The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments were divided by the Lord Jesus into two sections, one

covering love to God and the other covering love to one's neighbor (Mat 22:3740). The Ten Commandments have an order of appearance that means something to a holy God, as in No other gods, no worshipping of graven images and not taking God‘s name in vain, as these sins are ranked 1, 2 and 3 of the Ten. Coveting from your neighbor is not number one, murdering another human is not number two and lying is not considered number three. These are still God‘s Commandments and should not be broken, but He does have an order of appearance, with reason. If you obey the first four Commandments which are designed for God Himself, you will love God with all you heart and if you obey the next six Commandments which are designed for mankind, you will love your neighbor. Thus, obeying those two commandments one can fulfill all 10. The Ten Commandments can clearly demonstrate the degrees of disobedience from the standpoint of God. The Ten Commandments can be found in both Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, so they must be very important if they are stated twice by God in His Holy Scriptures. Let‘s take a look at what those Ten Commandments are: I. 20:1-3 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. God has a double claim on them, His first is that He is their Creator; His second and the basis for these laws is that He has redeemed them. He is not giving them these laws when they are in Egypt, but He is also not giving them these laws when they are in the Promised Land either. Are you redeemed? Does God have a claim on you to obey His laws? We are redeemed, but that gives God even more of a claim on our conduct, than if He were simply our creator. The efforts that He has gone through to redeem you, are vastly more expensive for Him than to create you in the first place. You shall have no other gods before Me. This is a prohibition against the worship of many gods (polytheism) or against the worship of any other god except Yahweh. An absolute. No other authority to be regarded, He is the only appropriate object of worship. Man has always made false gods. An old adage says, ―God created man in His own image, and man has been returning the favor ever since.‖ Hindus have millions of gods. Sometimes gods are made of wood or stone; other times man makes up a god in his mind. Whatever the case, making a god to suit yourself is called ―idolatry,‖ and it is a transgression of both the First and Second Commandments. A father once purchased a TV for his kids to watch cartoons in the afternoon. When he arrived home that night, his kids didn‘t come to greet him; they were busy watching TV. His homecoming had become a nonevent. He walked over to the TV and turned it off, explaining to the children that he had purchased it for their pleasure, but if it came between him and their love for him, it was going. They were setting their affection on the gift, rather than on the giver. If we love anything more than God —our spouse, child, car, sport, or even our own life—we are setting our affection on the gift, rather than on the Giver. Placing anything above God is a transgression of the First of the Ten Commandments. God should be the focal point of your affections. Your relationship with Him should be the most important part of your life. We will all worship something. Whether we are atheists, agnostics, or believers in some religion, we are all worshipers. Where do you turn your mind and heart to gain meaning, fulfilment, control, protection, and significance in

To be an idolater. nor worshiped). so will your god. or that is in the earth beneath. one you feel comfortable with. He says ‗any. and lust to your heart‘s content. possessions. money. food. We don‘t have the power to make God what we want Him to be. Make sure he or she likes the things you like and hates the things you hate. jobs.. If you like lust. To change who God has revealed Himself to be is to create a god in their own image. feminists bristle at the Bible‘s statement that God made man in His image. . or whether they‘ve been presented to us by our culture. fanned by demonic influence. but God Almighty remains who He is. This doesn‘t mean that God is a man. TV. and a will. 20:4-6 You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above. what do you think about? Who or what is your God? Whatever we make the most of is our God. etc. etc. emotions. An idol doesn‘t have to be something tangible. When we say. anything that takes the place of God in our life serves as an idol. or her. and pretend they are God.your life? What has your affection? What do you meditate upon? When you lay your head on your pillow at night. sports. whether it be our job. Bridegroom. Possessions. but to sanction it. It gives sinners license not only to tolerate sin. Whether we made them up. Are we to make a graven image of Jesus? He doesn‘t say a carved image of some heathen idol. or that is in the water under the earth. Some like to make a god that believes in a woman‘s right to kill her children in the womb. Others prefer to create a god that rewards the killing of innocent people by granting immortality. steal. We can imagine doing it. ―My god doesn‘t get mad at lying. Humans are rational. a person. boyfriends. We can probably look at the posters on our walls to find out what we really worship. God describes