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A Study Of The Ten Commandments
Living By The Rules
By, James L. Thornton
This is a study of The Ten Commandments. We will call it “Living By The Rules.” Some say that these are ancient laws which pertained to the Jewish Nation which Moses composed when the nation was being formed, and lost their value when Jesus came to set up His kingdom. We will study these ancient laws one by one and attempt to prove that these laws written by the finger of God have never lost their force.
2. Living By The Rules—We Need Some Rules
3. Rule #1, Get Your Priorities Right
4. Rule #2, Keep a clear vision Of God
5. Rule #3, Be Careful Of Holy Things
6. Rule #4, Use Your Time To God’s Glory
7. Rule #5, Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
8. Rule #6, Respect Human Life
9. Rule #7, Be Faithful To Your Spouse
10. Rule #8, Never Steal
11. Rule #9, Never Lie
12. Rule #10, Learn To Be Content
13. One Rule Covers All
God had brought the Children Of Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand, “And there was not one feeble person among them” (Psalms 105:37). God had wrought a mass healing and refreshing of youth to them.
In the third month they reached the Mountains of which Horeb, or Mt. Sinai, was located. Here they encamped for one year while God was solidifying them into The Nation Of Israel. There is more written in the Bible about this one year period of time that any other like period. From Exodus 19 all of the book of Leviticus and to Numbers 10:13, 59 chapters in all.
At Sinai God called Moses to come up to meet with Him. God told Moses to set bounds around the Mountain lest someone even touch it and be killed (Exodus 19:24). On the third day God came down and Mt. Sinai was altogether on smoke as a furnace—the whole mountain quaked greatly, there were thunders and lightening and the voice of the trumpet exceedingly loud (Exodus 19:18-24).
Moses spent 40 days in the presence of God, in fact He was gone so long that the people declared him dead or had deserted them, so they persuaded Aaron to make a golden calf to be their God and to go before them. God was so angry He disowned His People. He sent Moses down to confront them.
Exodus 32:15. “And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
16. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.”
When Moses, “saw the golden calf, and the dancing—his anger waxed hot he cast the tables out of his hand, and brake them beneath the mount” (Exodus 32:19). So we find that Exodus 32 and 33 were the most trying time of Moses’ life. At the end of this conflict God again wrote The Ten Commandments and Moses brought them down from God for a record from God for all time.
As far as we know God has written only three times in all of history. The First time was here on Sinai when He wrote The Ten Commandments on the tablets of stone by his finger. The second and third time He wrote in judgment of those who transgressed them. He wrote in judgment against Bel-shaz-zar king of Babylon (Daniel 5:5). Again he wrote in the sand when men brought a woman which was accused of adultery (John 8:6-8).
Before God wrote The Ten Commandments there was no written Law. This was a milestone in God’s plan and purpose for man. Jesus did not come to repeal The Ten Commandments—He came to reinforce them. This is God’s Moral Law.
The Ceremonial Law came later, and saw its day and was fulfilled. Its priestly garments, Holy vessels, candlesticks, table of showbread, Ark of the Covenant, keeping of days, circumcision, etc. was strictly Jewish and temporal. But The Moral Law was not a code of laws which were specifically Jewish, as is true of other legislations.. God’s Moral Law Is for all people for all time. Learn to love and respect God. Learn to respect other people.
It is fitting that The Moral Law—The Ten Commandments should be given first because they are permanent—for all time and for all people.
2. Living By The Rules: A Study Of The Ten Commandments:
Exodus 34:1. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.”
If you had it in your power to somehow abolish one of the Ten Commandments, which one would you choose? Our generation seems to have no reluctance about challenging God’s authority over their lives.
Our Nation has turned away from God, closed its ears, and refused to hear about what God has decreed. Result---We have lost all sense of moral direction as a Society. We must turn back! We must remember God, seek God, Hear God, and obey God.
We must begin living by the rules Heaven has given in scripture. We will call them Rules for Right Living. We need some rules. We are a Nation under siege. We are a people living in fear. We have bars on our windows, dead bolt locks on our doors, automatic alarms set, and loaded guns beside the bed.
Frightening statistics point to the breakdown of Law, moral responsibility, and even conscience itself.
Genesis 4:9. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? (Cain’s conscience was seared)
There is one serious crime committed every two seconds.
1. A murder every 23 minutes
2. A rape every 6 minutes
3. A robbery every 58 seconds
4. An aggravated assault every 48 seconds
5. A theft every 4 seconds
One noted big city Police chief said “We have allowed ourselves to degenerate to the point where we are living like animals.” Seventy percent of the people arrested for crime are under 25 years of age. What has gone wrong?
Our Society has rejected the notion of a set of fixed rules of conduct. Our society lacks the internal control of a strong sense of right and wrong. We don’t have standards anymore. Our society says that nobody has a right to make rules for our generation.
