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At last, the Commandments are written in the heart.

The Breach on The Ten Commandments

 

Isaiah 58:12 - "And thou shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in."

By the reference made by the prophet Isaiah to the following verse, it is certain that the breach to be restored needs to be found within the Law of God, the Ten Commandments. "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day..." Isaiah 58:13.

During the six thousand years of history of mankind on earth, there were times, when beside ignoring and breaking the Law, some attempts were made to delete, change, or mutilate some of the Commandments given by God.

Adam and Eve broke:

1. The First Commandment. They took Lucifer as their god.

2. The Tenth Commandment. She coveted the forbidden fruit.

3. The Eight Commandment. They stole from off limits property.

And by implication, the whole Law was broken. God had said: "Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." Gen. 3:3. There sin entered to the human race, "for sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4. And then death, "for the wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23. Lucifer, the new boss, a created being, had no life to give to anyone, and no power to repair the damage.

It was necessary to find a savior. The One who created the human body had already pledged His life, if it were necessary, to redeem man from death. He had the power of Life and He would give His life to pay the penalty of the transgression. He did that at Calvary.

God gave man freedom of choice. The power to choose is still with us today. Anyone who chooses to be saved in Christ's kingdom and shows it with love and obedience, by the grace of the Lord, will be resurrected, or if still alive will be given a glorious body to meet the Lord. Meanwhile those who are choosing to follow the Lord must look to the character of the Savior and copy from Him. A reflection of the righteous character of God is coming over the moral Law of God. "Your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matt. 5:48. "The Law of the Lord is perfect." Psalms 19:7. "Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy." Lev. 19:2. "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Rom. 7:12.

The saving grace of the Lord does not release the child of God from obeying and keeping the law. It is the grace of God that provides the gift of the Spirit and the power to live the Commandments as Jesus did it in loving obedience to the Father. In the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit is writing the Commandments in the heart and minds of whoever becomes willing to enter the kingdom of God. Hebrews 8:10; 10:16.

The Ten Words of God express the will of God for man. Amid clouds, fire, and thunders, God spoke the Ten Commandments from the top of the mountain, on the ears of the people.

The Ten Commandments:

I.   I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

II.   You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that /sidol in heaven above, or that /s 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, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

III.   You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

IV.   Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

V.   Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

VI.   You shall not murder.

VII.   You shall not commit adultery.

VIII.   You shall not steal.

IX.   You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

X.   You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that /s your neighbor's. Exodus 20:2-17
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To preserve the integrity of the Law, the Lord with His own finger wrote the Ten Commandments on the two tables of stone that Moses prepared; and as far as history knows, they are still inside the golden ark.

God is love, and His kingdom operates on the principles of love: "thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Matt. 22:37-39. The first four Commandments are to maintain our love to God with our loyalty, worship, reverence, and loving relation on the day He created for us to worship Him. Force cannot be applied to the loving connection between the heart of God and the heart of His child on earth; therefore, no one, no power, no government could interfere with that link of love, and if any is found guilty, he won't be able to escape from divine justice.

The last six Commandments are to maintain good relations with other human beings. From those principles are coming the rules that society uses to keep order, peace and harmony within the community.

Jesus said: "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." He changed nothing on the Law, "one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law." Matt. 5:17,18. "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 5:19.

Details are not given of the attacks against the law of God by the strong race that lived on the earth before the Flood. It is quite revealing to note the general degradation of the people: "And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." Gen. 6:12.

The descendants of Noah, coming out of Babel with different languages, began to worship idols, images of nature, and the bodies of the sky, mostly the moon and the sun. Sun worshiping spread out among those civilizations for a long time.

The pagan custom to worship the sun extended to every land; in Ezekiel's time, it even penetrated the sacred walls of the temple. "And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." Eze. 8:16. How such an abomination took place among the servants of the temple of the Lord?

