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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Exodus 20:1-20 And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (1) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (2) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (3) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (4) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (5) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (6) Thou shalt not kill. (7) Thou shalt not commit adultery. (8) Thou shalt not steal. (9) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. Every Christian MUST know and relate to the Ten Commandments as it is the moral code which God Himself wrote down for us in stone. Because of the moral deterioration that we see in the world today, it
2 comes as no surprise that the nations are trying to push the Ten Commandments out of their schools and universities. In some parts of the world, it is even illegal to openly display the Ten Commandments! But whether the world like it or not, it is our responsibility as the body of Christ to continue to uphold the Ten Commandments as Jesus taught us. The Ten Commandments are unique in that it was the only part of Divine Revelation that was ever spoken by God in an audible voice, together with clouds and darkness, thunders and lightnings and the sound of a trumpet. The Ten Commandments were the only words ever written by the finger of God … upon tables of stone. Because God put such honor upon the Ten Commandments, we shall do well if we pay special attention to them. The first four commandments (Ex 20:3-11) consists of our duties to God-the other six (Ex 20:12-17) our duties to our fellow men. The Ten Commandments are perfectly summed up in the following words of the Lord Jesus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40) These two commandments goes together. One cannot be without the other. You cannot love the Lord your God with all of your heart, while hating your neighbour … who are made in the image of God. On the other hand, you cannot really love your neighbour as yourself without loving the Lord your God with all of your heart. The Old Testament can be divided in roughly two parts … the law and the prophets. From Genesis to Deuteronomy you will find the law and then from Joshua till Malachi, you will find the prophets. The Law can also be further divided into three parts … the ceremonial law (that includes all the ordinances related to sacrifices, cleansings, feasts, etc.), the judicial/civil law and the moral law (the Ten Commandments). At this point some might be asking the questions: “Why all this talk about the Ten Commandments and the Law? Aren’t we getting a bit legalistic here? Does not the New Testament clearly say that we are not under the Law, but under Grace? Would you bring us again under that heavy yoke of bondage which none has ever been able to bear? Has not the Law been done away with when Christ died on the Cross for us like Colossians 2:14 says?” Let’s answer these questions from Scripture. Let’s turn to Colossians 2 …
3 beginning at verse 13 … it reads: “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…” It is the Ceremonial Law with all it’s ordinances that has been done away with. We are no longer to keep any Jewish feasts. We are no longer to bring any sacrifices. We are not required to get circumsized. We are no longer to go through any kind of rituals. The Ceremonial Law has been taken away. NOT the MORAL LAW! Even under the New Testament we are still required to worship the Lord alone and to honor our parents. We are NOT free to kill or to commit adultery or to bear false witness! Christ Himself declared: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets : I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18). This verse in Matthew 5:17 is proof that the Moral Law is still in force today. Though Christ is said to have fulfilled the law for us, yet it is nowhere said in the Scriptures that he has so fulfilled these TEN LAWS, as to exempt us from the necessity and privilege of being no idolaters, swearers, Sabbathbreakers, disobedient and cruel children, murderers, adulterers, thieves, and corrupt witnesses. The Moral Law is still in force today. Question: “Why did God wrote the Ten Commandments on tables of stone?” Why didn’t God rather wrote the Ten Commandments on a piece of paper or in a book? Why on stone? Answer: “To show us that is of perpetual use throughout all generations.” We will do well therefore to give heed to what is written on stone. They who cast God’s law behind their backs, God will cast their prayers behind His back. Proverbs 28:9 declares: “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” As we would have God hear all our words when we pray, so we must hear all His words when He speaks. Some one may ask: “What man is there that can obey all of God’s commandments? Don’t we still sin daily in thought, word and deed? ” It is true that those who are not born again by the the grace of Christ can not keep these commandments like Paul says: … the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be (Romans 8:7) … but he who is truly converted to God, and has Christ dwelling in his heart by faith, can in the letter and in the spirit, do all these things, BECAUSE CHRIST STRENGTHENS him. His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness… (2 Pet 1:3) God already gave us all the means to keep His
And IF any man sin. Those of us who are born again. that we might be justified by faith. Whenever we preach the Gospel. then our preaching is like beating the air. Those who are truly children of God won’t want to sin against Him anyway. and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. if a man use it lawfully. word and deed.” (James 3:2) Where our obedience comes short. but will want to keep His commandments. He will always forgive those who come to Him. If any man offend not in word. He knows the intention of your heart to obey Him in ALL THINGS. we should make use of the Moral Law to show others their sins so that they might realize that they have a problem and that they can flee to Jesus Christ for deliverance. who have the Spirit of God dwelling in their hearts. Please note wat the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:1 “My little children. He can run to the Lord Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness for his sins. Knowing this. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ. the same is a perfect man. but for the lawless and disobedient. seeing our sins and filthiness. for murderers of fathers and . but of what use is the moral law to us?” The Ten Commandments is like a mirror to show us our sins. We don’t have to sin daily in thought. Likewise. He enables. that the law is not made for a righteous man.4 commandments. by keeping His commandments. If we don’t use the law in our preaching to show men their guilt and misery. we have an advocate with the Father. Where Christ commands. (1 John 5:3) To keep the commandments of God is not an impossible thing for those who love Him. and able also to bridle the whole body. He does not require of us the impossible. Some might be wondering: “This is all good and well. This is acceptable to Him. so that. Christians are NOT expected to sin anymore. for unholy and profane. we are not perfect yet. He will never drive them away. (Galatians 3:24). It is written: For this is the love of God. have no excuse to sin anymore. This is how you show your love to God. but if a Christian does sin…he does not need to despair. sinners will never go to the Great Physician unless they first realize that they have this problem of sin in their lives. True. God looks at the heart. He says “IF any man sins”. we may be forced to flee to Christ to save us from our sins and from future wrath. we have an advocate with the Father. The Bible says that “in many things we offend all.” (John 6:37). Jesus Christ the righteous”. Jesus said: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me. these things write I unto you. that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. for the ungodly and for sinners. He does NOT say “WHEN any man sin”. we look up to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy and pray for pardon through His blood. We know that the law is good. A person will never go to the doctor unless he is convinced that he has a problem. that ye sin not.
