Exposition of the 613 Commands of the Torah; Part 2: 11-20; Marcion, Nationalism, International Relations

11.To emulate God’s ways

Deut. 28: 9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

Thus our apostle Paul echos:

Eph. 5: 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Our enemies, both Atheistic, Pantheistic and Gnostic-Christian, tell us Yahovah is a psychopath and not to be imitated. This was the position of Marcion who’s heresy is still very much alive and well today. We read in Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book I, Chapter 27 of Marcion:

  1. Cerdo was one who took his system from the followers of Simon, and came to live at Rome in the time of Hyginus, who held the ninth place in the episcopal succession from the apostles downwards. He taught that the God proclaimed by the law and the prophets was not the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the former was known, but the latter unknown; while the one also was righteous, but the other benevolent.

  2. Marcion of Pontus succeeded him, and developed his doctrine. In so doing, he advanced the most daring blasphemy against Him who is proclaimed as God by the law and the prophets, declaring Him to be the author of evils, to take delight in war, to be infirm of purpose, and even to be contrary to Himself. But Jesus being derived from that father who is above the God that made the world, and coming into Judæa in the times of Pontius Pilate the governor, who was the procurator of Tiberius Cæsar, was manifested in the form of a man to those who were in Judæa, abolishing the prophets and the law, and all the works of that God who made the world, whom also he calls Cosmocrator. Besides this, he mutilates the Gospel which is according to Luke, removing all that is written respecting the generation of the Lord, and setting aside a great deal of the teaching of the Lord, in which the Lord is recorded as most dearly confessing that the Maker of this universe is His Father. He likewise persuaded his disciples that he himself was more worthy of credit than are those apostles who have handed down the Gospel to us, furnishing them not with the Gospel, but merely a fragment of it. In like manner, too, he dismembered the Epistles of Paul, removing all that is said by the apostle respecting that God who made the world, to the effect that He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and also those passages from the prophetical writings which the apostle quotes, in order to teach us that they announced beforehand the coming of the Lord.

  3. Salvation will be the attainment only of those souls which had learned his doctrine; while the body, as having been taken from the earth, is incapable of sharing in salvation. In addition to his blasphemy against God Himself, he advanced this also, truly speaking as with the mouth of the devil, and saying all things in direct opposition to the truth—that Cain, and those like him, and the Sodomites, and the Egyptians, and others like them, and, in fine, all the nations who walked in all sorts of abomination, were saved by the Lord, on His descending into Hades, and on their running unto Him, and that they welcomed Him into their kingdom. But the serpent which was in Marcion declared that Abel, and Enoch, and Noah, and those other righteous men who sprang from the patriarch Abraham, with all the prophets, and those who were pleasing to God, did not partake in salvation. For since these men, he says, knew that their God was constantly tempting them, so now they suspected that He was tempting them, and did not run to Jesus, or believe His announcement: and for this reason he declared that their souls remained in Hades.

  4. But since this man is the only one who has dared openly to mutilate the Scriptures, and unblushingly above all others to inveigh against God, I purpose specially to refute him, convicting him out of his own writings; and, with the help of God, I shall overthrow him out of those discourses of the Lord and the apostles, which are of authority with him, and of which he makes use. At present, however, I have simply been led to mention him, that you might know that all those who in any way corrupt the truth, and injuriously affect the preaching of the Church, are the disciples and successors of Simon Magus of Samaria. Although they do not confess the name of their master, in order all the more to seduce others, yet they do teach his doctrines. They set forth, indeed, the name of Christ Jesus as a sort of lure, but in various ways they introduce the impieties of Simon; and thus they destroy multitudes, wickedly disseminating their own doctrines by the use of a good name, and, through means of its sweetness and beauty, extending to their hearers the bitter and malignant poison of the serpent, the great author of apostasy. Revelation 12:9.”

http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0103127.htm

This is then our justification to conquer our enemies and punish the wicked among  us as Elohim commanded in the Torah(Deut. 13, Exo. 32). As we have seen in recent history, if you don’t exterminate the wicked they’ll be exterminating you.

           12.To cleave to Elohim and swear oaths. (My edition from cleaving to scholars)

Deut. 10:20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

The Jews say this verse means to cleave to Talmud Scholars. That seems to be a bit of a stretch. Though teachers are very helpful and necessary for such a task that isn’t what the passage says.

And again we are faced with the swearing and vowing issue which was spoken to by the Master Yeshua in Matt. 5:34. Robert Shaw Commenting on the Westminster Confession C. 22 states,

“there is much in the New Testament to confirm the practice. The Apostle Paul frequently appeals to God in these and similar expressions: “God is my witness:”–”I say the truth in Christ, I lie not”, (Rom. i. 9, ix.1): “I call God for a record upon my soul.”–2 Cor. i. 23. Christ himself answered the question of the high priest, when he adjured him by the living God; which was the common form of administering an oath among the Jews. The writer to the Hebrews speaks of the oath which God swore to Abraham, “who, because he could swear by no greater, aware by himself;” and he adds, “An oath for confirmation is an end of all strife” (Heb. vi. 13, 16); plainly showing that he sanctioned the practice. It must be evident, therefore, that our Saviour’s words (Matt. v. 34), “Swear not at all,” and the similar words of the Apostle James (v. 12), do not absolutely prohibit all swearing on necessary end solemn occasions; but only forbid the practice of swearing in common conversation, and particularly of swearing by creatures. It must be remarked, however, that an appeal to God in trivial matters, and the frequent and unnecessary repetition of the same oath, is a taking the name of God in vain. And it may also be observed, that as the lifting up of the hand is the usual mode of swearing mentioned in Scripture (Gen. xiv. 22; Rev. x. 5, 6), so it ought to be preferred; and all superstitious forms ought to be rejected.”

