He who has an ear, let him hear, and may Yahuah bless the ears of those who read this post.
The “frivolous” commandments
Do not think it a small matter to disobey the King, despite how frivolous you perceive the commandments.
1 Kings Chapter 13 speaks of a prophet who spoke the Word accurately, and also did a sign and a wonder unto the king Jeroboam. Yah commanded him not to eat, drink, nor travel on the same route he went on the mission on.
And the man of God said unto the king, “If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.’”
1 Kings 13:8
He was then actively sought out by another prophet, who told him that God told him (the prophet from before) that he could eat. Does this make sense? A prophet that communicated with God directly, had to be told by another prophet, that he could eat? After he succumbs to this temptation, the prophet who lied to him says:
and he cried unto the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus saith the Lord: ‘Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,
22 but camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which the Lord said to thee, “Eat no bread, and drink no water,” thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulcher of thy fathers.’”
This prophet did not seek confirmation and did not fear to disobey Yah, all someone had to do to get him to disregard the Word of God to satisfy his hunger was “well, God told me something opposite to what you know he told you.” Where was the proof?! The prophet found him sitting under an oak tree, instead of continuing on his business. This also could have contributed to him sinning. And so said so done, a lion kills the prophet, and doesn’t even eat the carcass.
The “ridiculous” commandments
And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbor in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him. Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him. Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him so that in smiting he wounded him. 1 Kings 20:35-37
Sometimes the commandments of God appear ridiculous. He told a poorly armed nation of people to besiege a well-fortified city by marching around it and blowing a horn: an absurd war strategy. (See Joshua Chapter 6) However, their obedience to the command served them well- God flattened the walls and they stormed Jericho and defeated it. This is the modus-operandi for all of Yahuah’s seemingly crazy commandments.
Who could better to conclude than Yahshua the Messiah?
…. It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4