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power of integrity: speaking life

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Bible verse: James 3:17

Some Christians like to know why they do not seem to receive blessing as others do. Why do we continue to praise God when we do not feel like it?

In Biblical teaching praising God is a form of worship, and is based on God’s goodness and not our feelings. IT MEANS “to bless,” AND indicates the action of pronouncing good things upon the recipient. We can read many examples in psalms of king David praising God in all sorts of circumstances, indeed often regardless of the environment and external events. He recounted lots of good deeds that the Lord has done for His people. He chose to focus on God’s goodness and greatness.

Jesus taught us to worship in spirit and in truth. This means we do not worship based on our own feelings and circumstances. We worship based on our born again spirit who aligns with the Holy Spirit and based on the truthfulness of the words of God.

Today we read the New Testament teaching of the praise requirement for a worshipper in spirit and in truth. The key word is integrity. The integrity of our heart is demonstrated in the words we utter through our mouths. One thing is sure: praise and curse do not co-exist. God is looking for praises and not curses from our mouths.

James 3 New Living Translation (NLT) (Quoted in part)

Controlling the Tongue
3 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

5…the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire…

9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

True Wisdom Comes from God
13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom…
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

letter to a reader: “Don’t let your heart be troubled”

John 14:6When Jesus prepared Himself to leave this world, He spoke to His disciples,
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, obey[d] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[f] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

30 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

Footnotes:

14:2a Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house.
14:2b Or If this were not so, I would have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.
14:7 Some manuscripts read If you have really known me, you will know who my Father is.
14:15 Other manuscripts read you will obey; still others read you should obey.
14:16 Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor. Greek reads Paraclete; also in 14:26.
14:17 Some manuscripts read and is in you.

what to do when encountered rampant untruthfulness?

watch john 1:17Discussing and advising my young nephew of the current ongoing untruthfulness in the reporting and editorial realm which was once so highly regarded by the civilized world, because he asks why I no longer read or watch or listen to most main-stream news-media, I realize how limited and yet how wide a man has in terms of choices of news/information due to technology. I tell him I subscribe to and read only technical, financial, scientific discovery, medical breakthrough etc. kind of info-news these days. No mainline generalists’ ‘intellectual’ dissertation. They have nothing for us. I told this eager young man who is of the generation as yet unspoiled and on whom we hope to raise leaders of a better future. Why? He asks. I reply, “Those men are trying to be God or judges. They are not.” My generation is sick and tired of those who smear and slander just to get a higher readership/viewership or advertisement rating. I advise the young man to caution his peers not to click or visit any web sites unless they are sure there are specific verifiable positive information there. Don’t ever add a click or a view to encourage more untruths to be churned out. I advise him that if all Christians in this world start being careful and discerning in what we choose to view or click, the impact of drop in viewership would be so significant that many would hesitate and think twice before they pen/type future communication. The good news is that they can come and join us and be aligned with the God of grace and truth.

In my prayer I ask the Lord what to say today and I am again led to read and quote Matthew 23. Do read. Pray and ask the Lord what He is saying to each individual. For the young Christians, Pharisees and scribes were the intellectual elites who were academically qualified and proficient in their field of study. They spent considerable amount of time reading and writing. They were the society’s leading voice. They exercised authority commenting and judging practically all subjects that impacted the lives of the Jewish people in Jesus’ time. Because of their ability to study, read and write, they commanded respect and honor from the ordinary people in their nation. And they in turn took control of politics and everything else.

In sum, Jesus says this of them, “You say, but you do not do!”

Matthew 23
Woe: 13, 14, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 29
blind guide: 16, 17, 19, 24, 26
hypocrites, hypocrisy: 13, 14, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29, 28
scribes: 2, 13, 14, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29
Pharisees: 2, 13, 14, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29
inside: 25, 26, 27, 28
outside, outward: 25, 26, 27, 28

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe,[a] that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ,[b] and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.[c]
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies[d] the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’ 19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells[e] in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.[f] 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
Footnotes:
a. Matthew 23:3 NU-Text omits to observe.
b. Matthew 23:8 NU-Text omits the Christ.
c. Matthew 23:14 NU-Text omits this verse.
d. Matthew 23:17 NU-Text reads sanctified.
e. Matthew 23:21 M-Text reads dwelt.
f. Matthew 23:25 M-Text reads unrighteousness.

Leaving a sustainable legacy to successors

Romans 8:14
Romans 8:14 Children of God

Many great Christian leaders, churches, missions and Christian organizations started off well but declined and fell away after some years. In some cases the founders could not leave behind a sustainable legacy to their successors. Sadly in many cases there were not even one credible successor. This is not new. King Solomon was one such tragic example. Today we read some of the accounts of his achievements in the world and his spiritual failures which actually caused the downfall of his kingdom. In sum, Solomon, unlike his father David, was a man of flesh and not a man of the Spirit. I pray that today’s national leaders in all realms understand this truth -you need to walk by the Spirit and not by flesh for leaving a sustainable and godly legacy to your successors. Like Paul, he had to raise godly successors like Timothy and many others to carry on after his martyrdom.

1 Kings 9-11 New Living Translation (NLT) (Please read all three chapters)

The Lord’s Response to Solomon
A SPIRITUAL CONDITION/COVENANT FOR SOLOMON AND HIS DESCENDANTS TO KEEP
9:1 So Solomon finished building the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do. 2 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had done before at Gibeon. 3 The Lord said to him,

“I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy—this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

4 “As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations, 5 then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: ‘One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.’

6 “But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, 7 then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make Israel an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations. 8 And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled and will gasp in horror. They will ask, ‘Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’

9 “And the answer will be, ‘Because his people abandoned the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why the Lord has brought all these disasters on them.’”

10 It took Solomon twenty years to build the Lord’s Temple and his own royal palace…19…He built everything he desired in Jerusalem and Lebanon and throughout his entire realm.

A HIDDEN SEED OF EVIL WAS PLANTED
24 Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her…

QUEEN OF SHEBA’S REMINDER TO SOLOMON
10:9 Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”

HERE IS THE REASON OF SOLOMON’S EVENTUAL DOWNFALL
11:1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. 2 The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. 3 He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.

4 In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been. 5 Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech,[y] the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done.

7 On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem,[z] he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 Solomon built such shrines for all his foreign wives to use for burning incense and sacrificing to their gods.

9 The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command. 11 So now the Lord said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. 12 But for the sake of your father, David, I will not do this while you are still alive. I will take the kingdom away from your son. 13 And even so, I will not take away the entire kingdom; I will let him be king of one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, my chosen city.”

HOW TO LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE AND LEAVE A SUSTAINABLE LEGACY?
Romans 8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Life in the Spirit
8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life[d] because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,[e] you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,[f] you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[g] of God.

Footnotes:
8:2a Greek the law; also in 8:2b.
8:2b Some manuscripts read me.
8:3c Greek our flesh; similarly in 8:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12.
8:10d Or your spirit is alive.
8:12e Greek brothers; also in 8:29.
8:13f Greek deeds of the body.
8:14g Greek sons; also in 8:19.

for Christian who tries to be righteous under the Law of Moses 613 commandments

Bible verse 2 Co 5:21For the Christians who still are confused about the Law of Moses and the Law of Faith under Christ Jesus (through whom grace and truth came), here is an article I quote below. I find it very relevant today after counseling persons who have been stumbled (mentally and emotionally depressed and oppressed) by legalistic religious preaching and teaching, many of which are confused and self contracting between grace (through faith) and legalism (through external self affliction to conform to the requirement of the Law of Moses). The self condemnation became a tool of the devil and drove Christians to the point of suicidal thoughts. Some who preach a mixture of Law and false grace are prominent religious leaders who had been Spirit-filled and performed signs and wonders in their younger days. But like Jesus and Apostle Paul had warned in the last days many false teachers and false prophets would appear. Who are they? It appears that some could have evolved inside the churches themselves.