but by the law: for I had not known lust. (1 Timothy 1:8-10). Paul preached and said: “By Him (Jesus) all that believe are justified from all things. Christ is become of no effect unto you. whosoever of you are justified by the law. Do not commit adultery. When you look at a woman to lust after her. I have not committed adultery outwardly or inwardly”. you break this command in the spirit. You can ONLY be saved by believing in Jesus. ye are fallen from grace. except the law had said. in your heart! As the Apostle Paul said: For we know that the law is spiritual … (Romans 7:14) The Ten Commandments can be broken in the letter and ALSO in the spirit.” In this case. Take the seventh commandment as an example: Thou shalt not commit adultery. Now if thou commit no adultery. and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. I’m not that bad. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law. When preaching the law of God to people. said also. Do not kill. yet if thou kill. and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” (Acts 13:39). It is only by preaching the law that people will ever be convicted of their sins … for by the law is the knowledge of sin. I’ve never committed adultery. (Romans 7:7) To use the law in our preaching to sinners and to use the law in examining our own lives as a means of sanctification are ways to use the law lawfully. for menstealers. some might respond by saying: “Oh. (Romans 3:28). (Romans 3:20). but to use the law unlawfully is to try to be justified by it. I’ve never killed someone. (Galatians 5:4) You CANNOT earn your salvation by keeping the law. it is important to let that person know that even though you have not broken the law by any outward acts. Thou shalt not covet. (Matthew 5:28). For whoremongers. for manslayers. You only need to break one law to be a transgressor of the law … for he that said. thou art become a . for perjured persons. (Romans 3:20) Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. you break this command in the letter. Some might respond again by saying: “Oh. When you commit the physical act of adultery. even we have believed in Jesus Christ. So the Moral Law goes deeper than just the outward acts … it also judges the intents and thoughts of the heart. from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. for them that defile themselves with mankind. it is good to bring in the law to convict them of sin. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.5 murderers of mothers. (Galatians 2:16). When preaching to these types of people. you can still break the law by your thoughts. but by the faith of Jesus Christ. I had not known sin. You might say to such a person that you don’t need to break all ten laws to be a law-breaker. that we might be justified by the faith of Christ. I’ve never stolen. for liars.
Remember. (1 John 3:4). Jesus said to his disciples: If ye love me. It is written again: And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him. The son that loves his father will obey him. and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. and he in him… (1 John 3:24) If you wish to go to Heaven. even as I have kept my Father's commandments. “Blessed are they that do his commandments. That the love of God are conditional can be seen from the following two verses and it is interesting to note that it is based upon us keeping His commands! The two verses reads: He that hath my commandments. keep the commandments. we must keep His commandments.6 transgressor of the law. that they may have right to the tree of life . (John 14:15). this does NOT mean that one can go to Heaven just by keeping the Ten Commandments. We show Jesus our love by performing the work He commanded us to do. and will manifest myself to him. we receive of him. Just breaking one law is enough to make you a sinner. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. we can NOT be justified by the law … but no one went to Heaven without keeping the commandments! Now what does it mean to “keep” the law? To “keep” the moral commandments? You keep the Law of God if you obey them in spirit and in letter … without breaking any part of it. Now. he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father. ye shall abide in my love. I would like to share some Scriptures on why it is important for us to keep the Ten Commandments: Jesus told the young rich ruler: … If thou wilt enter into life. keep my commandments. the keeping of the commandments of God are not optional for you. but before we get into the Ten Commandments themselves. (1 John 3:22) If you want continual fellowship with the Lord Jesus. (Matthew 19:17). and may enter in through the gates into the city. and I will love him. and keepeth them. It is necessary for us to keep the Commandments of God if we want our prayers to be answered! Consider what the Apostle John wrote: And whatsoever we ask. All that I’ve said up until now serves somewhat as an introduction. you will have to keep the commandments of God. because we keep his commandments. and abide in his love.” (Revelation 22:14) . (John 15:10) If we want to stay in the favor of God. (James 2:11). (John 14:21) IF ye keep my commandments.
The Lord Jesus brought us out of the house of bondage by redeeming us from our sins by His most precious blood. We should stand up for Him and confess Him before others. out of Egypt. soul. So now. our devotion. our love. our everything! God should be everything to us. The best way to worship the Lord our God is simply to read His Word and pray to Him and putting into practise what we have been taught. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. We should serve no other but the Lord our God. which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt. then we are called idolaters. Let us go through each of the Ten Commandments one by one and let us examine ourselves as we go along so that we can see whether we live up to the standard whereby God will judge the world one day. out of the house of bondage and He . mind and strength. since He lives for ever to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). but God. we should not be judged (1 Corinthians 11:31). God desires obedience more than sacrifice… Take another look at verse 2. He is our reason for living! He is to be our fountain of happiness and joy and if we seek our happiness in anything else. Hereby we know that the Lord is OUR God and that we have an interest in Him. The LORD began the Ten Commandments by saying: “I am the LORD THY God”. The LORD our God is a God of DELIVERANCE! He is mighty and able to save! It is written elsewhere in the Scriptures that our LORD Jesus Christ is able to save those to the uttermost that come to God by Him. out of the house of bondage. our obedience. Can you see what I see? I am the LORD thy God. Praise the Lord for having the opportunity to deal with these things now. The Lord promised us that … if we would judge ourselves. let us begin with … THE FIRST COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:2-3) I am the LORD thy God. Jesus Christ is able to set you free from your addictions! Jesus Christ is able to set you free from your sins! Jesus Christ is able to deliver you from Hell! And more than that. The best proof of having an interest in God is when you stand up for His interest.7 It is clear from these few Scriptures that the keeping of the Commandments of God are of great importance to us. our service. We owe Him our life. We should fear Him and be full of awe of His majesty and have a supreme reverence for His authority and a desire for His glory. the Israelites. We should earnestly seek after Him and rejoice in Him and have a holy zeal for Him and His cause. He should be ALL to us. out of the house of bondage. which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt. He not only created us … but also bought us by His blood! Therefore we are doubly His! He has all the right to own us and to rule over us. HE IS MOST WILLING TO DO SO! This is the God we serve! He took His people. We should love the Lord OUR God with all our heart.
good things. or friends. Those who are selfish and disobedient to God are also idolaters. Jesus Christ will NEVER push you away IF you would only come to Him. What are you living for? What is your god? To what is your life devoted to? I fear that there might be more idolaters among us than we are aware of. If you give anything that love and service which are due to the Lord alone. pleasure. he is an idolater for he refuse to give to God that which is due to Him. Atheists are guilty of breaking this commandment. then that thing is your “god” whether it be self. We must be careful not to take more delight in any other thing than in God . is to make it a god. There is no God. For men shall be lovers of their own selves … lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. fame. Now let’s continue with the rest of the first commandment… The first commandment forbids idolatry of all kinds. Sadly.8 can do that for you too! He can take you out of your bondage too! Hallelujah! If you are not saved at this moment … know this that it is NOT because of any unwillingness on God’s part … but because of your refusal to come to Jesus to be saved from sin. how many are guilty of this sin of idolatry? This is one of the signs of the times. The Lord Jesus should always be your First Love and have the supreme place of affection in your heart.” (2 Timothy 3:1-2.. Oh. is to make it a god. The Word of God has the following to say of atheists: “The fool hath said in his heart. If you love your pleasures more than you love God. We may take comfort in them. many put their trust in riches and make money their god! To love any thing more than God. gold. It is a foolish thing to trust in them. we make riches our god. whereby we know that we are living in the last days. It is a dangerous thing to take more . They live for themselves instead of living to God.” (Psalm 14:1) Those who follow or serve any other god than the God of the Bible are idolaters. Whether it be food. If you love ANYTHING more than God. Read it sometime. even lawful.4). He promised that in John 6:37. but we must not put our confidence in them. then that thing is your god. To trust in anything more than God. entertainment or even your job … NONE of that should be regarded higher than the Lord. If a person is willingly ignorant of God and His will. then you are an idolater. Remember. This commandment condemns all other religions in the world.. If we trust in our riches. The Bible says “that in the last days perilous times shall come.