Himself in the male gender using terms such as Father. The problem is that we cannot create our own god. He endowed them with a mind. then you can lie. Idolatry is perhaps the greatest of all sins because it opens the door to unrestrained evil. . Cultivate an understanding of . idols hold a certain power over us. . Is Jesus Christ in heaven above? Yes. righteousness. or that He looks like man (John 4:24). My god would never punish people by sending them to hell. in revealing Himself to mankind. If your god doesn‘t mind lying and stealing. However. movies. following sports teams. It means that when God made man and woman. We can only create or believe in idols. right up until Judgment Day. and judgment. Son. Your god will fill your heart with joy and your spirit with song . First commandment tells you what to worship. Those who consider God to be female and call Him ―Mother‖ are engaging in idolatry. . one devoid of reference to sin. So do yourself a big favor: destroy your idols. you make a god to suit yourself. moral beings with an inherent God-consciousness. you can then create your own moral standards to go along with him .‖ we are creating an idol in our own image. What do you worship in your life? Now ask yourself this question: Have I broken the second commandment by having idols in my life? Take the time to study 1 Corinthians 10:1–14 and see how idolatry leads to sexual sin. the second one tells you how. not just an image as the verse continues in verse 5 (an image is not to be bowed down to. etc.‘ This does not imply art or photography as the word ‗carved‘ denotes ‗graven‘. For example. drugs. can all become idols in our lives. If you make a god in your image. My god will let good people go to heaven. girlfriends. Now ask yourself this question: Have I broken the first of the Ten Commandments? II.

yet unregenerate man uses it to express revulsion. Godly Jews won‘t even speak God‘s name because it is so holy. We are. and not the guy in the street that is using His Name profanely. But God's mercy endures to thousands (of generations) of those who love Him and keep His commandments. One because the guy on the street is in such deeper trouble. He may have a tattoo of the devil on one arm and ―Mom‖ on the other. Even a foulmouthed. That will put the fear of God in you and cause you to keep your heart free from sin.‖ We need to be cautious. hardhearted biker has a soft spot for his mother. When you mention the Second Commandment. thus keeping the total at ten. Bear in mind. poverty. To do this shows Him that we have contempt for Him. we might say. tattooed. most effective way for man to show his contempt toward his Creator. cheapen it. The first petition of the Lord‘s Prayer is ―hallowed be Thy Name. How does He know that we love Him? By keeping His commandments. Perhaps without knowing it. for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Using God‘s name in profanity is perhaps the simplest.what God is like. when you speak with Roman Catholics. his reaction will often confirm the words of Scripture that he is taking God‘s name ―in vain. those who formulated the official Roman Catholic catechism took the liberty of deleting the Second of the Ten Commandments. and shortened lifespan. don‘t be surprised if they think it is ―You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. and we are probably guilty of not ―hallowing‖ His Name enough. because we‘re not really addressing Him. that this Commandment doesn‘t exist in their catechism. but we demonstrate our love for Him by keeping His commandments. III. What an interesting testimony of the enmity of the world and the hostility of Satan. by the way we use it. uselessly. 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. we are taking something weighty and powerful and trying to diminish it. It‘s just a word. through inherited weaknesses. God‘s name isn‘t anything special and isn‘t worthy of any . diseases. It is also interesting that no one profanes the name of ―Budda‖ or ―Nostradamus‖ or anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Unbelievably. What does ―in vain‖ mean? It means ―uselessly. as revealed in Scripture. To slur someone‘s name is to insult the very person. Worshiping images or paying divine honor to any created object (including people) is a violation of this Commandment.‖ I suspect that the real breaking of this commandment is by you and me. even though the Bible makes it clear that this is a great sin in God‘s eyes.‖ Taking the name of God in vain means to speak it irreverently. Are we saved by keeping His commandments? No. There is a tendency for you and I to try to deal with tangible things. and then splitting the Tenth into two. It is also interesting to note that when a blasphemer is questioned about why he would do such a thing. ―I wasn‘t really using God‘s name as a cuss word. God is a jealous God—that is.‖ For instance.‖ In essence.‖ It‘s therefore understandable why many sincere Roman Catholics bow down to statues.‖ or ―to no avail. ―My efforts to achieve the goal were in vain. If you want to get a free facial.‖ He will say. God is to be worshiped ―in spirit and in truth. and at the same time you will have strong motivation to do what He says regarding the Great Commission. jealous of the worship and love of His people. insult his mother. and two because he does not really realize what he is doing. He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations.

