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The Ten Commandments

Not long ago, cable TV mogul Ted Turner declared the Ten Commandments obsolete: “We’re living with outmoded rules. The rules we’re living under are the Ten Commandments, and I bet nobody here even pays much attention to ’em, because they are too old. When Moses went up on . . . Read more ›
We as a society have strayed from absolutes. Moral relativism is the rule of the day. We have all heard one or more of the following statements: What’s true for you may not be true for me. One person’s art is another person’s pornography. There are no objective morals, just . . . Read more ›
Exodus 20:1–17 clearly and simply lists the absolutes God has given us to live by. They are straightforward, concise, and to the point. Commandment #1: “You shall have no other gods before Me” (verse 3). Commandment #2: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image. . .you shall . . . Read more ›
Some, falsely interpreting the biblical teaching about the law, would say that the Ten Commandments have absolutely no relevance or application to the lives of believers today. Yet, look at the words of Jesus: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to . . . Read more ›
Jesus was made under the law. “When the time was right, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). Throughout Jesus’ life on earth, He obeyed God’s law explicitly and perfectly—and He was the only One who ever truly did! Why is this . . . Read more ›
A scribe came to Jesus and asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: . . . Read more ›
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1–11) is much more than a list of “thou shalt” and “thou shalt not.” Upon closer inspection, we can see what should be the driving force behind our obedience to these commands: our love for God because of His love for us. Remembering what God . . . Read more ›
This is one commandment most of us do not think we ever break. We tend to imagine an idol worshipper lying prostrate before a carved image. Yet, the command is much broader than that. An idol is anything or anyone who takes the place of God in our lives. It is anything—an object, idea, philosophy . . . Read more ›
The second commandment shows the natural outgrowth of an individual who has no longer loved “the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Consider the account of the Israelites and their worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32:1–14 . . . Read more ›
This commandment is one of the most misunderstood, yet it is one of the most easily broken. One of the obvious ways it is broken is when God’s name is invoked in profanity. Yet, His name is often taken in vain in church. The phrase in vain describes that which is empty, idle, insincere, or . . . Read more ›
This is probably the most misinterpreted of the Ten Commandments. In essence, God was telling His people that they were to keep this day, the Sabbath, as holy to Him. Sabbath in the Old Covenant Sabbath was originally given to the Jewish people. It really pointed to a future day when Jesus would die . . . Read more ›
A blueprint for happy living “You cannot break the laws of God—you break yourself against them. Might as well try to attack Gibraltar with a popgun as to go up against the laws of God. It will not work. You jump off a skyscraper and you do not break the law of gravitation. You break your . . . Read more ›
It is interesting to note that the first command having to do with our relationship with others relates to the family. In essence, this is a root commandment. Here God underscores His purpose and plan for the family. This is the only commandment that promises a blessing when we obey it. The strength . . . Read more ›
This commandment forbids the taking of another human life for no justifiable reason. Tragically, this commandment seems to be ignored more and more. Every 13 seconds, someone in the USA is beaten, stabbed, shot, robbed, raped, or killed. Every 12 seconds, an abortion occurs in America. Twenty-two . . . Read more ›
Jesus described the time in which He walked on this earth as a wicked and adulterous generation. If that was true then, how much more would it be true of our world today? Historians looking back at our present generation will have to state that it was an age characterized by an obsession with . . . Read more ›
You do incredible damage to your spouse. The apostle Paul declared that you have violated your oneness with your mate by entering into this bond with another person, “Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For ‘the two,’ He says, ‘shall . . . Read more ›
Walk with God. The Bible tells us, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Walking with God will give you the power, will, and resources to stand in the evil day—to resist the temptation to sin. David failed to walk with God, and he became . . . Read more ›
Stealing is a widespread problem in our culture today. In fact, it has become far more commonplace than we may realize. When we think of stealing, we often picture car thieves or professionals that steal jewelry and other valuables from stores and homes. But, stealing also includes: Inflating the . . . Read more ›
Though this commandment was originally focused against perjuring oneself in a judicial trial, it certainly applies to lying in general. With the teaching of situation ethics in our public schools (the teaching that there is no such thing as absolute truth), it’s no wonder that 67% of Americans . . . Read more ›
You may feel you don’t lie—but do you slander someone or spread gossip? What about flattery and exaggeration? The following four items are all forms of lying and are sin before the eyes of God. Slander and gossip Slander is a sin that is far too common in the church today. Many times we . . . Read more ›
What is coveting? It means to eagerly desire that which belongs to another and to set the heart on it. The eyes look at an object, the mind admires it, the will goes over to it, and the body moves in to possess it—this is coveting. The sin of coveting is behind the fall of man. The Bible tells us . . . Read more ›
Jesus emphasizes the heart, or essence, of the Ten Commandments when He sums them up in Mark 12: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this . . . Read more ›