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Parashah 17: Yithro

Parashah 17: Yitro (Jethro), Exodus 18:1 through 20:23

Haftarah (Writings and Prophets): Isaiah 6:1 through 7:14
B'rit Hadasha (New Testament): Matthew 5:21-30; 15:1-11;
19:16-30; Mark 7:5-15; 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30; Acts 6:1-7;
Romans 2:17-29; 7:7-12; 13:8-10; Ephesians 6:1-3; 1 Tim 3:1-14; 2
Tim 2:2; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 12:18-29; James 2:8-13; 1 Peter 2:9-

Summary & Overview

Exodus 18:1 | Jethro's Advice
Exodus 19:1 | The Israelites Reach Mount Sinai
Exodus 19:9 | The People Consecrated
Exodus 20:1 | The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:22 | The Law concerning the Altar

Jethro (Yitro), was derived from the

Hebrew word (yeter) that
means "abundance". This Torah Portion is
called Abundance and is linked to the
major event that happened at Mount Sinai
where Israel received the Ten
Commandments that took them form
slavery, to a life of abundance.
Within this Torah portion we find the
following names; Moses, his wife Zipporah,
their son Elizar as well as Aarons son, Elazar. We are going to look at these
names and their meanings to see what wisdom we can be revealed. Mosess
name written backwards is HaShem that is another way to refer to YHVH, the
Name of the Father. Mosess wife Zipporah is derived from ( tzippor)
that means "bird". These two names represent the Father and His Spirit.
Elazar and Elizer that are spelled exactly the same except for
Elizer has an inserted Yod (hand). - Elazar, the son of Aaron means, God
helps and Elizer , the son of Moses means, my God is help. Aarons sons
name seem to be impersonal compared to Moses sons name is more
personal. Aaron represents the High Priest that represents Yshua in the
Spiritual, that makes Him impersonal compared to Moses, who represents the
Torah, that is more personal and tangible in our hands. The yod that is
inserted, represents the Word in our hands making YHVH my personal God
with Yshua representing the Word or Commandments.
If we combine all these meanings of all the names and put them together, we
see the connection between three events. The first event is the science where
John the Baptist immersed Yshua and the Spirit of YHVH came upon Yshua in

the form of a Dove. Yshua is represented by the two sons, Elizar and Elazar
with the Yod inserted (dove coming down representing the Spirit or Hand of
YHVH) to make Him more personal and tangible to man. Zipporah represents
the Dove (bird) that came upon Yshua that is a symbol of YHVH Spirit. Moses
name backwards, is HaShem that represents the Father that said, this is my
Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased, listen to Him.
All of this connects to the second event
that is the receiving of the Ten
Commandments from the Mountain.
Previously the Yod represented the
Dove that descended from Heaven upon
Yshua; now it represents the
Commandments that descended from
above (the Mountain) upon Israel. This
connects the Dove / Spirit to the
Commandments / Word, making them
one. This is confirmed by the third event
that is called the Feast Of Shavuot. Shavuot or Pentecost is the celebration of
the receiving of the Commandments at Mt Sinai and is fulfilled by the outpouring
of the Spirit that descended from above in the form of tongues of fire upon the
Believers in Messiah. The symbol of the tongues of fire that came upon the
people are similar to the hand of YHVH engraving the Commandments on
tablets of stone, only this time it is engraved on the hearts of the people. The
Spirit of YHVH writes the very same Commandments on the tablets of our
hearts so that we can have a new nature and a new life in Abundance (Yetro)
following Him to the Land of Promise.

Some facts regarding Commandments/Laws

Everything YHVH created in the Heavens and on the Earth is governed and
controlled by His Commandments. Yes, every created thing has a
commandment or natural law that governs it in order for it to fulfil its function
within balance with the rest of His Creation.
Q Is the law of gravity good or bad?
Gravity can be perceived as bad from a childs point of view when he
experience pain falling with his bicycle. But we as adults see gravity as a good
thing because we understand the importance of gravity in the sustaining of life
on earth. In the same way, YHVH gave all His Commandments or Spiritual
laws to ensure the sustaining of life in this world. Believers without
understanding see the Commandments as a bad that takes away your liberty
and freedom, but the more you learn about Him, the more you
understand the importance of His Commandments and that they
are good and required to sustain your spiritual life. Imagine if
Gravity no longer exists, what earth will look like? Water will
float in pockets and people will levitate away from their
loved ones, and if there is a strong wind, you may
lose everything you own being blown away.
Imagine a lawless world where everyone can
do whatever they want.

