How Are We To Love Yahweh According To HIS Word?
Upon speaking with professing believers, and discussing the necessity of Biblical obedience, all too often we hear, “Yahshua said (in Mattithyahu/Matthew 22:37) that we are just to love Yahweh Elohim and our neighbor.” That has nothing to do with us having to keep HIS commands.
However, upon further investigation, we find that the Scriptures does not support this premise. In fact, the Scriptures say quite the opposite! Lets look at the Scriptures that were in existence when YAHSHUA gave HIS answer to the question asked by “a lawyer” and see what those Scriptures actually have to say;
Lets begin with what was given to Moshe, called “Moses” and written by “the finger of Yahweh”, known as “The Ten Commands”;
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, Yahweh your Elohim, am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving-commitment to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.”
Debarim/Deuteronomy 5:10 At the second giving of The Commands, says the same thing.
“…but showing loving-commitment to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.”
“Therefore know that Yahweh your Elohim, He is Elohim, the trustworthy El guarding covenant and loving-commitment for a thousand generations with those who love Him and those who guard His commands;”
“Therefore you shall love Yahweh your Elohim, and keep His charge, even His laws, and His right-rulings, and His commands always.”
‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commands which I command you today, to love Yahweh your Elohim and serve Him with all your heart and with all your being…” (Notice; very similar wording used in Mat 22:37)
“For if you diligently guard all these commands which I command you to do—to love the Yahweh your Elohim, to walk in all His ways, and to cling to Him—then Yahweh shall drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and stronger nations than you.”
“and if you keep all these commands and do them, which I command you today, to love Yahweh your Elohim and to walk in His ways all the days,”
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16in that I am commanding you today to love Yahweh your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to guard His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings…”
“But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded you, to love Yahweh your Elohim, to walk in all His ways, to guard His commands, to cling to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your being.” (Notice: similar wording to Mat 22:37)
“And I said: “I pray, Yahweh Elohim of the heavens, O great and awesome Elohim, You who keep Your covenant and loving-commitment with those who love YOU and with those guarding YOUR commands…”
“And I prayed to Yahweh Elohim, and made confession, and said, “O great and awesome El, guarding the covenant and mercy with those who love You, and with those guarding Your commands…”
So, when YAHSHUA stated in Mattithyahu/Matthew 22:37-39:
Yahshua said to him, “‘You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Is HE changing the Law that Yahweh had set previously? Or is HE simply re-emphasizing it, knowing what “the lawyer” who asked the question, would be well aware of? That loving Yahweh that is always spoken of in The Scriptures, is synonymous with keeping HIS Commandments?
We must also keep in mind who YAHSHUA is according to what John the apostle says, in Yohanan/John 1:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
If YAHSHUA is The Word, and The Word IS ELOHIM, then YAHSHUA is ELOHIM!”
“And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of the only begotten of the Father, complete of favor and truth.”
Yohanan/John is obviously stating that this YAHSHUA IS THE Word of Yahweh, who has come in human form. Now, ask yourself; “What Word is Yohanan referring to, as coming in human form?” The answer: The only Word of Yahweh written and recognized as The Word of Yahweh at the time of Yohanan’s writing; The Hebrew Scriptures which included The Torah (5 books of Moshe/Moses), The Writings and the Prophets, or what is referred to today as The Old Testament.
So, YAHSHUA in coming as The Word (Yahweh), Who does NOT change, (Mal’aki/Malachi 3:6) cannot negate, do away with, set aside or break ANY of The Word that HE epitomizes, or else HE would prove HIMSELF a false teacher/prophet, according to that very word in:
Debarim/Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (and elsewhere in The Scriptures)
“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder shall come true, of which he has spoken to you, saying, ‘Let us go after mighty ones—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for Yahweh your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being. Walk after Yahweh your Elohim and fear Him, and guard His commands and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and cling to Him. And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams is put to death, because he has apostasy against Yahweh your Elohim – who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt) and ransomed you from the house of bondage, to make you stray from the way in which Yahweh your Elohim commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.”
So, when YAHSHUA states in Yohanan’s gospel:
““If you love Me, keep My commands”
“He who has My commands and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
If you keep My commands, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and abide in His love.”
We know that HE, Yahshua, is not introducing a new set of commandments or negating those given in The Set Apart Scriptures in what is called the “Old Testament.” But in fact, HE is confirming them!
Yohanan also confirms The Commandments in his epistles.
1 Yohanan 5:2-3
“By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and guard His commands. For this is the love of Elohim, that we guard His commands. And His commands are not heavy.”
2 Yohanan 6
“This is love, that we walk according to His commands. This is the command, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
So, I hope by now that you are beginning to realize that what is being taught by so many today, regarding The Commands of Yahweh not being relevant to today’s followers of MESSIAH, is simply NOT in accordance with The Word of Yahweh Elohim! I hope that you are beginning to realize that to love Yahweh Elohim “with all of your heart, being and mind” IS to walk according to The Commands of Yahweh Elohim!