The physical necessities of man require a Sabbath of rest. he insists that the law is a complete unit. where Moses expounds upon WHY it came and to WHOM the Sabbath command was given. though glorious. It was all part of that old covenant which was done away in Christ. and other travel inconveniences quite removed from the real intent of the Sabbath observance. It was "nailed to the cross.‖ This could only mean the Ten Commandments. Nothing could be more decisive than this. and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed. but to reach him for Christ. don‘t tell the person it‘s offensive. Our objective isn‘t to reprove someone because he has offended us with blasphemy. the law is described as ―the ministry of death. to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is hard to understand how the world can hold the names of God and Jesus Christ in such disdain that they can be used to express disgust. Also consider the following: "Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath. Even today. IV. but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. when you ask if he has ever used God‘s name in vain. It was a picture of the rest which believers now enjoy in Christ and which a redeemed creation will enjoy in the Millennium. yet fail to keep it all. Nowhere in the NT are Christians commanded to keep the Sabbath.‖ It is therefore important that we don‘t alienate the person we are trying to reach with the gospel. and enjoined in connection with the gathering of manna (Ex. 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day.‖ it says to do so with ―all longsuffering [patience] and doctrine. It is wise to try to engage the person in a conversation about natural things with the objective of witnessing to him. therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. However. and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm. 5:15). for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth. Exodus 20:1-17 is repeated in Deut. in Israel's secular state. Because you know that he has openly transgressed the Third Commandment. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.‖ (Deut. you can gently remind him that you heard him do so. First mentioned in Gen 2:1-3." This is the central teaching of the New Testament. The Sabbath has no claim on the Christian. The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week. a visitor is confronted with Sabbath elevators (stopping at every floor during the Sabbath). we read that the ministry of death." (Exo 31:16-17). His attempt at justification merely adds to his sin. is done away. use it as an opening for the gospel. from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. the Sabbath was now formally given to the nation of Israel for strict observance. If you hear God‘s name taken in vain. He is so constituted that his bodily welfare needs at . Even though the Ten Commandments were written on stone we read in 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 that the Ten Commandments are definitely stated to be ―done away‖ for the believer in Christ. this command recognizes the basic need of man for a weekly day of rest. to keep it holy. written and engraved on stones. Only the Ten Commandments were engraved in stones by the finger of God (Exo 31:18). Hitler‘s name wasn‘t despised enough to be used as a cuss word. While the Bible instructs us to ―reprove and rebuke. In verse 7. Rather. 16). In verse 11. 5:6-21. ―Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever. Paul made no distinction between moral and ceremonial law.respect. and that a curse rests on those who seek to attain righteousness by it.

