents to the third or fourth generation and the ones who love me!
6 but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot”.
6a- I will not show grace to those who love you or your commands!
7 “You are not to use lightly the name of ADONAI your God, because ADONAI will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly”.
7a- I will use the name Adonai however I chose, You will NOT punish me because I use your name when I please!
8 “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God”.
8a- What Shabbat? I will not do anything for God!
9 “You have six days to labor and do all your work,
9a- I want to work as little or as much as I please!
10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat for ADONAI your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work -not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property”.
10a- This is NOT the Shabbat you speak of, I will only go to church on Sundays. I want to work after church and no one can stop me and my wife and children, my slaves will work and my cattle will work, the foreigner will work with me if I tell them to!!
11 “For in six days, ADONAI made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why ADONAI blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself”.
11a- There is no way the whole heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them were made in 6 days, Sunday is my day to go out and party after sitting in Sunday church!
12 “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land which ADONAI your God is giving you”.
12a- I don’t want to honour my father and mother, they never honoured or nurtured me, I will live a long time without them! Adonai is not my god, that is just a name for something stupid.
13 “Do not murder”.
13a- I want to murder.
14 “Do not commit adultery”.
14a- I want to commit adultery.
15 “Do not steal”.
15a- I love to steal!
16 “Do not give false evidence against your neighbor”.
16a- My neighbour says things about me that are not true, if he can lie about me then I will him.
17 “Do not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor”.
17a- I want my neighbour’s house; I want his wife, his children and his female slave, his ox and donkey and anythng that he owns. I am much more deserving!!
In closing, I would challenge you all to do your own Ten Commandments challenge of writing your negative elements/reactions. I’m not suggesting that it needs to be an emotionally charged response, but if it is then that’s great, don’t you think? I think we all need to take a really good look at the lives we are living, admit and accept that we’ve made our mistakes, but in that time I suggest making changes in your lives as well. The ‘walking out your salvation’ for most people I know, ‘baby boomers’ is now into two generations of each of our family’s.
I’ve been reading over the negative elements that I’ve written and I weep and I notice that my prayers are not about surface things anymore but about supplication; deeper, more intimate relationship with Yeshua, about healing for others and whoever is reading this, I consider the ‘others’. I also would point out that this is for healing in our lives, what we’ve allowed and it’s not about condemnation of others or ourselves.
My prayer for you is that if you read this and you feel regret or remorse, which I think most will be, that you consider very seriously what you can do to make a difference. It’s high time that we start doing for the BEST (Jesus/Yeshua) and stop putting our ego/self above others, above the Values and Morals that we desire for our children and grandchildren to have. That we start raising up a generation of Warriors who will join in the right plight for the Kingdom, have Intentional Purpose for the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob!!