13.To love others of your own nation

Leviticus 19: 17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. 19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

This is an issue I have already spoken to in great detail in my video: “Biblical Love is Racism; Pacifism Refuted; Biblical National Socialism Defended ”

The Jewish version of this reads, To love other Jews. This is one of the most important principles of the Bible for the problems of the modern world. The Bible is a Nationalist book. Surely, it was originally designed for the Jews, but through the Master Yeshua, we believing Gentiles are made spiritual children of Abraham, Gal. 3, and the Bible is now our heritage, especially those of us of British Stock and those in the original 13 colonies of the United States who’s nations swore allegiance to the Bible and the Protestant Reformation in the Solemn League and Covenant. The Bible does not teach us to love other peoples who want to invade our countries and rape, pillage and murder;  and anyone who says that we should allow this are the vilest scum of the Earth. When our Master Yeshua taught to love our enemies this is what it meant, for he makes very clear to us that he did  not come to do away with the law and the prophets.

14.To love converts.

Deuteronomy 10:19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Now this passage does have distinct application for the Jewish people as the British people were never strangers in Egypt,  but as our apostle says the law is holy and the commandment holy just and good, Rom. 7:12-14, so it also applies to us. A small percentage of immigration is allowed but not the point that it threatens the identity of the Nation ethnically. Paul tells us in Romans 9 that he has a distinct preference for his own kinsmen in Romans 9:1-3. Therefore, we should preserve and protect our kinsmen as well. Moreover, accepting immigration does not mean we accept them as equals. As Dabney states,

“A “caste distinction ” is also found among the bondmen, whose subjection was legalized by the constitution. A person of Hebrew blood could only be enslaved for six years. A person of foreign blood could be held in hereditary slavery, although born within the land of Israel as much as the other. It was also provided that the treatment of bondmen of Hebrew blood should be more lenient. (Lev. xxv. 42-47.) A “caste distinction” was also provided concerning the entrance of persons of foreign blood into the Hebrew state and church. (Exodus xvii. 16; Deut. xxiii.3-8.)”

Robert Lewis Dabney, “Anti-Biblical Theories of Rights”

The Torah ruled Body Politic exercises an equality of penal justice, Num. 15:15-16,  but not an equality of privilege and franchise.

15. Not to hate a fellow countrymen – -Leviticus 19:17

Already spoken to above. And is it not interesting that the modern Hebrew Roots movement claims to have such devotion to the Torah and yet completely ignores this section of the 613 Commands.

16. To reprove wrongdoers

Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

Thus, the Bible teaches us to judge others. Yeshua tells us not to make our judgments superficial based on mere appearance or hypocritical in not making the same judgments of ourselves. But Yeshua still commands us to judge others.

Matt. 7: 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

John 7: 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Yeshua judged the Jewish leaders often, even resorting to severe name calling in Matthew 23.

Matt. 23: 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

17. Not to partake in other men’s sins but to rebuke them. (Jewish version reads not to embarrass someone publicly with a rebuke which may have some ground in Mat 18:15)

Lev. 19:17 c “but you shall not bear a sin on his account.”

This can happen when we refuse to confront the sins in others that we become to participate in their wickedness. For instance if we have witnessed the spouse of one of our brother’s cheating on him with another man we are morally urged to tell him and if we don’t this is partaking in her wickedness.

Thus Paul states,

1 Tim. 5: 19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning. 21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. 22 Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

And Yeshua qualifies,

Matt. 18: 15 “If your brother sins[k], go and [l]show him his fault [m]in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every [n]fact may be confirmed. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as [o]a Gentile and [p]a tax collector. 18 Truly I say to you, whatever you [q]bind on earth [r]shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you [s]loose on earth [t]shall have been loosed in heaven.

18. Not to oppress the weak or the stranger Exodus 22:21 “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Being that we are all from Adam and even our religion comes from the Jews, we are not to take our Nationalism to the degree that we oppress all foreigners in a hyper-xenophobia.

19. Not to gossip about others

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am Yahovah.

Thus, the apostle Paul gives us a case example stating,

1 Tim.  5:11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge. 13 At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

To this day there are entire industries devoted to Gossip. TMZ is one of the biggest if not the biggest platform for such swill. These industries are dominated by women because Gossip arises from women when they have nothing better to do and I would maintain the Feminist movement began by wealthy women who had nothing better to do than create chaos in their societies. The Industrial Revolution was also a large catalyst in this with more men leaving the home everyday to work at the factory and leaving their wives at home.

20. Not to take revenge – Lev. 19:18

This is not to say that Nations cannot take revenge on other Nations in military conflict.

Num. 31:1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Take full vengeance for the sons of Israel on the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered to your people.” 3 Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian.

Nor does it forbid taking vengeance against traitors and apostates from among your own nation:

Deut. 13: 12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the Lord your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom you have not known), 14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you, 15 you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword. 16 Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God; and it shall be a ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt.

Exo. 32: 25 Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to be a derision among their enemies— 26 then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him. 27 He said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day. 29 Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the Lord—for every man has been against his son and against his brother—in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”

But on a personal level with another countrymen, Paul tells us not to take our own revenge. Rom. 12:

19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but p]”>[p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” (Deut. 32:35) says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Moses makes this distinction clear with a specific case stating,

Exo. 23:“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him.