Have you ever stood with hands raised toward the sky and stretched and taken in a deep breath? As muscles loosen and the body is filled with fresh air, the body in its own way says thank you, I needed that. You are able to move and the mind clears up – you have just become refreshed.
I have been experiencing this very sensation but this time it is from the inside from my soul.
When I take time to sit and ponder the simple obedience of the 7 Noahide Laws and simple trust in my Creator my soul says thank you, I needed that.
The simple observance of the 7 Laws is like a morning stretch and simple trust is like taking a deep breath, bringing in fresh air – the soul is refreshed, it can move and think clearly.
Take some time to meditate on these few passages.
Ecclesiastes 7:29 “But, see this I find: God made man simple but they sought intrigues.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man the man who trust in God; God will be his refuge. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream.”
Psalm 23:2 “In lush meadows He lays me down, beside tranquil waters He leads me.”
When I ponder the 7 Laws and trusting in God – like a deep breath, my soul releases a voice that says, “I am free” – I am free from religion, I am free to be the best me I can be, I am free to walk unhindered with my Creator. I am free to walk with God and man the way I was created to.
The 7 laws are not chains, they are the protection of the Creator, our refuge.
“ beside tranquil waters He leads me.”
The 7 Noahide Laws and trust in God are tranquil waters.
Stretch, breath and be free.
Terry W. Hayes
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6 thoughts on “Stretch, Breath and Be Free”
Thank you Terry for sharing that insightful thought.
How about the other 3 commandments? Are they not beneficial to experiencing the sensation one gets from “stretch, breath and be free”? For me, keeping the Sabbath is as refreshing, up lifting, cleansing as any thing i do.
There are no other 3 commandment – 7+3= 10 – by adding to the 7 violates Chiddushei Dat, the creation of adding to the commandments and forming a new religion. By this one is not an observant Noahide.
Here is a quote from Lesson 15 of The Noahide Laws Study Edition by Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim
“A Noahide may drink from the same well as Judaism and share its core beliefs and values, yet he has an identity wholly separate and distinct from Judaism. Noahides have their own special mitzvos/commands and mission in the world, and Jews have theirs.”
Please study the subject of Chiddushei Dat – what I find many of times is Noahides are trying to force their will on God’s through their desire do more than what they are commanded – Jews are not even allowed to do this – just because a command is found in the Torah does not mean it is ours – Not every command given to Israel is for every Israelite. A Jew who is not a Cohen cannot just decide to do the laws pertaining to a Cohen because it might make them feel good. Not every Jew can put on the cloak of the High Priest – just like not every non-Jew can keep any part of Torah they want – yes there are certain permissions but it is only to be an occasional observance for reward only – there can be no spiritual reason to observe anything outside the 7 Noahide Laws – a permanent observance violates adding to the commandment and forming a new religion – which we are forbidden to do.
Ok. I’m not privy to these resources you mentioned. I will look them up. I understand that non-Jews are not to keep every law the Jews are commanded to keep, just as most Jews are not bound by those laws given to the Cohen. But to broadcast that the seven Noahide laws are the only ones we are required to keep, ignoring the rest leaves room for evil to creep in. For example, #9 of The Ten Commandments, ” Do not bear false witness”, aka, don’t lie. It’s not a commandment for us Noahides, guess we don’t need to abide by that one. It’s our choice to whether we follow that one or not? We are not commanded to “Make no Idols & worship them”. That one doesn’t play well with HaShem i would think, but it’s our prerogative I guess. I am not trying to be a thorn in any ones side here, nor discount the experts, especially not trying to start a new religion. I’m just trying to encourage everyone to try & be the best they can be in HaShem’s eyes. Go beyond just the 7 Noahide laws. Not just keep the 7, because there are so many blessings to encounter by observing many of the other laws HaShem cares about. Keeping the Sabbath holy to the best one can is one that comes to mind. As does, “don’t lie”. No way am i advocating keeping all 613, which isn’t even possible for the Jews. Thanks for listening,, Tar
Everything you mentioned is covered by the 7 Noahide Laws – the 7 are only categorical, there are many sub instructions under each one – like lying would come under theft and also my in some forms be found under murder. That is why the study of the 7 Laws and their details are important. The 10 was given to Israel as stated within them. We have to be careful because a Noahide can be liable of theft by taking on something given to Israel.
Understand that the 7 Noahide laws are very complex themselves. Every aspect of life is found within them. You will find that within the study of the 7 laws and their details there are commandments and obligations – like honoring parents – we are not commanded to but we have an obligation since they are the ones who gave us life, fed us and clothed us.
The Noahide Laws Study Edition has teachings on all these areas to help better understand the depth of each Law.
If you can I recommend listening to the video interviews Dan Barwell has with Rabbi Moshe Shulman on the Noahide Laws, he has several more to do in the series he has started.