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The TWO Laws? (Book Excerpt)

Another popular misunderstanding among most Christians is that Moshe received The first edition of God’s Eternal & Forever Instructions = Torah.  Contrary to this understanding, Moses was NOT the first man to receive The Eternal ONES instructions for life.  Moses received a Reiteration of the Torah.  It was however the first time after Abrahim that we know of, in which The Eternal Creator gave it in such a way as to EMPLOY a specific large body of people to learn it, live it, and to teach it to All the nations, as it was actually and originally given.  This mandate to learn, live & teach it, was not in fact some creation of a chosen group of religious-lords to be held above all men, but a chosen group of teachers to work and be held accountable for a specific job; to mean, employment as His Priests to all of the pagan nations around them regionally, and later throughout the world.  Thus, through the seed of Abrahim, all nations would be blessed by The Eternal Creator to receive His instructions for LIFE.  Every school of thought outside of this understanding concerning WHAT the Torah=Instructions actually are, and WHY they were given, is bourn directly from our Hebrew disobedience to spread this light into the nations, and man’s own Egotistical Will to both distort, and ignore The Creator’s Eternal instructions by their continued ignorance and disobedience.
 
The Ritual Commands vs. the Ethical Law

Surprisingly enough out of the three major religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity; there are two majorly different renditions of The Commandments within the Torah, as well as others from earlier societies which mirror the Exodus Chapter 20 Ethical laws, as well as preceded them by centuries.  The 10 main topic heading laws of the Egyptian’s were based on a common sense view of right and wrong, following the codes based on the concept of Ma'at.  Ma'at represented truth, order, balance and justice in the universe.  If one studies these ancient Egyptian legal precepts, you will very quickly identify exactly where most of our Hebrew/Egyptian Israelites conjured up and codified their later chapter 20 Ethical laws from.  Then we can go back further and find the well-known code of King Hammurabbi.  The Code of King Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code dating to 1700 BC, known to be one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world.  It is also known to be the one that most all subsequent cultures pulled their laws from.  Exactly what were these Hammurabbi codes written and preserved on you ask?  Well of course {tables of stone}. This law code covered most of the conceivable subjects of society, and consisted of 282 known laws.  If you take all 282 laws of Hammurabi, add the Egyptian laws, add and modify them further; we see the possibility for the basis of the specific Levitical sacrificial and additional societal law codes of the later Pharisaic Israelites, or the 613 laws of the priests.  If you don’t think that the ancient Israelites took their queues directly from these pagan societies surrounding them, both past and within their present times; you’re just not paying attention.  The only laws or instructions I cannot specifically find within all these other pagan cultures laws codes are the instructions we find in the chapter 34 so called {Ritual instructions}, as they were originally given to Moshe and all of our patriarchs who preceded him.  They are not 10, but 7.
 
In our scriptures this one set of law code tends to go unnoticed.  The greater part of the Judaic based world religions only tend to identify with one code, the Exodus chapter 20 Ethical code.  The chapter 34 Ritual covenant has to my amazement been more of a stumbling block for most people, causing more confusion than anything else.  Although I tend to hate both of these monikers that scholars have labeled these codes with; i.e. The Ethical Code being the more familiar of the two, and the Ritual Code, which it’s name stigmas it as being mostly concerned with sacrifices and ceremonies, which is wholly untrue.
 
What does the Bible Actually Say?

There exists no clear story of Moses going up the mountain and being handed the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets.  The phrase 'Ten Commandments' appears just twice in the Bible and on neither occasion is it directly linked to the Chapter 20 Ethical Law/Commandments.  Following is a list of the relevant verses connected to the supposed Ten Commandments, in the order in which they appear:
 
1} Exodus 20; has God speaking the Ethical Law from Mount Sinai to the assembled Hebrews, but makes no mention of anything being written down or hewn in stone and does not refer to them as the Ten Commandments.