Here is a stern warning today: Christian pastors/preachers/teachers: do every of the following 613 commandments or you have failed to comply with the Law. You cannot choose and pick what you like. There is no option but take them all and apply on yourselves or you fail. Look carefully, for example, the tithe is not even meant for you or your own church or organization. You can only give tithe to one place, the Temple of Jerusalem (if any) -“Do not offer sacrifices or Tithes and Offerings except to the sanctuary of Yahweh (Deuteronomy 12:13-14)

~~~~~~~~~~~QUOTE Tell me, you who want to be under the law,
are you not aware of what the law says? (Galatians 4:21)

The Law: All 613 Commandments!
248 Positive Commandments | 365 Negative Commandments

248 Positive Commandments

The Worship of Yahweh

Believe in Yahweh as the Only Source of Power in the Universe. (Exodus 20:2)
Submit to Yahweh as the Supreme Head, to be in unity with Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 6:4)
Love Yahweh with all your heart, soul, and might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Reverence Yahweh by Keeping His Laws. (Deuteronomy 6:12-13, 25)
Serve Yahweh. (Exodus 23:25)
Hold fast to Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 10:20)
Taking an oath by Yahweh’s Name. (Deuteronomy 6:13)
Walk in Yahweh’s ways. (Deuteronomy 28:9)
Sanctify Yahweh’s Name. (Leviticus 22:32)
Read (study and meditate on) the Book of the Law. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
Teach the Book of the Law to our children. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
Bind the Law upon our hands. (Deuteronomy 6:8)
Bind (write) the Law upon our minds. (Deuteronomy 6:8)
Make tzitzit on the corners of the tallits. (Numbers 15:38-40)
Preach and publish Yahweh’s Law. (Deuteronomy 6:9)
Gather for the reading of the Law every seventh year. (Deuteronomy 31:10-13)
A king must acquire and apply the Book of the Law. (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)
Acquire the Book of the Law. (Deuteronomy 31:19)
Be thankful to Yahweh in prayer, praise, and deed. (Deuteronomy 8:10)

The Temple and the Priests

Build the Holy sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 25:8-9)
We must reverence Yahweh in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Leviticus 19:30)
Guard the sanctuary of Yahweh at all times. (Numbers 18:2, 4)
The priests and Levites shall do their appointed work in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:23,6-7)
The priests must wash their hands and feet. (Exodus 30:17-21)
The priests must light the seven lamp lampstand. (Exodus 27:20-21)
The priests must bless the people with the Name of Yahweh. (Numbers 6:23-27)
The priests must set the showbread and frankincense before the ark. (Exodus 25:30)
The priests must burn the incense on the golden altar in the morning and between the evenings. (Exodus 30:7-8)
The priests must keep the fire burning on the altar continuously. (Leviticus 6:12-13)
The priests must remove the ashes from the altar daily. (Leviticus 6:10-11)
The priests must keep the ritually unclean out of the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 5:2-3)
The priests must be regarded as holy. (Leviticus 21:8)
The priests must dress in special priestly garments. (Exodus 28:2-43)
The priests must bear the responsibility for the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:1, 5)
The priests must prepare the holy anointing oil according to its formula. (Exodus 30:23-33)
The priests must perform their services at the sanctuary of Yahweh at the appointed time. (Deuteronomy 18:6-8)
The priests may become ritually unclean due to certain close relatives. (Leviticus 21:1-4)
The High Priest may marry only a virgin. (Leviticus 21:13-14)

Sacrifices

The continual burnt offering (Tamid sacrifice) must be offered twice daily. (Numbers 28:2-6)
The grain and drink offering must be offered twice daily. (Numbers 28:2-8)
An additional sacrifice must be offered every Sabbath. (Numbers 28:9-10)
An additional sacrifice must be offered on The New Moon. (Numbers 28:11-15)
An additional sacrifice must be offered every day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover). (Numbers 28:18-24)
The Omer offering of the first barley must also be brought on the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) and must be waved by the priests on the second day of the Feast. (Leviticus 23:10-14)
An additional offering must be offered at The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). (Numbers 28:26-30)
Two wave loaves of bread baked with salt must be offered on The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). (Leviticus 23:17)
An additional sacrifice must be offered on The Feast of Trumpets. (Numbers 29:1-6)
An additional sacrifice must be offered on the Day of Atonement. (Numbers 29:7-8)
The Atonement Service must be performed on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 16:2-34)
An additional sacrifice must be offered every day of The Feast of Tabernacles. (Numbers 29:12-34)
An additional sacrifice must be offered on The Last Great Day. (Numbers 29:35-40)
Three times a year keep a Feast to Yahweh: at The Feast of Unleavened Bread, at The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and at The Feast of Tabernacles. (Exodus 23:14-17)
The Feasts of Yahweh must be kept only at the Place Yahweh chooses, at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:5-7, 14)
Every household must appear before Yahweh and rejoice at the Feasts. (Deuteronomy 16:14)
The Passover Lamb must be killed on the fourteenth day of Abib between the two evenings. (Numbers 28:16)
The Passover Lamb must be eaten on the night of the fifteenth of Abib.(Exodus 12:8-11)
Those who are unclean from a dead body or away on a journey (stranded, detained, or imprisoned) must kill the Passover Lamb in the Second Moon. (Numbers 9:10-11)
The Passover in the Second Moon must be held according to all its ordinances. (Numbers 9:11-12)
The silver trumpets must be sounded at Feast times, New Moons, and also in times of tribulation, to call the congregation together. (Numbers 10:2, 9-10)
All animals to be sacrificed must be at least eight days old. (Leviticus 22:27)
All animals to be sacrificed must be without blemish. (Leviticus 22:21)
All offerings must be salted. (Leviticus 2:13)
The Law of the burnt offering. (Leviticus 1:2-17)
The Law of the sin offering. (Leviticus 6:25-30)
The Law of the trespass offering. (Leviticus 7:1-2, 7)
The Law of the peace offering. (Leviticus 3:1-17)
The Law of the grain offering. (Leviticus 2:1-16)
If the congregation sins ignorantly, a sin offering must be brought. (Leviticus 4:13-21)
If a person sins ignorantly, a sin offering must be brought when he learns of his sin. (Leviticus 4:27-35)
If a person is in doubt as to whether he has sinned in regard to any of the holy things, a suspensive guilt offering must be brought. (Leviticus 5:15-19)
A sin offering must be brought for stealing, swearing falsely, and sins of a like nature. (Leviticus 6:1-7)
The sin offering must be according to one’s means. (Leviticus 5:7-13)
We must confess our sins to Yahweh, repent for them, and be converted to the keeping of Yahweh’s Laws. (Numbers 5:6-7)
A man who has an abnormal discharge (zab) must bring a sacrifice. (Leviticus 15:13-15)
A woman who has an abnormal discharge (zabah) must bring a sacrifice. (Leviticus 15:28-30)
A woman must bring a sacrifice after childbirth. (Leviticus 12:6-8)
A leper must bring a sacrifice after he has been cleansed. (Leviticus 14:1-32)
The First Tithe is holy, and belongs to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
The firstborn of clean animals are holy and belong to Yahweh. (Exodus 13:2)
The firstborn sons belong to Yahweh, but may be redeemed. (Exodus 34:19-20)
The firstling of a donkey must be redeemed. (Exodus 34:20)
If the firstling of a donkey is not redeemed, its neck must be broken. (Exodus 13:13)
All tithes and offerings must be brought to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:5-6)
The sanctuary of Yahweh is the only place Yahweh has chosen to receive tithes, sacrifices, and offerings. (Deuteronomy 12:13-14, 26)
The blood of the sacrifices must be poured out on the altar of Yahweh for our atonement. (Deuteronomy 12:27)
Sanctified animals which have become blemished must be redeemed. (Deuteronomy 15:19-22)
Any animal exchanged for an offering is also holy. (Leviticus 27:10, 33)
The priests are to eat the meat of the consecrated offerings. (Exodus 29:33)
The priests are to eat the remainder of the grain offering. (Leviticus 10:12-13)
Consecrated meat of an offering which becomes ritually unclean must be burned. (Leviticus 7:19)
Consecrated meat of an offering not eaten within its appointed time must be burned. (Leviticus 7:17)

Vows

A Nazirite must let his hair grow during the period of separation. (Numbers 6:5)
A Nazirite must shave his head and bring the sacrifice when the period of separation is over. (Numbers 6:13-18)
Vows and oaths to Yahweh must be kept. (Deuteronomy 23:2123)
The Law of binding and loosing a vow. (Numbers 30:2- 16)

Ritual Purity

Anyone who touches or eats the carcass of an unclean animal becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 11)
Anyone who touches or eats the carcass of a clean animal that dies of itself, or is torn by wild animals, becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 11:29-31)
Any article that has come in contact with a ritually unclean object becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 11:31-38)
Menstruous women are ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:19-24)
Women after childbirth are ritually unclean. (Leviticus 12:2)
Anyone with a spreading skin disease is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 13:2-46)
Any clothing contaminated with a spreading disease is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 13:47-59)
A house contaminated by a spreading disease is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 14:34-57)
A man having an abnormal discharge (zab) is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:2-15)
Anyone or anything coming into contact with semen becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:16-18)
A woman with an abnormal discharge (zabah) is ritually unclean. (Leviticus 15:19, 25-28)
A human corpse and anyone who comes near it is ritually unclean. (Numbers 19:11-16)
The purification water purifies the ritually unclean. (Numbers 19:2-22)
Those ritually unclean must purify at the appointed time by laundering their clothes and immersing in water. (Leviticus 15:27)
Those ritually unclean of a spreading skin disease must follow the specified purification procedure. (Leviticus 14:2-32)
Those unclean of a spreading skin disease must shave off all their hair. (Leviticus 14:9)
Those unclean of a spreading skin disease must be easily distinguishable. (Leviticus 13:45)
The ashes of the red heifer are to be used in ritual purification. (Numbers 19:2-9)

Tithes and Offerings to the Sanctuary of Yahweh

The priest must set the value of a person dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:2-8, 25)
The priest must set the value of an animal dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:9-13, 27)
The priest must set the value of a house dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:14-15)
The priest must set the value of a field dedicated to Yahweh. (Leviticus 27:16-24)
If one sins ignorantly regarding the Holy Offerings, full restitution must be made, adding a fifth of the value to it. (Leviticus 22:14-16)
The fruit of the fourth years growth is holy, and must be given to the priest. (Leviticus 19:23-25)
The corners of a field that is reaped must be left for the poor. (Leviticus 19:9)
The gleanings of a field that is reaped must be left for the poor (Leviticus 19:9)
The forgotten sheaves of a field that is reaped must be left for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:19)
Any remaining olives or grapes must be left for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:20-21)
Any fallen grapes must be left for the poor. (Leviticus 19:10)
The first fruits of all our labor must be separated and brought to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 23:19)
All Holy Offerings must be given to the priests at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:8-14, 21)
The First Tithe (the first tenth) of all our increase must be given to the Levites for their work in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:21-26)