Without rules, norms, or standards, we are moving towards chaos. Where do we get the clear moral standards we need? What is right and what is wrong? Right for me is what I want and it is what makes me happy.
Judges 17:6. In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
We must get back to the Word of God.
Proverbs 14:12. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Psalms 119:172. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
God has not left it to us to decide what is right or what is wrong. Let us not resent the Rules that God has given us in the Bible. We need to be fully acquainted with the One who wrote the Book and gave the rules.
His Holiness should inspire us to want to live by His Rules. Our love for Him should prompt us to keep His statutes continually. Right living then is walking in God’s Commandments. Breaking those commandments is a form of self destruction. Although we may challenge and defy God’s Commandments, but we don’t really break them. No one has ever “broken, or set aside” the law of gravity. They may defy it, but it wins every time. Psalms 119:89. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
In almost everything we do there are rules to go by, some written and some just a norm we live by, such as waiting in line at the market. This is an unwritten rule but to break line is to suffer the scorn of everyone else waiting their turn. In every work place there are rules called “Standard Operating Procedure.” Every organized sport has a written standard of rules for every aspect of the game. To break any of these rules one suffers a penalty. Without these rules the game would be chaos. The same thing is true when doing business with God.
So rules aren’t such a bad thing after all. Most people refrain from stealing, adultery, murder, or other acts not because they fear punishment but because they believe such things are wrong. Internal restraints on behavior are far more powerful than external ones. We want to restudy, learn, commit to, and show by example these rules for right living in our troubled world.
Jesus said He did not come to abolish the rules.
Matthew 5:17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18. 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.
19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus did not renounce Moses. He did not repudiate or vilify the Ten Commandments. The Ceremonial Law, the keeping of days and sacrificing of lambs and turtledoves was “fulfilled” in Jesus’ Death on the Cross. Jesus built His Kingdom upon the Moral concepts of the Ten Commandments. Jesus came to reinforced the Rules.
3. Rule #1, Get Your Priorities Right:
Exodus 20:2. “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
This Commandment declares God’s absolute Divine authority over the lives of human beings. Without this commandment there would be no basis to follow any other of The Ten Commandments.
The First Commandment establishes priorities in our lives. The first decision that each of us must make in life is this. What is going to be the most important thing in my life? What am I going to devote my life to? What shall be my highest priority?
Am I going to live for pleasure and carnal satisfaction?
Galatians 6:8. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Am I going to live for selfish ambitions:
Luke 12:20. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Live for God and your life will have a peace and fulfillment the world cannot give.
Romans 12:2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we get our priorities right others things which once seemed so important suddenly lose their value. Other things fade into insignificance and doing the Will of God becomes the driving force of our existence. So the first rule of a good life is this; get your priorities right.
John 16:33. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Put God first in everything, job, home, family, friends, sports and pleasure.
Jesus put this rule in our language when He said in
Matthew 6:33. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
John summed up this rule when he said in,
1 John 2:15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
So what is really important in this life? What is really lasting? What is really satisfying? Listen to Paul when he speak of life’s priorities.
Colossians 3:1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Galatians 2:20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
First get your priorities right. Let us look at the First Commandment in the eyes of those to whom it was given. Ten generations of Jacob’s descendants grew up in Egypt – 400 years
Genesis 15:13. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Although the Israelites maintained some degree of loyalty to the God of their fathers, they were also influenced by Egyptian culture, morals and religion. So because of these negative influences they needed powerful assurances of the power, authority, and the supremacy of their God.
They needed a positive assurance that their God was the One True God, who alone was to be served. So God proved Himself to them against the gods of Egypt. The Egyptians like most of the other Nations had a god for everything. So Israel’s God took on the gods of Egypt.
The god of the Nile was subdued when the waters were turned to blood. The 10 plagues which came upon Egypt were a demonstration of a power far beyond the gods of the Egyptians. The sun turned to darkness to disprove the sun god.
Finally the death of the firstborn, even of Pharaoh’s own house, God had proved His power in these plagues, and then opened up a path in the Red Sea for the Israelites to pass through.
Exodus 20:2. I am the ‘LORD’ thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
This was the covenant name of the God of Israel. The English word Jehovah is derived by adding a couple of letters to the Hebrew Word YHWH. This word is rendered “Lord” in the King James, and the revised standard version of the Bible.
God said to Moses “I AM THAT I AM.” The God of your Fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob……. This is My Name forever.”
Exodus 3:16. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
He is the One who is always the same. He is God and He always will be God. What God is saying is that “I alone am God.” “There is no other God.” Fix your priorities right for I am the Lord Thy God which brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of the House of bondage.”
Give God first place in your life and put the Kingdom of God first in your actions.
Jesus identified Himself with this Commandment.
John 8:58. Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Jesus is God because of who He is, He demands and deserves first place in our lives.
Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Because of His redemptive work at Calvary He is “highly exalted, and given a name which is above every name; that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and thing in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.”