In the days of Pagan Rome, the heathen dedicated the first day of the week to worship the sun. On this account, some of the emperors in Rome, who were Sun-worshipers, began to invest themselves with godly attributes: Domitian (81-96) demanded to be called "lord and god." Septimus Severus (193-211) wanted to be identified with the victorious sun and to have an aura on his portraits. A History of the Western World, p. 113. Diocletian (284-305) the worst persecutor of the Christians, operated kind of a hidden god, pretending he was a living manifestation of the Sun-god. Nicolas Cheetham, A History of the Popes, p. 16.

In the Roman Empire, Judaism was recognized as a legal religion, and Christianity was considered a sect of Judaism. But at the time of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD), the Jews, under Bar Cocheba, (132-135) made a major bloody revolt against the Romans. Because of that rebellion, Judaism was discredited and gave way to outright persecution of the Jews. A History of the Western World, pp. 127, 128.

From this point on, Christians made all efforts to disassociate from the Jews in any way they could. Christians were worshiping the Lord, according to the Commandment, on the Sabbath Day, the same day as the Jews. What to do to let the Romans know that the Christians are not Jews?

To be counted as a legal citizen of the Empire, the required test was to 'burn a little incense before an imperial image.' Christians who had accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior could not do that, and they were subject to persecution and death. A History of the Western World, p. 129.

The pagan world used to celebrate the spring festival in honor of the goddess of fertility, which culminated with heartfelt rejoicing on the day of the sun. At the same time, some Christian churches were already celebrating the festival of the resurrection of the Lord on the first day of the week. That was a day of religious celebration, at the same time, by pagans and by Christians. Who knows how many were looking to the festival on the first day of the week as a release from the bitter persecution?

The Christians in Rome and Alexandria were the first ones to adopt frequent gatherings on the first day of the week, and began to apply the phrase 'the Lord's day' to Sunday. But not all churches went to compromise their faith with the observance of Sunday, because by the fifth century Christian churches were still worshiping the Lord on the Sabbath Day. The preference for Sunday, initiated in Rome, was spreading out gradually but sure. Ecclesiastical History v. 22.

Diocletian (284-305) was mentioned above as a great persecutor of the Christian church. He created several Agusti positions to help him with the government of the Roman Empire. Among them was Constantine, who upon the death of Diocletian, fought against his rivals to remain as the sole Emperor of Rome. Constantine had a Christian wife, Helena, who may have influenced him to pass on 313 AD the Edict of Milan, where Christianity was recognized as religio licita, and ended the persecution. N. Cheetham, A History of the Popes, p. 16.

Constantine apparently converted to Christianity, but historians contend that he remained worshiping the Sun-god as a pagan at heart. His main objective was to find means and ways to bring unity and stability to the Empire, and the solution to the internal differences between the heathen and the Christians. He contemplated a common day of rest to facilitate the projected unification. Why not to bring the "Dies Solis" and the pagans with it into the church? On March 7, 321 AD, the decree went forth saying: "On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and all workshops be closed..." Codex Justinianus, lib 3, tit 12.3.

Constantine came into the Christian Church, and with him came the pomp, the power of the rulers, the rich and the high officials of the Empire with the traditions and philosophies of the pagan world. To the Christians came the idea that every tradition of the pagans should be replaced by a Christian symbol, as December 25, January 6, and so on. The observance of the seventh day Sabbath was not coming from the pagans, but from the Law of God. They had associated it with the rituals of the Jews, and now in their minds was brewing a favorable inclination to the Day of the Lord, because Christ resurrected on the first day of the week. "The Christian Church made no formal, but a gradual and almost unconscious transference of the one day to the other." F. W. Ferrar, The Voice From Sinai, p. 167.

Constantine summoned the bishops of the churches to meet at Nicaea for the First General Council on 325 AD. There, they adopted the Nicene Creed for the Catholic (universal) Church, under the imposing presiding presence of the Emperor. At the council, Constantine tried to persuade those attending, to drop the observance of the Sabbath for the sake of separating more from the Jews. Eusebius, Life of Constantine 3:18,19. "The emperor presided at ecumenical councils, and the Church seemed to some a tool in the hands of the mighty." A History of the Western World, p. 134.