The Second Tithe must be set aside for the Feasts of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 14:23-26)
The priests and Levites must also tithe to the Work of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:24-32)
The Third Tithe must be set aside for the poor in the third and sixth years of the seven year cycle. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29)
Tithes and Offerings must be presented to Yahweh with prayer. (Deuteronomy 26:12-19)
Each household is to bring or send their tithes and offerings before Yahweh to the sanctuary of Yahweh (no Christian collection plate). (Deuteronomy 26:2-4, 10)
The first portion of the grain offering must be given to the priest at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 15:18-21)

The Sabbatical Year

Every seventh year is a Sabbath of Rest for the land and the fields must lie fallow and the ground must not be tilled. (Leviticus 25:2-7, 20-22)
In the seventh year everything that grows is to be eaten by all. (Leviticus 25:2-7,20-22)
You must consecrate and proclaim the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:10-12)
On the Day of Atonement in the Jubilee year, the shofar must be sounded and all Hebrew slaves set free. (Leviticus 25:9-10, 13)
In the Jubilee year all the land is to be returned to its appointed owners. (Leviticus 25:23-28)
In a walled city the seller has a right to buy back a house within a year of the sale. (Leviticus 25:29-30)
The years until the Jubilee must be counted. (Leviticus 25:8)
The seventh year is the Year of Release. (Deuteronomy 15:3)
In the seventh year a foreigner may be pressed for payment of a debt. (Deuteronomy 15:3)

Clean Animals Fit for Consumption and of Offerings

The priests must receive their share of all dean animals that are slaughtered. (Deuteronomy 18:3)
The priests must receive the first fleece from the shearing of sheep. (Deuteronomy 18:4)
Anything devoted to Yahweh becomes Most Holy to Yahweh and becomes the property of the sanctuary of Yahweh and the priests. (Leviticus 27:28)
To be fit for consumption, clean animals must be slaughtered. (Do not eat what dies of itself or is killed by wild beasts.) (Deuteronomy 12:21)
The blood of slaughtered clean animals must be poured on the ground and covered with earth. (Leviticus 17:10-16)
Set the mother bird free when taking the nest or the young. (Deuteronomy 22:6-7)
Examine the meat of animals to make sure it is permitted for consumption. (Leviticus 11:2-8)
Examine fowl to make sure they are permitted for consumption. (Deuteronomy 14:11-19)
Examine locusts to make sure they are permitted for consumption. (Leviticus 11:20-23)
Examine fish to make sure they are permitted for consumption. (Leviticus 11:9-12)

The Feasts and Sabbaths

The New Moons are to be observed to set Yahweh’s Feasts. (Exodus 12:2) (Deuteronomy 16:1)
The seventh day of every week is Yahweh’s Sabbath of rest, and a Holy Convocation. (Exodus 23:12, 16:23)
Keep the Sabbath Day holy by making preparation in advance. (Exodus 20:8-11)
Remove all leaven from all your property by the fifteenth of Abib. (Exodus 12:15)
On the fifteenth day of Abib we must teach our children the story of The Exodus from Egypt. (Exodus 13:8)
We must eat unleavened bread from the fifteenth through the twenty-first of Abib. (Exodus 12:18)
The first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. Cooking may be done on a Feast Day Sabbath, but not on the weekly Sabbath. (Exodus 12:16)
The seventh day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Exodus 12:16)
We must count fifty days-from the day after the First Holy Day Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (The Count of Omer) to The Feast of Weeks. (Leviticus 23:15-16)
The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:21)
The Feast of Trumpets is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:24)
The Day of Atonement is a day of complete fasting. (Leviticus 16:29-31)
The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:27-32)
The First Day of the Feast of Tabernacles is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:34-35)
The Last Great Day is a Sabbath of rest and a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:36)
Dwell in booths (succahs-temporary dwellings) during The Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:42)
A Succah must be built before The Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:40)
Sound the shofar on The Feast of Trumpets. (Numbers 29:1)

Laws Concerning the Duty of the Community and Observing the Authority of Yahweh’s Laws and Yahweh’s Annointed

Every male 20 years old and above must give half a shekel to the sanctuary of Yahweh annually. (Exodus 30:12-16)
Listen to and obey Yahweh’s Anointed Servant, the Overseer of the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)
The king that Yahweh chooses must be appointed. (Deuteronomy 17:15)
Listen to and obey Yahweh’s anointed priests (The Body of Elders of the sanctuary of Yahweh under the direction of the Overseer of the sanctuary of Yahweh). (Deuteronomy 17:8-13)
When we give testimony in a lawsuit, we must speak the truth. (Exodus 23:2)
Elders and office holders must be chosen by Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 16:18)
The Elders of The sanctuary of Yahweh, chosen by Yahweh, must judge the people impartially according to Yahweh’s Laws. (Leviticus 19:15)
Whoever is aware of evidence in a case must speak up and testify. (Leviticus 5:1)
The testimony of witnesses shall be examined thoroughly by the Elders. (Deuteronomy 13:14)
False witnesses shall be judged according to the Law. (Deuteronomy 19:19)
When a person is found murdered and the murderer is unknown, the prescribed ritual must be performed. (Deuteronomy 21:19)
Six cities of refuge in the land of Israel must be established. (Numbers 35:6-15)
The priests and Levites must be given cities to live in. (Numbers 35:2-5)
Build a guard rail around a roof (if it is flat and used as living space), and remove potential hazards from the home. (Deuteronomy 22:8)

The Worship of False Gods and Related Practices

The practice of godworship (the worship of false gods) must be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 12:2-4)
A city which turns to godworship (the worship of false gods) must be treated according to the Law. (Deuteronomy 13:12-18)
The godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods) will be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 20:17)
We must blot out the remembrance of godworshipers (those who worship false gods). (Deuteronomy 25:19)
Remember what the godworshipers (those who worship false gods) did to Israel. (Deuteronomy 25:1-18)

Laws Concerning Times of Tribulation and Persecution

Our conduct must be according to Yahweh’s Law during times of persecution. (Deuteronomy 20:11-12)
The priests must address the congregation in times of tribulation. (Deuteronomy 20:2-4)
The camp of Yahweh must be kept in a sanitary condition. (Deuteronomy 23:9)
The camp of Yahweh must be equipped with the necessary implements to keep it in a sanitary condition, and each must do his part. (Deuteronomy 23:12-14)

Our Duties to Our Fellow Man

Stolen property must be returned to the owner. (Leviticus 6:2-5)
The poor must be taken care of according to Yahweh’s Laws. (Deuteronomy 15:8, 11)
When a Hebrew slave goes free, the owner must give him gifts. (Deuteronomy 15:12-14, 18)
Loans to brothers must be without interest. (Exodus 22:25)
Loans to the foreigner may be with interest. (Deuteronomy 23:21)
Restore a pledge for a loan to its owner if he needs it. (Deuteronomy 24:12-13)
Pay the hired worker his wages on time. (Deuteronomy 24:15)
Permit the poor to eat of the produce of the vineyard or the standing grain. (Deuteronomy 23:24-25)
Help a stranger who has a fallen animal. (Exodus 23:5)
Help your brother who has a fallen animal. (Deuteronomy 22:4)
Lost property must be restored to its owner. (Exodus 23:4; Deuteronomy 22:1)
Those who sin must be corrected. (Leviticus 19:17)
Love your neighbor, whether a brother or an enemy, as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18)
Love the stranger and the new convert among you. (Deuteronomy 10:19)
Use only honest weights and measures. (Leviticus 19:36)

Family

Show honor and respect for Yahweh’s appointed teachers. (Leviticus 19:32)
Show honor and respect to parents. (Exodus 20:12)
Become Holy as Yahweh is Holy. (Leviticus 19:2)
Bring forth the Holy Seed, the 144,000 Holy Priesthood promised to Abraham. (Genesis 1:28)
Marriage must be according to Yahweh’s laws. (Deuteronomy 24:1)
A bridegroom is to rejoice with his bride. (Deuteronomy 24:5)
All males must be circumcised, newborn males on the eighth day. (Genesis 17:10-12, 14)
Should a man die childless, his brother must either marry the widow. (Deuteronomy 25:5-6)
He may release his brother’s widow. (Deuteronomy 25:7-10)
A man who violates a virgin must pay the bride price, marry her if her father permits, and may never divorce her. (Deuteronomy 22:29)
The Elders must judge in a case of premarital promiscuity. (Deuteronomy 22:13-15)
A woman’s father may utterly refuse to give his daughter to a man even though he pays the bride price. (Exodus 22:16-17)
The female captive must be treated in accordance with special regulations concerning repentance and conversion. (Deuteronomy 21:11-14)
Divorce can only be for the cause of premarital fornication by the bride. (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)
A woman suspected of adultery must submit to the required test. (Numbers 5:12-15)

Judgments

When required by Law, the judges must administer the appropriate punishment. (Deuteronomy 25:2-3)
The Law concerning unintentional homicide. (Numbers 35:22-29)
The Law concerning murder. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13)
There is one Law for all-for the Israelite and for the stranger. (Numbers 15:15-16)
One who sins (breaks any of Yahweh’s Laws) whether intentionally or unintentionally is guilty. (Leviticus 5:17; Numbers 15:30)
The penalty for sin, which is the breaking (transgression) of Yahweh’s laws, is death. (Numbers 15:30-31)
Atonement can be made through the Righteous High Priest for those who truly repent of sin and turn in complete obedience to Yahweh’s Laws. (Leviticus 16:16, 32-34)
The body of one who is executed must be buried the same day. (Deuteronomy 21:23)

Laws Concerning Slaves

Hebrew slaves must be treated according to the special Laws for them. (Exodus 21:2-6)
The owner or his son may marry his Hebrew maidservant. (Exodus 21:8-9)
If the owner or his son does not marry his Hebrew maidservant, he must allow her father to redeem her. (Exodus 21:8)
The regulation of the foreign slaves. (Leviticus 25:44-46)

Lawsuits

Judgment must be rendered in the case of injury caused by a person. (Exodus 21:18-25)
Judgment must be rendered in the case of injury cause by an animal. (Exodus 21: 28-32)
Judgment must be rendered in the case of injury caused to an animal. (Exodus 21:33-36)
A thief must make full restitution or else be sold for his theft. (Exodus 22:1-4)
Judgment must be rendered in cases of property damage caused by animals. (Exodus 22:5)
Judgment must be rendered in cases of fire damage. (Exodus 22:6)
Judgment must be rendered in cases involving items held for safe-keeping. (Exodus 22:7-8)
Judgment must be rendered in cases involving animals held for safe-keeping. (Exodus 22:10-13)
Judgment must be rendered in cases of claims against a borrower. (Exodus 22:14-15)
Judgment must be rendered in disputes arising out of sales. (Leviticus 25:14-17)
Judgment must be rendered in disputes over possession of property. (Exodus 22:9)
Monetary restitution must be paid in cases involving bodily damage. (Deuteronomy 25:11-12) (Exodus 21:18-25)
Judgment must be rendered in disputes arising out of inheritance. (Numbers 27:8-11) (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)

365 Negative Commandments

The Worship of False Gods and Related Practices

Do not trust in any power but Yahweh. (Exodus 20:3)
Do not make images of the gods (false gods) to be worshiped (Exodus 20:4)
Do not take on the character of the gods (the false gods). (Leviticus 19:4)
Do not make gods (false gods) out of anything. (Exodus 20:23)
Do not bow down to any false god. (Exodus 20:5)
Do not worship, serve, obey nor follow the ways (laws) of the false gods. (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)
Do not sacrifice children to any false god. (Leviticus 18:21)
Do not seek after mediums. (Leviticus 19:31)
Do not seek after familiar spirits. (Leviticus 19:31)
