The Bible is clear, if we follow the commandments of Jesus our life changes according to His divine being within us. The increase of God's Spirit is what delivers supernatural blessings.
The “commandments” referred to by the book of Deuteronomy are given to the children of Israel for a blessed life. To an Israelite, the first five books of the Old Testament are known as the Torah and are the most important because they contain all the laws one needs to be a compliant Jew under God's power. The Torah law is also known as the Mosaic law since it was given to and preserved by Moses.
In total, God spoke 613 laws to the people of Israel. These laws are generally grouped into three major categories: legal laws, Temple laws, and social laws. Subgroups can include laws for food, agriculture, tithing, worship, and celebration or worship.
It surprises many believers to know that Jesus taught Torah law to His followers. Careful study of the gospels shows that Jesus taught directly from the 613 commandments delivered by Moses.
The fascinating discovery that surfaced from our research here at Christ Audio is that Jesus focused His teachings around social laws. It's not disclosed by the gospels anywhere why Jesus aimed to teach from the social laws in the Torah so we can only speculate.
At the time Jesus taught a mixed audience. Both Jew and gentile learned from Him. They intently listened and observed, many put into practice what they learned. These are known as the early Christians and the early church.
Now imagine trying to teach global audiences principles from the legal law or the temple law. These laws can only be adhered within the borders of Israel while Jesus was alive. The reach of His teaching would be severely limited by this teaching.
Looking deeper into Jewish law we find that legal laws are a body of rules that settled disputes and create fairness. Israel’s legal laws from times past cannot be applied in other countries in the present. Each nation is governed by its own set of legal standards which also change with time.
Temple laws are also limited to the region of Israel and centered around the Temple which no longer exists. Furthermore, many of the Temple laws can only be followed by certain families from Israel.
Social laws, on the other hand, can be followed by all people in all nations and in every era. For example, to love another human being despite how they treat you is recognized as a universal principle that develops our best nature. Developing love and goodness to the benefit of others is universally accepted as a good moral principle.
By teaching from God's social law and developing deeper principles from it to follow, Jesus has led countless millions in the purity of God for millennia. The teachings of Jesus can be followed anywhere and by any person. Regardless of social status, legal constraints, or familial connections a person can emulate God's love an purity with the laws espoused by Jesus.
The gospels are packed with social laws. In some cases, Jesus recited social law verbatim. The clearest evidence is in the book of Matthew in chapters 5, 6, and 7. In these three chapters, Jesus amplifies eleven social laws and how to follow them not according to religious doctrine or tradition, but as a way of developing our personality with God.
During the recorded discourse, Jesus makes an extraordinary point in Matthew 5:48.
“Therefore you shall be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Mt 5:48
Throughout chapter 5 Jesus teaches Torah law, then at the end of the chapter in verse 48, He explains that if anyone develops with the commandments as taught by Him, they will be perfected with God. In other words, the presence of God will be more prominent in you. In the spiritual sense, your being and God’s being become more unified in presence and likeness. This, of course, would bring a supernatural blessing upon the person who wholeheartedly practices the advice.
The gospels document Jesus taught 120 principles, or sayings, from the ancient Torah law. Our study also shows that Jesus uniquely taught His commandments from the original 613 in the Torah.
An important point to keep in mind while you study the commandments of Jesus is that Jesus taught followers to observe His commands from within, so they serve as spiritual guides in your development. In other words, Jesus wanted us to wholly develop with God. So as you read and study the commandments of Jesus pay close attention to how you can change internally.
7 Easy Steps To Developing a Christian Meditation Habit with the Commandments of Jesus
You need to follow the Lord's advice in John 14:21 and 23. If you love the Lord you will "keep" His commandments and word. Take time every day to reflectively think and contemplate on each commandment.
You need to "keep" His word and commandments. As the hours go by try to remind yourself of the command you're practicing for the day. Take occasional breaks to ponder how the commandment of Jesus changes you.
Control your mind with the commandments you picked. Pay attention to how you think. If you notice thought patterns conflict with God's word, this is a perfect time to expel them. God's laws are great at helping you identify the weeds of the mind.
Make a conscious effort to create new thought patterns with God's word. Once you dispell a conflicting thought process start meditating on the commandment you chose. See with your mind how the commandment turns into a new thought pattern.
Keep reliving how each commandment develops into new ways of thinking in your brain.
Relax and let go to the process. Your brain, as well as your soul, develop faster when you relax and let God's word be your default thinking. Fighting or resisting negative thoughts reinforces negativity. So, take a deep breath, relax, let go, and let God's word be clear in your mind.
Repeat the process every day, especially early in the morning when the brain is most pliable. By studying and meditating on God's laws early in the morning you more easily setup new neurological pathways that later become positive mental habit according to God's word.
I hope this helps your relationship with God. Live a good life. Drink tea, enjoy a healthy diet, and exercise. Most importantly meditate on God's word until it becomes the thought of your mind. God designed your body to benefit from meditation, so honor God with your time and meditate.
Here's a list of the 120 Commandments of Jesus you can use in your daily Christian meditation.
God bless you. We're praying for all our readers. See you in the Kingdom.