and hate not his father. then you are guilty of the sin of idolatry … giving that love and devotion to something or someone else that is due to God alone. no. This is to make an idol of a child. The warnings of Scriptures are clear on this issue: “Be not deceived … no idolaters … shall inherit the kingdom of God. and delight more in them than in God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Let us be careful not to break this first one of the Ten Commandments. One writer put it this way: “They think of their children.” (1 John 5:21) THE SECOND COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:4-6) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. and mother. you should still love your parents. God will take away the jewel. (1 Corinthians 10:14) “Little children. but only put Jesus higher! Amen. yea. and brethren. no. and his own life also. Thus God is often provoked to take away our children. To set up an image to represent God. No. is insulting to Him. and children. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. If we love the jewel more than him that gave it. flee from idolatry. they grieve more for the loss of their first-born. … my dearly beloved. keep yourselves from idols. This verse is NOT saying that you should love them less … no. and to set it in God’s room. wife and children. Idolaters … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone … (Revelation 21:8) So. or that is in the earth beneath. this only means that your love to them should almost look like hate in comparison with your love to the Lord Jesus. Image-worship are forbidden in this commandment.9 delight in a creature than in the Creator. Jesus Christ should be your First Love … He should be your ALL … if He is not. visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. and wife. and keep my commandments. Amen. that our love may return to him again. or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them.” (Luke 14:26) Now this verse does NOT mean you should hate your parents and your wife and children like you would hate sin. than for the loss of their first love. and sisters.” Jesus said: “If any man come to me. How can the infinite God be respresented by that which is finite? How can the living God be represented by that which is without life? How can the Maker of all . nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God. or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above. he cannot be my disciple.
All false religions fall under this category. or depended upon. Will-worship is self-imposed religion. The Roman Catholic Church justify their image-worship by omitting this second commandment from the Ten Commandments and by dividing the tenth commandment into two to keep up the number.” (2 Corinthians 5:15) Colossians 2:23 talks about “will-worship”: Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship. and rose again. who is blessed forever…” (Romans 1:25) Let us remember that Jesus “died for all. but unto him which died for them. People who are stuck in false religion has a certain image in their mind as to how God should be worshiped and approached. Many people are selfish and live only for themselves. feared. and humility. what about the image that you see every morning in the mirror? Many people in the West worship the image they saw in their mirrors each morning. that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves. Imageworship are highly disgusting to God and all those who take part in image-worship make themselves disgusting to God. Let me give an . and neglecting of the body. delighted in. but to make an image for the intent to worship it is definitely wrong. Whatever is loved.10 things be represented by a thing which is made? It is an insult to God to represent Him by a created thing. They worship that image and become slaves to that false religion. is as if a woman should say she keeps company with another man to put her in mind of her husband. Many who claim to be Christians fashion certain images in their mind and imagination about God that are not necessarily true. more than God. They that make images for worship “are like unto them. that we make a god of. This is a breach of this commandment … by witholding that delight and love from God which is due to Him alone. We sin against this commandment. so is every one that trusteth in them. we don’t worship images! The people of the East might still bow down to images. This corruption of the word of God by the Roman Catholic Church shows clearly that it is a false church! For Roman Catholics to say that they must make use of an image to put them in mind of God. not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh. The mere making of an image is not wrong. but we don’t!” Well. These are the people of whom it is written that they “… worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.” (Psalm 115:8) People in the West might say: “Oh well. when we give that glory to any creature which is due to God only.
In your day-to-day dealings with the world you will also frequently encounter someone who takes God’s Name in vain.’ Titus 1: 16. You might respond to such a person like follows: “Excuse me. They created their own image about God in their minds that is not true and accurate according to the Bible. Any reference that you make to Deity without the due respect and honor is to take the Name of God in vain. is there a revival going on here? I hear you’re talking about my Lord. Biblically. But a few years down the line. sir. God.11 example: There are people who believe that God is a loving God and therefore He will not punish them for their sins or throw anybody into hell. the Name of God can include any reference to Deity as Lord. and so on. I would like to get involved here. Let us not fall into this trap. Holy. There is a name for this … Hypocrisy! How many are guilty of this? Jesus Christ said: "Why call ye Me. On the TV and in the movies you will frequently hear God’s Name taken in vain by expressions like these: “Oh my God! Oh. The Third commandment forbids any profane and idle utterance of the name of God. but in works they deny him. and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). Lord. THE THIRD COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:7) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. but stop taking Jesus Christ. but let us read our Bibles so that we can have the right picture of Who God really is. for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. For example when people marry. but dishonor Him by their lives (Matthew 15:8-9). they promise and vow to God that they will be faithful to each other until “death do us part”. They worship that image and will protest and criticise anyone who mentions anything about Hell or Judgment Day or about the Holiness and Justice of God. May it NOT be said of us that ‘They profess that they know God. All-mighty and any of His characteristics or attributes. Muslims get very upset when someone speaks bad about their prophet and shall we Christians sit silently with our mouths shut when someone uses Jesus Christ’s Name as a swear-word?!?!?! God forbid! Even so-called Christians takes God’s Name in vain when they honor Him with their mouths.” Or you might say something like: “Please take Saddam Hussein’s name in vain or Hitler’s name in vain. Jesus Christ! Or Holy this and holy that!”. Lord. This is one example of where God’s Name is taken in vain. Jesus. my Lord’s Name in vain!” We need to speak up for our Lord in situations like these. some divorce and break their . Christ. Many people take God’s Name in vain by covenant-breaking and promise-breaking.
Biblically. stealing. the Sabbath was from Friday-evening at sunset until Saturday-evening at sunset. they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Jesus said “That every idle word that men shall speak. May we always remember this! THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:8-11) Remember the sabbath day. thou. but our hearts should be in them. you can do away with all. then the rest of the Ten Commandments does also not apply to us. For some reason. and hallowed it. nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth. lie and so on … then we are also supposed to keep the Sabbath. to keep it holy. Others say again that the Sabbath moved from Saturday to Sunday. Oh my God” without any due consideration and reverance and Godly fear. nor thy daughter. lying and so on.12 covenant. Some reason that the Sabbath has been done away with and that we are no longer supposed to keep the Sabbath. nor thy cattle. Some quote Luke 16:16 to prove that the Sabbath does not apply to us anymore. steal. we must be slow to speak (Eccl 5:2) and realize with Whom we have to do. This is to take God’s Name in vain! This is a terrible sin! Romans 1:31-32 declares that covenant-breakers are worthy of death! Many people take God’s Name in vain by using His Name lightly and carelessly. Let’s have a look at ten of the most common objections against the Sabbath and see whether they are valid or not according to the Scriptures: 1. thy manservant. Then we are free to break the commandments by committing murder. and every man presseth into . Some object against the keeping of the Sabbath by saying that the Sabbath was only given to Israel and therefore does not apply to us Gentiles. adultery. We are actually mocking God by speaking to Him with our lips while our hearts are far from Him. Six days shalt thou labor. If you can do away with one of the Ten Commandments. nor thy maidservant. nor thy son. and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. Jesus said in that verse that “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached. If this is so. and all that in them is. When we pray. and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day. Our private devotions should not be formal and mechanical. Christians these days have a big problem with the Sabbath. This CANNOT BE! Since we as Gentiles are not supposed to kill. the sea. Let us beware of this sin. Many say in their prayers: “Oh God.” (Matthew 12:36).
That’s all. where prayer was wont to be made. and spake unto the women which resorted thither. Paul went to the synagogue every Sabbath to preach and to reason with the Jews and Greeks (Acts 13:14. One writer put it this way while commenting on Hebrews 4:9: “The truth is.” It seems as if the early Christians also had their prayer meetings on the Sabbath. 17:2). Some might respond by saying that nowhere in the New Testament is there a command to keep the Sabbath. . He would have done exactly this that He said He wouldn’t do! 2. therefore the moral obligation of the Sabbath must continue till time be swallowed up in eternity. but the thing signified by the Sabbath is that rest in glory which remains for the people of God.26). and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. but to fulfill. while the rest of the Ten Commandments are all repeated again in the New Testament. God made it clear: “the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God. Jesus said that He did not come to DESTROY the Law or the Prophets! If He took away the Ten Commandments. In other translations this word is translated as “Sabbath-rest” so that the text reads: “There remaineth therefore a sabbath rest for the people of God. The Roman Catholics will argue that the Sabbath was moved from Saturday to the Sunday and that all are supposed to keep the Sunday as their sabbath. the Sabbath is considered as a type: all types are of full force till the thing signified by them takes place. Hebrews 4:9 says that “there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. If God wanted us to keep Sunday. these verses does NOT say that they did not keep the Sabbath! It only says that the believers came together on that specific Sunday.13 it. and so on. the first day of the week. I want to answer with Matthew 5:17 where Jesus said: “Think not that I am come to DESTROY the law. 42-44. It is written in Acts 18:4 that “he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath.” 3.” So this is proof that the command to keep the Sabbath are repeated in the New Testament after all. by giving the Holy Spirit on this day (Acts 2:1-4).” Why are these Scriptures never mentioned? Only they can tell… 4. They try to prove that by arguing that the Lord sanctioned the Sunday by rising from the dead on that day (Mark 16:2). He would have said so. Luke wrote in Acts 16:13 that “on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side. However. Some argue that the believers fellowshipped on the first day of the week (that is Sunday) while referring to Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2. by appearing to the disciples on this day (John 20:19.” (Exodus 20:10). and we sat down.” To this. or the prophets: I am not come to destroy. However.” Note.” The word “rest” in this verse is the word “Sabbatismos” in the original Greek.
Hebrews 8:13 declares: “In that he saith. that His disciples “returned. steal and commit adultery as we wish! No.” The blindness of heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord. Some quote 2 Corinthians 3:13-14 to prove that the Ten Commandments and therefore also the Sabbath has been done away with. the darkened understanding. And God blessed the seventh day. when Moses is read. We don’t need to bring any sacrifices or to keep any feast days. Luke 4:31. Please note that this verse say that the old covenant is READY to vanish away. that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. 6:2. which put a veil over his face. which veil is done away in Christ. It was His custom all throughout His whole life (Luke 4:16). which is our Saturday. We read of that in Genesis 2:2-3: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made.” The following two verses (verse 15-16) will help us to understand this passage even better. will be taken away upon repentance so that they understand clearly the mystery of the Gospel. the veil shall be taken away. and rested the sabbath . The text read: “And not as Moses.14 It is NOT the first or the second or the third day. the veil is upon their heart. Additionally. Yes. Some object against keeping the Sabbath by quoting Scriptures like Romans 6:14. but the seventh day. 5. and prepared spices and ointments. we are not under the ceremonial law anymore. A new covenant. no. Galatians 3:24-25 and Hebrews 7:12 that we are not under law anymore but under grace. It is written that after Jesus Christ died on the cross and was buried. It has not vanished away YET! Although we are not to keep the ceremonial laws anymore. the moral law of God is still as binding as ever.” Some use this verse to prove that the Ten Commandments has been done away with. Even His disciples kept the Sabbath (Mark 16:1). It reads: “But even unto this day. he hath made the first old. the sabbath was given even BEFORE the Law. we must keep the Moral Law of God … not to be saved … but out of obedience to Him … and this Moral Law includes the Sabbath. and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. It is clear from reading Scriptures like Mark 1:21. We don’t have to be circumsized. 6. These verses does not say that the Sabbath has been abolished. But we still have to keep God’s Moral Law! Just because we are not under law anymore does not mean we can kill.” 7. 6:6 and 13:10 that Jesus Christ kept the Sabbath. and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
not doing thine own ways. hath he quickened together with him. he made a show of them openly. It does not refer to the weekly Sabbath. nor finding thine own pleasure. Jesus Christ left us an example that we should follow His steps. which was contrary to us. then why would God deprive us from the delight of keeping a Sabbath? Why would God deprive us from a day of rest wherein we can delight in our God? No. or in drink. we should too. but the body is of Christ. in this passage the word “Sabbath days” are in the plural. nor ever shall be. and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us.” (Luke 23:56). The Sabbath is not a bondage. For then shall be great tribulation. or in respect of a holy day. or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come. Jesus said: “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. the disciples have always kept the Sabbath and continued to do so even after Christ’s death. Furthermore.15 day according to the commandment. having forgiven you all trespasses. nailing it to his cross. If the disciples kept the Sabbath. neither on the sabbath day. from doing thy pleasure on my holy day. However. no. triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:13-17 is often used by people who object against Sabbathkeeping. it is written in Isaiah 58:13-14 “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath. honorable.” Notice with me in verse 13 that the Sabbath is supposed to be a day to be delighted in. If Colossians 2 means that God took the Sabbath away. at what point of time did the disciples ceased to kept the Sabbath? This cannot be answered since according to what I have read in the Scriptures. the Great Tribulation. even AFTER Christ’s death (Luk 23:56). and shalt honor him. God would not do such a thing. and took it out of the way. 8.” Some people like to quote this passage to prove that the sabbath has been taken away and nailed to the cross and that therefore we no longer have to observe the Sabbath. no. or of the new moon. but a blessing to us! This is how it is supposed to be. Let no man therefore judge you in meat. We are supposed to be His followers and to follow His example (1 Pet 2:21). And having spoiled principalities and powers. the holy of the LORD. Let’s read the whole passage and see what it really says: “And you. that He expect the Sabbath to be kept until the end of time! .” This is proof. being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh. and call the sabbath a delight. such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time. There is still more proof in Matthew 24:20-21 that the sabbath is not taken away! In speaking on a FUTURE event. but to the ceremonial Sabbaths the Jews kept from time to time. Now if Jesus kept the Sabbath. from Jesus’ own mouth. and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. burial and resurrection. nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD.
Works of absolute necessity are the only exceptions (Matthew 12:11-12). So this verse cannot be used to object against Sabbath-keeping. and he that regardeth not the day.. regardeth it unto the Lord. This scripture is pointing to feast day sabbaths. the one He was raised on! I hope that by now. to witness to others. Seventh Day Adventists believe that the fourth commandment is the greatest of all the Ten Commandments. do not use this day to do your own stuff. In other words.” As in Colossians 2 …these days do not deal with THE Sabbath! That was always separate and central to the Hebrew mind. If you truly love your neighbour. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. you will keep the Ten Commandments. you will love your neighbour by not forcing him to work on that day. to pray.. 2 ceremonial feast sabbaths and 1 THE Sabbath. Use this day to the glory of God.. lying or murder. but there is a BIG difference between what the Bible says concerning the Sabbath and what they say about the Sabbath. . Remember. It reads: “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike.. Romans 14:5-6 is another favorite text of those who object against Sabbath-keeping. Some quote Romans 13:8-10 to prove that “love is the fulfilling of the law” and therefore we are not supposed to keep the Sabbath. This day should not be regarded as a day of “Thou shalt not’s”. the question remains: “What should we do on the Sabbath?” The Sabbath should be kept holy. to the Lord he doth not regard it.16 9. For example. stealing. God will have mercy and not sacrifice.. No work should be done on the Sabbath that could have been done on any other day. He that regardeth the day. Jesus said it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days. you will not do harm to your neighbour by committing adultery. You get the picture.. to fellowship with other saints. there were 3 sabbaths . Now that we know we should keep the Sabbath. Do not do any secular work on this day.. If it were so. on the week that Jesus died. It is a day wherein you should rejoice … a day which you can set aside to rest and to delight yourself in the Lord. Some people will mock you and call you a Seventh Day Adventist if they know that you keep the Sabbath. If you keep the Sabbath.. it would have been the first commandment and not the fourth! The Seventh Day Adventists err therefore in their teaching on the Sabbath. You will honor your parents. helping others and so on. to preach the Gospel. but allowing him a day off to rest and to rejoice and delight in his Maker. 10. Lastly. Use this day to read the Bible. all objections against keeping the Sabbath has been removed.
humble yourself therefore before God and repent. which is the first commandment with promise.32). maintaining them if they stand in need of support. do not what they forbid you. That it may be well with thee. that shall not be cut off. It is written of Him: “And he went down with them [His parents]. go where they send you. and was subject unto them” (Luke 2:51). then it will be abundantly made up to them in Heaven. may be sure it shall be well with them. blind or sick. obey your parents. do your uttermost to support them.” (Isaiah 56:4-5) THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:12) Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Proverbs 20:20). so far as the commands of parents agree with God’s commands. As far as you are able and your parents have need. his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. come when they call you. Jesus Christ set us a perfect example on how to honor your parents. Children. Try in every thing to be a comfort to your parents.17 “For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths. and they shall live as long on the earth as God sees good for them and if their life are cut short upon the earth. Many untimely deaths of young people can be traced back to their disobedience to this command as the Scripture says: “Whoso curseth his father or his mother. took great care for His mother. We can also conclude that it will not be well with those who are disobedient to this command. they did their uttermost to feed. you are supposed to provide for them when they are old (1 Timothy 5:8). and came to Nazareth. our Savior. obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. and take hold of my covenant. Remember. and choose the things that please me. Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name. support and defend you when you were young and should you not return the favor and do the same now that they are old? Jesus Christ. John 19:2627. Are you guilty of breaking this command? If so. It is written: Children. When on the cross. Are you subject to . Those who keep this and other of God's commandments. and thou mayest live long on the earth. do what they ask you to do. ‘Obey in the Lord’ that is. Honor thy father and mother. He charged His disciple John to take her home to him as his mother and see that she wanted nothing. and to make their old age easy to them. Those who are disobedient to their parents are worthy of death (Rom 1:30. (Ephesians 6:1-3). If your parents gets weak.
God is a God of order and not of chaos or confusion! You will . so it is pleasing to the Lord. Don’t be foolish. Therefore you need to submit to this authority that God appointed over you. Remember this. "Children obey your parents in all things. (Colossians 3:20). to help you to grow up into a man or woman of God. the ravens of the valley shall pick it out. (Proverbs 19:26) He that wasteth his father. is a son that causeth shame. And that you may see how well it pleases God. To honour your parents is well pleasing to the Lord.18 your parents? Do you abstain from whatever would grieve or offend your parents? In speaking to your parents. or speaking of them you must speak respectfully. the same is the companion of a destroyer. he bestows a reward upon it. and forsake not the law of thy mother.’ To obey your parents also means that you should be submitted to them. but be wise! Remember. keep thy father's commandment. and chaseth away his mother. As it is joyful to parents. for this is well pleasing unto the Lord". Children! Is it not your duty to please God? In honouring and obeying your parents. and bringeth reproach. (Proverbs 28:24) Whoso robbeth his father or his mother. This is a normal condition in the economy of God. (Proverbs 23:22) Hearken unto thy father that begot thee. just like you were to your parents. you please God as well as when you repent and believe. you will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7). if you live to have children of your own. and despiseth to obey his mother. (Proverbs 30:17) The eye that mocketh at his father. and despise not thy mother when she is old. Do not bring your parents’ grey hairs with sorrow to the grave by despising them or by neglecting them! It is written that “a foolish man despiseth his mother” (Prov 15:20) and that “a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. ‘That thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. God will make sure that they too will be thorns in your sides. God appointed them as an authority over you. It is no transgression. and saith. and the young eagles shall eat it.” (Prov 10:1). Listen to the following instructions from Scripture: (Proverbs 6:20) My son.
In other words. If you spare the rod. in order to provide for them (see 1 Timothy 5:8) you are under the compulsion to protect them to the uttermost. but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. To do this effectively one should from time to time use the rod. This commandment . If you truly love your child. Thou shalt beat him with the rod. If you don’t want your child to be foolish. Some may ask the question: “Why should we use the rod to discipline our children? Isn’t there other ways to discipline them?” We should use the rod to discipline our children because it is called the rod of CORRECTION in the Word of God. then you are actually raising him up for hell … which is the most un-loving thing that you can do to your child. Parents received the responsibility from God to bring up their children in the ways and fear of God. never forget Proverbs 29:15 . This is what this commandment is all about. then you will be quick to use the rod to instantly punish any disobedience or rebellion from your child. you actually hate your child in the eyes of God.” (Proverbs 13:24). do not provoke your children to wrath. lest they be discouraged.” (Ephesians 6:4) and again “Fathers.19 never be able to have authority later in your own life if you have never learned the lesson to submit to authority earlier in your life! A child who displeases his parents and who lives in rebellion toward them can never please God! Rebellion against parents is such a great sin that it carried the Death Penalty in the Old Testament! You can read about that in Deuteronomy 21:20-21. The rod is God’s appointed means to correct your child. For example. This commandment does not forbid our own necessary selfdefence. do not provoke your children. he shall not die. The Bible says that “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. visit him with the rod.The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame! THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:13) Thou shalt not kill. Wisdom says that “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him quickly.” (Proverbs 23:13-14). but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Now the parents has a responsibility too! It is written: “Fathers.” (Colossians 3:21). you shall not do any thing hurtful to the health. when your family are in serious life-threatening danger.” (Proverbs 22:15). and shalt deliver his soul from hell. visit him with the rod … if you want your child to be wise. Don’t be afraid that you might cause the child harm if you visit him with the rod … Wisdom says: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod. If you refuse to do so. don’t be surprised if your child grows up as a foolish person one day. You see. if you refuse to discipline your child with the rod. or life of your own body or that of another. as a parent. Parents.
… murders …” (Mark 7:21) 5. 4. proceed evil thoughts. and slew his brother.” (Revelation 21:8). and his brother's righteous. Any action or deed whereby you shorten your own life are also forbidden. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil. without a cause. (Matthew 5:21-22) If you are angry with your brother. It is written that “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. suicide is murder and we know that all murderers “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. It is said that he who neglects to save life is the SAME as he who takes it away.” (Galatians 5:21) 6. Hatred. inactivity and slothfulness. If you neglect to save the life of another when it is in your power to do so. Any action or deed whereby you shorten the lives of others are forbidden by this command. In the eyes of God. 2.” (1 John 3:12) 3. Let’s have a closer look at what does this commandment forbid: 1. Raca. Be not therefore like “Cain. slander and revenge are also forbidden by this command. you are guilty of MURDER! Jesus said! Rash anger are thus forbidden by this command. Romans 13:4 talks about this by saying that those who are in authority does not bear the sword in vain. Jesus said: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time. Only He has the right to give and to take life. Suicide is also forbidden by this commandment. Thou fool. Suicide is a sin for which there is no forgiveness. Jesus said: “For from within. Drunkenness and overeating. It is impossible to repent after you commit suicide. This sin is highly offensive to God. out of the heart of men. That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother. The sword is an instrument that inflicts death. and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you.” (1 John 3:15) . who was of that wicked one. Thou shalt not kill. without any good reason. shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say. obesity and unhealthy diets. you are a murderer in the sight of God.20 also does not forbid capital punishment or the death penalty for criminals. drugs and smoking are but a few things which shortens the life of a person. You are also transgressing this commandment by thinking or wishing evil against another. shall be in danger of hell fire. “They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
you will always help him. he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen. we MUST do something to stop this silent holocaust! 8. The Bible says: “If a man say. and abode not in the truth. ‘The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. Gen 18: 21. If you do not love your brother. that they may have right to the tree of life. ABORTION! Oh my! How much innocent blood are still flowing in the world today because of this wicked sin of abortion! Abortion is murder! No matter how you cut it! It is a transgression of the 6 th commandment of God! This is a sin that God cannot tolerate! It is the silent holocaust of our day! Brethren. then you do not love God as well. and seeth his brother have need. and the lusts of your father ye will do.’ Gen 4: 10. May the following Scripture serves as a warning to all murderers: “Blessed are they that do his commandments. and may enter in through the gates into the city. This cries so loud. He was a murderer from the beginning. When he speaketh a lie. [The voice of blood cries to Heaven]. Psa 12: 5. when he is in need.“But whoso hath this world's good.” Murder is a devilish sin. because there is no truth in him. then you cannot love GOD in Whose image the man was created! Someone once wrote that murder “is a crying sin. he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar. There is an even worse form of murder than the murder of innocent babies … and that is the murder of brethren! If you just act as if your brother don’t exist. I love God. It makes a man the devil’s first born. Bloodshed. how dwelleth the love of God in him?” Man is created in the IMAGE of God and if you can’t even love the man created in the image of God. Consider 1 John 3:17 . Oppression. For without are (the) murderers …” (Revelation 22:14-15) THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:14) Thou shalt not commit adultery. that it drowns all the other cries. you are committing the worst form of murder in the eyes of God. . Jesus said of the Jews who wanted to kill Him: “Ye are of your father the devil.” (John 8:44) Those who are guilty of breaking this commandment will not go into Heaven unless they repent of this sin. If you truly love your brother. and the father of it. and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him. There are three sins in Scripture which are said to cry. and hateth his brother. how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20). as you are able. Homosexuality.21 7.
and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. is forbidden by this commandment. Therefore. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. … shall inherit the kingdom of God. We are bought with a price and we are not our own. Whether committed by a single or a married person. "Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth. nor idolaters. knowing this.22 The act of adultery and every thought leading to the act. saith he. but does what in him lies to destroy the soul of another. Our Lord said that even he who looks on a woman to lust after her. What? know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? for two. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Remember. that shall he also reap. they will not escape the judgment of God for it is written: Marriage is honorable in all.” (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). nor adulterers. which ye have of God. and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body. This sin is highly offensive and provoking to God. He is worse . This only increases the sin. and in your spirit. shall be one flesh. to be guilty of fornication or adultery is inexcusable. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body. and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid.” It is also written: Be not deceived: neither fornicators. the torment an eternity. It is like a rich thief. This sin is not worth going to hell over. that steals when he has no need. but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. has already committed adultery with her in his heart .’ 1 Cor 7: 2. let every man have his own wife. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption" (Galatians 6:7-8). This sin is so offensive to God that He arranged it so that nature itself visits this sin upon the offenders with heavy penalties in their bodies and souls. Flee fornication. What makes this sin so much the more sinful is because it is so needless. (Matthew 5:28) Fornication and all kinds of unclean mental fantasies are also forbidden by this commandment. and I will be a swift witness … against the adulterers … saith the LORD of hosts. One writer put it this way in describing the exceedingly sinfulness of this sin: “The adulterer not only wrongs his own soul. the delight lasts a moment. Strictly speaking “adultery” is a crime that only a married person can commit and “fornication” is the name of it when done by a person that is single. God has provided a way to prevent it. ‘To avoid fornication. and so kills two at once. which are God's. (Hebrews 13:4) In Malachi 3:5 God said the following: “I will come near to you to judgment. It is written: “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ.