Exodus 20:3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
The God of the Bible is a jealous God. God will have first place or no place in your life. Jesus brought this into proper focus when He said
Matthew 6:24. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Paul spake of “The Gods of this world.”
2 Corinthians 4:4. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
What are “The Gods of this world” which demand that we worship at their altar?
1. Pleasure which may be fishing, hunting, playing tennis, playing baseball or
coaching baseball. These are not harmful in themselves when used right but when
anyone of them becomes more important to you that than your responsibilities as an adult, a provider or a Christian. It has become a God to you. Many are living just for the weekends “To get away from it all.”
Many have dethroned the Almighty God and put the almighty dollar in His Place. Instead of owning “Things,” “Things” own us, our thoughts, and our ambitions.
3. Position, Power mad, over inflated ego, to some people their “rights” are all important to them.
1 John 2:15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
These will all pass away but the Person who puts God first abides for ever. So, first of all get your priorities right.
4. Rule #2, Keep A Clear Vision Of God:
Exodus 20:4. “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:
5. 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;
6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
If we were to rank the Ten Commandments in order of their importance, we just might rank this Second Commandment at the bottom of the list. You may be surprised to learn that there are more references to this Commandment in the rest of the Bible than to any other one. This fact alone should indicate something of its importance. God is concerned about what we think concerning Him.
Paul says in,
Acts 17:29. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
God wants us to have a clear vision of Him. God does not want us to have false or distorted mental visions of Him.
John 4:24. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Paul began the Book of Romans with and indictment of the world of His day.
Romans 1:22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
We humans are certainly religious and we will have a God. There has never been a culture or civilization found without some form of a God.
Their God may have been some part of nature, sun, moon or stars or it may have been a totem pole or idol carved by their own hands.
Some believed in a Great Spirit who was unknown or out of reach of their thinking. In Athens Paul found an inscription to the Unknown God. The city was full of idols, some say 20,000 yet, they suspected that there was a higher power.
Acts 17:24. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25. Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26. And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27. That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
We are naturally religious, God made us so. He created us with a thirst for His fellowship. Every human has a Spiritual Yearning that was intended to cause us to seek, find and enjoy God.
This “Spiritual Thirst” has developed many superstitions. From these superstitions Idols or Sacred Objects, which supposedly had magical power, have sprung up. This might be a Silver Shrine or Golden Cross, or a String of Beads.
I feel it is wrong to attribute some special power or superstitious belief in an “Icon” or sacred object. “Good Luck” charms should never be held for their own “Intrinsic” nature. There is no charm, icon or object which has any power in itself.
Beware of superstitions and keep a clear vision of God.
Paul preached in Ephesus that there were no Gods made with hands.
Acts 19:26. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
Some superstitious religious Zealot had said that “Diana” had fallen from Jupiter. A huge Temple had been erected, into which many nations sent wealth and affection. Today no one serves “Diana” but the God whom Paul preached is worshipped in every nation.
Remember the Brazen Serpent the Lord told Moses to make and put on a pole to heal everyone who looked upon it? That brass snake was preserved and it wasn’t long before it became a superstitious Icon in itself.
2 Kings 18:4. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. (A piece of Brass)
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing.
We need a clear Vision of God. To know what God is like we need to take a look at Jesus of Nazareth.
1 Timothy 3:16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
The Heart of God was made known in the words and deeds of Jesus of Nazareth.
John 1:14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He looked like God.
Paul says “He is the image of the Invisible God.”
Colossians 1:15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Hundreds of stories have come down through the ages, how His clothes became Icons which brought healing. The Grail or Chalice which Jesus used at the Last Supper became a stumbling block to some. Pieces of wood, supposed to have been from the Cross were kept for centuries.
The Shroud of Turin, which is still being displayed as the Grave clothes of Jesus, is said to have great virtue. Certain fountains and waters are Icons of Religious Faiths. These things happened in the History of Israel.
Judges 8:27. And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
Probably the most famous of all the idols in the Bible was made by Nebuchadnezzar.
He made an Image of Gold whose height was threescore cubits, and the breath of it was six cubits. (90 feet tall) The three Hebrew Children would not bow to it and were cast into a flaming Furnace.
The Apostles warned against pollution of Idols.
Acts 15:20. But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
In 1 Corinthians 8:1-15. Paul cautions the Church against eating of meat which had been offered to Idols.
In Revelation 2:20. Jesus indicted the Church of Thyatira for eating things sacrificed to Idols.
God is a Spirit and came to earth in the Person of Jesus Christ. Let us keep our Vision of Him clear.
5. Rule #3, Be Careful Of Holy Things:
Exodus 20:7. “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.”
1. Unproductive, Worthless, Fruitless, Useless
2. Having no basis of worth, frivolous, Empty
3. To no purpose, without effect
4. Irreverent, disrespectful
One of the rules a Christian must observe in his life is this, Be Careful Of Holy Things. We will discuss this rule in two ways.