Do not seek to learn the ways of the false gods in order to follow them. (Deuteronomy 12:30)
Do not use a sacred pillar or pole for the worship of Yahweh, do not set the Feasts by it. (Deuteronomy 16:21-22)
Do not make false gods out of carved stone. (Leviticus 26:1)
Do not worship Asherah, the Queen of Heaven. (Deuteronomy 16:21)
Do not vow or worship in the name of a false god. (Exodus 23:13)
Do not teach or entice any community to worship false gods. (Deuteronomy 13:12-14)
Do not teach or entice any individual to worship false gods. (Deuteronomy 13:6-8)
Do not listen to any one who teaches or practices godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)
Do not give in to anyone who teaches or practices godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)
Do not pity anyone who teaches godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)
Do not spare anyone who teaches godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)
Do not conceal the fact when someone tries to teach godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:8)
Do not lust after the wealth of the false gods. (Deuteronomy 7:25)
Do not rebuild that which has been devoted to godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:16)
Do not make use of property used for godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 13:17)
Do not bring godworship (the worship of false gods) into the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 7:26)
Do not teach in the name of any false god. (Deuteronomy 18:20)
Do not teach or prophesy falsely in the Name of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 18:20)
Do not listen to one who teaches in the name of any false god. (Deuteronomy 13:3-4)
Do not reverence one who teaches in the name of any false god. (Deuteronomy 18:22)
Do not imitate the ways of godworshipers (worshipers of false gods) or practice their customs. (Leviticus 20:23)
Do not practice foretelling the future by consulting the false gods. (Leviticus 19:26)
Do not practice astrology. (Leviticus 19:26)
Do not practice foretelling the future by interpreting omens. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Do not practice sorcery. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Do not practice magic. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Do not practice witchcraft. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Do not consult with demon spirits (false gods). (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Do not attempt to contact the dead; they know nothing. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Women must not wear a man’s Holy Garments. (Deuteronomy 22:5)
Men must not wear a woman’s Holy Garments. (Deuteronomy 22:5)
Do not tattoo yourself. (Leviticus 19:28)
Do not wear Holy Garments made of both wool and linen. (Deuteronomy 22:11)
Do not shave the sides of your head in honor of the dead. (Leviticus 19:27)
Do not shave the sides of your beard in honor of the dead. (Leviticus 19:27)
Do not cut your bodies in honor of the dead. (Leviticus 19:28)

Prohibitions Against Making Allies With Nations Who Worship False Gods

Do not return to the ways of godworship (the worship of false gods) and sin. (Deuteronomy 17:16)
Do not follow teachings other than the Law of Yahweh taught by the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 15:39)
Do not make allies with godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods). (Exodus 34:15)
Do not spare any of the godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods). (Deuteronomy 20:16-18)
Do not show mercy to the godworshiping nations (nations who worship false gods). (Deuteronomy 7:2)
Do not permit godworshipers (worshipers of false gods) who refuse to repent to remain in the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 23:32-33)
Do not make marriages with godworshipers (worshipers of false gods). (Deuteronomy 7:3)
Do not allow a godworshiper (a worshiper of false gods) to join the sanctuary of Yahweh unless he repents. (Deuteronomy 23:3-4)
Do not abhor an Edomite who repents. (Deuteronomy 23:7)
Do not abhor an Egyptian who repents. (Deuteronomy 23:7)
Do not have fellowship with a godworshiper (a worshiper of false gods) who refuses to repent. (Deuteronomy 23:6)
Do not destroy fruit trees. (Deuteronomy 20:19)
Do not fear the adversaries of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 7:21)
Do not forget the evil done by the adversaries of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 25:19)

Blasphemy

You must not blaspheme the Holy Name of Yahweh, professing to keep Yahweh’s Laws yet practicing sin. (Leviticus 24:16)
Do not break an oath or vow made in the Name of Yahweh. (Leviticus 19:12)
Do not take Yahweh’s Name and bring it to nothing by hiding Yahweh’s Name. (Exodus 20:7)
Do not profane Yahweh’s Name. (Leviticus 22:32)
Do not test Yahweh by doubting or rebelling. (Deuteronomy 6:16)
Do not worship Yahweh in the ways of godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 12:4)
Do not allow the body of one hanged to remain so overnight. (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)

The Sanctuary of Yahweh

Do not neglect the duty of guarding the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Numbers 18:4-5)
The High Priest must not enter the Holy of Holies without the appropriate sacrifice. (Leviticus 16:2)
A priest with a defect or blemish must not enter the Holy of Holies at all. (Leviticus 21:21-23)
A priest with a defect or blemish must not come near to offer the food of Yahweh. (Leviticus 21:17)
A priest with a temporary blemish must not participate in the service there until it has healed. (Leviticus 21:18)
The priests must not exchange their duties with their assistants, the Levites. (Numbers 18:2-3)
The priests must not drink wine or strong drink before entering the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh to perform their duties or teach the Law. (Leviticus 10:9-11)
No one other than the priests may come near to minister to Yahweh. (Numbers 18:4, 22)
The priests must not serve in the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:2-9)
The priests must not eat of the Holy Offerings while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:6-7)
Do not enter the inner court of the sanctuary of Yahweh while ritually unclean. (Numbers 5:3)
Do not fail to ritually purify by laundering and bathing at the appointed time after becoming ritually unclean. (Numbers 19:20; Leviticus 17:16)
Do not build an altar of cut stone. (Exodus 20:25)
The priests must not go up to the altar by steps. (Exodus 20:26)
The priests must not allow the fire on the altar to be extinguished. (Leviticus 6:13)
The priests must not burn any unauthorized incense on the golden altar. (Exodus 30:9)
Do not make oil according to the holy anointing oil for personal use. (Exodus 30:31-33)
The holy anointing oil must not be misused. (Exodus 30:32)
Do not make incense according to the formula of the holy incense for personal use. (Exodus 30:37)
Do not remove the poles from the Ark of the Covenant. (Exodus 25:15)
Do not remove the breastplate from the ephod. (Exodus 28:28)
Do not make the Holy Garments improperly, so that they tear. (Exodus 28:32)

Sacrifices and Holy Tithes and Offerings

Do not offer sacrifices or Tithes and Offerings except to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:13-14)
Do not offer consecrated animals except to the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Leviticus 17:3-7)
Do not sanctify a blemished animal as an Offering to Yahweh. (Leviticus 22:20, 22, 24)
Do not slaughter a blemished animal as an Offering to Yahweh. (Leviticus 22:22)
Do not sprinkle the blood of a blemished animal on the altar of Yahweh. (Leviticus 22:19-24)
Do not burn the sacrificial portions of a blemished animal. (Leviticus 22:22)
Do not offer an animal with even a temporary blemish. (Deuteronomy 17:1)
Do not accept a blemished offering from a Gentile. (Leviticus 22:25)
Do not inflict a blemish on an animal consecrated as an offering. (Leviticus 22:21)
Do not offer any leaven or honey on the altar. (Leviticus 2:11)
Do not offer a sacrifice without salt. (Leviticus 2:13)
Do not bring the financial gain from godworship (the worship of false gods) into the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 23:18)
Do not kill an animal and its young on the same day. Leviticus 22:28)
Do not use olive oil in the Sin Offering of the poor man. (Leviticus 5:11)
Do not use frankincense in the Sin Offering of the poor man. (Leviticus 5:11)
Do not use olive oil in the grain Offering of jealousy. (Numbers 5:15)
Do not use frankincense in the grain Offering of jealousy. (Numbers 5:15)
Do not make substitutes for any vowed Offerings. (Leviticus 27:10)
Do not dedicate the firstborn of an animal since it already belongs to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:26)
Do not redeem the firstborn of clean animals, since they belong to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Numbers 18:17-18)
Do not redeem the Tithes; they belong to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:32-33)
Do not sell dedicated property, it belongs to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:21, 28)
Do not redeem dedicated property after the specified time; it belongs to Yahweh and must be given to the priests. (Leviticus 27:28)
Do not sever the head of a bird offered as a Sin Offering. (Leviticus 5:7-8)
Do not work with a dedicated animal. (Deuteronomy 15:19)
Do not shear a dedicated animal. (Deuteronomy 15:19)
Do not offer the Passover Lamb with leaven. (Exodus 34:25)
Do not allow the sacrificial fat of the Passover Lamb to remain overnight. (Exodus 23:18)
Do not allow the meat of the Passover Lamb to remain overnight. (Exodus 12:10)
Do not leave any part of the additional Offering overnight. (Deuteronomy 16:4)
Do not allow any part of the second Passover Lamb to remain overnight. (Numbers 9:12)
Do not leave any part of the thanksgiving Offering until morning. (Leviticus 22:29-30)
Do not break any bones of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:46)
Do not break any bones of the second Passover Lamb. (Numbers 9:12)
Do not remove the Passover Lamb from the sanctuary where it is eaten. (Exodus 12:46)
Do not bake the remainder of the grain Offering with leaven. (Leviticus 6:17)
Do not eat the Passover Lamb raw or boiled. (Exodus 12:9)
Do not allow the stranger or hired servant to eat of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:45)
Do not allow any uncircumcised person to eat of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:48)
Do not allow one that has fallen away (become a stranger) to eat of the Passover Lamb. (Exodus 12:43)
Do not eat of the Holy Offerings while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:2-6)
Do not eat any food which becomes ritually unclean. (Leviticus 7:19)
Do not eat of the sacrifices which remain after the third day, they must be burned. (Leviticus 19:6-8)
Sacrifices remaining past the third day will not be accepted by Yahweh. (Leviticus 7:16-18)
No one outside of the priest’s family may eat of the Most Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:10-11)
No stranger or hired worker may eat of the Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:10)
No uncircumcised person may eat of the Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:10)
The priests must not eat of the Holy Offerings while ritually unclean. (Leviticus 22:2-9)
The daughter of a priest who is married to a non-priest must not eat of Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:12-13)
Do not eat the grain Offering which the priest himself offers. (Leviticus 6:20-23)
Do not eat of the sin Offering whose blood is sprinkled on the inner altar. (Leviticus 6:30)
Do not eat any abominable thing, whether unclean meat or blemished Offerings. (Deuteronomy 14:3)
Do not eat the second tithe of grain except at Yahweh’s Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-8)
Do not drink the second tithe of wine except at Yahweh’s Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)
Do not eat the second tithe of oil except at Yahweh’s Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)
Do not eat the feast sacrifices except at Yahweh’s Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)
The priests may not eat the Second Tithes except at Yahweh’s Feast at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 12:17-18)
The priests must not eat the meat of the burnt Offering at all. (Leviticus 1:9)
