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Yes and No

written by Asher Intrater
December 03, 2011

Nine of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5), are based on the word, “No.”

  1. no other gods
  2. no idols
  3. no use of God’s name in vain
  4. no work on seventh day
  5. no murder
  6. no adultery
  7. no stealing
  8. no lying
  9. no coveting

The only one based on a positive commandment is to honor one’s parents. That commandment includes a promise of a long and blessed life. “Honor your father and your mother” is the first commandment with a blessing: “so that your days would be long and it would be well with you upon the earth” – Ephesians 6:2-3.

Commandments, which are enforced by punishment, can correct behavior but cannot change character or identity. They have a purpose, but it is a limited one, and do not reach the final goal of a total heart change. After you “don’t” do what is forbidden, then what do you do?

The biblical mandate that we are made “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26), preceded the giving of the law. The root issue is not just what you do, but who you are. The positive heart change comes from a promise. The promise must be believed. The promises of God are delivered to us in the “good news” of Messiah Yeshua.

II Corinthians 1:19-20
Messiah Yeshua, the Son of God… is not “Yes and no” but “Yes.”
All the promises of God are “Yes” in Him.

The nature of law is no. The nature of promise is yes. We have to make sure our “yes” is yes, and our “no” is no (James/Jacob 5:12). The Law instructs us when to say “no.” The Gospel instructs us when to say “yes.” We say “no” to sin and Satan; we say “yes” to the promises of grace in Yeshua. 

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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