1. In particular, with reference to the Lord’s Name in our reading.
2. In general as a retaining to all things dedicated to God.
The very name of God is sacred.
Psalms 111:9. “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.” Sacred is His Name.
Nehemiah 9:5. “…Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.” It Is A Glorious Name.
Psalms 8:1. “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” It Is An Excellent Name.
9. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
The Jews interpreted this Third Commandment so narrowly that they began to avoid pronouncing that Divine Name. The fear of some vain use of the Covenant Name came to the point that it was pronounced only once a year by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement.
At other times they would substitute the Hebrew word Adonai (Lord) or Elohim (God) instead of Yahweh (Jehovah). Other times they simply said “The Holy One, Blessed Be He.” But God was not forbidding the use of His Name by His People, but to use it discreetly, wisely, reverently and adoration.
We should never use His Name flippantly or carelessly. What’s in a Name? We often hear people say “Oh, there’s nothing in a name.” In the Bible a person’s name had even greater significance that it does today.
A person’s name revealed his character and identified his role in God’s eyes. God changed the name of Abram (Father) to Abraham (Father of a multitude).
Eve – Mother of Life
Elijah – My God is Jehovah
Elisha – To whom God is Salvation
Daniel – God’s Judge
David – Beloved
Joshua – Jehovah is Salvation
Jesus – Saviour
Paul – Little
Jacob – Supplanter—
When it was time for Jesus to be born His name was not given accidentally by Joseph or Mary. His name was announced by an Angel. His name is so special and sacred.
Matthew 1:21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: (Saviour) for he shall save his people from their sins.
Peter says in,
Acts 4:12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
This is why Jesus’ name is not to be trifled with or treated with contempt or disdainfully or scornfully. His name is not to be used with willful disregard or disrespect. There is something in that Name. It is a Sacred and Holy Name.
Exodus 20:7. 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.
This Commandment forbids any use of that Name that falls short of due respect or dignity. It also forbids the use of that Honorable Name in any profane manner.
The Third Commandment forbids the use of God’s Holy Name to voice our unholy feelings. Shock and grief often brings a profane use of Sacred Names such as “My God” or “Oh, Christ.” Anger will cause some people to use God’s Name in vain. People will ask God to damn someone they want to hurt. This is an evil speaking generation.
Paul says in,
2 Timothy 2:16. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
The rule forbids the use of “Eu-Phonic” (Sound –Like) expressions of the Name of God. Jeez! is a sliced off form of the Holy Name of the Saviour of the world. Gah! Needs only the D sound added to invoke the One to be worshiped.
So many slang words are a shortened form of The Name of God or Jesus. They are really softened toned down ways of using God’s Name.
Gosh! --- Golly! – Gol-Darn!
Lord how mercy! For Heaven Sake! Gee Whiz!
God’s Name is Sacred. God’s Name is Holy.
Be careful of Holy things.
This Commandment is not intended to discourage our use of God’s Name. This Commandment was given to promote the use of His Name properly and reverently.
Do have the Name of Jesus on your lips to honor Him. Use it in prayer, in worship,
in praise and in adoration.
If your mouth has been foul and profane, clean it up. Wash your mouth out.
Matthew 15:18. But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Be careful of Holy things.
2 Samuel 6:6. And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
Numbers 4:15. …… “after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die.”
Be Careful of Holy Things
Exodus 20:7. 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.
His Name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father and The Prince of Peace.
6. Rule # 4 Use Your Time To God’s Glory:
Exodus 20: 8. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10. 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:
11. 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.”
Use Your Time To God’s Glory:
Our English word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word which means to come to an end, or stop, to cease, to rest.
The Sabbath recalled God’s rest after six days of creative work.
Genesis 2:3. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified (To set apart, to make Holy) it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
There is no evidence that the rest day was observed before Moses’ day by the Hebrews. In fact the very first mention of an observance of the Sabbath was in, Exodus 16:23. “And he (Moses) said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the Holy Sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.”
This chapter records the giving of the manna to the Children of Israel. Six days the manna would fall and every man could gather for their needs. On the seventh day there would be no manna for them to gather. So on the sixth day they were to gather twice the daily amount. Moses said to do your gathering, baking and seething on the sixth day.
God was preparing them to set aside some time out of their normal routine of activities for a time of rest and worship. These were a tired people who had been slaves for 400 years. They had been driven day after day relentlessly by their Egyptian Task Masters with no days off.
God said I want you to rest and restore your souls. It’s a long Journey. We will march and carry a load for six days but we will stop and rest awhile. God was telling them that He was doing this for their own good. This time which God set aside was hollowed by God.