Read Romans 14:56. Sabbatarians are NOT doing this! (2) The Sabbath keepers were NOT allowed to light a fire on the Sabbath day: "You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day. there are those who make Sabbath-keeping a salvation issue. We have resolved to do whatever we do deliberately and together.least one day in seven for rest from ordinary labor. 21:8). (3) On "EVERY Sabbath" there is to be a burnt offering: Numbers 28:9-10. From Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. and as a departure from our normal routines. Saturday Sabbatarians claim to keep the Sabbath command as was given to Israel. 5:19-21. you are violating this command. the New Testament does state that idolaters. Bible-believing Christians would have gladly kept it. Gal. Finally. At one point. 35:3). will be excluded from the kingdom of God and thrown into the lake of burning sulfur (1 Cor. there are others.in an informal but deliberate way . ―Remember to keep the Sabbath holy. Rev. but in reality are only keeping a modified Sabbath regulation. However. unless they repent (1 Cor. Acts 15:5–11." We don't make it a "burden": we simply attempt to avail ourselves of His intended blessing. Furthermore. All He had to do to save millions from damnation was say. murderers. (Our schedule usually has us traveling or speaking on weekends. the covetous. Instead. 5:5-7. Godloving. there is no Scripture in the New Testament which states that Sabbath breakers will be thrown into the lake of fire. you have also violated this command given to Israel. Also. and from things strangled.10. thieves.10. who are not mentioned in the Ten Commandments.24–29 was God‘s opportunity to make His will clear to His children.‖ The Scriptures distinctly states that the Christian cannot be condemned for failing to keep it! See Col 2:16. etc. that will likewise experience the same eternal destiny. and from fornication. that is. and leave the weekend free for family time. If we were ever to organize our own local fellowship. surely God would have told us. etc. If your heat in the winter is automatic through your furnace. Chuck Missler wrote how that he and his wife “have resolved-in the absence of travel or other logistic or scheduling constraints-to "remember the Sabbath Day" by adopting the following procedure: 1. which is not keeping it at all! Below are three reasons why this is so: (1) In the OT. Gal. we "set aside" the time for study. We attempt . So the same ones (Israel) that kept the Sabbath put to death Sabbath violators. 2. like the drunkards. you start a fire that did not exist moments before. See Exodus 31:14-15. 15:32-36). if you start your car on the Sabbath. 1:8-9. the sexually immoral. For a Saturday Sabbatarian to say one MUST keep the Saturday Sabbath regulation for salvation is to place themselves under the anathema found in Gal. Eph. the only commands the apostles gave were to ―abstain from meats offered to idols. This OT command for Sabbath keepers is clearly forbidden under the New Covenant in light of the book of Hebrews. 6:9. The early Christians . we would prefer to meet Friday evenings. If have an automatic hot water heater you are violating this command. people were to be put to death for desecrating the Sabbath. 5:19-21). The failure to set aside the seventh day may account for the toll of stress in our modern society. Note: When you start your car. A man was put to death for violating this command (Num." (Ex.to study and reflect on His Word and find ways to praise Him. If you light your stove on the Sabbath you violate this command.)” Christians are permitted to make up their own minds about a Special Day. when this command was given to Israel and enforced. meditation. and from blood. the apostles gathered specifically to discuss the relationship of believers to the Law of Moses. 6:9. liars. 3.‖ and millions of Christ-centered. There are no other "rules. If a Christian‘s salvation depends upon his keeping a certain day. On the other hand.

promiscuity. Why would that be? Because witchcraft is turning to a source other than God to get results. This is the first commandment with a promise attached (Ephesians 6:1-2). 28:9-10). insures length of days. our families. or anything else. or if you think they are worthy. if you were an unobedient child. If we try to keep one part of the Law (even out of love for God). A life of disobedience and sin often leads to premature death. is very unlikely to submit to God‘s authority and obey God‘s Laws. And rebellion is refusing guidance and determining. We see tens of thousands of unjust killings during our lifetime portrayed on TV. Num. It has been left in the dark about the requirements of the Law and is suffering the consequences of its transgression. Parents must be obeyed just because they are parents. The verse teaches that a life of obedience to parents is the type of life which. The Hebrew words for ―kill‖ and ―murder‖ are different. Stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. the word used is ―murder. To honor our parents is to esteem them.didn't do this and. It doesn‘t mean to honor your parents only if they give you the curfew you want. submit to God either. This commandment has nothing to do with the worthiness of the parents. In this commandment. This is an unconditional statement. See 1 Samuel 15:23. God considers rebellion the same as witchcraft.‖ Why is that difference important? Because the Bible says we have the right to defend our lives. instead. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother. This is the reason all isn‘t well with this generation. In Israel. therefore. in movies. 20:8-11 cf. VI. and cannot. Why is this so important? Our attitude toward our parents will precondition our attitude toward the authority figures that we encounter in life. selfdefence or to manslaughter. This commandment refers specifically to murder and not to capital punishment. If those who insist on keeping the Sabbath were as zealous about the salvation of the lost as they are about other Christians keeping the Sabbath. 20:13 You shall not murder. who are God‘s agents to train and discipline him. we would see revival. and a massive suicide rate. show them respect. The command teaches respect for human life. You are actually preventing a murder by stopping the murderer. In essence. if children do not honor their parents. V. did not keep the Saturday Sabbath command like Israel (Ex. to impose your own will on a person or situation. It is not murder to kill someone who is trying to kill you. that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. It is amazing the murder that we see around us. It teaches respect for authority. this commandment promises that. and on video games. This is one of the commandments that has a specific blessing if you follow it. If we do not submit to our parents we do not. broken families. and our nations — even if we have to kill the people attacking us. and obey them. the punishment was death. in general. our homes. we are obligated to keep the whole Law (Galatians 3:10)—all 613 precepts. It is plagued with drug and alcohol addiction. One who will not submit to the authority of his parents. sexually transmitted diseases. but only with the obedience of the children. all will not go well with them and their days will not be long upon the earth. We see so many ―acted out‖ murders in the media that it doesn‘t seem to have .

that my mother might have been my grave. then surely by their presence we can assert that life has begun. ―Do not shed innocent blood‖ (Jeremiah 7:6). perversion. the greatest man born of women.‖ The gift of sex was given by God for procreation and pleasure. God instituted the death penalty for murder. In our day. It is the taking of innocent life.‖ making it acceptable to destroy. abortion is another common occurrence. See James 2:10. and God vowed to punish those who ―ripped open the women with child‖ (Amos 1:13).much effect on us. Its bedfellows are fornication. commanded us. Some states in America have laws that declare a bystander guilty for standing by and failing to prevent a crime. Lust separates you from God. The sanctity of life. But at 21 days gestation. VII. Their blood is on our hands (see Ezekiel 3:18). It burns in the heart of man. Despite claims to the contrary. If you are guilty of breaking one law. in his heart. adultery. he who does so destroys his own soul. Isa 14. by not giving them the words of life. If by our medical criteria a life is ended when there is no heartbeat or brain activity. Matthew 5:28 includes even the unfaithfulness of the heart. Where was the first sin committed? Satan. Many people try to convince themselves that the unborn child is nothing but a ―blob of tissue. In Gen 2:24. desiring the person‘s eternal death. Originally given to Noah. This prohibition teaches respect for marriage. the last thought in our minds will be sharing the gospel with them out of concern for their salvation.‖ but it is still murder. not just the act (1 John 3:15). capital punishment does deter crime. we too become a murderer. In Genesis 9:5. Proverbs 6:32 warns us. In the same way. and warns against exploiting another person's body. Mat 5:21-22 notes that this includes the anger to kill. Just because you did not follow through does not make you guiltless. it forces its way through his flesh in a great all-consuming wave with a mind of its own. and even murder. God. God makes it clear that the sanctity of the marriage goes beyond the father and the mother. includes your own life—suicide is not allowed. In that sense. and at 40 days brain waves can be measured. If we hate someone. The person executed will not do it again. It may cover all forms of unlawful sexual behavior. ―Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding. rape. it wants your head on a plate. It doesn‘t want a mere half of your kingdom.‖ (Jeremiah 20:17). God declares us guilty of murder if we stand by and do nothing to prevent someone‘s eternal death. God counts them guilty of murder. and like acid reflux. The fact that God instituted the death penalty in the beginning (Genesis 9:6) shows the value God places on human life. 20:14 You shall not commit adultery. Sin gets committed in the heart. Jesus instructs us in the 10 commandments in terms of the heart. and takes you places that you really do not want to go. then you are guilty of all. The Bible tells us that taking the life of the unborn is clearly murder: ―He did not kill me from the womb. that was never repealed. and sin when it‘s conceived brings forth death. Scripture says that the only time a husband and wife . 6. Lust is especially dangerous because it rarely lies alone. It brings forth sin. but refrain because of fear of punishment. the rest is follow through. We‘ve become desensitized to it all. Lust caused Herod to murder John the Baptist. the Creator of life. The seriousness of a crime is revealed in the punishment dealt to the criminal. We might refer to abortion as a ―choice. and not necessarily the actions. the child‘s heart is beating. There are many who would like to kill.