then you are also guilty of “spiritual adultery”. she be married to another man. for. It is interesting to note that idolatry and adultery are related to each other right throughout the whole Old Testament. It is written again: Ye adulterers and adulteresses. also wrote on this topic in Romans 7:2-3 and said the following: “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth. though she be married to another man. when Solomon was old. But he who commits adultery. if you commit adultery with women. while her husband liveth. whom they bore unto me. to devour them.” (Ezekiel 23:37) If you go after other gods.” (1 Kings 11:3-4).23 than the thief. (James 4:4). and deprives her of salvation so far as in him lies. that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God. what a fearful thing is it to be an instrument to draw another to hell!” People that divorce and remarry while their partner is still alive are also guilty of adultery. she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead. For example. Leave not your "first love" (Revelation 2:4). nor forsake Him to whom you are "espoused" (2 Corinthians 11:2). then you end up committing idolatry against God. but if the husband be dead. princesses. committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. to pass for them through the fire. Now. Solomon had a 1000 wives! You cannot have that many wives without being an adulterer! This caused him to forsake God in the end to go after other gods. Jesus said: “Whosoever putteth away his wife. so that she is no adulteress. he may go to heaven as well as if he had died in his bed. she is loosed from the law of her husband. under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. then you end up committing adultery against God.” If you love the world and the things thereof. This link between idolatry and adultery can be seen right thoughout the entire Old . the man’s soul may be happy. Consider King Solomon … it was written of him that “he had seven hundred wives. and have also caused their sons. and marrieth another. yea. suppose a thief robs a man. considering the following Scripture: “That they have committed adultery. she is free from that law. For it came to pass. So then if. endangers the soul of another. takes away his life. and blood is in their hands. then God regards you as having committed adultery against HIM! Also. and with their idols have they committed adultery.” (Luke 16:18) The Apostle Paul. as was the heart of David his father. If you commit idolatry. and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
This is tempting others to commit the sin of adultery and fornication. there the devil is. Do not let your thoughts dwell upon anything unclean. Idolatry. beholding the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3). Someone once said that “Where dancing is. (5) Do not dress in such a way that will promote lust in the hearts of others. The reason why persons seek after sinful pleasures is because they have no better.’ Proverbs 16: 6. Be not like the cursed children of which Peter talks about in 2 Peter 2:14 which “have eyes full of adultery. It was idleness that caused King David to commit adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-3). Someone might object to this by referring to Exodus 15:20 and saying that the people in the Bible danced. Some women dress themselves with so little clothes that it can scarcely be said of them that they have any clothes on. these dances are religious of nature and they were usually accompanied with singing praises to God. The Fear of God keeps one back from committing many sins. It is written: ‘By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. and that cannot cease from sin. Women especially are guilty in this area. By touching one another and by lustful looks. But he that delights himself in the Lord is so overwhelmed with love to his Lord that sinful pleasures will have no hold on him. (7) Beware of mixed-dancing . (2) Keep a watch over your thoughts (Proverbs 4:23). Realize that "The eyes of the Lord are in every place.” This saying is true. Those who indulge in overeating and overdrinking generally find it more difficult to resist fleshly lusts. When you are idle and have nothing to do.” Be not like them. (3) Be self-controled in your eating and drinking (1 Corinthians 9:27). Do not look at any picture or image that promotes lust. However. make a covenant with your eyes (Job 31:1).. Jesus said: “WOE unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come. where members of the opposite sex dance with each other.” (Romans 14:13) (6) Be careful about what you watch on the Television or the bigscreen.. Most movies do nothing more for a person than strengthening the grip of fleshly lusts upon people. adultery and fornication are the oldest sins in the book! The following are a few tips that will help you to avoid such sins: (1) Practise the presence of God. . Like Job. many fleshly lusts are springing up in the hearts. (4) Never be idle. you are tempting the devil to tempt you. They were not dances where males and females danced with one another! (8) Fear God.24 Testament. (9) Delight yourself in the Lord. but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!” (Matthew 18:7) Let “no man (or woman!) put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. This is wicked.
… nor thieves. In other words. ‘Without restitution. therefore have recovered from the snare. If you are conscious of anything that you have stolen from someone in the past.25 (10) Consider that the sin of adultery is a sin of which it is very difficult to escape. recover from the snare. for by it men obtain money for which they have done no honest work. From this command we can see that the concept of Communism is totally un-biblical.’ Prov 2: 19. ‘very few.’ “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators. Just to confess this sin to God is not enough! Restitution must be made.” (Proverbs 6:32) THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:15) Thou shalt not steal.” May the following Scripture serve as a warning to all: “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. that recover from it. withholding debts. … shall inherit the kingdom of God. You can only steal something that belongs to another.’ that is. Someone once said that “Few that are entangled in the sin of adultery. ‘None that go to her return. ‘None that go to her return again. nor idolaters. There is nothing wrong with owning something. All kinds of theft are forbidden by this commandment. rents. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) . no remission. then the Bible could not have said “Thou shalt not steal”. Gambling is also another form of theft. then you steal and are a thief in God’s eyes.’ it is rare to hear of any who are enchanted and bewitched with this sin of adultery. This command forbids us to rob ourselves of what we have by sinful spending and to rob others by taking things that are theirs and by not restoring what is borrowed or found. David repented. whether practised by individuals or by a country. but it is not so. Mary Magdalene was a weeping penitent… Some. This made some of the ancients conclude that adultery was an unpardonable sin. When you take something from another that does not belong to you. This command also establishes private ownership. If no one was allowed to own anything. Kidnapping and slavery are also forbidden by this commandment. nor adulterers. wages or tax. This command also forbid things like taking advantage of a seller's or buyer's ignorance. it is OK in the sight of God to possess or own things or property. you must repent by restoring the stolen goods to the person.