2} In Exodus 24, Moses writes laws in great length, but then God calls him up again to give more laws, but actually gives Moses several chapters of social codes, ritual and technical specifications for the Ark and the Tabernacle; both, as most people so amazingly miss, are chock full of strictly forbidden graven gold gilded and embroidered images!  Did we miss the point the very specific command here on graven images?  At the end of this scriptural carnival, God supplies stone tablets written with His finger of course!  Are we seeing Babylonian influence?  Then in Exodus 31; Moses descends, and supposedly sees the Hebrews worshipping a golden calf and smashes the tablets. Now I have to ask; if The Eternal One, or even His emissary, in fact handed you His Holiest of holy instructions; would you have smashed such a gift upon seeing the ridiculous actions of other corrupted post Egyptian people? Alternatively, might you scream out and force them all to SEE the truth which you obviously could not have produced by your own hand?

This story just screams of the overly dramatic theatrical pen of the Scribes!

3} In Exodus 34, God tells Moses to carve two tablets like the first ones, and that He will inscribe on them THE WORDS which were on tablets that YOU shattered!  Staying within the context of these verses, and the entire story, and by not spinning fairytales to our personal needs, we can plainly understand that the writer of these verses was trying to mate these {ORIGINAL} Torah Commands with their later installation of the chapter 20 Ethical laws.  The fabrications begin with Chapter 34 verse-1 being added.  Chapter 34 should correctly begin with verse 2 in any translation.  However, it is quite evident if we are to take 34:1 at face value for the moment, we see that God gives the Ritual Code and tells Moses to write them on two tables of stone - like the first ones.  Looking at this critically, first it says God is going to write them, at which point He must have changed His mind because the text changes later and states that Moses is to write them?  AND, on top of it all, the actual 7 Commands given in chapter 34 don’t mirror themselves with chapter 20! So much for, “Like the first ones.”
 
Fact is we know from historical knowledge concerning the original, or oldest source documents, that these - like the first ones – text lines were added much later by the Priestly source editors.  Also among the additions in chap 34 are verses 25 & 26 – verse 25 being completely redundant to verse 18, however of course they had to add verse 25 because it is their conspiring texts needed to complete their pagan blood rituals within the Passover sacrifice back in chapter 12.  Of course most of you reading this may not yet be aware of the very exacting instructions we received concerning the Memorial of the Passover, and further how we are to treat the feast of Unleavened Bread.  This Pesah – {Passover} understanding can be found in more detail via my teaching entitled –Debase & Defile Egyptian gods.
 
The bottom line is that the Passover Memorial was stated by The Eternal to be just that, a memorial.  It was never and will never be some sort of continual meat eating sacrificial presentation to the Eternal One.  And again, beside all that, the Passover is still not seen within the chapter 20 Ethical laws, which these chapter 34 instructions are supposed to be a reflection of.  Then verse 26 – again is redundant to verse 22 which is the 6th commanded instruction, and then of course can we ever forget that lone scribal edition we find hanging out there in sub-space at the end of verse 26 for no reason?  {“Do not cook a kid in its mother milk”}.  Again, for those of you unaware, this line of text is a direct reference to a long known Canaanite pagan sacrificial ritual to Molech, yet again proving that my ancestors where fully aware of the local pagan practices, quite comfortable with them, and not above instituting them, or defiling His High Holy Torah with them.  Do you truly believe this one text to be their sole attempt at making changes?  Of course verses 25 & 26, along with their additional hangers on have most likely been installed there in order to call them Commandment numbers 9 & 10.  AND!  Not to continually point out the obvious, but, if one truly understands how to identify and count His commanded instructions in the Hebrew, we clearly find at least 11 commands here within the modified Masoretic texts of Exodus chapter 34; and depending on your understanding, possibly 12, but by no means only 10.  And again, I have to point out that only two of these texts mirror the chapter 20 Laws or like the first ones!  So, just to quickly recap this all important issue: The Priestly and Scribal orders have salted at least the 5 books most people identify as the Torah/Pentateuch today, in order to inlay the appearance of a preexisting system of God given sacrificial worship for atonement, many other stories, names, and facts have also been changed in order to support this belief system on a secondary level.  What we see here between the two sets of laws is yet another tier of that systematic redaction, to tie the original and minimal Torah commands given to Moses and all the patriarchs before him, backwards to their later added entries of the chapter 20 Ethical laws.  To which we gained 10 times 100 laws as even Rabbi Yehshua put it, as documented with the Essene texts.  Luckily for us it doesn’t take much scrutiny even within the poor English translations to see that they couldn’t make it work without deleting all of chapter 34 completely, which astounds me to this day that they didn’t.  I guess we have to thank the Most High Eternal One for the creation of ALL things, even hubris!

