And God spake all these words, saying, … Thou shalt have no other gods before me . 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,…And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
… But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments . He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder , Thou shalt not commit adultery , Thou shalt not steal , Thou shalt not bear false witness , Honour thy father and [thy] mother : and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
DID THE RICH YOUNG RULER KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD?
All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet ?
MARK 7:9, 10
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother ; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death...
And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and [how] I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself .
Would it be just for God to ask Israel to keep his commandments while they were under another master?
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed , and keep my covenant , then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people...
And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do ....
DEUTERONOMY 4:10, 13
The day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children…
… And he declared unto you his covenant , which he commanded you to perform, [even] ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone . -Did God give and instruct Israel to keep his Commandments? -Did God expect Israel to love and obey his Commandments? Israel said: “All that the Lord has said, we will do.” EXODUS 32: Israel worships the golden calf
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt ; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD : But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people .
For I know that in me ( that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing : for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man :
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
O generation of vipers , how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
MATTHEW 5:27, 28
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery : But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart .
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart ; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts , murders , adulteries , fornications , thefts , false witness , blasphemies :
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips , but their heart is far from me.
MATTHEW 23:25, 26
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter , but within they are full of extortion and excess . [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
WHY AREN’T SOME CHRISTIANS ABLE TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD?
Because they have been already drunk with Babylon’s wine
2 SAMUEL 11:13, 15 [David’s affair with Uriah]
And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk : and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle , and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh . And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes , and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure .
GOD’S IMMUNE/ANTIVIRAL BOOSTER AND INNOCULATOR
HEBREWS 13:20, 21
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen .