This topic that needs addressed due to misconceptions that stem from thoughts of men rather than the actual truth on the matter.
Many talk about and repeat "the 10 commandments" often.
This is something that helps in misleading quite a few people, because to people who do not know the scriptures apart from influence and tradition, this leads them to think that there are only 10 commandments from Elohim, which is not true, and they may go through their lives thinking when the scriptures talk about Law and Commandments it is only talking about 10.
Though sadly, most of those who believe such a thing still fail to keep even just 10.
For example, I've seen so many people who honor the 10 commandments with their mouth yet are hostile towards the 4th commandment. Some act as if they don't even know it's on there, like it is invisible.
The misconception of thinking these are the only commandments can cause people to not search for the Law of YHWH, since they think they have the Law, and it also misleads them into thinking they may be doing good enough and decently well at obeying the Father, but in reality there are some more commandments that we need to keep and teach to our children.
Another false teaching and misconception that exists is the idea that non-Hebrews(gentiles) are only expected to keep "the 10 commandments", and any other commandments do not apply to them but just to Hebrews(Jews) only.
Modern Judaism(the Pharisees) is even known to perpetuate this non-Biblical nonsense and misguide gentiles into thinking only "the 10" applies to them.
This is in no way true, nothing like that is in the scriptures, these false teachings are merely traditions of ignorance and not the Truth. The Bible indicates fully that all commandments were meant for all people.
Remember, beware the leaven of the Pharisees!
Leviticus 18:26 "You shall keep my statutes and my laws, The native born Yisraelite and the foreigner living among you must not do any of these abominable things"
Now, if someone was to really keep the 10 commandments, they would be doing very well, since those are 10 major commands, though we can't ignore the rest of the Words of Elohim, and we can't say to the Father we're going to just pick and choose from what he told us, and then expect him to be satisfied with us.
There are multiple simple commandments, most of them are common sense.
The popular commandment count from men is 613 commands total, but their lists they have compiled are very distorted and even corrupt, and I do not recommend anyone reading these lists because they twist the actual Law of YHWH.
I personally have not added them up yet, but I can testify to you that they're simple and easy to recall.
Also not every commandment applies to every person, some only apply to men, women, children, priests, the high priest, kings, etc..
Some commandments only apply to certain times, some only apply under certain circumstances(judgments for particular situations), and also some only apply when the temple of YHWH is standing and functional, which there is currently no earthly temple.
Some commandments are repeated multiple times also, which may cause the lists to seem bigger than they really are.
Our English Bibles were translated from the Hebrew scriptures, and the scriptures in the original Hebrew never call the stone tablets that YHWH wrote on with his own finger and gave to Moses
"the 10 commandments", but instead it says "10 of the words".
Here is a screenshot from an interlinear Bible showing "10 of the words";
The Bible also never teaches us to think of these stone tablets like the world is leading us to think of them.
The modern world is leading people to believe that they're the entire divine Law, but in the scriptures, these stone tablets are a testimony of the covenant, and the covenant is that if we do all that YHWH commands us, then we will be his people, and he will be our Elohim.
When referring to the tablets of stone that Moses was given, the scriptures call them "the testimony", and this is what I myself call them, though I am forced to refer to them as "the 10 commandments" rather often so others know what I am talking about.
There is not a single spot in any scripture that says that we only follow these 10 commandments and can ignore all of the
other commandments, and like you can see above, that would be contradictory, they were a testimony of the covenant, and the very agreement of that covenant is that we would do ALL that he ever commands, not just those 10.
How does it make sense to anyone that our Father would waste his time giving multiple commandments, and saying we must not do any of those things, and even that we must not do any of those things or else we will perish, if you only had to keep those 10?
The scriptures teach us to obey everything.
They teach us that the man who does not obey the entire Law is cursed and will be lost in death.
It is only outside of the scriptures and in the writings, philosophies, and thoughts of men where we see the twisted teachings about
"10 commandments", and these teachings have become traditions in both modern Judaism and modern Christianity where people would rather change and contradict the scriptures than contradict and change their man made traditions and admit they're at fault.
The stone tablets were a testimony of when YHWH himself terrifyingly came down from the heavens in the sight of the entire nation of Yisrael and spoke with a voice where they could all hear him and he revealed his requirements to them and Moses.
These 10 commandments were the commandments that YHWH spoke himself, with his own voice, to all of the people.
These were the only ones given directly from him to his people by his voice, the rest were given through Moses, because the people became so terrified by the event, they actually wanted YHWH to just speak through Moses, and they said they would obey whatever he told them through Moses.
They could not handle the fear of what was taking place and thought they were going to die.
This event terrified them, and it verified Moses to them without a doubt and the people followed Moses.
The Testimony of stone with 10 of his commandments on it was to be placed inside the "Ark of the Covenant", which is also called by the name the "Ark of the Testimony".
Ark in this context means a chest or box.
It's important to know the meaning of testimony;
Testimony - Evidence in support of a fact or statement; Proof.
So now that I am sure everyone understands what testimony means, I will show you from the scriptures the testimony was just that, a testimony and evidence, and not the entirety of the Law of YHWH;
Exodus 25:16 "And you shall put into the ark, the testimony which I shall give you"
Exodus 25:21 "And you shall put the mercy seat above on the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you"
Exodus 31:18 "And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of Elohim"
Exodus 32:15 "And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tablets of the testimony were in his hand, the tablets were written on both their sides, on the one side and on the other were they written, and the tablets are the work of Elohim, and the writing is the writing of Elohim graven on the tablets"
Exodus 34:29 "When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with Elohim"
So from the above verses you can see that the tablets of stone written on them by the hand of YHWH himself are called a testimony.
In addition to the instances above of them being called a testimony, they're also indirectly called a testimony in scripture by calling the Ark that Moses was supposed to put them into "The Ark of the Testimony".
In our society The Ark of the Testimony is most well known by the name "The Ark of the Covenant", so many may not be aware of it's other name. Here are some examples of them being called a testimony indirectly;
Exodus 25:22 "And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to the children of Yisrael"
Exodus 26:33 "And you shall hang up the veil under the clasps, that you may bring in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony, and the veil shall divide to you between the holy place and the most holy"
Exodus 26:34 "And you shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the most holy place"
Exodus 30:6 "And you shall put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with you"
Exodus 30:26 "And you shall anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony"
Exodus 31:7 "The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle"
Exodus 39:35 "The ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat"
Exodus 40:3 "And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil"
Exodus 40:5 "And you shall set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle"
Exodus 40:21 "And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony as YHWH commanded Moses"
Numbers 4:5 "And when the camp sets forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering veil, and cover the ark of testimony with it"
Numbers 7:89 "And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking to him from off the mercy seat that was on the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubim, and he spoke to him"