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I was had an attorney pal tell me that The Commandments were not the basis of law as we know it today. Considering the culture in which we live, she may be correct. The world in which we live today is a world where murderers walk away serving little to no jail time. It is a world where sex dominates the airwaves and hallways. Christians are branded "Jesus Freaks" if we tell young people abstinence is the only way to practice safe sex for unmarried couples. Today we will look at those ten rules that cause liberalís and atheistsí blood pressure to rise. This is the point where someone screams out, "Separation of church and state!" My only reply is "Separation of the Soul from God." Even if The Commandments werenít from God, donít you think they are good rules to follow? If we did not adhere to these particular rules, why we would have a world full of envious, lusting, blaspheming, murderers worshipping all things under the sun except the true Son of Man. Oh. Well, perhaps we should review what God gave to Moses.

After giving The Commandments, Moses said in Exodus 20:20: "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning." Remember the fear of God because we will revisit that later. Let us now look at number one.

 

I. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me."

Strike one already. Today the world worships statues, celebrities, nature, animals, faceless gods whose followers hate cartoonists, and even politicians. There is no surprise that God should come first. He will not be denied, folks. The Bible teaches that on the final day, every knee will bow and the tongues will confess Him as Lord. If we place God first everything in our life will fall into place, as it should. Having no other gods means, we do not replace the Almighty with music, TV, planets, movie stars, or anything that decreases His place in our lives. Number one applies to us and the very enemy of God. Prior to beginning His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh had a few words with Satan. Jesus fasted forty days and nights in the wilderness. Satan tempted Christ three times. Each time The Lord of Hosts responded the same way.

Matthew 4:10

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Satan for those of you keeping score has already lost to the King of kings. Game, set, and match.

II. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Many folks will argue that number II means wearing crucifixes and having pictures of Christ. I see it as an example of the worship of the golden calf that was made when Moses was with God. Simply put, do not worship anything other than the one true Living God.

III. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

I have. I feel sick about it. Do not cuss using Godís name. Plainly the Word teaches that using foul language is not acceptable, but using the Lordís name is truly not the thing to do. How many of you have said, "Oh my God"? Or maybe you have said, "I swear to God." We say, "Jesus Christ" when we are shocked, right? Itís all misuse folks.

Matthew 5:34

Jesus says, "But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne."

IV. "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Oh me. Some go to church on Sunday, Saturday, Thursday, any day that ends in Y. Paul wrote that it is useless to argue about foolishness, um, genealogies, and such. We, Godís children, the ones who have accepted Christís sacrifice, slap God in the face and spit in the nail scarred hands of Christ when we bicker over what day is holier than the other. Jesus on more than one occasion performed miracles and healed on the Sabbath. He responded to the critics by saying and this is paraphrased by the way, "The Lord is the Sabbath." If we truly are His people, His children, if His Holy Spirit dwells in us, we will do as He said and, "Keep my Commandments." People gotta eat. Folks have to work on a Sunday sometimes to feed the kids and pay the bills. No one that is a true Christian will look down on you. As I said, Christ did a lot on the Sabbath. Here is a specific example stemming from Luke 15. Jesus saves a man on the Sabbath.

Luke 15 tells the parable of the lost sheep. Christ spoke to the Pharisees and the law teachers saying, "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?"   

Christ goes on to say that after the lost is found, the owner would be joyful calling his friends.

"I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

V. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."

"But I donít have great parents! My mom blah blah blah." In a perfect world, every dad would pray with his children and the mom would have read bedtime stories. The reality of this world is cold and sometimes cruel. Our world is one where parents abuse their own children. How can you honor your mother and father if they are abusing you? The only answer I can give you is that Godís power to heal is not limited. I have known many victims that through prayer and understanding Godís will for them have forgiven bad parents. God did not and has not forgotten you. If you are reading this or hearing these words and are a victim, know that your perfect heavenly father, The Lord God Almighty has the power to release you from the pain if only you look to and accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

VI. "You shall not murder."

I have done my research. I could write about the original Greek meanings and such, but here is the deal: DONíT WALK AROUND KILLING FOLKS! Look at the following verses in Exodus 21.

Verses 12 and 14: "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death. If a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death."

The media in general glorifies Killing and death. Whether it is videogames, music, or the action hero killing the bad guys, we are saturated with gory images galore. Most, not all, but most hip hop, beat a drum rap crap talks about, What cha get/ gun gun/ bang a bang/dead yea/yea dead. Murdering someone is viewed as an okay way of life for most inner city kids. Take a look at any juvenile court caseload. The rise in crime including murders committed by young kids is on the rise. You do not have to physically extinguish the life force of someone to kill them. Jesus is speaking in Matthew Chapter 5.

Matthew 5:22

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

In other words, holding a grudge against someone is the same as murder. So it is kinda like that song, Live and Let Live.

 

 

VII. "You shall not commit adultery."

Sex. It is everywhere. It sells everything from body spray to candy bars. People say in regards to sex and nakedness, "Looking ainít hurtiní anything." That is what you say. Let us look at what Jesus says in Matthew chapter 5:28

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

To the single person: Do not look for love in all the wrong places. Admiring a personís physical beauty is not wrong by any means. However, when sinful flesh allows lustful thoughts to roam, then the words of Christ are ever so true.

Married people: Your marriage is a testament to Godís sovereign power. Wedding vows are taken in front of God. Remember the part about, "What God have brought together, let no man tear asunder"? Looking leads to thoughts. Thoughts lead to actions. Actions equal heartbreak in a marriage.

VIII. "You shall not steal."

Download any music today with a fee? Burn a DVD without buying it? "Whatís the big deal?" The big deal is God said, "DO NOT STEAL." What is the difference between taking money from someone at gunpoint and taking something off the internet without paying? No matter how defense attorneys and spin masters spin it, theft is theft.

IX. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

Everyone lies according to the world. The Word of God says in Matthew 12:36: But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Let us add some finality to the lying concept. Revelation chapter 21:

"It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liarsótheir place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

X. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

We must have the best forget about the rest. We have to have more than our neighbors or we just can stand it, right? We keep buying in excessive regardless of whether we need it or not. We are what we have according the world, but here is what the Word says in Luke 12:15:

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

We should truly be content with what we have.

The fear of God Moses talked about is the last idea to consider. Fearing God is not, "Boo! Fear me!" The fear is associated with reverence and glory to the Almighty. Job said, 'The fear of the Lordóthat is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'"

If we just look to the Lord and lean not to our own understanding which is foolishness in the sight of the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:19) we will live fuller lives and receive more blessings than we can count.