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Re: Lou's reply to rayww-revlaw

Posted by rayww on March 10, 2008, at 13:07:10

In reply to Re: Lou's reply to rayww-revlaw rayww, posted by Dena on March 8, 2008, at 21:08:00

> I'm wondering -- what would be the commandments that He's given us?
> And how do we define "keep"?
> Here's what Strong's says:
> 1) to keep, guard, observe, give heed
> a) (Qal)
> 1) to keep, have charge of
> 2) to keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect, save life
> a) watch, watchman (participle)
> 3) to watch for, wait for
> 4) to watch, observe
> 5) to keep, retain, treasure up (in memory)
> 6) to keep (within bounds), restrain
> 7) to observe, celebrate, keep (sabbath or covenant or commands), perform (vow)
> 8) to keep, preserve, protect
> 9) to keep, reserve
> b) (Niphal)
> 1) to be on one's guard, take heed, take care, beware
> 2) to keep oneself, refrain, abstain
> 3) to be kept, be guarded
> c) (Piel) to keep, pay heed
> d) (Hithpael) to keep oneself from
> Several shades of meaning there...
> But, what are the commandments that He's given us, and how do we keep them?
> Shalom, Dena

Dena, I liked what you wrote, and it gave me an idea, spun from this quote:

Whenever God gives a vision of an image, or beast, or figure of any kind, He always holds Himself responsible to give a revelation or interpretation of the meaning, otherwise we are not responsible or accountable for our belief in it. (Teachings, p. 291.)

I like this statement because it suggests that if I don't understand the meaning I am not held accountable for the belief. I believe it is the same for all the commandments. Once we understand the meaning of a commandment, we will be held accountable for our actions, not just accountable before the laws of the land, but accountable before God.

God sees the heart, the mind, the will. He knows our thoughts, our desires, and what drives us. Magistrates of the law only look at the letter and the written policy, then base their judgement on that.

What you wrote about "keep" is true. We must keep the promises we make before God. (members of my church believe we make promises when we are baptised, or first become a committed member of the (any) church)

Think of your good family name. My grandfather used to say, "never do anything that will tarnish the family name" He valued a good reputation, as had his father, and his father before him. To belong to his family held certain expectations, and we wanted to comply.

We who belong to the family of Christ have chosen to take on His name too. To become a member of Christ's family involves "keeping" His commandments (covenants) close to our heart, so that our desires line up with our actions.

Keeping the commandments then becomes a very personal commitment between the individual and God. Is God accountable for teaching us the meaning and understanding of the commandments first? Are we accountable for knowledge and learning? We glorify God when we gain intelligence, wisdom, understanding, and correct knowledge, because when we have wisdom (God's knowledge) we act accordingly.

You asked me what are some of the commandments I keep. I feel it is important to:
love God
love my neighbor
be kind to my husband and family
take good care of the things the Lord has blessed me with (including my good health)
be honest in my dealings with my fellow man
study scriptures
attend church
repent of mistakes I make
serve in my community and church
stay connected to my extended family
Don't do the don'ts (lie, cheat, steal, kill, or commit adultry)
get married and have kids
help out wherever I can
whatever else I feel led to do in the moment

What do you consider commandments and how do you keep them?




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