4} In Deuteronomy 5, Moses is supposed to have given the chapter 20 Ethical Law to the Hebrews, saying God wrote it on two stone tablets -but does not mention the Ten Commandments by name.  At no time did God say He was giving Ten of anything.  We now know these verses to be added much later by Priestly sources. As was the entire scroll of Deuteronomy written and redacted many times beginning in the time and reign of King Josiah – (640 to 609BC). There is much scholarly proof available if one cares to spend the time, even amongst Jewish sages this book has been long unveiled as not being written by Moses, nor the book of Numbers for that matter.

5} In Deuteronomy 10, the story is repeated with slight variations.  Moses is again told to carve two new tablets 'like the first', which God will carve the same words on.  Evidently now we are to believe that God proceeds to do this.  This is referred to as the Ten Commandments, but it is not stated which Commandments are being referred to.  Have they confused you sufficiently yet?

Deut cont: The Ritual Instructions come midway through a section describing the giving of the Ten Commandments, and the text immediately after the Ritual Decalogue reads:  “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments”. (This phrase – The Ten Commandments was added much later by a priestly source.)

The phrase {Ten Commandments} is used only two times in the entire Tanak/O.T, and neither occasion is near the list of the known universally accepted Ten Commandments/chapter 20 Ethical Law.  That is because the phrase Ten Commands or actually in the Hebrew – The Ten Words, was added later after the Ten were fabricated, which The Eternal God did not give Adam, Abrahim or Moses 10 commanded instructions for life,  He gave 7.  The basis of which are found with Adam, then Noach, and all the patriarchs after Noach, and later reiterated to Moshe. The fact that we now find them located in Exodus chapter 34 means little because the Priestly Scribe Ezra initially set the original chronological order of the entire Torah during our Babylonian captivity.  Prior to Ezra, there was no single codex of the few source scrolls which existed at that time.
 
Thus, the natural reading on this is that the chapter 34 Ritual Instructions are the original Commandments, although with some confusion over what is carved in stone and by whom, or if at all.  However, as you are seeing here, the natural readings as they stand today can be misleading, because large portions of these scriptures between Exodus chapters 19 and 34 have been modified greatly, some being totally added, and others just reorganized into new sections of the overall scriptures by Ezra and later Masoretic Temple Redactors.  There are other interpretations that have been put forward with the aim of proving that the chapter 20 Ethical Laws are the real Ten Commandments; albeit they completely discard all previous Egyptian or Babylonian historical evidence of legal code plagiarism, context, logic, Hebraic customs, and in most cases, ignoring long known and verified editorial manipulations of the redactors.
 
Popular Views on the Ethical Law vs. the Ritual Law

If the Chapter-20 Ethical Law is truly the original Ten Commandments, wouldn’t it be necessary to show that the Ritual Law is in fact not?  The ways apologetic scholars try to do this are as follows.
 
One set? Two Sets? No sets of Tablets?

The text attempts to make it clear that there were in fact two sets of stone tablets. Moses breaks the supposed first set, and has to climb Mt. Sinai again for a replacement set, or was it Mt. Horeb, we have a major issue in geography as well that few people ever identify.  I have heard it posed that the Ritual and Ethical laws could be from the first and second sets of tablets.  However, this ridiculous idea won’t even get out of the gate because it has to be as absolute that BOTH sets or even any mention of ANY commands, would always have to match each other exactly, regardless when they were given!  And we know this is verifiably not the case.
 
