First Commandment
Fast regularly

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Jesus His Commandment

  • Fast regularly
  • Matthew 6:16-18 ¶ Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

    This Primary Bible reference is a unique Bible reference according to the words of Jesus, which best summarizes the commandment.

Commandment category: First Commandment

All Jesus His Commandments can be grouped into the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament (Exodus 20).

Direct Bible References

Extra direct Bible references which expands or explain the same commandment.

  • Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? (Author: 'Jesus')
  • Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. (Author: 'Jesus')
  • Luke 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. (Author: 'Jesus')
  • Acts 13:2-3 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. (Author: 'People from Antioch')

Indirect Bible References

Extra, more indirect Bible references, relating to the same commandment.

  • Mark 9:28-29 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. (Author: 'Jesus')

OT Law Bible References

Old Testament Law Bible references which will relate to OT Commandments (Jewish tradition teached that there are 613 commandments or mitzvot in the Torah).

  • Leviticus 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. (OT Law nr: '313', Rambam Title: 'To fast on Yom Kippur', Rambam Coding: 'CCA32' )

Example Bible References

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  • A related Bible reference to the commandment which is negative, something you should not do
  • A related Bible reference to the commandment which is both positive and negative
  • A related Bible reference to the commandment which is positive, something you should do or learn from
  • A related Bible reference to the commandment which is not yet determined positive or negative
  • Author: Indicates the known author from this Bible reference
  • OT Law nr: Jewish tradition teached that there are 613 commandments or mitzvot in the Torah. We list the Number, based on a chronological order (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numeri, Deuteronomium).
  • Rambam Title: This is the commandment, as an interpretation of Rambam (commonly known as Maimonides)
  • Rambam Coding: The coding refers to the commandments layout of Rambam. Rabbi Chafetz Chayim wrote a book with all the commandments which can still be observed today. The book is called 'The Concise Book of Mitzvoth'
    • CCA means a positive mitzwe (which can now also be carried out outside of Israel).
    • CCN is the negative mitzwe (which can now also be carried out outside of Israel).
    • CCI means that this mitzvah can only be performed in the State of Israel.

Who came up with this "613 Mitzvot"?

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, His full name was Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon. His name formed the acronym as "The Rambam" was born on the 14th of Nisan 4895 (30th March 1135) and he died on the 20th of Tevet of 4965 (Dec. 13 1204). The Rambam was one of the most saught after individuals of his time. Not only as a Halachic authority, but also within the secular world of kings and sultans, for his vast knowledge of secular medecines was outstanding. When writting the Mishna Torah, Ramban reviewed the Torah's Mitzvot, and he itemized them. He seperated the positive and negative mitzvot, listed them, all 613, and discussed them.

Questions

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  • Is there anything you don't understand within this commandment?
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  • How do you apply this commandment in your life or do you experience any boundaries?
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  • Do you apply regular fasting in your life?

Sermons

A & O Productions - This Happens in the Unseen World When We Fast and Pray

Books

John Piper - A Hunger for God


John Piper - A Hunger for God

There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: “This much, O God, I want you.” Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives — whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for the Christian, the hunger for anything besides God can be an arch-enemy. While our hunger for God — and him alone — is the only thing that will bring victory. Do you have that hunger for him? As John Piper puts it, “If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul's appetite for God. Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is this path of pleasant pain called fasting. It is the path John Piper invites you to travel in this book. For when God is the supreme hunger of your heart, he will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in him, he will be most glorified in you.

"Physical obedience brings spiritual release"

Quote by: A & O Productions