Sunday 30 December 2012

Pillars of the Mosaic Covenant

Greetings and One love,

I just want to remind everyone that you have 3 more days to get anything I make on sale.

My princess also selabrated her 5th earthstrong today at home for sabbath, we had a quiet blessed day. I'm so proud to see how much she has grown and how beautiful and amazing she is! Motherhood truly is a blessed gift!

Continuing with the Mosaic Covenant and Isra'el, here's an overview and list of the Laws or Code of Conduct as detailed in the Penteteuch: 

The Pillars  of  the Mosaic  Covenant 

Overstanding  the “You Shall Not”  Principle

The following ensamples of the Law carry an overall theme of being told “no,” “don't,” “you shall not” and are therefore very restrictive or curbing of the carnal or egotistical appetite. Because of the authoritative “obey or die” attitude that comes with Law of any kind (like Hebrew, Caesarean Ethiopian or Egyptian), many of RasTafari shy away from acknowledging submission to a Law or Code of Conduct. Instead they may concentrate more on the physical manifestation of RasTafari like the pan-Afrikan socio-political, musical, aesthetic and humanitarian aspects of the Rastafari Identity. The concept of Livity somehow for many avoids a strict law – but in reality that couldn’t be farther from the truth as our Livity is our Law of Living Right.
            I and I must consider that if we turn to the spiritual side of our Faith, and ask ourselves why we call ourselves Rastafari, and why I and I Hail and Praise His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, we would find that the Law is the basic foundation of RasTafari Morality. Furthermore in any Scripture used considers deeply the Law and ethics: such as the 81- Book Ethiopian Bible, The Gospel of the Nazarenes, or the Books of Enoch, Jubilees and Jasher;[1] or the Kebra Nagast and Feta Nagast which detail Ethiopia's Israelite Covenant. These Ethiopian Hebrew texts all deal with the “you shall not” principles in defining the correct Way for Isra'el to live.
             The Hebrew laws for spiritual and social cleanliness are a compilation of denials, philosophical principles, and basic reprimands on inhumanity. In the context of the Hebrew clan, they highlight and rebuke common mistakes that the Israelites in exile and at home in the East made and were berated for directly.
            Though it may seem hard to imagine the Biblical time and era as compared to mainstream history knowledge, diligent study of every text of the Hebrew-Israelite and Gentile Chronicles reveals that both contain a pattern of emotional, cultural, carnal and social needs and follow basic patterns that are testaments of human nature.  Solomon often said that there was “nothing new under the sun,” but we are too vain and filled with self-righteousness to see our true lack of power when it comes to the Word of God and the creational laws the world was made by.
            In order to know what is Right and Godly, or to be a spiritually grounded, intelligent and mature, formed by the inspiration and loving kindness of the King of Kings of Ethiopia and His Blessed Wife; Rastafari must have an overall idea and feel of the atmosphere and the relationship that existed between the tribes and their Prophet, Priest and God-King which spoke on behalf of the Living God and dealt justice and goodness. We need to know what we shall not do.
            Our job is not to repeat the mistakes that men and women have been making for generations in being violent, hateful, fickle, self-involved, selfish, and perverse. Babylon is not just a concept or a country of old - it is an abominable, greedy Western mentality, one whose darkness is so powerful that it blocks out all the Light shining Truth, and Wisdom in the God-Self that rises in the East.  We are so ingrained in exile that few of us are able to know the wrong or care to avoid it.
       The Ten Tenets of Jahovah  given  by Moses

And JAH spoke all these Words saying:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself a carved image: any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
 Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.”
(Exodus 20:3-17).

 You Shall Not

            Some of the ancient laws Moses had to add to the Ten Commandments in order to give Isra’el a chance to right themselves; are listed here for reference and familiarity sake. You shall not:

1)      Make any graven image, worship or serve them
2)      Take the Name of JAH in vain
3)      Do any work during the Sabbath/ defile it (Exodus 31:14-15, 35:2)
4)      *Kill (or smite, Exodus 21:12, 15, Leviticus 24:17, 21)
5)      *Commit adultery
6)      *Steal
7)      Bear false witness against your neighbour's
8)      Covet your neighbour's wife or possessions - Exodus 20:4-17
9)      Vex or oppress a stranger (anyone)  - Exodus 22:21, 23:9
10)  Afflict any widow or fatherless child – Exodus 22:22
11)    Be a moneylender and charge interest to the poor you lend to – Exodus 22:25
12)   Revile the gods or curse the ruler of your people – Exodus 22:28, Acts 23:5
13)   Delay to offer first fruits, and first-born sons to JAH (Nazirite) – Exodus 22:29
14)   Raise a false report or be an unrighteous witness
15)   Follow a multitude to do evil
16)   Show partiality to a poor man in his dispute
17)  Take any bribe – Exodus 23:1-8
18)   Worship the enemy's gods or do after their works – Exodus 23:24
19)   Make any Covenant with the enemy or their gods – Exodus 23:32
20)   Kindle any fire in your house on the Sabbath – Exodus 35:3
21)   Eat any manner of fat – Leviticus 7:23
22)   Eat any manner of blood – Leviticus 7:26, 17:14, 19:26
23)    *Uncover the nakedness of your kin or lay with your kin (Leviticus 20:11-12)
24)   Uncover the nakedness of a woman's kin
25)  Uncover the nakedness of an unfree (menstruating) woman
26)   Lie carnally with your neighbour's wife
27)   *Commit human/child sacrifice to gods
28)   *Lie with mankind as with womankind
29)   *Lie with beasts or animals – Leviticus 18: 6-23
30)   Steal, deal falsely or lie to one another
31)   *Swear by JAH's name falsely or profane it
32)   Defraud or rob your neighbour
33)   Curse the deaf, but a stumbling block before the    blind
34)   Do any unrighteous judgement
35)   Be a talebearer or stand against the life of your neighbour
36)   Hate your brother in your heart
37)  Avenge or bear grudges against your fellow man
38)   Let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.
39)  Eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying.
40)  Round the corners of your heads, mark the corners of your beard.
41)  Many any cuttings in flesh or print marks in flesh in grieving or in memory of the dead
42)  Prostitute your daughter – Leviticus 19: 11-29
43)  Wear that pertaining to the opposite sex – Deuteronomy 22:5
44)  *Listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul – Deuteronomy 13:3
45)  Add or diminish words of the law in order to keep God's commandments – Deuteronomy 4:2.
46)  *Rebel against Commandments – Joshua 1:18
47)  *Plead for Baal – Judges 6:31
48)   *Fail to seek the Lord of Israel – 2 Chronicles 15:13
49)  *Curse your parents – Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, Matthew 16: 28, Mark 9:1
50) Spill your seed outside the womb - Genesis 38:9

            * Are acts said to be worthy of death. Because we all do some or many of these sins and behave unjustly towards one another, it should not be surprising that our world has a very high mortality rate. We cause one another to die, and we by our unclean, Anti-Christ hearts, kill ourselves. The need of the Law or some form or Code of Conduct to prevent our deaths and wickedness can therefore never be down-played or overlooked. Our honourable standing in the courts of Zion is an important and daily meditation every Rastafari soul must consider and embrace.

Ila Addis

[1] The internet can be used to find these texts.

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