including music. the Law condemns all unlawful sex. If you are struggling. If you give yourself to it. He opened himself to many other sins. the devil will flee (James 4:7. not realizing that his father intended to give it to him as a gift in the morning. Don‘t be discouraged if you have a battle with lust. Would you ever take pornography to church and look at it during worship? You may as well. do fifty push-ups. and brought misery and shame to his family name. Examine yourself to ensure that Christ is living in you (2 Corinthians 13:5). One who commits fornication (from the Greek Porneia. Realize that when you give yourself to pornography. including murder. If you are still burning. Those who profess to be Christians yet drool over pornographic material evidently lack the fear of God (Proverbs 16:6). Many different types of media. As you submit to God. The only stipulation is that it is his wife he is to be enraptured with—not the woman down the street. Follow Jesus‘ example (Matthew 4:3–11) and quote the Word of God when you are tempted (see Ephesians 6:12–20). However. 1 Peter 2:11). and movies. Get rid of every access to pornographic material—the Internet. Grasp the serious nature of your sin. because God is just as present in your bedroom as He is in the church building. repeat the process (see 1 Corinthians 9:27). without fail. First Timothy 1:8–10 tells us that the Law was also made for fornicators. Fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9). Cultivate the fear of the Lord by reading Proverbs 2:1–5. Galatians 5:19 lists adultery and fornication at the top of the list of works of the flesh. videos. then at least you are fighting it. Think of where lust led King David. but he sins against his conscience. face the fact that you may not be saved.28). The next time temptation comes. Read the Bible daily. He is like a child who one night steals a crisp. It is interesting to note that a man and a woman can engage in sex ten thousand times within marriage and never even once risk contracting any sexually transmitted disease. And we can be so numbed and desensitized to evil thoughts that they can eventually lead to action. and his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18). TV. Read Psalm 51 and make it your own prayer. If you have no problem with it. ―illicit sexual intercourse‖) takes what could lawfully be his as a gift from God. Make no provision for your flesh (Romans 13:14. guard your heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). you are committing adultery (Matthew 5:27. Men will often deceive themselves by believing that the Ten Commandments condemn only adultery. Those who forsake marriage thinking that they can enjoy sex outside the bonds of the institution risk getting AIDS and numerous other sexually transmitted diseases—several of which are incurable. then you have given your heart to demons and they will drag you to hell. otherwise. they set themselves up for temptation (1 Corinthians 7:5). you will become its slave (Romans 6:16). leaving them free to have sex outside of marriage.should refrain from the joys of sex is when they are praying and fasting. Scripture warns us to ―abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul‖ (1 Peter 2:11). Jesus said that it would be better for you to be blind and go to heaven than for your eye to cause you to sin and end up in hell (Matthew 5:29).8). new twenty dollar bill from his father‘s wallet. Take confidence that even though sinners may shake off your words when you talk to them about lust. These are fearful words—but they are needed to awaken us to what is at stake. then fifty sit-ups. If you are given to pornography. Stop feeding the fire. they will find it more . Don‘t let the demonic realm have access to your thought-life. Memorize James 1:14-15 and 1 Corinthians 10:13. printed literature. The Bible also says that a man should be ravished (enraptured) always with her love (Proverbs 5:18–20). Instead. The fornicator not only sins against God and incurs the wrath of eternal justice. can cause you to lust. and corrupts it.