Genesis 2:3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
To make a long story short "God was saying “I want some of your time.” There is time to bear your burden, to make a living, and time to deal with every day chores. We must take time for raising a family, keeping a home, cooking, cleaning, washing, mending and striating up every thing. Some women do this and hold a full time job.
Mother, after washing, dressing, feeding the children, getting her husband’s Sunday clothes ready, preparing Sunday dinner, she would arrive at Church nearly on time. The Song Leader would give out the opening Hymn, “O Day of Rest and Gladness” But Mothers the Fourth Commandment says nothing at all about Mothers resting on the Sabbath Day. You (fathers), your son, your daughter, manservant, maid servant and strangers must observe the Sabbath.
Rule # 4 –Use your time to God’s Glory. Let us not fill our days, and weeks with so many “things” that we do not have time for the most important thing of all. The keeping of the Sabbath was very slow about taking hold in Israel. 1,000 years later.
Nehemiah 13:15 -22. Tells us Nehemiah chastised Judah for profaning the Sabbath
Then for the next 550 years (until Jesus’ time) a very rigid set of rules were enforced concerning the Sabbath. These rules were taken to the extreme by the Jewish Rabbis. During the time of Jesus the Sabbath was hateful to many Jews because of the many prohibitions. “Thou Shalt not.”
Absolutely nothing could be carried, cannot separate two threads, cannot tie a knot, cannot wear an artificial limb. They were not to write more than 2 letters of the alphabet. A Taylor could not carry his needle home or a Scribe his pen on the eve of the Sabbath.
God never intended the rule for such a purpose. Jesus tried to put things back into their proper perspective by saying.
Mark 2:27. And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Owner or creator with implication of diety.)
From the beginning God had intended it to bless rather than burden His people.
Families and friends could be together. Devotion and worship to God could be shared. The Spirit and the Body could be refreshed. Let us not move too far from that Idea.
Very early The Christian Church began to worship on Sunday. Jesus arose from the grave on Sunday. The Church started on Sunday (Pentecost). It became known as the Lord’s Day.
Revelation 1:10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Constantine made Sunday a State Holiday in 321 A.D. Charlemagne issued a decree
in 789 A.D. which forbade all ordinary labor on Sunday as a breach of the Fourth Commandment. Then are we bound by all these Sabbath rules? Can we call Sunday The “Christian Sabbath”? The answer is no. The Sabbath is distinctively Jewish.
Exodus 31:16. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17. “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever………….:”
The Sabbath is Jewish from the beginning to the end of its observance in the Bible.
Yet we have not been freed from the principle brought forth by the Fourth Commandment. “I want some of your time” God was saying. This principal teaches us that God wants to be honored in the use we make of our time.
Leviticus 25:10. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
Many of us have reached, and some have passed, the fiftieth year. It seems as only yesterday we stood on the threshold of youth. Looking when, life and the world lay before us and when we could make something worthwhile of our lives. Can we honestly say that we have done our best, or do we feel inclined to say, “Lord, have mercy upon me?”
How have you spent your time? That precious limited fleeting thing which once it passes is beyond hope or recall. What is our pastime? Do we have to “kill time?”
Use your time to God’s Glory.
How the keeping of the Sabbath by the Jews relates to the Christian Sunday. It was a forerunner of the day set aside by the Early Church.
Acts 2:1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 20:7. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
1 Corinthians 16:2. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Revelation 1:10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Both the Christian Sunday and the Jewish Sabbath show the necessity of assigning some definite and regularly recurring portions of human life to the Worship and Meditation upon God……
Regular and recurring times instead of leaving individuals free to choose their own times and seasons. Temporal concerns “Many Things” occupy men’s time, that if there were no definite rule or time set, these concerns would push religious observances into odd corners of human life and finally life’s concerns would crowd out religious worship altogether.
That’s why we have a day appointed and set aside to give men rest from temporal concerns. “Many things” stop and refresh themselves in worship. The appointment of a day, one seventh of our life, surely this is not an undue requirement….
In this the two institutions are alike, but in the primary characteristics of the observance there is a great difference…..The Jewish Sabbath was emphatically a day of rest. The Christian Sunday is a day of Holy Activity.
Jesus said, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath?”
He did miracles, He taught, He walked through the corn fields and He journeyed…..
The First Church followed His example, they filled the day with Holy activity and Holy Joy…… It is a day of Holy Work for God’s Ministers… Preaching, Teaching, Counseling and Fellowhip……..
And for lay People to have time to visit the poor, the sick, reading, praying and ministering. “Going about doing good,” so to us, the Christian Sabbath, is not merely a day of inactivity but a time of worship and active duty for God’s cause. It is not a day of gloom, of restraint, of discomfort, but a day of cheerfulness, and Holy joy – A foretaste of the joys of Heaven.
Psalm 90:12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
There is a time for work, a time for rest and a time for Worship.