The meat from any of the sacrifices must not be eaten before the blood has been sprinkled on the altar. (Deuteronomy 12:17)
The priests must not eat of the Holy Offerings except at a Holy Place (the sanctuary of Yahweh). (Leviticus 10:13-14)
Do not allow a stranger to eat of the Most Holy Offering. (Exodus 29:33)
Do not eat of the second tithe while at home in a state of ritual impurity (not during the Feast). (Deuteronomy 26:14)
Do not eat of the second tithe in honor of the dead. (Deuteronomy 26:14)
Do not eat of the second tithe in honor of any false god. (Deuteronomy 26:14)
Do not allow any unauthorized person to eat of the Holy Offerings. (Leviticus 22:14-16)
Do not delay to pay Tithes and Offerings to Yahweh at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Exodus 22:29)
Do not delay to pay vows to Yahweh at the sanctuary of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 23:21)
Do not appear before Yahweh at His Feasts at the sanctuary of Yahweh empty-handed (without an Offering). (Deuteronomy 16:16-17)
Do not break vows and oaths to Yahweh. (Numbers 30:2)

The Priests

A priest must not marry a woman who is a harlot (zonah). (Leviticus 21:6-8)
A priest must not marry a woman who refuses to repent of godworship (chalalah-a woman who worships false gods). (Leviticus 21:7)
A priest must not marry a woman divorced from her lawful husband. (Leviticus 21:7)
The High Priest must not marry a widow. (Leviticus 21:14)
The High Priest must not marry a woman defiled by harlotry or godworship (the worship of false gods). (Leviticus 21:14)
Priests must not allow their hair to grow long. (Leviticus 10:6)
Priests must not tear, or serve with torn Holy Garments. (Leviticus 10:6)
Priests must not forsake their appointed office. (Leviticus 10:7)
Priests must not become ritually unclean except for their nearest relatives. (Leviticus 21:1-4)
The High Priest must not go near any dead body. (Leviticus 21:11)
The High Priest must not become ritually impure for any dead body. (Leviticus 21:11)
The tribe of Levi shall have no part in the division of the land of Israel. (Deuteronomy 18:1)
The tribe of Levi shall have no inheritance other than Yahweh’s Portion. (Numbers 18:20)
Do not shave your head in honor of the dead. (Deuteronomy 14:1; Leviticus 21:5)

Dietary Laws

Do not eat any unclean animal. (Deuteronomy 14:7-8)
Do not eat any unclean fish or seafood. (Leviticus 11:10-12)
Do not eat any unclean fowl. (Leviticus 11:13)
Do not eat any unclean flying insect. (Leviticus 11:20-23)
Do not eat any insects that creep on the ground. (Leviticus 11:41)
Do not eat any reptiles. (Leviticus 11:44)
Do not eat worms found in fruit or produce. (Leviticus 11 :42)
Do not eat any swarming insects. (Leviticus 11:43; Deuteronomy 14:19)
Do not eat any animal found already dead. (Deuteronomy 14:21)
Do not eat a torn or mauled animal. (Exodus 22:31)
Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it; neither eat any meat not fully cooked. Only when meat is cooked until it is white inside with no tinge of red or pink whatsoever insures that all blood had been removed. (Deuteronomy 12:23)
Do not touch the carcass of an unclean animal. (Leviticus 11:8)
Do not eat blood. (Leviticus 7:26-27)
Do not eat the fat of sacrificed animals. (Leviticus 7:23, 25)
Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk, since it is a ritual of godworshipers (those who worship false gods). (Exodus 23:19)
Do not eat of or offer any sacrifices to the gods (false gods). (Leviticus 17:7)
Do not eat the meat of a bull that has been stoned to death for goring someone. (Exodus 21:28)
Do not eat any bread in celebration of the Feast until the Omer Offering has been presented to the priests on the fifteenth of Abib. (Leviticus 23:14, 10)
Do not eat any parched grain in celebration of the Feast until the Omer Offering has been presented to the priests on the fifteenth of Abib. (Leviticus 23:14)
Do not eat of the fresh green ears in celebration of the Feast until the Omer Offering has been presented to the priests on the fifteenth of Abib. (Leviticus 23:14)
Do not eat the fruit of young fruit trees for the first three years of growth. (Leviticus 19:23)
Do not eat the produce from the planting of mixed seed. (Deuteronomy 22:9)
Do not partake of drink offerings to the gods (false gods). (Deuteronomy 32:38)
Drunkenness of any sort is prohibited. (Deuteronomy 21:20)
Do not eat or drink anything on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 23:29, 32)
Do not eat leavened bread during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 13:3)
Do not eat any leavened product during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:20)
Do not eat leavened bread with the Passover Lamb. (Deuteronomy 16:3)
No leavened bread is to be found in any of our possessions during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 13:7)
No leavening is to be found in any of our possessions during The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:19)

Nazirites

A Nazirite must not drink wine or any beverage made from grapes. (Numbers 6:3)
A Nazirite must not eat fresh grapes. (Numbers 6:3)
A Nazirite must not eat raisins. (Numbers 6:3)
A Nazirite must not eat grape seeds. (Numbers 6:4)
A Nazirite may not eat the skins of grapes. (Numbers 6:4)
A Nazirite must not become ritually impure for the dead. (Numbers 6:7)
A Nazirite must not go near a dead body. (Numbers 6:6)
A Nazirite must not shave his hair during the time of his separation. (Numbers 6:5)

Agriculture

Do not harvest the corners of a field; they are for the poor. (Leviticus 23:22)
Do not gather the gleanings of a field; they are for the poor. (Leviticus 23:22)
Do not gather all the olives from the trees, the remaining are for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:20)
Do not gather all the grapes from the vineyard; the remaining are for the poor. (Leviticus 19:10)
Do not return to pick up a forgotten sheaf from a field; it is for the poor. (Deuteronomy 24:19)
Do not plant a field with two kinds of seed. (Leviticus 19:19)
Do not plant a vineyard with two kinds of seed. (Deuteronomy 22:9)
Do not crossbreed different species of animals. (Leviticus 19:19)
Do not work with two different species of animals yoked together. (Deuteronomy 22:10)
Do not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. (Deuteronomy 25:4)
Do not till the earth or sow the fields in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:4)
Do not prune your vineyard or trees in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:4)
Do not reap your harvest in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:5)
Do not gather the grapes of the untended vine in the seventh year. (Leviticus 25:5)
Do not till the earth or sow the fields in the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:11)
Do not reap the harvest in the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:11)
Do not gather the grapes of the untended vines in the Jubilee year. (Leviticus 25:11)
The land must not be sold permanently. (Leviticus 25:23)
Do not sell the land belonging to the priests and Levites. (Leviticus 25:34)
Do not neglect the priests and Levites. (Deuteronomy 12:19)

Loans, Business, and the Treatment of Slaves

Do not demand repayment of a loan after the seventh year. (Deuteronomy 15:2)
Do not refuse to lend to the poor because the seventh year is approaching. (Deuteronomy 15:9)
Do not deny help to the poor. (Deuteronomy 15:7)
Do not send a Hebrew slave away empty-handed when he finishes his period of service. (Deuteronomy 15:13)
Do not demand interest on a loan to a brother. (Exodus 22:25)
Do not lend to a brother with interest. (Leviticus 25:37)
Do not borrow from a brother with interest. (Deuteronomy 23:19-20)
Do not participate in a loan to a brother with interest. (Exodus 22:25)
Do not withhold the wages of a hired man beyond the agreed time. (Leviticus 19:13)
Do not take security on a loan by force. (Deuteronomy 24:10)
Do not keep a poor man’s security on a loan when he needs it. (Deuteronomy 24:12-13)
Do not take any security on a loan from a widow. (Deuteronomy 24:17)
Do not take a man’s livelihood as security on a loan. (Deuteronomy 24:6)
Do not kidnap a brother. (Exodus 21:16)
Do not steal. (Exodus 20:15)
Do not rob by violence. (Leviticus 19:13)
Do not remove a landmark or alter land boundaries. (Deuteronomy 19:14)
Do not defraud anyone. (Leviticus 19:13)
Do not deal falsely with anyone. (Leviticus 19:11)
Do not vow falsely regarding another man’s property. (Leviticus 19:11)
Do not oppress one another in business. (Leviticus 25:14)
Do not take advantage of one another. (Leviticus 25:17)
Do not mistreat a stranger. (Exodus 22:21)
Do not oppress a stranger in business. (Exodus 22:21)
Do not return a slave who has fled from godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 23:15)
Do not oppress or take advantage of a slave who has fled from godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 23:16)
Do not take advantage of widows and orphans. (Exodus 22:22)
Do not treat a brother as a forced slave, with no hope for redemption. (Leviticus 25:39)
Do not sell a brother as a slave to strangers. (Leviticus 25:42)
Do not treat a Hebrew slave ruthlessly. (Leviticus 25:43)
Do not allow a foreigner to mistreat a Hebrew slave. (Leviticus 25:47, 53)
Do not sell a Hebrew maidservant to strangers. (Exodus 21:8)
Do not deprive a wife, or any family member, food, clothing and their own shelter. (Exodus 21:10)
Do not sell a female captive as a forced slave. (Deuteronomy 21:14)
Do not treat a female captive as a forced slave. (Deuteronomy 21:14)
Do not covet another man’s possessions. (Exodus 20:17)
Do not covet the possessions of godworship (the worship of false gods). (Deuteronomy 7:25)
A hired worker may not harvest a brother’s grain for himself. (Deuteronomy 23:25)
A hired worker must not take more produce than he can eat. (Deuteronomy 23:24)
Do not fail to return a lost article to its owner. (Deuteronomy 22:1-3)

Judgment and Conduct of Judges

Do not refuse to help a man or an animal which is collapsing under its burden. (Exodus 23:5) (Deuteronomy 22:4)
Do not use dishonest weights and measures. (Leviticus 19:35)
Do not possess inaccurate weights and measures. (Deuteronomy 25:13-14)
A judge must not pervert justice by rendering his own opinion. He must judge according to Yahweh’s Laws. (Leviticus 19:15)
A judge must not accept bribes. (Exodus 23:8)
A judge must not show partiality to the rich. (Leviticus 19:15)
A judge must not be afraid to give Righteous Judgment. (Deuteronomy 1:17)
A judge must not show partiality to the poor. (Leviticus 19:15)
A judge must not deny justice to the poor in his lawsuit. (Exodus 23:6)
A judge must not show pity to the guilty. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13, 21)
A judge must not pervert the justice due to the stranger or the fatherless. (Deuteronomy 24:17)
Do not spread a false report. (Exodus 23:1)
Do not fail to report sin or testify in an investigation. (Leviticus 5:1)
Do not follow the crowd in doing evil. (Exodus 23:2)
Do not appoint as judge one who is ignorant of Yahweh’s Laws. (Deuteronomy 1:13)
Do not give false testimony in a lawsuit or investigation. (Exodus 20:16)
The judges must not accept false testimony in a case. (Deuteronomy 19:16-17)
Do not judge a person for the actions of either their parents or their children. (Deuteronomy 24:16)
Do not judge a matter on the testimony of one witness, or on circumstantial evidence. (Deuteronomy 19:15)
Do not murder. (Exodus 20:13)
The judges must not condemn an innocent or righteous person. (Exodus 23:7)
Do not judge a matter until it has been fully investigated. (Deuteronomy 19:18)
Do not put a murderer to death before the judges hear his case. (Numbers 35:12)
Do not fail to carry out the sentence of judgment. (Deuteronomy 17:11-12)
Do not punish the innocent victim of crime. (Deuteronomy 22:26)
Do not accept ransom from one who willfully murdered. He must surely be put to death. (Numbers 35:31)
Do not accept ransom from one who killed accidentally. He must remain at the city of refuge. (Numbers 35:32)
Do not endanger anyone’s life. (Leviticus 19:16)
Do not neglect to protect against hazards. (Deuteronomy 22:8)
Do not mislead another person by giving unlawful advice. (Leviticus 19:14)
Do not administer more punishment than the Law allows. (Deuteronomy 25:2-3)
Do not go about tale-bearing or slandering about anyone. (Leviticus 19:16)
Do not bear hatred for anyone. (Leviticus 19:17)
Do not share in another’s guilt by not correcting sin. (Leviticus 19:17)