obesity. They will say. My wife was a good person. Whether it is something small or large that is stolen. Yet when he is found. was appreciative and tried to make me happy. If a man is hungry. A sinner will often admit to stealing but say that it . I began an affair with her best friend. nicotine addiction and its related diseases. If a man steals to save the life of his wife. What would be worth stealing for the loss of your soul? See Matthew 16:26. Is this morally incorrect? Is this a sin? The Bible says. you will likely find that neither he nor a loved one is in a life-or-death predicament. It is theft and the Bible says that he should make restitution for his crime. steals the medicine (and doesn‘t touch anything else). Most people don‘t think that God considers theft to be theft until the value of what is taken impresses Him. This refers to any act by which a person wrongfully deprives another person of his property. Obviously. I‘m a thief. expensive divorce. So much of the world‘s misery is self-inflicted: AIDS.” VIII. ―Are you telling me that if a man steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving children that God calls that theft?‖ The answer is yes. if you dig a little into the motive of the person who is asking whether breaking the law is ever justifiable. However. It was a disaster. God will do the same on Judgment Day with those who have found themselves in such a predicament. Tell them what Jesus said about this sin. and the Bible says that thieves will not enter the kingdom of God. and then pray that the Holy Spirit makes the word grow in their hearts. alcoholism. and the man doesn‘t have enough money to buy the medicine even if the store were open. ―People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. She needs medicine that is available at only one store. Plant the seed of truth in the soil of the heart. However. 4) a wife who made disparaging remarks about my family and ruined all my existing friendships. he should beg before he steals. Sinners will often dig deep into the realm of fantasy to try to justify theft. 3) the enjoyment of living as a family. any reasonable judge would take into account the motive for his transgression and be merciful. guilt. the best thing I got was a bitter.‖ (Proverbs 6:30-31). 20:15 You shall not steal. Theft is theft irrespective of value. It teaches respect for private property. Stealing an answer from someone else‘s test and stealing time from an employer are also theft. embezzlement. This is what I got: 1) two stepchildren who treated me like dirt..difficult to shake off the conviction of the Holy Spirit. 5) finally. I walked out on a twelveyear marriage. So he breaks in that night. he ―steals. Some may ask the question: ―Aren‘t there some circumstances when violating God‘s Law is justified?‖ A man‘s wife is dying. he may have to give up all the substance of his house. Look at the repercussions of adultery. 2) a wife who didn’t know how to make anything for dinner but reservations. Instead of helping her. but for a long time she was under a lot of stress. 4) a wife who was loyal. This is what I gave up: 1) seeing my daughter grow up. drug addiction. etc. They‘re too far from any hospital. he must restore sevenfold. This law encompasses all that would be regarded as stealing: robbery. defrauding. etc. if I open your wallet and take just one dollar. 3) a wife whose only interest in me was how much money she could get. he is merely creating imaginary scenarios to try to justify his love of sin. it is stealing in God‘s eyes. and saves his wife‘s life. and it‘s currently closed. revealed in this unsigned letter: “Eleven years ago. God will do what is right.. 2) the respect of many long-time friends. However.‖ He is therefore guilty of breaking both man‘s law and God‘s Law.