There are over 40 000 Commandments or laws in Australia that you need to
obey as part of your privilege to live in this land. The purpose of
Commandments is to govern the nation as well as to protect the people.
Commandments are therefore good in their purpose and function and not
necessarily a bad thing. Imagine Australia without Commandments or Laws
where people do whatever they want living lawless lives. There will be murder;
rape, looting and no one will be safe.
There are 1,050 commandments in the New Testament and due to repetitions can
be grouped under about 800 headings or Commandments. Most of these
Commandments are references back to the Torah that came about through the
teachings of Yshua, Paul, John, Peter ect., explaining and interpreting the
Commandments (found in the Torah) to the new Believers in Messiah in relation to
their lives. If you compare the Commandments found in the Torah that we can keep
today vs. the Commandments Christian believers keep today, there is only a small
difference in the order of 2-3% that is not held by Christians. The majority of these
Commandments Christians do not follow are the visual reminders called
Ordinances; the Tzittzits, Mezuzah, the Sabbath, Festivals as well as the food
laws. The rest of the Commandments they do keep even if they believe the
Commandments are abolished because of their new nature having the
Commandments written on their hearts. Before we continue, we need to look at the
meanings of a few terms in order to have the right meaning and understanding of
what the Torah is, what sin is and what sinless means.

Torah translated as Law in the English Bible. It actually means Instructions In

the Scripture it is also referred to as the writings of Moses and consists of the
first five books of the Bible. It comes from the root word Yarah which means;
to flow like water and to learn how to shoot.
Sin - This is interesting because sin
in Hebrew is defined as missing the
mark. Paul refers to the Torah as
the knowledge of sin, and we need
the Torah to help us to hit the mark
every time, not sinning. The concept
of water is also found in the New
Testament where the Word is
referred to as water (Eph 5:26). To
wash with the water of the Word
(Torah) is to cleanse yourself from
sin which is defined in the Torah
(first five books of the Bible). This
helps us not to miss the mark or to sin, but to live a holy righteous life unto Him.
(2 Tim 3:16)
Sinless Lamb - The idea of Yshua being the Lamb of YHVH without any
blemish implies that He was without sin. Sin is defined by the Torah and reveals
what sin is. Without the Torah, no one would know what offend YHVH. If Yshua
was without sin then He must have obeyed the whole Torah to be declared
sinless. We as His Disciples should walk as Yshua walked, not sinning
pursuing Holiness.

One, Two, Ten or 613 Commandments
A lot of people say that the Torah (63 Commandments) has been replaced by 1
Commandments namely, love. Others think that is being replaced by 2
Commandments namely, love God and love your neighbour as yourself.
Mat_22:36-40 Teacher, which is the great Command in the Torah?
(37) And Yshua said to him, You shall love your Elohim with all
your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind. (38) This
is the first and great command. (39) And the second is like it, You shall
love your neighbour as yourself. (40) On these two commands hang all
the Torah and the Prophets.
Q What Yshua taught here having Matt 5:17-18 in the back of your mind?
If Yshua said that the Torah is abolished and replaced by Two
Commandments, then He will be contradicting Himself. He stated that he came
to fulfil and not abolish the Commandments. The Ten Commandments consists
of two parts; the first half is how to love YHVH, doing this will strengthen your
relationship with Him. The second set or heading of the Ten Commandments is
about your relationship with other people, how to love and live with our
neighbours. Y'shua underlined the two
headings of the Ten Commandments, and He
summed up in two fundamental concepts of love
from which the Two sets of Five
Commandments hang.
The Ten Commandments then make up the
index for the 613 Commandments. We
approach the Commandments from the top with Love as the primary purpose or
reason for the Commandments. Then the One Commandment of Love divides
in Two Commandments of Love; Loving YHVH and Loving People. Then the
Two Commandments divide into two sets of Five Commandments that gives
you more detail on how to do the two. Then these Ten Commandments are
broken up in further detail that forms the 613 Commandments that covers all
aspects of a Believer living in the Kingdom under a King, namely Yshua, just
like an Australian Citizen residing in Australia under the Australian Government.
If you want to live in the Land, then you have to submit under the rule and
Authority of that Land.
Psa 111:7-8 The works of His hands are truth and judgment; all His
Commands are true, (8) standing fast forever and ever; they are done in
truth and uprightness.