” (Colossians 3:9-10) All liars. For without are … whosoever [that] loveth and maketh a lie. that he may have to give to him that needeth. which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. And have put on the new man. (Ephesians 4:28) THE NINTH COMMANDMENT: (Exodus 20:16) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. because “that every idle word that men shall speak.” (John 8:44). (Revelation 21:8) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that … maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. working with his hands the thing which is good. seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Backbiting. carries the devil in his tongue. This commandment forbids all manner of lying or speaking falsely in order to deceive your neighbour. that they may have right to the tree of life. and the father of it.” We will do well to keep in mind the following instructions and warnings from Scripture: “Lie not one to another. The sin of slandering also makes a person like the devil as he is again called elsewhere “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10). (Revelation 22:14-15) THE TENTH COMMANDMENT: . shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.26 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor.” (Matthew 12:36) This sin of lying makes a person most like the devil as “he is a liar. (Revelation 21:27) Blessed are they that do his commandments. carries the devil in his ear. and he that receives it.” (Matthew 12:34). Let us put a watch before our mouths. slandering and gossipping and anything else that you might say whereby you hurt your neighbour’s reputation or character are also forbidden by this commandment. Like someone said: “He that raises a slander. All those who lie have the devil for their father. tale-bearing. and may enter in through the gates into the city. The tongue is the true index of the heart “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
and never ceases till he has got it. Are you a covetous man or woman? If so. nor his maidservant. They make you feel that you need those things that you really do not need! Another thing … un-authorized . of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much. the great day of judgment.” A man is given over to covetousness when he overloads himself so much with worldly business and worldly things so that he has no time left to spend with Christ or to serve Him. Time and again they try to make you feel that you cannot do without this or that product … they manipulate you so that you feel that you have to buy this or that. So a covetous man. if only I can have that man’s house! Oh. you need to repent and be content with what God has given you. but will take no pains for Christ or heaven.. but he neglects the things of eternity. having had a relish of the world. pursues after it. movies and so on. a covetous man is unfit to be a minister of Christ! (1 Timothy 3:3). If we are content with our own.” (Luke 12:48) God will ask you: “What good have you done with your possessions? What good have you done with all your money? Have you used it to promote My cause and My Gospel or have you spent it upon your own lusts?” These thoughts will help us to be content with what we have and to use our possessions wisely to the glory of God.27 (Exodus 20:17) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house. if only I can have that man’s wife!” This is the language of a covetous man. Does these things describe you? Remember. we should have had it. Just think of all the commercials. He can think of nothing else but about his job and his business and how to make more money. Every man or woman can be covetous … even the poor bum on the street can adopt a rich-mans spirit! Many people want something for nothing … they want things that are not theirs or that does not belong to them. when he takes more pains for getting earth than for getting heaven. The media does more than anything else to start the fire of covetousness in the heart of man. break his sleep. nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. Believe that condition to be best which God by His providence carved out to you. the less account we shall have to give at the last day .. magazines. “Oh. nor his donkey. Also. nor his ox. the internet. of him they will ask the more. Every person is a steward and must be accountable to God. take many a weary step for the world. He will turn every stone. bear in mind that the less we have. pictures. Covetousness is a condition of the heart. Someone once wrote that “A man may be said to be given to covetousness. we shall not covet that which is another’s. thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. Jesus said: “For unto whomsoever much is given. This commandments forbids all desires or longing after things that are other’s to gratify our own lusts. nor his manservant. if only I can have that man’s car! Oh. If He had seen fit for us to have more. Another sign that someone is covetous is when his thoughts are completely taken up with the world. the ads.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-10) But fornication. (Colossians 3:5) Godliness with contentment is great gain. nor forsake thee. uncleanness. and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. which is idolatry. nor covetous man. otherwise you become a slave of the world! Proverbs 22:7 says: “The rich ruleth over the poor. and the borrower is servant to the lender. please make sure you can pay it back. evil concupiscence [evil desire]. nor idolaters. many people! Debt is the fruit of covetousness! Many people buy things. For we brought nothing into this world. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. inordinate affection. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said. many. (Ephesians 5:5-6) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth. using their credit-cards. WHO IS AN IDOLATER. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after. knowing full well that they do not have the means to pay it back! When you do use your creditcard or take out a loan. but to take a loan that cannot be easily paid back … THAT IS WRONG! How many people are in debt today? Many. … Nor thieves. nor unclean person. and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. let it not be once named among you. that no whoremonger. hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:3) For this ye know. (Luke 12:15) Be not deceived: neither fornicators. or covetousness. I will never leave thee. (Hebrews 13:5) . nor covetous … shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Timothy 6:6-10) Let your conversation be without covetousness.28 loans! There is nothing wrong to take a loan. and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” “Owe no man anything but to love one another” someone said! (Romans 13:8) Take heed to the following exhortations from Scripture against covetousness: Take heed. and all uncleanness. and covetousness. they have erred from the faith. as becometh saints. fornication.
He that breaks the 2nd commandment by making an image of anything to worship it.17 as well as Deuteronomy 21:18-21) 6. It is said that “he who fears God will not sin. He that breaks the 5th commandment by DIS-honoring his parents by being rebellious or stubborn shall be stoned with stones and put to death. (Exodus 21:16). (Leviticus 24:17) 7. He that breaks the 4th commandment by working on the Sabbath shall be cut off from among his people. (Exodus 31:14) 5. These are the Ten Commandments. shall be put to death. This is the standard by which men will be judged on the Day of Judgment. (Leviticus 24:16) 4. The fear of God destroys the fear of man … The greater . We have seen that the Ten Commandments reaches not only the outward man but also the thoughts and intents of the heart.29 CONCLUSION It is interesting to note that each of these Ten Commandments had the Death Penalty as the consequence of breaking them.He that breaks the 10th commandment by coveting his neighbor’s goods usually ends up in the breaking of other commandments that carries the Death Penalty … for example a guy that covets his neighbor’s wife ends up committing adultery. Other forms of theft required a double restoration of goods. 2. (Exodus 22:4) 9. He that breaks the 8th commandment by kidnapping (which is a form of stealing) shall be put to death. Consider the following: 1. thereby enticing people to worship the image. (Deuteronomy 13:6-11) 3. that we sin not (Exodus 20:20). (Exodus 22:20). (Hebrew 4:12). He that breaks the 7 th commandment by committing adultery shall surely be put to death. May this Voice of Mount Sinai put the fear of God in our hearts. He that breaks the 1st commandment by sacrificing unto other gods shall be utterly destroyed. He that breaks the 9th commandment by bearing false witness against his neighbor be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10) 8. (Exodus 21:15. though it be ever so secret. He that breaks the 6th commandment by committing murder shall be put to death. The fear of God will make you forsake sins which can neither be heard nor seen by men. So from all this we can see that God’s views the breaking of His Commandments in a VERY SERIOUS light! The Moral Law represents the very Character of God Himself! The Moral Law is God’s unchanging Moral Standard. He that breaks the 3rd commandment by taking the Name of God in vain shall surely be put to death. (Deuteronomy 19:16-20) 10. thereby breaking the 7th commandment which has the Death Penalty connected with it.
and write all these thy laws in our hearts. and incline our hearts to keep these laws! Lord. when the fear of God is supreme in the soul. so. it drowns all other carnal fear. have mercy upon us. we beseech thee! Amen". .30 noise drowns the less.” "Lord. the noise of thunder drowns the noise of a river. have mercy upon us.
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