‖ But there is no difference between a white lie. that makes them a liar. Some may insist that they haven‘t lied — just stretched the truth a little. no matter what color or size. the issue depends on the conscience of each individual. or an exaggeration. However. 20:16 You shall not bear false witness. and that God still sees the sins of yesterday as if they were committed today. He must be told that time doesn‘t forgive sin. Have you ever passed on a story about someone without checking it out? Hearsay evidence? Gossip causes much pain and suffering. God is a God of truth and His Law demands absolute honesty from the heart. or tell the truth and be a party to murder. Or he will say that he has stolen once. Have him admit his transgression by name—that he is a thief. It teaches respect for a person's reputation.was just a bar of candy when he was young. or not telling the police in a persecuted country the names of other members of your underground church. and the Ninth Commandment makes it clear that bearing false witness against our neighbor is wrong. a half-truth. The path of lies is often the easy path. is never acceptable to a holy God who knows our motive. Yet the human heart is deceitful above all things. Should you tell him there are two under your bed? To do so would result in their sure death. Perhaps the answer is that it is the motive that matters. Another example is putting ―tourist‖ rather than ―Bible smuggler‖ on your visa into China. The Ninth Commandment requires the truth. or a false witness? It is common when mentioning this Commandment to hear the response. but also with false witness. It has been well said that taking the easy path is what makes rivers and men crooked. you have to tell her the truth—that she is?‖ Let the person know that there is a big difference between discretion (wise self-restraint in speech) and lying (a false statement intended to deceive). ―You mean that if some lady asks you if you think she is ugly. We also lie when we know untruth is being told and we just let it stand. Your choice is to lie and save lives. People often claim that they have told only a ―white lie. and that God knows the difference. Should a Christian ever tell a lie? There are times when we may find ourselves in the difficult position of realizing that telling the truth may have dire repercussions. For example. you are asked by a Nazi if you are hiding any Jews in your home. Are you being a true witness. Show him that the only way to escape the terrible consequences of his sin is the Door of the Savior. How many murders does one have to commit to be a murderer? Just one. This includes if you stand by while another is being slandered. Then point to (and have him read) 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. the whole truth. something intended to deceive or give a wrong impression. if they have told even one lie. The Bible tells us that God doesn‘t lie. but it . Let the hurricane of the wrath of the Law of God blow far from him the scanty leaves of selfrighteousness. The dictionary defines a lie as a false statement deliberately presented as being true. a falsehood. IX. Note that this commandment is not only dealing with lying. and thus possibly causing him to be punished or even executed. This commandment forbids damaging the character of another person by making statements which are not true. Stop his mouth using the Law (Romans 3:19). All are lies in the sight of God. but has since reformed. and nothing but the truth. a fib. Bearing false witness in order to cause harm to another. or to avoid the consequences of our own wrong behavior. But how far do we have to stretch the truth before it becomes a lie? Leaving out part of the truth to benefit ourselves is also lying. In the same way.

This one is strictly in the heart. The Bible warns that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). and lust. one exception 1 Cor 12:31. Covetousness is the bedfellow of jealousy. our covetousness reveals a lack of gratitude for what God has already given us. It is a sin that lies close to the surface of every human being. greed. Covetousness is perhaps the most subtle of sins. . he covets.leads to hell. He should love the giver more than the gift. No system of law has ever had a statute on the books that deals with intent. However. His covetous eye roamed toward another man‘s wife. Few children are content with ten pieces of candy when the child next to him gets eleven. he covets. What a fearful thought! People may not think deceitfulness is a serious sin. 20:17 You shall not covet.‖ (Hebrews 13:5). before a man steals. Who of us can stand guiltless and say that we have never jealously desired something that belongs to someone else? Whether we long for another‘s house. In coveting. That‘s why Scripture admonishes us to ―Let your conduct be without covetousness.‖ It‘s important to warn those who are guilty of this ―harmless‖ sin that according to Scripture. Covetousness is the spark that sets off the fuse of sin. be content with such things as you have. X. Before he rapes or commits adultery. What father wouldn‘t be grieved if his beloved child loved his toys more than the father who gave him the toys? A child should love his father first and foremost. ―No covetous man. rather than on the Giver. When he loves material things more than he loves God. he is setting his affections on the gift. a person transgresses not only the Tenth. It seems minor compared to adultery. It should break our hearts to even think of the fate of the ungodly. and be content with what he has. We slap God in the face and display dissatisfaction over what He has chosen to give us. Matthew Henry said. The tenth commandment passes from acts to thoughts. rich and blessed though he was. It was this quiet sin that found a place in the heart of King David. income. car. but also the First and Second Commandments. or lifestyle. this forbids all wrong desire of having what will gratify ourselves. who is an idolater. ―The Tenth Commandment strikes at the root. There is no way to enforce this commandment. The others forbid all desire of doing what will be an injury to our neighbour. and it shows that it is sinful to lust after anything that God never intended one to have. and opened the door to a multitude of sins. or rape.5). theft. but God does. has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God‖ (Ephesians 5:3. Paul states that this commandment produced deep conviction of sin in his life (Rom 7:7). See Luke 12:15.