This is my book review of “Christ’s 40 Commandments”by Renee Valverde Wagenblatt; however, it is not really a book. It is a list of what the author has determined are commandments given to us by Jesus Christ from the Holy Bible.
This listing is useful in that it gives us the commandments of Jesus in a brief form, rather than sifting through the Bible. The author gives her reason for compiling the 40 commandments, because Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commands.” If you want to know what commandments Jesus told us to follow, then this listing does that for you.
Although the author listed all the commandments from the four Gospels, she states that all 40 commandments are in the book of Matthew. So if you want to read the commandments for yourself, you can just read the book of Matthew in the Bible.
The author does put these 40 commandments in several lists to make them easier to find by topic alphabetically, and lists each commandment with one of the Bible verses that gives the command, and lists each commandment with all of the Bible verses in the four Gospels that repeat the commandments. Of these, I found the “40 Commands with One Verse” the most helpful.
In addition, the author put in the appendix a listing of things that are blessed, and things that are woes. I found these interesting to read. For example, the author lists Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” And for woes, Matthew 18:7 is listed, “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble!…” Also, there is a list of the miracles of Jesus, which is also nice to have.
I do not think of Jesus giving us commandments. The Ten Commandments came from God to Moses. Maybe it would make more sense to call this a list of Christ’s 40 commands. In any case, I do not agree with her list entirely. Some of the commandments she lists, do not seem like commands to me. Some of them are more like truths that Jesus told us. For example, the author lists Matthew 10:32, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” To me this is a truth or a promise, but not a command that we need to do.
So the best I can say is that the author felt a need to know what commands Jesus gave us, since he says if we love him, to keep his commands. She did provide us with a list. There is no commentary or evaluation or interpretation. This is simply a list, actually several lists.
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