7. Rule #5, Honor Thy Father And Thy Mother:
Exodus 20:12. “Honour (admire, esteem, look up to, respect, revere) thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
The First Four Rules were given to guide us in our understanding and respect of our God, or duties toward God. The Next Six Rules were meant to guide is in our interaction with our fellowmen, duties toward man.
Our duty to our parents is higher than that toward men in general.
Honor your parents,
Love your fellowman.
The family is without question, the most important of any group that we will ever belong to. Other groups we join for various reasons and different lengths of time. But the family is with us always, in fact we are the family. We are born into our family and are in it till our death or till it ceases to exist.
The family is the most enduring and universal of groups in society. The family can be traced back to Adam, and will be here when Jesus comes.
The Bible tells us to honor our parents. It also says for parents to train their children. There is a working relationship in this type of family.
There is what is called an “Empty Shell” Family where individuals, though married, just live together. There is very little communication or activities which bring them together. Respect for Parents is often a forgotten virtue. Children “talk-back” to their parents or ignore them. Statistics say that almost 1 in 5 children will abuse one or both of their parents this year, in this country. The Law of Moses was very severe toward this activity.
Exodus 21:15. And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
17. And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Jesus is speaking in these verses.
Mark 7:9. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11. But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban (that is to say, a gift, to keep from giving them support), by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (“Made void” “Disannulled”)
Parents are sometimes shoved away by their children. Children refuse any financial or emotional support to their Parents. But God has made our Parents the second highest obligation (God himself is first). This shows how much God wants us to fulfill our obligations to our family.
In Romans 1:29-31. Paul says that those who are disobedient to Parents are the same as the 22 other despicable characteristics he names.
Ephesians 6:1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
A message to the Children of Ephesus …… “Be right with your Parents” To you, then God will give special mercies.
Why Parents should be honored.
1. “For this is right.” “Children, obey your Parents in the Lord: for this right.”
It’s the moral thing to do. God has placed Parents in a place of responsibility and authority over their children. To resist this authority is to resist and dishonor God.
In the home is where we learn to be obedient. A child who fails in this will be a failure in every thing.
2. We should honor our parents because we owe them a huge debt. She fed me, she changed me, she bathed me, and she shared her own self with me. She sang and rocked me; she calmed me in my fears. “In darkness, fires and storms” She used all the old “Home made remedies” when I was sick.
Surely My Father deserves all my respect and Honor. He always “brought home the Bacon.” It was always enough. Not one of us will ever know the many, many sacrifices our parents made to feed us, and to send us to school.
They helped us get started with our own families. It was not the money they were able to give. They helped most by being someone you could always believe in. How can we ever repay them?
The best lessons about life don’t come from a text book. They come from the good counsel of Godly Parents. Our conscience was formed by the advice, counsel, and the manner of life of our Parents. No one has a greater influence on us, in our formative years than our Parents.
Proverbs 23:26. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
4. We should honor our parents because the day will come when we cannot show them the honor we would like to give. The saddest day in my life was the day someone came and told me my Mother was dead. I don’t have to look back and say with regret, “I never told my Mother I loved her.” She knew I loved her. I told her so. I believe I will tell her again someday.
If you still have your Parents don’t be embarrassed to tell them you love them. Spend some time with them. Remember their birthdays and Wedding Anniversary, Call them up. Drop them a card of appreciation. I’m thinking of you, I Love you.
1 John 2:1. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
12. I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
18. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
28. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
It is the voice of love, the voice of great age, the only one left who had seen the Lord. Soon there would be none.
8. Rule #6, Respect Human Life:
Exodus 20:13. “Thou shalt not kill.”
The Israelites are told that to take a human life is a crime. God Forbids it. Here the sin is simply and emphatically denounced. The brevity of the precept increases its force. When Cain slew Able He could scarcely have known the consequences of his actions. Yet a terrible punishment was awarded him for his transgression.
After the Flood the punishment for this terrible crime was set by God Himself.
Genesis 9:6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
The Sixth Commandment was given to guard the sacredness of human life. It was and still is given by the breath of God.
Genesis 2:7. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Three things in this verse sets man above and apart from all the rest of God’s creation. The first part of the verse tells us that “God formed man”…… The rest of the Earth’s living creatures were brought out of earth by the sound of His Voice.
Genesis 1:24. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
But man according to the Psalmist David, “Is fearfully and wonderfully made.”
The second part of the verse tells us that the Breath of God brought life. Life on earth did not start by the warm temperature of the sun on some microorganism or a lightening bolt.
All life is given by God
Acts 17:25. Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, “seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;”
The last part of the following verse tells us the most valuable thing about man.
Genesis 2:7. ……. “and man became a living soul.”
What is so important about this? Man became an imperishable Being. The Soul of man shall live on through eternity. Someday God will reclaim the souls He has given.