Consequences of Breaking the Commandments

All of YHVHs Commandments have consequences and can either be
positive or negative. If you obey His Commandments, you will be
blessed (positive), but if you break His Commandments, you will be
punished (negative). From our point of view, we see the
blessings as good and the punishment as bad. From
YHVHs point of view, they are both the same,
namely positive and both are good and given in love.

Q How can bad consequences or punishment be good?

Punish is the Hebrew word onesh spelt sni Ayin, Nun Shin. i Ayen
means eye and sn nun-shin spells nash that means fallen back.
Punishment or consequences of sin are YHVHs way to wake us up to say see
(ayin), you have backslidden or fallen back (nush). Pain can be a good thing if it
has a purpose. A pleasant feeling is not necessarily good, and a bad,
uncomfortable situation is not necessarily bad. What determines good or evil is
the meaning or purpose.

Q - Why is change painful?

One other meaning of the consequences of YHVHs
Commandments is change. His Commandments changes
change, and it can be painful, which can be perceived as bad.
That is one of the reasons why people do not know what to do
YHVHs Commandments because it is painful and involves
change. It is very pleasant to follow the flesh; to go with
Amalek and let him win, to allow the flesh to do whatever it
pleases. Most people do not like change, and it is unpleasant to
be moved out of your comfort zone. To follow YHVHs
Commandments demands change from us. YHVH ask us not
to walk in the ways of the flesh but to walk in His shoes,
following righteousness. This is painful to the flesh, and it feels like a
punishment. YHVH does not see it as bad as we do, but as good because of
the change it brings in us. That is why His Commandments are indexed in love
because everything that comes from YHVH, is out of love for us and will bring
closeness between Him and us. In a similar way, love is transmitted back to
Him as explained by His words to us, if you love Me, do My Commandments.
His Commandments is the medium of transferring His love to us and our love
back to Him. It is like breathing in and out that allows us to live, in the same way
we breathe in His Commandments in and breathe out obedience back to
Him. That breath is His Spirit that allows us to experience His Breath of Life
through receiving and obeying His Commandments.

The Ten Commandments Found in the New

Since this Torah Portion is about the Receiving the Ten Commandments at
Sinai, we will look at the Ten Commandments from The Berit Chadasha or NT
to show that they are still applicable to believers in Yshua today.

1. Exodus 20:1-3-The First Commandment

Then Elohim instructed the people as follows: "I am YHWH your Elohim,
who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. "Do not worship any other gods
besides me.
The first Commandment is to have faith in YHVH your Elohim and acknowledge
Him as the only God. He is the One who led you out of Egypt, and this relates to

the fact that believers are actually part of Israel and that they are brought out of
Egypt (sin and bondage) to be a light to the nations in the
Eph 4:5-6 There is only one YHWH, one faith, one
baptism, and there is only one Elohim and Father, who
is over us all and in us all and living through us all.
1 Cor 8:6 Yet for us there is but one God, the Father,
from whom all things came and for whom we live.
Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken
off, and you (Gentiles becoming believers), being a wild olive tree, were
grafted in among them (Israel), and became a sharer of the root and the
fatness of the olive tree with them (Israel),

2. Exodus 20:4-6- The Second Commandment

"Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or
animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them,
for I, YHWH your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim who will not
share your affection with any other gods! I do not leave
unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the
children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth
generations. But I lavish my love on those who love me and
obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.

This is one of the most severe Commandments because of its consequences

when breaking it. Israel was scattered throughout the nations for breaking this
Commandment, and YHVH said that He would punish the children up to the 3rd
and 4th generations making the consequences pretty dangerous.
Q - What is Idol Worship?
Idol worship is bowing down to a physical idol, but there is no real Hebrew word
for Idolatry other than avodah zerah that means, foreign service. Anything
you do as worship unto YHVH that is not prescribed or commanded by Him, is
seen as foreign service or idol worship, even if it is done with a sincere heart. A
good example of avodah zerah is the golden calf worship Aaron introduced to
Aaron, the High Priest of YHVH created an image of YHVH that looked like the
one of the gods of Egypt and had a celebration in honour of YHVH. YHVH did
not command this kind of worship; on the contrary, He forbid the making of any
image of things He created.
We see another example of avodah zerah or foreign service where the
children of Israel were punished to the 4th generation. According to Gen 15:16 a
generation is 100 years and Israel went into slavery for
400 years or 4 generations because of what Simeon
and Levi did after their sister got raped. They defiled
YHVHs sign of the covenant as a means to revenge
their sisters defilement and thus committed foreign
service unto YHVH. They sinned by connecting
something foreign zerah, by allowing Shechem, the
Hivite, to be circumcised for the wrong reasons.

