The Seven Commandments
Moral touchstones for all humanity
Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not.
One Father created us all. He Who lovingly grants us life and free will also blesses us with the gift of guiding law. Every person of every nation lives connected to the First Covenant.
What is moral? What is righteous? Doing the opposite of what the Noahide laws forbid.
Here are the Seven Noahide Commandments - seven headings or "families" of "thou shalt not" prohibitions - with their legal and moral opposites:
- ("Murder") Not just avoiding murder (the deliberate and unjustified killing of human being) but affirmatively saving human life
- ("Theft") Not just avoiding stealing; giving charitably
- ("Anarchy") Not just avoiding oppression and injustice; establishing, maintaining and improving institutions of government and striving for freedom and justice
- ("Incest") Not just avoiding sexual immorality; creating an exemplary personal and family life
- ("Torn limb") Not just refraining from inflicting unnecessary pain on animals - as though animals can't feel pain, or as though life and the world aren't real - but ensuring their decent treatment - and eating, when one eats, in a manner befitting a being "made in the image of God."
- ("Blasphemy") Not just avoiding sacrilege but positively, publically, sanctifying God
- ("Strange worship") Not just avoiding repulsive idolatry (in Hebrew, gilulim, "abominable idolatry") and oppressive, cruel, and disgusting acts that would shame any "god" worth worshipping, but positively vindicating the holiness of the one and only God.
What's the difference between the Ten Commandents that were Revealed to the People of Israel through Moses at Mt. Sinai after the Exodus from Egypt and the Universal Seven Laws?
The Ten Commandments and the specific laws - 613 separate laws, in the Five Books of Moses - include many ritual and symbolic laws that aren't necessarily "logical laws" clear to the moral sense. God commands Israel but not all humanity to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, for instance; God commands Israel but not all humanity to avoid taking His "Name" in vain; God commands Israel but not all humanity to avoid all "coveting."
Commandment, in Hebrew, comes from the root "connection." By fulfilling a commandment, human beings connect with our Maker
The Seven Commandments all follow logically from the Universal Revelation that God made us all "in the "Image of God." Scriipture emphasizes this point several times (Genesis 1:26, 1:27, 5:1). That is, God put the whole human family on notice: every human being is sacred, an inviolable personality and not just an object, thing or mere scuzz on the surface of a planet.
The Seven Commandments - the whole human race's eternal precepts of morality and decency - follow, logically and also chronologically, in the Bible. The key to them is Chapter Nine of Genesis with its seven declarations of the word "covenant."
These are the common inheritance of all humanity (including the Jewish people). In fact, they direct us to every single "logical law" - laws and commandments appealing directly to the human moral sense, as apart from the Bible's many ritual and symbolic laws and statutes - in the Bible.
The Rabbis, Prophets and Sages of Israel have kept this Universal inheritance - this ancient treasure - alive. Now it's time to learn it and keep it.
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And God spoke unto Noah, and to Noah's children
with him, saying, 'And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you.'
Genesis 9 : 8-9
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