The Number of Commandments

One argument in favor of the chapter 34 Ritual Law would be that the chapter 20 Ethical Law does not seem to consist of ten distinct Commandments depending upon who or how you break them up.  Scholars concede that there are at least four ways of breaking the text up into ten or more chunks, depending upon whether coveting this is the same as coveting that, whether I am the Eternal your God is a Commandment, portion thereof or preamble, and whether making idols constitutes worshipping other Gods.  However, this last point applies equally to the so named Ritual law, which could also be said to have Seven to Nine Commandments or possibly even 12 If we go strictly by the current manipulated texts.  If you remember I pointed this out earlier.
 
Scholars identify a Space or Break between the Ex-34 Ritual law and the Phrase {Ten Commandments}

Since many have come to know that this description The Ten Commandments was added at a much later date, which in my mind continues to incriminate them for seeding their agenda within the Torah.  However, this indeed proves further that the chapter 34 Ritual covenant commands are the original instructions, which also naturally appears to be described as such in the text.  If it could be shown or proven somehow that the phrase Ten Commandments is specifically not referring to the chapter 34 Ritual Commands, then this case would be closed.  However, we already know that this phrase is not directly or immediately attached or referring to either set, because as we know, it is a fraudulent entry by much later scribes.  So again, this single point of false scriptural entry cannot be used to either prove or disprove.  In my mind, we must continually remember their compulsion to institute false pagan customs, as well as add them to the original written Torah like they were God given commands. A blind man can identify the existence of pagan legal code plagiarism to be the likely case for the chapter 20 Ethical law.  Remember, they rejected God’s original Torah for their own ways.  Those ways they loved so much, were the Egyptian laws they already knew so well.  We see this in the light of the fact that the chapter 34 code in no way mirrors the pagan legal codes of Egypt or Hammurabi, however most of the chapter 20 laws do.
 
In the original Hebrew text, there is a subject break at the end of the chapter 34 Ritual law, just before Moses spends 40 days and 40 nights on the mountain, and crucially, before he is told to carve the Commandments himself.  Thus, a line of argument dating back at least as far as the 13th Century by Jewish scholar Nahmanides suggests that in the intervening period, God gave many other instructions to Moses, including the chapter 20 Ethical Law.  Good one aye?  I find most of these scholars to be at the very least a much needed comedic break.  The confusion over whether Moses or God carved the stone tablets has frequently been used to support this, although we know that the confusion we find in the text is directly related to all the scribal insertions, who were trying to make the previous ancient scribal cut & paste attempts appear smooth and sensible – hence they write into chapter 34, “Like the first ones”..LOL…seemingly attempting to connect chapter 34’s instructions as being the 2nd set and the same as the first set, which of course, as already depicted, is all fiction.  Only at one time, were one set of instructions ever given to Moshe.  Then we have the old idea from yet another Jewish scholar that God wrote the chapter 20 Ethical Law, but told Moses to write the chapter 34 Ritual Law himself, as if God’s flaming finger was out of fuel.  Of course any child can see that the two compilations of commands are different, however we can surely identify some mortal attempts at making both sections appear the same, or in these cases, at least close enough for plausible deniability!
 
Continuing on we see there are problems with this idea.  Firstly, the Biblical text makes no mention of what, if anything, God said to write other than the chapter 34 Ritual commands, so all else is based on fantasy and assumption.  The text does also seem to flow across the subject break.  The Ritual commands begin directly by telling Moses to carve this law in stone - Like the first ones.  The argument over who carved this fictitious second set of tablets is also problematic, as in chapter 34 it is depicted that both Moses and God are explicitly said to have done this. 
 
Nevertheless, we will always find some scholar who supports yet another fantasy in order to keep their pre-determined dogma intact.  A certain scholar, who I will leave unnamed, seriously suggested that Moses was instructed to write the Ritual Law on the back of the tablets containing the Ethical Law!  Oh - It just never ends!  God tells Moses, “I’m going to give you two versions of the same idea, you choose.”  Maybe God told Moses to write them on the bottom of his sandals to?
 