Hivite comes from the root word chavah; that means to live. It also means
wickedness. People who are wicked are people without faith. Wicked is the
word "ra-ah" that also means to shepherd giving us the meaning of evil
shepherds or false teachers / prophets. If you follow a false teaching you are
engaging in foreign service and fall into the same trap as committing in Idol
worship in the eyes of YHVH. That is why you need to make sure if you are
worshipping YHVH in Spirit and in Truth, the truth regarding the way He wants
to be worshipped. If not, then you are exposing yourself and your childrens
children to the consequences of your sin.
Gal 5:19-21 The fruits of the sinful nature are obviousidolatryI warn
you as I did before that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom
of Elohim.
1 John 5:21 Dear children, keep yourselves free from idols.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him
in spirit and in truth.

3. Exodus 20:7-The Third Commandment

You shall not misuse the Name of YHWH your Elohim, for YHWH will not
hold anyone guiltless who takes His Name in vain.
Q - What does it mean to take YHVHs Name in vain?
Vain is the word shav that means, empty, worthless,
having no substance, evil, vanity, falsely and to lie. If
you connect anything to YHVHs Name that is false or
do things in YHVHs Name that causes vanity, then
you are taking His Name in vain. Examples of this is
false teachers teaching false doctrines, saying that
these teachings are new revelations from Him.
Another example is when people say that you can
have whatever you want, saying that YHVH will
provide all your desires, needs and wants, making
rich. This in itself is tickling the ear, saying things
people want to hear. This will lead them on a path of
vanity and their motive to following and serve YHVH is
fleshly, thus taking His Name in vain, using His power
to feather your nest.
The simplest example of taking His Name in vain is to say that you follow
Messiah but live a worldly life, connecting fleshiness to His Name, talking the
talk but not walking the walk. He is Holy, His Name is Holy and so must His
followers be, Holy!
Matt 6:9 "This then is how you shall pray: Our Father, who is in
heaven, Holy is Your Name.
1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you
had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be
holy in all you do for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy.

Phil 2:9-11 Therefore Elohim exalted him to the highest place and gave
him the name that is above every other name. That at the name of YHVH
is salvation (see note for John 17:11) every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Y'shua
the Messiah is YHVH, to the glory of the Father.
1 John 2:12 I write to you dear children, because you have been
forgiven on account of His Name.

4. Exodus 20:8-11-The Fourth Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
Six days shall you labour and do all your
work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to
YHWH your Elohim. On it you shall do
any work, neither you nor your
manservant, nor your maidservant nor
your animals nor the alien within your
gates. For in six days YHWH made the
heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that
is in them, but He rested on the seventh
day. Therefore YHWH blessed the seventh
day and made it holy.
This was the Second Commandment YHVH gave man in the Garden of Eden,
not eating from the Tree of Knowledge was the First Commandment. The
Sabbath day rest is intended and created for the purpose so that YHVHs
people can spend time with Him, eating from the Tree of Life and learning bout
the Way of the Tree of Life. This day is set apart and different to the other
days where you have to work to earn a living. This day is so that YHVH can do
a work in you so that you can grow into a more intimate relationship with Him
engaging in studying and spending time in His Word. The Sabbath is also a
prophetic foreshadow (just like the Festivals that also has Sabbaths), of the
Second Coming of Yshua, where we as His Bride will enter into His rest in the
Seventh Millennium.
Matt 24:20 Pray that your flight will not take place during the winter or
on the Sabbath.
Luke 4:14-16 He (Y'shua) went to Nazareth, where he had been brought
up, and on the Sabbath day went into the synagogue, as was his custom.
Acts 18:4 Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince
the Jews and Greeks alike.
Heb 4:9 For there remains a Sabbath day of rest for the people of Elohim.

It was Yshuas custom to go to the synagogue on a Sabbath, and Paul taught

the Jews as well as the Gentiles (Greeks) about Messiah from the Scriptures on
the Sabbath. The Sabbath existed from Creation, before the giving of the
Commandments at Sinai and is a sign between you and YHVH of your
relationship with Him.