Do not seek revenge against your fellow man. (Leviticus 19:18)
Do not bear a grudge against your fellow man. (Leviticus 19:18)
Do not take the mother when taking the young birds. (Deuteronomy 22:6)
Do not shave a diseased area of skin. (Leviticus 13:33)
Do not remove the signs of leprosy. (Deuteronomy 24:8)
Do not neglect to inform the priests when a dead body is found. (Deuteronomy 21:1-2)
Do not permit a witch to live. (Exodus 22:18)
Do not force a bridegroom to perform military service during the first year of his marriage. (Deuteronomy 24:5)
Do not rebel against the teaching of Yahweh’s anointed servants. (Deuteronomy 17:11)
Do not add to any of Yahweh’s Laws. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
Do not take away from Yahweh’s Laws. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
Do not curse, revile or rebel against Yahweh’s appointed judges. (Exodus 22:28)
Do not curse, revile or rebel against the authority placed by Yahweh. (Exodus 22:28)
Do not curse the deaf. (Leviticus 19:14)
Do not curse parents or teachers. (Exodus 21:17)
Do not strike or become violent with parents or teachers. (Exodus 21:15)
Do not work on the Sabbath. (Exodus 20:10, 31:15)
Do not conduct personal business on the Sabbath. (Exodus 16:29)
Do not kindle anger or wrath on the Sabbath. (Exodus 35:3; Deuteronomy 32:22)
Do not work on the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:16)
Do not work on the seventh day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Exodus 12:16)
Do not work on The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). (Leviticus 23:21)
Do not work on The Feast of Trumpets. (Leviticus 23:24-25)
Do not work on the first day of The Feast of Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23:35)
Do not work on The Last Great Day. (Leviticus 23:36)
Do not work on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 23:28)

Sinful Relationships

A man must not have sexual relations with his mother. (Leviticus 18:7)
A man must not have sexual relations with his father’s wife. (Leviticus 18:8)
A man must not have sexual relations with his sister. (Leviticus 18:9)
A man must not have sexual relations with his half-sister. (Leviticus 18:11)
A man must not have sexual have relations with his son’s daughter. (Leviticus 18:10)
A man must not have sexual relations with his daughter’s daughter. (Leviticus 18:10)
A man must not have sexual relations with his daughter. (Leviticus 18:10)
A man must not marry a woman and her daughter. (Leviticus 18:17)
A man must not marry a woman and her son’s daughter. (Leviticus 18:17)
A man must not marry a woman and her daughter’s daughter. (Leviticus 18:17)
A man must not have sexual relations with his father’s sister. (Leviticus 18:12)
A man must not have sexual relations with his mother’s sister. (Leviticus 18:13)
A man must not have sexual relations with his father’s brother’s wife. (Leviticus 18:14)
A man must not have sexual relations with his daughter-in-law. (Leviticus 18:15)
A man must not have sexual relations with his brother’s wife. (Leviticus 18:16)
A man must not have sexual relations with one wife in the dwelling of another. (Leviticus 18:18)
A man must not approach a menstruous woman for sexual relations or in any way to become ritually unclean by her. (Leviticus 18:19)
Do not commit adultery. (Leviticus 18:20)
A man must not have sexual relations with an animal. (Leviticus 18:23)
A woman must not have sexual relations with an animal. (Leviticus 18:23)
A man must not have sexual relations with another man. (Leviticus 18:22)
A man must not have sexual relations with a woman betrothed to another man. (Leviticus 19:20)
A man must not lust after any woman forbidden to him. (Leviticus 18:16)
A man must not have sexual relations with a woman until he has lawfully acquired her in marriage. (Exodus 22:16-17)
Do not allow your son or daughter to marry a godworshiper (a worshiper of false gods) who refuses to repent. (Deuteronomy 7:3, 23:2)
Do not allow your daughter to play the harlot, allowing her to commit fornication. (Leviticus 19:29)
A man must not have sexual relations with a woman who returns to him after having sexual relations with another man. (Deuteronomy 24:4)
A childless widow must not marry anybody outside of her husband’s family. (Deuteronomy 25:5)
A man must not divorce a woman he married after having raped her. (Deuteronomy 22:29)
A man must not divorce a woman he married after having slandered her. (Deuteronomy 22:19)
A man must not allow himself to be castrated. (Deuteronomy 23:1)
A man must not divorce a woman, unless she committed premarital fornication. (Deuteronomy 24:1)

Our King

Do not set a stranger in the office of king. (Deuteronomy 17:15)
The king must not put his trust in military power. (Deuteronomy 17:16)
The king must not allow himself to be ruled by his wives. (Deuteronomy 17:17)
The king must not allow himself to be ruled by lust for wealth. (Deuteronomy 17:17)

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WARNINGS ABOUT THOSE WHO WANT TO BE BOUND BY THE LAW OF MOSES 
“For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.’ Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, ‘THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.‘ However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, ‘HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE’ — in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:10-14)

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

“But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:22-26) UNQUOTE
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SUMMARY OF WHO WE (CHRISTIANS) ALREADY ARE : THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST
True holiness and godliness come from being in Christ and be led by the Spirit of Christ who is in every born again believer of Jesus Christ. We are no longer slave to sin. We become slave to righteousness. We can live the life of the Son of God Who is the Righteousness of God because of our faith in Him. We become supernatural and natural (flesh), We can be led by the Holy Spirit in us to live righteously because of our spirit being joined to the Lord and one spirit with Him. We have the power to overcome sin because we have the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Christ himself in us. Do we have enough faith? The answer is yes. Because the faith God has given us is the faith of Jesus, the Son of God Himself! How re we transformed? By the renewal of our mind through the washing with the words of God. (Ephesians 5:26, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Galatians 5:22-25)

Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Hebrews 10:19-23 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Call to Persevere
19 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death,[b] Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Footnotes:

10:19 Greek brothers.
10:20 Greek Through his flesh.

THE GOOD NEWS!
Salvation Is for Everyone
5 For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands.[c] 6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” 8 In fact, it says,

“The message is very close at hand;
it is on your lips and in your heart.”[d]
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[e] 12 Jew and Gentile[f] are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[g]

Letter to my young friends: Get Solomon’s treasure

Bible verse Proverbs 31:2630Dear young friends:

Today I am led to read Proverbs 1. King Solomon (reigned Israel 970–931 BC) was a very versatile, multitasking, talented and diligent man who authored 3,000 proverbs (1 Kings 4:32) amongst other famous art and scientific accomplishments. He received 666 talents of gold yearly (10:14). That’s about 730,000 ounces of gold per year. (10:14) At today’s gold price of $1252.08 per ounce, that means $914,018,400 yearly income from gold alone around three thousands ago! Why did he write Proverbs? What we can receive from reading this Book? Many ask. The answer I have received is “PLENTY” of especially practical wisdom, how to conduct one’s life wisely. The rewards are both material prosperity and beyond material wealth. The overall advice encourages a reverential fear of God, courage, kindness and piety living. In sum, the themes of Proverbs are neatly summed up in Eshet Hayil: “build a worthy family, stay on the path of virtue, and you shall be rewarded.”

Reading the Proverbs daily one chapter following the calendar date is a lifelong habit of many successful people. The Holy Spirit is in every born again Christian and we can read and ask the Lord to speak to us the verse(s) he wants us to pay specific attention.

There are 31 chapters (915 verses, or 15038 words) in the Book of Proverbs, an average of 29 verses or 500 words a day. For a person with basic English reading speed of 100-200 words you can finish reading your chapter in less than 5 minutes.

A testimony: I know of a young Christian child who wanted to be wise and do well in her study. She prayed and asked how to do that. Then she was led to read and copy the Proverbs (written by the wisest man in the world) one chapter daily. She truly became wise and excelled in her academic pursuits. She has since recommended this to other young people who are similarly struggling with their studies. From what I know she can study any subject and do just as well within a short span of time. Her uncle once told me that during a brief interval of her visit she had measles. So she studied insurance and passed her exam within the brief grounded period! They have never seen anything like this. Many youth find it hard to study but this one finds a way to help herself. Once she told me that to learn Chinese she was reading the Chinese dictionary (like a text book) from beginning progressively based on the number of Chinese characters’ strokes starting with the single stroke, and by then she had progressed to the words with six strokes. I had never seen anything like this but I was not surprised.

Proverbs 1:1-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Purpose of Proverbs
1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom
8 My child,[a] listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.

Proverbs 31:25-31 (of a wise successful business woman)
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

I pray you too be encouraged to read and copy down the wisdom the Lord uses through this Book of Proverbs to speak to you. How do you apply the words? By faith put into action. You will harvest just as Solomon had advised three thousands years ago.

Your watchman friend

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About Chinese characters
“Far from being complicated drawings, Chinese characters are made out of simple single strokes, all of them variations of only eight basic ones. All strokes have their own name and are written according to a few rules. It’s very important to learn to recognize them, since the number of strokes in a character is often the easiest way to find it in an index… but this will become clear after learning radicals and the use of dictionaries.” (Online source)

BTW: What happened to the young person? She became conversant in several professions. No worry about employment and enjoys the flexibility of choosing what she likes to do and where.

Daily Word: “SHALL BE ADDED” (Proverbs 1022)

Bible verses Proverbs 10:22THE WORD TODAY IS “SHALL BE ADDED”. GOD’S WAY IS TO ADD AND NOT SUBTRACT GOODNESS AND BLESSINGS FOR HIS PEOPLE
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (NKJV)
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. (The Message)
But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. (AMP)

Matthew 6:32-34 Expanded Bible (EXB)
32 The ·people who don’t know God [Gentiles; pagans; unbelievers] ·keep trying to get [eagerly seek; run after] these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33 ·Seek first [Be concerned above all else with] God’s kingdom and ·what God wants [his righteousness]. Then all ·your other needs will be met as well [these things will be given to you]. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will ·have its own worries [or worry about/take care of itself]. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

MORE ABOUT WHAT GOD ADDED

Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Acts 5:14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Proverbs 9:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.

IT ALSO MEANS TO MULTIPLY BLESSINGS IN TANGIBLE WAY

Proverbs 8:18 Riches and honor are mine to give. So are lasting wealth and ·success [or righteousness].
Proverbs 8:21 I ·give wealth to those who love me [cause those who love me to inherit substance], filling their houses with treasures.
Proverbs 10:22 The Lord’s blessing brings wealth, and no ·sorrow [trouble] comes with it.
Proverbs 22:4 ·Respecting [Fearing] the Lord [1:7] and ·not being proud [humility] will bring you wealth, honor, and life.

Deuteronomy 7:13 He will love and bless you. He will ·make the number of your people grow; he will bless you with children [multiply the fruit of your womb]. ·He will bless your fields with good crops and will give you grain, new wine, and oil […and the fruit of your land, your grain, new wine, and oil]. ·He will bless your herds with calves and your flocks with lambs […the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flocks] in the land he promised your ·ancestors [fathers] he would give you.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 Expanded Bible (EXB)
Remember the Lord
8 Carefully obey every command I give you today. Then you will live and ·grow in number [multiply], and you will enter and ·take [possess] the land the Lord promised your ·ancestors [fathers; Gen. 12:1–3; 15:17–20]. 2 Remember ·how the Lord your God has led [all the way the Lord brought] you in the ·desert [wilderness] for these forty years, ·taking away your pride [humbling you] and testing you, because he wanted to know what was in your heart. He wanted to know if you would obey his commands. 3 He ·took away your pride [humbled you] when he let you get hungry, and then he fed you with manna [Ex. 16:31–36], which neither you nor your ·ancestors [fathers] had ever seen. This was to teach you that a person does not live on bread alone, but by everything the Lord says [Matt. 4:4].

AN OBSERVATION ON SLEEPLESSNESS AND WEALTH FROM THE RICHEST MAN IN HISTORY
Ecclesiastes 5:12 ·Those who work hard sleep in peace [Sweet is the sleep of the laborer]; it is not important if they eat little or much. But ·rich people worry about their wealth and cannot [the abundance of the wealthy does not let them] sleep.

Daily Word: POWER

Hebrews 1:3
Hebrews 1:3 Bible verse

I am reminded that some younger readers may not be acquainted with teachings on the Holy Spirit. And it is difficult to explain stuff which cannot be seen and or felt by the senses. So today’s word is “Power”. Why? Because as the millennial generation you are familiar with this word through the many media you engage in daily. What is power in the Bible? Where is it from? How can you have it? What is the power for? Here are some Bible verse for you to meditate on.

JESUS (THE SON OF GOD) HAD THE POWER (WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HIM)
Luke 4:14 [ Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry ] Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out

Luke 4:36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

Matthew 10:1 [ The Twelve Apostles ] And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

CHRIST IS THE POWER; THE GOSPEL IS THE POWER; GOD’S WORD IS POWER
1 Corinthians 1:18 [ Christ the Power and Wisdom of God ] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Romans 1:16 [ The Just Live by Faith ] For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE POWER; THE APOSTLES WHO HAD THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THEM DEMONSTRATED THE POWER
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

1 Corinthians 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

THE POWER OF CHRIST COMES THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO US

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

GOD HAS GIVEN US THIS SAME SUPERNATURAL POWER TO LIVE CHRIST LIKE LIFE ON EARTH

John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

1 Corinthians 6:14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

2 Corinthians 4:7 [ Cast Down but Unconquered ] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

2 Corinthians 6:7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.

Ephesians 1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

Ephesians 1:21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Ephesians 6:10 [ The Whole Armor of God ] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL WILL MANIFEST THE POWER THROUGH SIGNS AND WONDERS
Romans 15:19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

Acts 5:12 [ Continuing Power in the Church ] And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.

EVERYONE CAN SEE THIS POWER OF GOD IN CREATION
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

GOD GIVES POWER TO MAKE WEALTH AND POWER TO ENJOY IT
Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.

a letter to princes and princesses of God: the dangers of last days (2222)

2 Timothy 2:22
2 Timothy 2:22 Bible verse

Having had long discourses with young friends and relatives lately, I realize how close the last days are and how unaware our young people are of the dangerous times. Subconsciously they have been alerted by their spirit and they desperately need help with seemingly no help in sight for them in their own world, mainly virtual and unreal. Even in the real world of their own home and neighborhood the grown-ups seem living in another distant world which they cannot reach. Indeed these lonely youth daily surf the internet to find answers to the many questions they are encountering in futility. What can a spiritual watchman do in this vast virtual space of emptiness? What do we have to fill the void? Today I am led to read Apostle Paul’s letters to young Timothy. Timothy was an exemplary godly youth in his time well brought up by his godly grandmother and mother. Yet, Paul was led by the Holy Spirit to write to him and alert him of the requirement to pursue godliness and holiness. Why? Because Paul knew the end times will come and even godly men will fall. What is Paul’s answer to this great danger? Here is my quote of his timeless letter to my young friends.

Dear young friends, princes and princesses of God:
I am writing with an urgency compelled by the love of God. I pray you read what my friend Paul has written. His timeless letter has helped many young people in his time and throughout the history of mankind for nearly two thousands years. Believe me, I was a young person once .

“Difficult Times Will Come”
3 But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, 3 [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Let us all be vessels for honor!
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God [which He has laid] stands [sure and unshaken despite attacks], bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord stand apart from wickedness and withdraw from wrongdoing.”

20 Now in a large house there are not only [a]vessels and objects of gold and silver, but also vessels and objects of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honorable (noble, good) use and some for dishonorable (ignoble, common). 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

2:22 Run away from youthful lusts—pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those [believers] who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(2 Timothy 2:19-22)

In summary: Let us run away from the bad, and run towards the good! It means running away in both our thoughts and in physical actions. We do not act unless we have been there in our thoughts. Guard our thoughts. Don’t let our thoughts go to places we should not go. Keep our thoughts pure by reading the pure words from God together with our godly friends. Bombard our ears with good songs based on the words of God from godly singers. Pray in tongue without ceasing just as the Apostle Paul taught us.*

Love from your dear friend,
Watchman J
3/21/2017

* I will write about the impact of music and tongue on our mind in another letter.

Footnotes:
2 Timothy 2:20 Like Rom 9:20-23, the analogy here has its roots in OT poetry (e.g. Ps 31:12; Prov 26:23) and prophecy (e.g. Is 45:9; Jer 18:2-6). Paul speaks of believers and unbelievers in Rom 9, but here he seems to be describing God’s household or family, in which all the vessels (containers, utensils) represent believers. While the objects in Rom 9:21 do not change, the vessels here are capable of changing their status and the use to which God puts them by keeping themselves from sinful behavior and influences (v 21).

Bible verses are quoted from Amplified Bible (AMP)

watchman/intercessor update (03202017)

Matthew 26:56Today I note that nine out of ten of the top posts in this blog are about watchman/intercessor. Someone is reading this topic at this kairos time in season. The related blogs were written during 2009-2013. I am led now to give an update to the watchman/intercessor(s) who have visited and perhaps are still reading some of my previous articles on this subject. I would simplify mattes using Q and A mode as follows: (This is not an exhaustive list.)

Q: are those articles still valid today?
A: read with prayers. I suggest you pray in tongue. Ask the Holy Spirit.

Q: as I am still new to hearing the Holy Spirit, which aspects of the articles shall I ask for discernment and perhaps discard?
A: everything that demands a legalistic adherence to the Laws of Moses.

Q: please give me a general guidance when reading the articles.
A: pray in tongue. Open your Bible. Read the Bible as you find verses that speak to you in the articles. Do not take things for granted. Ask the Lord.

Q: if some of the articles are outdated, why are you still keeping them?
A: they are not outdated. They were reflections of a series of Kairos time which our watchman has gone through at different periods. We keep them as a mirror. Someone may be going through similar growing up phases. The testimonies show how things in the spiritual can be overcome.

Q: what shall I be aware of or beware of?
A: Legalistic religious ritualistic practices that are formulated according to dead letters.

Q: WHY?
A: BECAUSE JESUS CLEARLY SPOKE AGAINST THEM.

Q: what are the dangers of dealing with the spiritual realm?
A: the clear danger is unless you know our God personally and have a relationship with Him, you can be snared and deceived by the father of all lies, the devil. Jesus has warned His disciples of false teachers, false prophets, false Christ-these are people used by the anti-Christ to snare Christians into spiritual falsehood.

Q: how do I keep away from spiritual falsehood?
A: keep close to God, the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Abide in him. Let His words abide in you. Being spiritual does not mean you can do all the rituals (faith in action). Your character shows your true spiritual condition. Are you manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the devil as clearly described in Galatians 5:16-26. Examine your secret agenda. What motivates you? Are you really seeking to glorify God or yourself? Have you died to self? There is no point talking and not manifesting the right fruit.

Q: will people know whether i am led by the Holy Spirit or the evil spirit?
A: YES. YOUR FRUIT SHOWS. JESUS SAID, A GOOD TREE PRODUCES GOOD FRUIT. PEOPLE SEE FRUIT.

Q: what is the number one snare i need to avoid?
A: taking offense. Jesus warned, “And then many will be offended, will betray one anther, and will hate one another.” (Continue to read the whole passage that starts with taking offense and the consequences thereof in Matthew 24:10-13)

Q: if i just stay away from people and keep to myself will i make an effective watchman/intercessor? how do i know what is going on?
A: watchman/intercessor sees into the spiritual realm behind the physical realm. The Holy Spirit alerts you to read or hear or see the physical events when needed and tells you about the spiritual implication. You are not required to be a hermit. Neither are you required to be a know-all. As Jesus spoke of His disciples, they are in the world but not of the world. We are in the world but we do not love the world or its things. We use things but we love people. The world loves things and use people. This is the difference.

Q: is a watchman a seer? how will i be upgraded to a seer?