Out of the Fire commeth My words!

The fact remains, this title, the Ten Commandments which has always been associated with the chapter 20 laws, but not at all with the chapter 34 commands, should not have ever been applied or connected with either set.  We have now seen that nowhere in the original Hebrew Torah is the Ethical Law directly or immediately described as the Ten Commandments, or the Ten Words as Judaism states it.
 
As we also now know, the only other place that the phrase Ten Commandments is used is in Deuteronomy 10, said to have been given out of the middle of the fire. The only set of commandments given from a fire, as the claim goes, is the Ethical Law from Exodus 20.  This now links the phrase Ten Commandments with the chap-20 Ethical Law, but either way does not designate them as original.  The chap 34 commands show God, or more accurately the representative of God, in the form of a cloud, and therefore cannot be the chapter 20 Commandments, nor linked to it by text or context.  Ah, now we are getting somewhere!
 
Was it God? Or His Representative?

I am always totally set back when I hear how many people actually believe that anywhere in Exodus, or any scripture for that matter, we are actually seeing The Most High Eternal God Himself there among men face to face!  Not only does the Hebrew text NOT support this at any time, but more amazing, is how these same people, even so called learned scholars, will be so quick to recite other scriptures which clearly tell us how NO MAN has EVER existed in the presence of The Eternal God! - except for Adam,  Enoch, Noach, Abrahim, Sarah, Samuel, Gideon and Moses etc.!  So which is it?  Has NO man stood in the presence of God?  Or have many men?  Or maybe we can just ask an honest Eternal fearing Jew to tell us what the Hebrew says instead of believing all the fairytales derived from massively flawed translations.  Then we may learn that the word used when Moses is in the vicinity of that cloud, clearly states that Moses was in the presence of the Malakim=Angel of God, NOT God Himself!  Big difference!  The incorrect translations word it so that most of the time it appears that The Eternal One is speaking in the 3rd person, and pronouncing great accolades about Himself.  Of course we know this to be a sign of mental illness in humans.  LOL  That understood, how far can we now take any of these arguments about how God told Moses to write the commands, and or God wrote them Himself, since He wasn’t actually there.  Now, of course I am NOT saying that the Eternal’s Will wasn’t being followed through that Malakim, or that He was not present in some ethereal sense working through the conduit of that Malakim.  I am merely stating the fact that No Hebrew text or thinking up holds the idea that The Eternal was actually in any physical way present there with Moses or anyone else in scripture. Again, we cannot have it both ways, either we know through scripture that no one has or will stand in His presence, or everyone has.  Common sense would dictate that if He did all His own hands on training, then why create or deploy Malakim at all?  Of course some bright light might argue that He originally created the Malakim to worship Him directly and continually, so now we are adding clinical Narcissism to the list of heavenly mental issues?  Not saying that the Malakim do not worship Him, of course they do, however, based on the evidence, they were not originally created specifically and only for that reason.
 
Are we seriously to believe that an entity such as this creator, who can create complex matter and impossibly complex sentient beings, technology driven or not, is somehow affected by a trivial human emotion like loneliness?  In which He has to actually create almost paramecium level beings to accompany Him?  That and all ideas like it are 100% ego based thinking and human weakness, the exact same type and level of thought process that continues to allow man to ignore His instructions, and enforce their own.
 
Moving on to the topic of theatrics: The True Eternal One also does NOT work or employ heart stopping scare tactics upon His created ones in order to coerce us to learn or do His Will, i.e. explosive fire, darkened skies, earth shakings, lightning strikes, ear crushing trumpets or destructive winds etc.!  These are all Hollywood imageries embedded throughout the Bible by those same men’s imaginations who also embedded their own laws, ritual systems, and customs throughout the entire Tanak/O.T., as depicted in Exodus chapter 20 through 33.  The way we should know this to be an absolute truth is that for Him to do so would completely annul the entire Free Will system and concept.  Even on a human level, if someone with obvious absolute power over you uses that power to make you learn their ways and do them, would you consider this your personal Free Will choice? Re’tsonekah yee hee yay, ahsui bashamayim oovah aretz = Your Will be done in heaven and on earth.  So I ask, where do we see these tactics being used in His heaven? 
 
