Now this is a “rabbit hole”, especially these days, but really its not…the Bible hasn’t changed. Some churches or scholars have changed some meanings of the Bible by picking a verse or verses out of context to conveniently alter the Bible’s meaning for their sake. Below is the King James Bible version of the whole of the Ten Commandments. They are written in multiple verses, as you can see, as they are in the Bible, but some of the verses pertain to the same commandment. Some churches these days don’t believe in following the Old Testament and just sticking to the New Testament. Probably so they don’t have to follow the Ten Commandments… well, that’s a whole other topic. The Ten Commandments were written on stone by the finger of God. Stone or rock has a special significance in the Bible as in its forever.
Jesus is our Rock and came, partly to show us how to live by and follow the 10 Commandments, not to destroy them. He wants us to follow his example on how to live a Godly life. Would his Father be proud of him if he destroyed what his Father Created? “Fulfil” doesn’t mean to do away with, in fact Jesus added to the 10 Commandments by magnifying their meaning, plus he gave us additional Commandments to follow, which I’ll talk about later. The power that Jesus had on earth for healing, teaching, calming the seas and yes even raising the dead, were powers he was given by faith through fasting and prayer.
2 Samuel 22:1-2 1“And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:” 2“And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;”
Matthew 5:17-19 17“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19Whosoever 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.
So, when I say Jesus expounded the 10 Commandments, he magnified their meaning as in the case of, “Thou should not Kill”. He told us that if we were angry at someone without just cause, that we are in danger of the same judgement. (Matthew 5:21-26) Another commandment he brought in a clearer focus was, “Do not commit Adultery”. The act of committing adultery wasn’t the only way of committing the sin but looking at a woman with lust in your heart was the same as committing the sin. (Matthew 5:27-28)
The additional commandments Jesus talks about are swearing oaths to God contractually …this was done more often during olden days, but still can be done today. If done it’s not to be taken lightly or can the oath be broken. Another commandment Jesus wants us to follow is to not retaliate if someone were to strike us… to “offer the other cheek”. To not resist the evil done to us but to show it goodness. That if we are sued to give them more than they asked for, to Love both our neighbours and our enemies. That we need to strive to be Perfect as our Father is Perfect.
God laid out a perfect plan for us to follow, a simple plan with only a few rules, nothing like the laws we have to follow in the lands we live. He told us what he expected of us and what we would get in return. The Commandments show us that God is Love and their purpose is to guide us to be that same Love to our neighbours, and to all of mankind.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
31It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The 10 Commandments – King James Version
1And God spake all these words, saying,
2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4Thou 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:
5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13Thou shalt not kill.
14Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15Thou shalt not steal.
16Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.