A: in the Old testament time the Holy Spirit came and went. The Holy Spirit worked through individuals who were called and responded as prophets/messengers of God. Some were intercessors for the people of Israel. People (including kings) came to them for counsels and guidance because the seers could hear the Holy Spirit. Most people were drawn to the seers because they were forecasters of future events. Do we need seers today? Every believer who is born of the Holy Spirit should be able to hear the Holy Spirit, because Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and tell us things to come. Of course a watchman/intercessor who can always hear the Lord correctly and have the gift of the word of knowledge and word of wisdom is sometimes treated with honor as a seer. This role involves using the gifts that the Lord has endowed on the individual.

Q: can the seer use the aforementioned gifts to benefit himself or his family?
A: yes if it is what the Lord asks him to do, such as to avoid a personal danger, to make a right personal decision in investment, to help someone close out of a potentially disastrous situation etc. There are many New Testament verses on how God wants to bless every believer (not just a seer) according to the abundant life Jesus has given. God wants every believer to hear Him and have a relationship with Him. But the word of caution here is never use your gift to help someone who clearly goes against the words of God (the Bible). Never go against God’s words. We serve a holy God.

Q: can a seer make a worldly fortune out of his spiritual gifts?
A: i would be extremely cautious here if i were you. God clearly warns against fortune telling etc. Beware of getting snared into this number one temptation from the devil. Remember what Jesus and the apostles had warned us of. The greed for money is idolatry. The love of money is a snare. Sorcerers and idolators shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelations 21:8)

Q: how will a seer make a living?
A: just like any other honest hard working Christian does. He or she may have an employment elsewhere, may be a pastor, a teacher, a missionary, an evangelist, a writer, a helper, a full-time church worker, a housewife etc. He will be paid just like any other worker according to his job.

Q: is there a most suitable profession and age for a watchman/seer?
A: personally speaking, ideally a job without fixed schedule/time paradigm. A retiree or someone who has made it in the financial world and no longer needs to earn his bread and butter. Someone who cannot be bought by the world. The Lord always ensures that such an individual is well provided and protected.

Q: surely everybody wants more of the good stuff. is there such a person who cannot be bought?
A: well, my son/daughter, when you reach a spiritual point of your relationship with God, you cease to exist. Nothing in the world really matters. You died to the world. You only live to God. This is the true calling of a seer.

Q: what is your one sentence advice as a prerequisite for a watchman/intercessor/seer?
A: God makes sure the words of the true prophets are fulfilled.

Daily Word: Samuel the seer’s prayers never failed

Bible SamuelNow Samuel grew; and the Lord was with him and He let none of his words fail [to be fulfilled].

1 Samuel 4:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Philistines Take the Ark in Victory
4 And the word of [the Lord through] Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and they camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped at Aphek.

1 Samuel 7:8-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 And the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, so that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord; and Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel and the Lord answered him. 10 As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines approached for the battle against Israel. Then the Lord thundered with a great voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated and fled before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel came out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as [the territory] below Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he named it Ebenezer (stone of help), saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come anymore into Israelite territory. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

1 Samuel 3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Prophetic Call to Samuel
3 Now the boy Samuel was attending to the service of the Lord [a]under the supervision of Eli. The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; visions [that is, new revelations of divine truth] were not widespread.

2 Yet it happened at that time, as Eli was lying down in his own place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well). 3 and the [oil] lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, 4 that the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am.” 5 He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call you; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know [or personally experience] the Lord, and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed [directly] to him. 8 So the Lord called Samuel a third time. And he stood and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli understood that it was the Lord [who was] calling the boy. 9 So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and it shall be that if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at the previous times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” 11 The Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will ring. 12 On that day I will carry out against Eli everything that I have spoken concerning his house (family), from beginning to end. 13 Now I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the sinful behavior which he knew [was happening], because his sons were bringing a curse on themselves [dishonoring and blaspheming God] and he did not rebuke them. 14 Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the sinful behavior of Eli’s house (family) shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the Lord’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he answered, “Here I am.” 17 Then Eli said, “What is it that He said to you? Please do not hide it from me. May God do the same to you, and more also, if you hide from me anything of all that He said to you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. And Eli said, “It is the Lord; may He do what seems good [b]to Him.”

19 Now Samuel grew; and the Lord was with him and He let none of his words [c]fail [to be fulfilled]. 20 And all Israel from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south] knew that Samuel was appointed as a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord continued to appear in Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

Footnotes:

1 Samuel 3:1 Lit before.
1 Samuel 3:18 Lit in His eyes.
1 Samuel 3:19 Lit fall to the ground.

Psalm 99:6 NLT Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the Lord for help, and he answered them.

Jeremiah 15:1 [ Judgment Must Come ] Then the Lord said to me, “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me [interceding for them], My heart would still not be [turned with favor] toward this people [Judah]. Send them away from My presence and out of My sight and let them go!

1 Chronicles 9:22 All those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212. They were enrolled by their genealogies in their villages [around Jerusalem], these men [whose grandfathers] David and Samuel the seer had appointed to their official duty.

1 Chronicles 11:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant (solemn agreement) with them there before the Lord; and they anointed him king over Israel, in accordance with the word of the Lord through Samuel.

1 Chronicles 26:28 Also all that Samuel the seer had dedicated, and Saul the son of Kish, Abner the son of Ner and Joab the son of Zeruiah, everyone who had dedicated anything, this was in the care of Shelomoth and his relatives.

1 Chronicles 29:29 Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles (records) of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the chronicles of Gad the seer,

Daily Word: law of investment – Matthew 13:23

matthew-1323Today’s word is about investment. Many Christians struggle with how the Word of God really (practically) impacts our lives. Some have found the key and are living the divinely blessed way (super-abundant life) that Jesus has accomplished for His followers. Some are still experiencing the result of the “thief” who came to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) But God has given every believer the same capital (Seed of life), His Word. Why are there such disparities in the lives of different Christians?

Jesus has explained this in Matthew 13:23 (AMP) And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands and grasps it; he indeed bears fruit and yields, some a hundred times [as much as was sown], some sixty [times as much], and some thirty.” Luke 8:15 Expanded Bible (EXB) And the seed that fell on the good ground is like those who hear ·God’s teaching [the word] with good, honest hearts and ·obey [cling/hold to] it and ·patiently [with perseverance] produce good fruit.

Prior to describing this group who can produce positive outcome in their lives, Jesus also mentions others who fail in varying stages and degrees, but all with the same result -producing nothing despite the same capital God has given them. I quote below the Bible passage from the EXB version. (Highlight added)

Matthew 13:18-23 Expanded Bible (EXB) Jesus Explains the Seed Story
18 “So listen to the ·meaning of that story about the farmer [parable of the sower]. 19 What is the seed that fell ·by the road [along the path]? That seed is like ·the person [anyone] who hears the ·message [word; teaching] about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One comes and ·takes away [snatches] what was ·planted [sown] in that person’s heart. 20 And what is the seed ·that fell [sown] on rocky ground? That seed is like the person who hears the ·teaching [word; message] and quickly ·accepts [receives] it with joy. 21 But ·he does not let the teaching go deep into his life, so [L since he has no root in himself] ·he keeps it only a short time [he does not endure; it is short-lived]. When trouble or persecution comes because of the ·teaching he accepted [word, message], he ·quickly [immediately] ·gives up [falls away; stumbles]. 22 And what is the seed ·that fell [sown] among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the ·teaching [word; message] but lets worries about this ·life [world; age] and the ·temptation [deceitfulness; seduction] of wealth ·stop that teaching from growing [L choke the word/message]. So the teaching does not produce fruit in that person’s life. 23 But what is the seed ·that fell [sown] on the good ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and produces ·fruit [a crop], sometimes a hundred times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes thirty times more.”

In summary: God gives each of us who believe the same Word capital (Seed). On our part we need to hear, understand and accept (believe as the Truth). The more we invest with this capital the more will be the yield. Unlike other forms of capital, God’s words are invested in the inner being of a person. In our spirit and in our mind. Only God’s words can do that. God’s words are supernatural. They cause renewal of the mind and transformation of lives. When this happens every blessing God has prepared in the heavenly places will flow naturally into our whole being and in turn affects our physical existence and livelihood. Take note that there are stages/processes in time: hearing the Word, understanding, believing, allowing it to grow into our lives deeply, be focused and persistent in applying it no matter what. Beware of the obstacles that can sidetrack/deter us from the goals: hearing/preferring other words (which seem easier to understand), confining to superficial emotional experiences, fearing persecutions and other inconveniences, exhausting ourselves pursuing short-term successes that seem more tangible (like things that come with monetary wealth)
etc.

2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: The person who ·plants a little [sows sparingly] will ·have a small harvest [also reap sparingly], but the person who ·plants a lot [sows generously/bountifully] will ·have a big harvest [also reap generously/bountifully].

Galatians 6:7 [ Life Is like Planting a Field ] Do not be ·fooled [deceived; mistaken]: You cannot ·cheat [mock; make a fool of] God. People ·harvest only what they plant [reap what they sow].