Ecclesiastes 12:7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
So in the light of the immortality of the soul we want to look at The Sixth Commandment. We must respect human life and not intentionally be responsible for ending it. When a wound is inflicted upon the body sufficient to cause death then the soul is released to the Spirit World, there it awaits the Judgment. Never to be born into this world a second time.
As long as there is life in the body a person has a chance to be saved. We want to take a look at the first homicide in the world. Sin had entered the world through his parents.
Genesis 4:1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
We do not know what prompted the first sacrifice. It is said an offering or sacrifice is given to appease or entice God, or to release one’s guilt. Cain was first.
Genesis 4:4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
I feel like there was something wrong in Cain’s heart or life. Jesus says in,
Matthew 5:23. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24. Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Could it have been that there had been a falling out? Let us notice the progression of unresolved sin.
Genesis 4:6. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
“You do what is right that’s all I require”
Genesis 4:8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
10. And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
13. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
16. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Cain had blood on his hands. David was forbidden to build the Temple because he had blood on his hands.
Paul felt the load of remorse of his early life.
Acts 7:58. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
Acts 8:1. “And Saul was consenting unto his death.” ……..
3. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Acts 9:1. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Paul heard the disciples sing, pray and preach and testify. It seemed that nothing would touch Saul. He had hardened his heart until all had given up hope that he would be saved.
Then the Damascus Road, the Burning Sand, A Lightening Bolt, A Heavenly Voice, and Saul was praying. Paul became his Lord’s greatest Disciple and was driven by a compulsion to reach the whole world with the Gospel.
Romans 15:20. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
1 Corinthians 9:16. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
Why did he have to do it? Because he still heard the screams of men, women and children. He still saw the face of Stephen shining like an Angel.
Acts 22:4. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
Could this have been Paul’s “Thorn in the flesh, the messengers of Satan to buffet him?”
Brother J.T. Pugh said He is disturbed by failing to be a witness to some of his boyhood friends. What if someone had failed to tell John Newton about the love of Jesus. God gave us The Fifth Commandment to let us know the value of life.
Jesus says these things originate in the heart. Almost 3,000,000 abortions are performed annually in our country alone. More deaths this way in one year than all the soldiers we have lost in all the wars since American became a nation. Over 200 years.
Some people are killing themselves, some slowly some violently through harmful habits. Tobacco and alcohol is a killer.
Matthew 26:52. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Have respect for human life. The Bible was written during a cruel age. Human life was almost meaningless and of little value. But have we really advanced in this respect. Last year in the U.S.A. there were almost 26,000 murders. Souls sent to meet their God.
9. Rule #7, Be faithful To Your Spouse:
Exodus 20:14. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
The Commandment which safeguards human life is followed by this rule which protects the family. The Seventh Commandment asserts the sacredness of marriage union. The connection of the two commandments suggests that the home is the next most sacred thing to life itself.
The original marriage was sealed with these words.
Genesis 2:20. …. “but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.”
21. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Marriage is two people coming from two different roads, two different environments, two different backgrounds and two different families. They meet at the altar, there to be fused and forged into one. They join hands and hearts to travel life’s road as one. Adam says “As one flesh.”
It is a union of two persons to face the difficulties of life, all the hardships that may come, and all the disappointments. Together they share the joys of life as well as the responsibilities which go with it. Dishes, Curtains, and Paintings
These responsibilities weigh heavily on each partner in keeping the seventh commandment. Something new and distinct takes place in the marriage vows. Old ties are broken and this new one is formed. This phrase ‘One Flesh’ is all important. This principle runs right through the Bible. Whenever, this subject is dealt with.
In 1 Corinthians 6:16. Paul says that the terrible thing about fornication is that a man becomes one flesh with a harlot. Thou shalt not go outside this union to fulfill certain fleshly lust. The Christian Law of Marriage was raised to lofty heights by Paul.
Ephesians 5:25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Here Paul tells us this signifies the mystical union between Christ and His Church)
28. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
The Apostle Peter echoes Paul’s feelings,
1 Peter 3:7. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Honour from the same Greek word which was translated in 1 Peter 1:19, “The ‘Precious’ Blood of Christ.” Husbands are to deem helpmeets which God has given them precious, and are to treat them with honor.
Giving “To assign to, to portion off.” Husbands are to keep a special place of honor in their hearts for their wives. Husbands are to treat their wives with special deference, courtesy, respect and kindness.
Vessel -- Refers to a vessel or instrument used in the service of the Temple. Sacred.
Paul is called “A Chosen vessel” a Chosen Instrument of God. Peter says the wife is the “Weaker Vessel” Not morally, or intellectually but physically. The Husband should pay due honor to the wife because she is a joint heir together with Him of the Grace of Life, Eternal Life, and the Gift of God.
Hindered --- To Interrupt. Failure to give due honor to the wife will result in an interruption of their prayers. There should be a bond, a relationship, an intimacy between husband and wife which is shared with no one.
