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1)     “...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17.

2)    What kind of life is this speaking about?

     “Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.  For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” Deuteronomy 32:46-47.

     These verses reveal that keeping God’s law of 10 commandments would preserve our life on the land of this earth.  But our life on this earth is not all that God’s commandments deal with.
     “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14.

     “...his commandment is life everlasting” John 12:50.

3)    The First Commandment of God

     “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3.

     This first commandment revealed who God was – the God which had delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, and further declared that “no other gods” were to be chosen or worshiped by His people “before me”.

     “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58.

4)    Who was Jesus - the Great I Am - known as before He became human?

     “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made....He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” John 1:1-3, 10.

     These verses reveal that before becoming Jesus in humanity, He was identified as the Word, who was not only with God, but was also a God Himself.  He was the God who had created the world and all things in it, by the power of His word, and who had formed man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7).

     Was this particular God only known as the Word?
     “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.

     “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks...” Daniel 9:25.

     “And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” Acts 3:15.

     “And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood...” Revelation 1:5.

     “Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31.

     These inspired passages reveal that this mighty God who became Jesus Christ the Son of God in the flesh, was also known as Messiah the Prince, the Prince of peace, the Prince of life, the Prince of the kings of the earth, or just simply a Prince and Saviour.

     What was this mighty God and Prince all about?
     “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John  1:14.

     The Word, who was a mighty God and Prince, also became Jesus the Son of God in the flesh.  He was also full of grace and truth, and was Himself the truth.
     “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.

     “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] unto the fathers:” Romans 15:8.

     “If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:” Ephesians 4:21.

5)    Was this Mighty God and Prince known only by the name of the Word?
     “But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and [there is] none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” Daniel 10:21.

     “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people...” Daniel 12:1.

     These verses reveal that this mighty God, this great Prince, the Word, and the truth itself, was known by the name of Michael before being born into humanity and becoming Jesus Christ the Messiah and Son of God in order to minister the truth to His people.  It was to this mighty God Michael that the Almighty Most High God had declared “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:20)!  Ths means that in the beginning there was the Almighty God and the mighty Lord God Michael, thus making two Gods and not only one!
     “But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Hebrews 1:8-9.

     In these verses Michael, who became Jesus Christ – the Son of God, is here called by God the Father to be a God Himself!  This means that there are two Gods listed in this text – the God Michael, and His God the Father.  This reveals that the Word who was a God along with God the Father in the beginning, and who then created the world through His own divine power, was Michael – the truth, the great Prince, the future Messiah to His people when He would be born into humanity becoming Jesus Christ the Son of God.

     It was this mighty God Michael who put down the rebellion of Lucifer or Satan and his followers in heaven and then cast them out.
      “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9.

6)    As there is to be no other gods worshiped but Michael, but both Michael and the Almighty Most High God are two separate Gods, then are we to worshp both?  The Hebrew word for “gods” used in this commandment is “elohiym”, and this word in this sense translates and means “gods in the ordinary sense”, or in other words pagan deities (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #430).  This reveals that Michael was not declaring that the only God who could be worshiped in the universe was Himself and thus the Almighty Most High God is not to be worshiped.  But Michael was referring to all the pagan gods that were being worshiped on the earth.  Since Michael was the real Creator God of the earth, then in this first commandment He was declaring that there were to be no other earthly gods worshiped but Him.

7)    The Second Commandment of God

     “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6.

     This second commandment revealed how the Lord God wanted to be worshiped, declaring that the people were not to make “any graven image, or likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”.  This was because the great living God had created all things and therefore was above all created things.  This meant that nothing which He had created could correctly represent all that He is.  To make an idol or image of something which He had created, and then believe that this represented or symbolized the Great I Am, would only work to lessen and limit God’s infinite majesty and greatness, and therefore mislead souls into error and falsehood regarding exactly who He really is.
     To make an image or idol “of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast...of any winged fowl...of any thing that creepeth on the ground...of any fish”, or even of “the sun, and the moon, and the stars” (Deuteronomy 4:16-19) would only work to take the eyes of the people off of their Creator Himself and focus them instead upon the creation itself.  This would make the great and mighty Lord God to appear no greater than the created thing which the idol or image depicted.

     God further declared that He did not want the people to “bow down thyself to them, nor serve” any idols already made.  Since a husband jealously refuses to allow the affections of his covenant bound wife to be shared with another man, so Michael stated that “I the Lord thy God am a jealous God” who also refuses to allow the worship and affections of His covenant bound wife or people to be shared with another god of the pagans.

     God did not forbid all images or statues or pictures from being made, but just those which were believed to be, or were worshiped as, a sacred representation of any god – including Himself.  This also means that any pictures, paintings, images or statues of who are referred to as “Jesus” are forbidden by this 2nd commandment.  Since Jesus is also a God, but no one knows exactly what Jesus actually looked like, then any images of “Jesus” are just the artist’s best guess, and are not reality.

     God had not allowed the people to see His actual form, or any “manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you” (Deuteronomy 4:15), but to only see the fire that He was in and hidden by, as well as to hear His voice.  If the people had seen His actual form then they would eventually be led to “forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image” (Deuteronomy 4:23) of what they saw the Lord look like.  And for this same reason, when Michael became Jesus in humanity, He did not allow any artist to copy His image in painting or sculpture.

8)     God also declared that He was the One who either punishes the disobedient, or blesses the obedient.  Since God is the Creator and Author of all things, then He has the right and authority to either bless or punish all things.  But instead of being arbitrarily in giving good or bad rewards, God instead blesses or punishes according to the actions which people themselves choose to perform.

     To be completely unbiased and avoid being arbitrary, God gave His 10 commandment Law as a standard by which all His people would be judged according to their works and actions.  But because God is the Creator of all mankind, then all peoples of the earth would be held to this same one standard of law.  This means that each person would really decide for themselves whether they would receive God’s blessings or His curses and ultimately either eternal death or eternal life, by how they chose to live their own life after knowing about God’s great standard of law, as well as His willingness to forgive and change all truly repentant sinners.
     “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.