Finally, Pope Silvester I (314-335) who was a complaisant friend of Constantine declared "the rest of the Sabbath should be transferred to the Lord's Day [Sunday]."    R. L. Odom, Sabbath and Sunday in Early Christianity, pp. 247, 248.

The leaders of the church were those with more power in their hands than consecration in their hearts and soon were compromising the truth received from the first Christians. They accepted the superstitions and doctrines of Paganism, and laying aside the Sabbath Commandment, took for good, Sunday as the Day of the Lord.

In its way into the apostasy, the Church in the Council of Laodicea ( most historians say 364) declared: "Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Sabbath, but shall work on that day; but the Lord's day they shall especially honour... If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ." Canon 29, A History of the Councils of the Church, vol. 2, p. 316.

Emperor Justinian (527-565) took as his duties the affairs of the Church in his own hands. He took the Canons of the former Councils of the Church and added certain punishment or civil penalty for the infraction of any of them. Codex Justinianus.

Centuries later the Roman Church still teaches the change of Saturday for Sunday. "We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism, p. 50.

During the Council of Trent (1545-1563), they were on and off for almost 18 years, debating between Tradition and the Scriptures. The Protestants contended that the standard of faith should be based on Scripture alone. The Catholics were defending their position on Tradition also. At last, on January 18, 1562, the archbishop of Reggio, Gaspare de Fosso, demonstrated that the argument of the Protestants was totally false when they were observing also the tradition of Sunday following the doctrine of the Catholic Church. Henry Schroeder, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent.

This is how a serious breach was done on the Ten Commandments, the Law of God. The worship to God on the seventh-day Sabbath of the Lord was replaced by a man made form of worship taken from the pagans and their adoration to the Sun-god on the first day of the week. The fourth Commandment still calls man to worship God on the Sabbath, His Holy Day. The world continues to offer its own creation: Sunday, from the day of the Sun, a day which the Majesty in Heaven never ordained.

On the Fourth Commandment, God's day was change for man made day; but on the Second Commandment, the Church let the pagans continue to worship their images. When the Catechism came out, it did not contain a Second Commandment, it was left out. Now, it was no sin to burn candles and bow down before the images of the saints. And to preserve the format of the Ten Commandments, they took the last commandment on the Law and divided it in two. By the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Second of Nicaea, 787 AD, it was affirmed to establish the worship of images. Baronius, Ecclesiastical Annals, vol. 9, pp. 391-407.

These changes didn't come as a surprise. They were in the prophecies of the Bible. "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." Daniel 7:25. The prophetic computation of the time given to the little horn, Daniel 7:8, amounted to 1260 years. Emperor Justinian (527-565) in a letter sent in 533AD to Pope John II (533-535) declared the bishop of Rome to be the "head of all churches and of all the priests of God." At that time Rome was still under the control of the Arian Power, but when General Belisarius liberated Rome from the Ostrogoths in 538 AD, then Pope Vigilius (537-555) could be also "the corrector of heretics" as Justinian granted him in a second letter. Codex Justiniani lib. 1, tit. 1. The civil and political power granted by Justinian to the Papacy lasted 1260 years, from 538 until 1798 AD when Napoleon sent General Berthier to take Pope Pius VI as a prisoner and carry him to France, where he would die in exile.

The apostasy of the Middle Ages was also shown to the Apostle Paul. He made it clear to the believers: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." 2 Thess. 2:3.

The breach inflicted upon the Ten Commandments was not a simple little breach. It was one of transcendental proportions that through successive generations comes to us, to our time, in the same acceptable broken condition. You and I are called to repair the breach. "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." Rev. 22:14.

The three angels appointed by God, in Rev. 14:6-12 are proclaiming to the world 'the everlasting gospel' in the voice of His obedient children, to gather the harvest of the Lord: the repairers of the breach. Looking to the last days, John saw a great multitude: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Those who hear, and let the Holy Spirit write the commandments in their hearts are blessed with salvation, and those who don't want to hear are sealing their own destruction. The choice of every person becomes his final destiny.

 

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