Husbands and wives should have secrets which they do not share with anyone else. Watch your contacts with the opposite sex which could lead to unfaithfulness to your spouse. Be true to your spouse.
Hebrews 13:4. Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (Honorable --- Held as of great price, esteemed, especially dear).
Titus 2:4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, (Sober – “To make sane or sober minded, to recall a person to his senses, not to be frivolous, giddy”)
5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
We should all be familiar with the results of David’s adulterous affair.
1. Joab became his master
2. One of David’s son’s had an incestuous affair with his sister, Tamar.
3. Another son then slew the brothers for this.
4. Absalom, David’s son, led a rebellion against David.
5. Absalom was slain by Joab.
6. The child, which was conceived in David’s adulterous affair died. Even after David prayed and sought God for him.
God “Set aside” David’s sin, but allowed trouble to plague David all the rest of his life. Adultery and fornication are sins which are especially clinging.
1 Corinthians 6:16. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body. Be faithful to your spouse.
Matthew 5:27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Jesus offered them hope. Even adultery is not the unpardonable sin. Following is what Paul says:
1 Corinthians 6:18. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
It is a terrible sin, but God forbid that there should be anyone who feels that he or she has sinned himself outside the love of God or hopelessly lost forever. No; If you truly repent and realize the awfulness of your sin and cast yourself upon the boundless love and mercy and grace of God, you can be forgiven and receive pardon. But hear the Words of Jesus “Go and Sin No More.”
10. Rule #8, Never Steal:
Exodus 20:15. “Thou shalt not steal.”
The Eighth and ninth commandments deal with overt sins (outwardly manifested) while the tenth commandment deals with covert sins (sins of the heart or mind).
Never steal: This rule teaches us to respect the property of others. There would be no way for society to exist without this rule. One must learn early in life that certain limitations exist as to what we can lay claim to. Little Johnny must learn that some things belong to little Susie. This determines ownership.
This is carried over into adulthood where we have respect for a neighbor’s property. It may come as a surprise to you that this Rule, Thou shalt not steal, along with the sixth Rule, thou shalt not kill, are the only two which are also answerable to the law of the state.
By far the largest class of prison inmates consists of those whose offences were property related crimes. Paul exhorts servants, “Not purloining, but showing all fidelity” (Titus 2:9-10)). (Purloining, taking small stuff home with you.)
Again he says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (Ephesians 4:28).
The Bible says much about restitution. (Exodus 22:1-15, Leviticus 6:1-7) These scriptures demand restitution for property damaged or stolen from his neighbor.
In Luke 19:8. Zacchaeus knew enough about the law that he was prompted to restore four-fold.
11. Rule #9, Never Lie:
Exodus 20:16. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.’
The breaking of the eight and ninth rule involves a break-down of moral law of honesty. Stealing and Lying. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” This certainly emphasizes the importance of truth. False witness caused Naboth to be stoned to death (1 Kings 21:13). False witnesses brought about the Crucifixion of our Lord (Mark 14:57).
Jesus tells us that all lies are from Satan. (Genesis 3:1-5)
John 8:44. …The Devil ……When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The Bible, from beginning to end, emphasizes the importance of truth.
Colossians 3:9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (Some people are habitual liars. What is the end of a habitual liar?)
Revelation 21:8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
12. Rule Number 10, Learn To Be Content:
Rules number 5 through 9 deals with overt sins or sins which have a physical or outward manifestation. Rule number 10 deals with covert or hidden sins.
1Timothy 5:24. Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. (Some men’s sins are conspicuous, others are hidden till judgment)
1 Timothy 6:6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Covetousness will eat at a person like a cancer.
Psalms 73:2. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
3. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
5. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
7. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
David said all this bothered me I could not understand.
Psalms 73:17. Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
When a little bit of covetousness gets into our heart let’s go into the House of God and pray. Sin really lies in the heart and not in the hands. What makes people go wrong really begins on the inside.
Genesis 24:29. And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
30. And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, …………”
This sight was the beginning of covetousness in Laban’s heart but it only deepened with the passage of years.
He readily gave his sister to a stranger in exchange for a few trinkets of gold. Later we find that greed and covetousness in his dealings with Jacob resulted in his loss of his cattle, his daughters, his grandchildren and Jacob himself through whom “God had blessed him” (Genesis 31:38-42).
Proverbs 15:27. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Covetousness in Ahab’s heart for Naboth’s vineyard let to murder.
Covetousness in David heart led to the death of Uriah.
Covetousness in Achan’s heart caused him to take the Golden Wedge and a Babylonish Garment.
The result of this brought defeat of the men at Ai and finally the death of Achan and his family. Learn to be content.
Luke 12:15. ………… “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
13. Finally Two Rules Covers All:
Matthew 22:36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38. This is the first and great commandment.
39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
If we love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and love our neighbors as our selves we will have no trouble with all the rest of God’s commandments.
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By, James L. Thornton