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1/6/2008 ~ Do You Agree With the
                   Ten Commandments?



And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the LORD your God, ...
~ Exodus 20:1-17


Do you have time to consider these Commandments further?

"So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform,
the Ten Commandments; ..." ~ Deuteronomy 4:13


  1. No Other Gods
  2. No Graven Image Worshipped
  3. Not Take the Name of God in Vain   
  4. Keep the Sabbath
  5. Honor Father and Mother
  6. Not Kill
  7. No Adultery
  8. Not Steal
  9. Not Bear False Witness
  10. Not Covet

Which ones do you agree with?

The Jews had many laws given by God, dietary, health,
marriage, priestly, clothing, etc., in all the details, 613 laws.


"... stone him to death with stones; ..." ~ Deuteronomy 21:18-21
                   └─> Many laws resulted in capital punishment.

... observe to do according to all the law ... ~ Joshua 1:7
They were expected to keep all the law. <─┘                       

... whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point,
he is guilty of all. ... ~ James 2:8-13


These Ten Commandments were part of the old covenant.
The Law was shown pointing out all as falling devotionally short.


... dead to the law through the body of Christ, ... ~ Romans 7:4-7
The ultimate law of God is life-giving. <─┘                       

"... What do I still lack?" ... ~ Matthew 19:16-21
               └─> Do you put things before the righteousness of God?

10. Do not Covet.

... for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 3:4-11
                 └─> God delivered us from a burden we could not bear.

... put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, ... ~ Colossians 3:1-11


God has made it clear what He wants us to work on.

9. You shall not bear false witness.
8. You shall not steal.
7. shall not commit adultery.
6. You shall not murder.


... love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. ...
~ Romans 13:8-14


~ His consequences are also clear.

"... all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire
and brimstone, which is the second death." ~ Revelation 21:8


→ He wants us to genuinely pursue self control,
~ along with outward honesty as well as inward.


                     ┌─> Inwardly lusting, including window shopping in oneís own mind.

"... whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed
adultery with her in his heart." ~ Matthew 5:27.28


Adultery has always been one of the greatest sins.

... in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. ... ~ John 8:3-7

Hate makes you guilty of murder.

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, ... ~ 1st John 3:15

People are hateful and deceptive.
~ If you hate someone, you don't agree with God.


... "Honor your father and mother," ... ~ Ephesians 6:1-3

5. Honor your Father and Mother.

We are asked to honor others.

Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, ...
~ 1st Timothy 5:1-2


In just these previous six civil commands,
the world is still in great conflict with God.


The New Testament does not specify to observe the the Sabbath day.

... sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come,
but the substance is of Christ. ~ Colossians 2:11-17


... he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works
as God did from His. ... ~ Hebrews 4:9-11


... "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." ... ~ Luke 6:5-11


  Christ is our Sabbath; "Rest"  


So many people want the Sabbath but ignore the other commandments.

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

  10   "You shall not covet ... anything that is your neighbor's." ~ Exodus 20:17
... put to death ... covetousness, which is idolatry. ~ Colossians 3:5
9 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." ~ Exodus 20:16
... Do not lie to one another, ... ~ Colossians 3:9
8 "You shall not steal." ~ Exodus 20:15
Let him who stole steal no longer, ... ~ Ephesians 4:28
7 "You shall not commit adultery." ~ Exodus 20:14
... Neither ... adulterers ... will inherit the kingdom of God. ~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-10
6 "You shall not murder." ~ Exodus 20:13
... "You shall not murder," ~ Romans 13:9
5 "Honor your father and your mother, ..." ~ Exodus 20:12
... "Honor your father and mother," ... ~ Ephesians 6:1-3
4 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." ~ Exodus 20:8
NO CORRESPONDING PASSAGES
3 "... not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, ..." ~ Exodus 20:7
... do not swear, either by heaven or by earth ... ~ James 5:12
2   "... carved image ... you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. ..." ~ Exodus 20:4-5  
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. ~ 1st John 5:21
1 "You shall have no other gods before Me." ~ Exodus 20:3
... turn from these useless things to the living God, ... ~ Acts 14:15

Many understand that cursing with G.D. or J.C. is rampant
among our civilization.

More to the point for the rising faithful,
- donít rubber stamp God and not show respect to His name by overuse.


3. Not Take the Name of God in Vain.

How is it man looks to the tangible for the intangible?

... two calves of gold, and said to the people, "It is too much for you to go
up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, ..."~ 1st Kings 12:26-29

Amazing defiance. <─┘                                

2. No Graven Image Worshipped.

┌─> Adulterous.                                                       
... Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, ... ~ 1st Kings 11:1-8
└─> Idolater.                                                          

... worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, ...
~ Romans 1:18-25


1. No Other Gods.

What do you serve?
God wants to be treated as God.


"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, ... <─┐           
... which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, ...
~ Matthew 22:34-40


God wants us more than a check list, 1, 2, 3, ... your heart.
The bottom line is do you agree with God?
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It is the inside over the outside.
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