5. Exodus 20:12- The Fifth Commandment

Honour your father and your mother, so that you

may live long in the land YHWH your Elohim is
giving you.

This is the first Commandment that you will

encounter as a child and the only Commandment
with a promise. This Commandment is the
transition between the first four Commandments,
how we love YHVH, and the second set of
Commandments, on how we love our neighbour. Firstly, this Commandment
relates to YHVH, where we as Believers, who are His Children of YHVH, need
to honour Him as our Father. Secondly, this Commandment relates to families,
where children need to learn to respect and honour their parents. You will not
be able to do the next 5 Commandments, loving your neighbour, unless you
have learned to respect other people. It all starts in the family, having a good
relationship with your parents, and then you will learn to respect YHVH and to
have a relationship with Him. Then it extends outside of the family circle, where
you learn to respect and have relationships with people outside your family.
This Commandment is all about respect that forms the basis of good
Matt 15:3-6 And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves
transgress the commandment of Elohim for the sake of your tradition?
"For Elohim said, `HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, `HE
Eph 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in our Master (Y'shua)45 for this
is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first
commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU,
Col 3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is
well-pleasing to Our Master (Y'shua).

6.Exodus 20:13--The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit murder.

This was the Third Commandment YHVH gave man as a

result of murder, where Cain killed his brother Abel. This is
the first Commandment heading up the next set of 5
Commandments on how to love your neighbour as yourself.
Being the first of the five underlines its importance and yet
we dismiss it or not think that we as believers will never kill
someone else.
Q - What does it mean to murder or kill someone that may apply to us?
To kill someone normally involves taking and object and hit someone or take a
gun and shoot someone, but there is a deeper meaning to killing someone.

You can kill someone if you destroy someones reputation through spreading
gossip and lies about that person. This will cause other people to avoid that
person, and he or she will become dead to the community. The Word
describes words of slander to be like arrows that is shot from a hidden place so
that the one receiving the arrow of death, will not know who killed them.
Psa 64:3-4 who sharpen their tongue like a sword, they tread their
arrows, even a bitter word, (4) so that they may shoot at the blameless
one from a lurking place; suddenly they shoot at him, and fear not.
Rom 13:9 You shall not murder.
Mat 5:21-22 You have heard that it was said to the ancients, "You shall
not kill" --and, "Whoever shall kill shall be liable to the judgment." (22)
But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause
shall be liable to the judgment. And whoever shall say to his brother,
Raca, shall be liable to the Sanhedrin; but whoever shall say, Fool! shall
be liable to be thrown into the fire of hell.
Another form of murder we can commit is if we are angry with your brother or
sister without a cause.
Q What examples can you think of that fits this form of murder?
James 3:14-15 - But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in
your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom
that comes down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
James 3:16 - For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be
disorder and every vile practice.
Bitterness, jealousy and selfishness are the roots or origins of murder where we
do vile practices against our fellow man due to the evil that lurks in our hearts.
This was the reason Cain killed Abel, and his death was the consequences and
outflow of these grievous things in Cains heart. Yshua underlined this fact that
the sin of murder starts with anger in the heart towards your neighbour and that
in itself, weigh just as much as the sin of physically killing someone.

7. Exodus 20:14--The Seventh Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.
Not to commit Adultery is the Commandment
that is linked to the 2nd Commandment; not to
commit Idolatry. The Second Commandment
is to guard and protect your relationship with
YHVH and this Commandment is to guard and
protect your relationship with your spouse.
Both are covenant relationships, one is
spiritual, and the other is physical, that are at
risk of these two types of sin. Both of these
Commandments are 2nd on the list of each of
the two sets of 5 Commandments, which makes them high priority. Remember
the purpose of a Commandment is to protect people and relationships and to
reveal the sin that can destroy the things YHVH created.

Rom 13:9 You shall not commit adultery.
James 2:11 For He who said, "DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also
said, "DO NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery,
but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the Torah
Matt 5:27-28, 31-32 "You have heard that it was said, `YOU SHALL
NOT COMMIT ADULTERY'; but I say to you that everyone who looks at
a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his
Yshua raises the standard again; He takes the sin back to where it originates
from and calls that the breaking point of violating the Commandment, not only
the physical act itself. He teaches us that we should guard our hearts because
that is where all evil originates from and that the sin takes place in the mind.
The important thing to realise is that if you break this Commandment, you break
a covenant between you and your spouse that YHVH sealed through a
marriage contract. When YHVH chose Israel as His bride, He entered into a
Covenant relationship with them, but when they committed Idolatry, they broke
the marriage covenant between them and thus breaking the 7th
Commandment as well. For a sin to bear fruit, you have to cultivate the seed
in your mind. This is why YHVH gave His Torah in our hearts through His
indwelling Spirit so that we might live out His Torah in our hearts before it
manifest as sin in our flesh.