Moving on, if we are to just believe at face value that none of this text was manipulated, it is not quite so simple.  Exodus 19 specifically depicts the Malakim of God speaking to Moshe from a cloud, and as much as inquiring minds love to believe, there is no reference to the chapter 20 Ethical Law being given.  Moses then descends the mountain and God supposedly gives the Ethical law to the Hebrews as a whole, however, now in the form of loud thunderous smoking clouds of fire and deafening horns! all of these theatrics being the perfect environment for learning new and detailed information right?  But truthfully, the supposed giving of this law is completely assumed!  Then, by verse 10 we begin all the ritual cleansing hoopla, special boundaries given under penalty of death etc.  However, I tend to believe, that the original scene and later text ended by verse 9.  Another amazing anomaly in the chapter 20 Ethical Laws is the absence of the Passover Memorial Command!  NOT found anywhere within those chapter 20 Ethical commands, how is this even possible, but the Sabbath is?  It is very important to remember that both of these extremely important and commanded times were given to them prior to this Mt. Sinai story.  I mean, the strict instruction for the Passover memorial and seven days of unleavened bread commands clearly preceded the supposed theatrical Mt. Sinai experience right?  Did God forget these? I mean they were clearly important commanded convocations!
 
The obvious fact is, we DO see the Pesah – (Passover) memorial within the chap 34 commands, as well as the Sabbath, as well as the other two related holy feasts, as I already stated, both of these commands were taught to them prior to their arrival at Sinai, and even more importantly, they are derived through the oldest original Torah scrolls.  Further on we find scenes depicting God speaking in theatrical fire and thunders, and writing on tables of stone in his long speech from Exodus 24 to 31 so it would seem more natural for these to be the Exodus chapter-20 tablets being referred to right?  Yet Behold!  The laws, which were supposedly given there, mostly concern the Ark of the Covenant & Tabernacle, and clearly not any Ten Commandments at all.  In fact, references to 'clouds', 'smoke', 'fire', 'thunder' and 'lightning' seem to be used interchangeably throughout this section to describe the appearance of God throughout certain portions of the Exodus.  This raises more issues when trying to connect two verses simply by the use of one of these theatrical descriptions.  Moreover, let’s not even get into the fact of just how many times The Eternal God told many people throughout the Bible that we were supposed to just HEAR & LISTEN to HIS small voice!  Even in chapter 19 we see it:  {Exo 19:5 “And now if hearing, you will listen to My voice, and will keep My compact, you will become a special treasure to Me above all the nations, for all the earth is Mine”}.  So; again which is it, Scary theatrics or His Voice? Really, I am asking.
 
My View on the Two Law Codes

Each of the opinions above attempt to answer some textual issues within the Biblical texts, but none of them seem to utilize the many sources available in order to fully comprehend the true and entire picture of how the scriptures came to be compiled, much less the realities of how so many areas of the texts have been manipulated.  The blind faith paradigm of the masses also contributes widely to the overall issue as well, in that most people do not want to believe that the scriptures are not absolutely perfect in every conceivable way, and given directly out of the mouth of God Himself.  Of course, this is religious fantasy, which has long been disproven by both modern archaeologies, as well as oral and documented ancient Hebrew history within Judaism.  So much of this has been long known within the ranks of Judaism, but we also know that there has been a long culture within Orthodox Judaism to actively hide many important truths from as many gentiles as possible.  Of course, this culture of secrecy within our religion has been instituted from ancient times in order to keep a lock on the details in order to possess and control the on-going moniker of a special chosen people who is continually authoritative over the actual Hebrew text as given to us directly from God Himself.  Perpetuating the lie, that not one letter or vowel point has been changed or lost since we received what you now have.  Therefore, one side hides the truth, while the other side holds fast to their lie.  However, the biggest issue with all of the scholars who attempt to make sense of the scriptures as they are; is that they work on the basis of an assumed inerrant text, something that rabbinical Judaism has long known to be the opposite, but will not admit, and non-fundamentalist experts have long since abandoned.  Scholarly opinion on the Ritual chapter 34 commands largely disagrees with all the pro-Ethical Law theories given above.
 
