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1)    The second commandment of God is:
     “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, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6.

     This second commandment revealed how the Lord God wanted to be worshiped, declaring that the people were not to make “any graven image, or likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”.  This was because the great living God had created all things and therefore was above all created things.  This meant that nothing which He had created could correctly represent all that He is.  To make an idol or image of something which He had created, and then believe that this represented or symbolized the Great I Am, would only work to lessen and limit God’s infinite majesty and greatness, and therefore mislead souls into error and falsehood regarding exactly who He really is.
     To make an image or idol “of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast...of any winged fowl...of any thing that creepeth on the ground...of any fish”, or even of “the sun, and the moon, and the stars” (Deuteronomy 4:16-19) would only work to take the eyes of the people off of their Creator Himself and focus them instead upon the creation itself.  This would make the great and mighty Lord God to appear no greater than the created thing which the idol or image depicted.

     God further declared that He did not want the people to “bow down thyself to them, nor serve” any idols already made.  Since a husband jealously refuses to allow the affections of his covenant bound wife to be shared with another man, so Michael stated that “I the Lord thy God am a jealous God” who also refuses to allow the worship and affections of His covenant bound wife or people to be shared with another god of the pagans.
     God did not forbid all images or statues or pictures from being made, but just those which were believed to be, or were worshiped as, a sacred representation of any god – including Himself.  God had not allowed the people to see His actual form, or any “manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you” (Deuteronomy 4:15), but to only see the fire that He was in and hidden by, as well as to hear His voice.  If the people had seen His actual form then they would eventually be led to “forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image” (Deuteronomy 4:23) of what they saw the Lord look like.

2)     God also declared that He was the One who either punishes the disobedient, or blesses the obedient.  Since God is the Creator and Author of all things, then He has the right and authority to either bless or punish all things.  But instead of being arbitrarily in giving good or bad rewards, God instead blesses or punishes according to the actions which people themselves choose to perform.

     To be completely unbiased and avoid the charge of being arbitrary, God gave His Divine Law as a standard by which all His people would be judged according to their works and actions.  But because God is the Creator of all mankind, then all peoples of the earth would be held to this same one standard of law.  This means that each person would really decide for themselves whether they would receive God’s blessings or His curses and ultimately either eternal death or eternal life, by how they chose to live their own life after knowing about God’s great standard of law, as well as His willingness to forgive and change all truly repentant sinners.
     “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

3)    The third commandment of God is:
     “Thou 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.” Exodus 20:7.

     This third commandment of this Divine Law revealed how God wanted His people to communicate to Him or about Him, declaring that the people were not to “take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain”, and any who did would not be held guiltless.  God’s followers were not to use His name in a light or frivolous manner in their communications, but when speaking to, or speaking or writing about God, they were to respect and honor His name.

     Since the mighty Lord God had never revealed His real name of Michael to any of His people at that time, but had instead always gave them a general name - like God, Lord, etc., then this commandment means something more than just not taking God’s literal name in vain.
     The Hebrew word for “name” used in this commandment is “shem”, and it translates and means “a mark or memorial of individuality, character” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #8034).  Thus the name God did not want His people to take in vain was not only His general or actual name, but it was His character – which was a mark or memorial of His individuality from all the other so-called gods.

     As this is true - that God’s name represents His character, then how could His people take His name in vain?  The Hebrew word for “take” in this commandment is “nacah” , and it translates and means “to lift, accept, advance, bear, carry, hold up, respect, wear” (Strong’s, word #5375).  And the Hebrew word for “vain” is “shav”, which translates and means “deceptive, false, lying” (Strong’s, word #7723).  This shows that instead of this third commandment only forbidding the irreverent usage of God’s literal or descriptive name, it more importantly forbids His people from being deceptive, or false, or lying about His character.

     So this third commandment forbade anyone from believing that they could live like pagans, while still claiming to be God’s followers.  It showed that profession alone, without corresponding works and actions, was absolutely worthless.  If the lives of God’s followers were not in harmony with God’s name or character, then they showed by their own lives that they were not followers of God at all, but were really deceivers and liars.
     “I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not....He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:37-45, 47.

4)    The fourth commandment of God is:
     “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But 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: For 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.” Exodus 20:8-11.

     This fourth commandment of this Divine Law revealed how God wanted His people to spend their time during each day of the week.  The Lord God Michael plainly told them that “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God”.  Michael also revealed that this Sabbath commandment was not something newly created just for the Israelites to keep, but had been first established at creation because “in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day”.
     The first six days of the week were nothing more than common work days to be spent in earning a living and doing anything and everything else the people wanted or needed to get done.  But the seventh day of the week was different: it was not a common day like all the rest.  The seventh day was set aside to be a day of rest and worship to God because “the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hollowed it” after all His labor of creation those first six days.  And just so that no one would forget this fact of truth, Michael began this fourth commandment of His covenant by plainly stating, and even warning: “Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy”!
      “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].” Isaiah 58:13-14.

5)    The Sabbath day of the Lord God Michael was a special day distinguishing His people from all pagan worshipers, and thus was actually a sign between God and His people.
     “Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you.” Exodus 31:13.

      “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I [am] the LORD that sanctify them....And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God.” Ezekiel 20:12, 20.

     The Sabbath day itself was a distinguishing sign or mark between God and His people, while Sunday was itself the day which was a distinguishing sign or mark between Lucifer and His pagan followers.  This meant that the day of worship indicated exactly which people were serving the Lord God and which were not, and the same holds true even today.