8. Exodus 20:15--The Eighth Commandment

You shall not steal.
Matt 19:17-18 And He said to him,
"Why are you asking Me about what is
good? There is only One who is good; but if
you wish to enter into life, keep the
commandments." Then he said to Him, "Which
ones?" And Y'shua said, "YOU SHALL NOT

Rom 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?
You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?
Eph 4:8 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor,
performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have
something to share with one who has need.

To steal is defined by the act of taking something of value that

belongs to someone else without permission. Stealing is one of
the Commandments that is the easiest to break, especially when
no one can see you. Things like pirate software, music games,
movies, these things are so easy to steal, and no one will know it
except you. Repent and get rid of those things, which you have
obtained illegally.

9. Exodus 20:16--The Ninth Commandment
You shall not give false testimony against your
Matt 19:17-18 And He said to him, "Why are
you asking Me about what is good? There is only
One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life,
keep the commandments." Then he said to Him,
"Which ones?" And Y'shua said, "YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE
Matt 15:19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts false witness,
Col 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its
evil practices.
To lie is to conceal something we do not want other people to know, for
example, our weaknesses and failures. You can mislead someone through
words that are not true in order to manipulate someone. In a spiritual sense, lies
causes false doctrines and teachings that keep people in sin and bondage. The
first sin was committed because of a lie when Satan confronted Eve, thus
causing the fall of man through twisting the truth. Lies are very powerful, and
the only way to defeat lies is to bring it into the light, telling the truth.
Mat_12:36-37 And I say to you that for every idle word men speak,
they shall give an account of it in the day of judgment. (37) For by your
words you shall be declared righteous, and by your words you shall be
declared unrighteous.
Lies, false witness and slander are all related and fall into the category of idle
words because they originate from Satan, the father of lies. If you choose to
follow his counsel (lies), then you will reap his reward (torment), but if you follow
YHVH counsel (truth), you will receive everlasting life.

10. Exodus 20:17--The Tenth Commandment

You shall not covet your neighbours house; you shall not
covet your neighbours wife or his male servant or his
female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that
belongs to your neighbour.

Covet is the word that means - to delight in, beauty, greatly

beloved, delectable thing, delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be)
pleasant (thing), precious (thing).

The First Commandment is about YHVH, knowing Who He is and having faith in
Him. This makes it the most important Commandment. The Last
Commandment is the second most important Commandment because it forms
the foundation for breaking all the other Commandments. Not to covet is the
Commandment that is the furthest away from the First Commandment and will
cause you to move the furthest away from YHVH. If you covet, you will murder,
you will commit adultery, you will steal and you will lie.

The lust of the eye is behind all these sins, and that was what caused Eve to
sin; she saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the
eyes. In other words, she coveted the fruit of the tree they were not to eat from.
In the same way, we covet the things we are not permitted to eat from or
partake of and break the Commandment related to that thing we covet.

Luke 12:15 Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. A
man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On
the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the
Torah; for I would not have known about coveting if the Torah had not

Materialism is a sickness of our society, and most people fall into this trap
wanting more or better, in order to keep up with the Joneses. People not only
covet things, but they also covet through their fleshly desires and indulge
themselves in food, good times, parties and lust. We need to be led by the Spirit
and not be enslaved by the desires of the flesh.

Rom 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you
yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are
slaves to him whom you obey; whether it is of sin
to death, or of obedience to righteousness.

You will always be subject to some form of authority,

and the one you obey is the one you serve and
worship. People think they are free if they submit to no
one. The problem with this is that they are actually submitting to their own
fleshiness and falls into the trap of coveting through fleshly desires breaking all
of YHVHs Commandments.

Joh 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love,

even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

Joh 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

Rom 7:12 So indeed the Torah (Law) is Holy, and the Commandment is
Holy and just and good.

We as believers should submit under YHVH and His Commandments and

through that, obey and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. His Commandments
are not burdensome and are there to protect us from the evil that sin brought
into this world. Do His Commandments as an act of your love towards your