It is generally accepted among historians, and now archeologists that most of the whole story of Moses and the Exodus journey, is historically inaccurate when viewed through the glass of the Texts we currently have – late Masoretic Texts, especially within the Exodus, wandering in the wilderness and invasion of Canaan all contradicted by modern archaeological findings in a very big way.  It is, therefore doubtful that any such commandment tablets ever actually existed which were not directly influenced by Babylonian culture.  We have to keep in mind that it was well-known and common day Babylonian practice – i.e. most all-Canaanite tribes – to carve their laws, which were given by their gods into tablets of stone.  Thus, the supposed Commandment tablets should not be elevated as a source of evidence for or against either set of laws, nor is it meaningful to ask which set of tablets or instructions was the real set received by Moses.  More than likely, this part of the story was yet another much later addition by those who identified with and admired the ways of the Babylonians.  Do not misunderstand!  I am in no way expressing or trying to prove that there were or are no TRUE Torah Commanded Instructions given by The Eternal One and received by man, Moses just being the last one.  There are! And Moses did receive instructions.  The issue as stated several times now has been men’s drive to make everything his own based on his own misguided experiences and geographic influences.
 
Nonetheless, further exploration is still warranted for those who become adversely affected by such possibilities. So, how do two vastly different lists of Commanded instructions appear within the same Scriptures?  Some scholars tend to think that the Ex-34 Commanded Instructions appear to be a shorter version of the immediately preceding section of the Book of Exodus, known as the Covenant Code.  These same scholars wrestle with whether the chapter 34 commands are a synopsis of that Code, or the Code is an expanded expression of the chapter 34 Instructions.  Which logically to me, sounds allot as if they are shadow boxing.  Yes, there seems to be little doubt the two are closely linked, but why bother twisting in the wind over that?  It is the chicken or the egg question, one does not negate the other.  The fact that the Ex-34 Instructions do not align themselves with any other nation’s laws, nor can we link them to pre-existing pagan law code plagiarism, among other things affords them the weight of truth.
 
Moreover, not to point out the obvious yet again but, they have been purposely hidden and completely ignored by almost everyone for close to 3500 yrs now!  I ask why would that be?  In my mind, as well as the opinions of most learned and honest scholars, the chapter 34 commands are in fact the original, minimal instructional Commands that Moshe received orally from the representative of God.  The chapter 20 laws being the imposter.
 
As many are already aware from my previous chapters depicting how our five book Torah, as well as all the other O.T writings came together, it is important to bare these facts in mind, as they are the backbone of understanding why we see so many seemingly contradictory statements and doubled stories with conflicting content.  Why we see three differing accounts of God giving Moses the replacement tablets, which of course never happened.  As you already read, most scholars, both Jew and gentile archeologists, linguists and historians agree, that the first five books of the Old Testament reached their current form in the years after the Chaldean or New Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem and the Exile of the Hebrews in Babylon.  However, Hebrew history teaches us that it was the priestly source of Ezra the scribe-priest who edited all the source texts together just prior to leaving Babylon at the behest of the King.  We also see in scriptures – Ezra and Nehemiah, focusing a scene of the people back in Jerusalem, during the first public hearing of the Torah in many years.  The people are seen outwardly expressing concerns at certain parts to which they said they never knew existed or heard before as being part of the original Commands.  One specifically speaks to the use of temporary shelters in conjunction with living outside within these temporary dwellings for the period of 7 days during the feast of Sukkot, which differs from our chapter 34 End of year in-gathering feast instructions. Therefore, as we search history, we find that this portion of the Sukkot feast was in fact an older Babylonian holiday practice in which the priests and scribes once again embraced and added to The Eternal’s original instructions.  Yet again, proof of their unyielding desire to assimilate other cultures on their will, and not His.

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