8404 commands, in OT

8404 commands, in OT

The OT sets out the commands of God to his people Israel, indicating both their extent and their importance.

The reason for God’s commands: the need to be holy

Lev 11:44-45 See also Lev 19:2; Lev 20:7-8,26; Lev 21:8

God’s commands to Israel

Dt 5:31-33 See also Ex 16:23-24; Ex 17:1; Ex 25:22; Ex 34:32; Nu 9:18-20; Dt 15:11 The Lord commands generosity and kindness to the poor; Dt 15:15; Dt 24:17-18,21-22; 2Ch 29:25-26; Ne 8:1; Ne 9:13-14

Demands made by God upon individuals

Ge 2:16-17 Adam; Ge 7:16 Noah; Ge 21:4 Abraham Aaron: Lev 6:9; Nu 33:38
Nu 24:13 Baalam Joshua: Dt 31:23; Jos 4:16-17
2Sa 5:25 King David; 1Ki 3:14 King Solomon; 1Ki 18:36 Elijah Jeremiah: Jer 1:7; Jer 26:2
Eze 37:9-10 Ezekiel

God’s commands to non-human agencies

The universe Ps 33:6-9; Ps 148:4-6

The living creation 2Ch 7:13; Job 39:27; Am 9:3; Jnh 2:10

The non-living creation Job 37:11-12; Ps 78:23-24; Isa 5:6; Jer 31:35

The angels Ps 91:11; Ps 103:20

The sword, symbolising the judgment of God Jer 47:6-7; Am 9:4

Commands of the leaders of God’s people

Dt 31:24-26 Moses; Jos 1:16-18 Joshua; 1Ki 18:40 Elijah; Ne 13:22 Nehemiah

Commands given by kings

Over Israel and Judah 1Ki 2:46; 1Ch 28:20-21; 2Ch 14:4

Over heathen nations Ge 12:20; Ex 1:22; Ezr 4:3; Est 1:12,15; Est 2:8; Est 3:2,13; Da 3:20-22; Da 5:29

Parental commands

Dt 32:44-46; Pr 3:1; Pr 6:20; Pr 7:1-2

The nature of God’s commands

Ps 19:7-10 See also 1Ch 16:15; Ps 119:86,96,151,172

God’s commands are to be loved

Ps 119:47-48 See also 1Ki 8:61; 1Ch 29:19; Job 23:12; Ps 112:1; Ps 119:16,35,127-128,131,143

God’s commands are to be obeyed

God commands obedience Ecc 12:13 See also Dt 4:2; Dt 26:16-18; Jos 22:5; Jer 7:22-23

Warnings against and examples of disobedience 2Ki 17:13-14 See also 1Sa 13:13-14; 1Ki 11:10-11; La 1:18; Da 9:4-6

The consequences of obedience Dt 6:1-3 See also Ge 26:4-5; Ex 15:26; Dt 4:1; Dt 8:1; 1Ki 11:38

The consequences of disobedience 1Sa 12:14-15 See also Dt 11:26-28; Dt 30:1-3; 1Ki 9:4-9; Ne 1:7-9; Jer 22:4-5

See also

1065God, holiness of
5375law
5377law, Ten Commandments
8453obedience
8718disobedience

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