The Ten Commandments

I had a summary post on the Ten Commandment written and ready to post. However, after my Bible study this morning, I realised I had missed something.

YHWHIn the introduction to the Ten Commandments,

God introduces Himself.

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And God spoke all these words, saying. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exodus 20: 1, 2

He does not say, “I am the Boss,” He does not even say, “I am your Creator” – both with the implication that ‘therefore I should be obeyed’.

He introduces Himself as their Liberator.

He freed them from slavery in Egypt. He has also saved them from the myriad of foreign gods that were worshipped by the Egyptians.

Did you notice anything?

I didn’t… before. Now I see it.

God Gives

Before God asked anything of these people, He gave.

He gave them their freedom.

But in the wilderness, the Israelites were out of their ‘comfort zone’. Even as slaves in Egypt they had food to eat, and life beyond the mud pits. Why else did they complain about the manna…grumble image

The Israelites said to them, “If only the Lord had let us die in Egypt! There we sat by our pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted! You brought us out into this desert to let us all starve to death!”
Exodus 16: 3 (GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

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It seems that the people, in their four hundred years of slavery had forgotten much of their heritage. They would have lost touch with Sabbath and Holy Day keeping. (The Sabbath was given at the beginning.)

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Genesis 2: 2, 3

In my mind, it is not so huge a jump to think that He would have given the instructions on what He expected, to Adam and Eve. He told them they had to ‘tend and keep’ the Garden. That meant work. So, as He rested on the seventh day it seems likely He would have passed on that instruction too. After all in Jesus’ own words…

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27

He would know, He was there.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God John 1:1

The former slaves had to meet their God

Having been in Egypt for all those generations, their idea of God could have been ‘muddled’ to say the least. (They proclaimed a golden calf as their god at one point.)

Golden calf, worship

So, God had freed them, brought them out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, led them to Mount Sinai and introduced Himself.

Then He asks for their worship of Him only.

You shall not have any other gods before My face. Exodus 20:3

The choice was theirs, as it is ours.

Something to think about

Shalom

Susan

Jesus Christ and the tenth commandment

You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbour… Ex 20: 17

That is the short version… it goes on to mention your neighbour’s house, wife… servants, donkey.

If there was no coveting of someone else’s wife, there would be less hurt, anger… divorce or even some murders.

So, what does this have to do with Jesus Christ and the tenth commandment?

In the other posts in this series, I have mentioned many times the Pharisees attitude toward Him. They would no doubt have found ways to ‘nit-pick’ over whether He was coveting God’s position.

But Jesus Christ is the Son of God… and unlike Satan, is content with that position.

temptation of ChristAgain, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour ”All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me. Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” Matthew 4: 8 – 10

In these verses it is apparent that the one who coveted was Satan, not Christ. Satan wanted to be God.

Jesus knew His inheritance was far more than the kingdoms of the world, during an earthly lifetime.

Is there anything Christ might have coveted?

Some might say that He would have liked the life of an ordinary boy. To not have the responsibility of being obedient… because one sin, however small, would have been the end of the Plan.

The only glimpse we see of Jesus as a child is recorded in Luke…

Boy Jesus in the templeAnd He said to them, “Why is it that sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business. Luke 2: 49

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:51-52

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It seems that Jesus was aware of His purpose and was dedicated to it.

Where does covetousness spring from? Where are the roots from which it grows from? Where does it begin or arise from? It arises from greed which is a form of selfishness.

Jesus warned about inward attitudes many times, as here in Mark’s gospel.

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out Greed is the root of all evil of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person Mark 7: 20-23

The cause of covetousness is a selfish heart.

I cannot find one place in the Scriptures when Jesus turned away people who came to Him because he was ‘too busy’, ‘had enough’ or was ‘too tired’.

His life shows the opposite. He ‘spent’ Himself caring for physical and spiritual needs, then gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice… to pay for our sins.

We cannot ‘earn’ salvation, but we are supposed to imitate Christ. The commandments would be a good place to start.

Something to think about,

Shalom

Susan

Jesus Christ and the ninth commandment

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour” Deut 5:20

Wow… what grounds for accusation the Pharisees could have had against Jesus on this Phariseecommand!

Christians reading the New Testament know that Christ did not claim to be anything He was not…BUT  to the scribes and Pharisees… that was a different matter. They thought he was claiming to be something/someone He was not…If that was the case, there would be no Saviour.

So what did bearing false witness have to do with our Saviour – and his constant accusers?

lying cartoonWell, ‘bearing false witness’ essentially means lying.

In this day and age, we almost expect to ‘be fed’ lies. Politicians do… I don’t know how many times my husband and I have said to each other ‘do they think we don’t remember what they said when…”

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Jesus Christ did not lie.

He said He was the Son of God, and used evidence to prove His claim.

“When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ Jesus replied, ‘Go back and report to John what you hear and see; The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.'”Matthew 11:2-5

Lazarus

Did this prove He was Who He claimed to be? These are things, if He was a man, He could not have pretended to do.

blind man healedThen will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Isa 35: 5,6

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About His birth…

Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

About His death

There are accounts in all four gospels as well as prophecies about the way He would be treated… and many accounts of the illegal trials which would take too long to go into here.

Jesus had no control over His resurrection.

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; — it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, He is risen

“Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” Mark 16: 1 – 7

I rest my case.

Jesus did not break the ninth commandment.

Shalom

Susan

Jesus Christ and the eighth commandment

Where have I been?

Sorry for the delay, I finally overcame the block (a disliked chapter) in ‘Grow in Grace’, the follow up to Hold the Faith… and am working my way through the second draft. Other than the appointments  which have dominated our lives recently… we have had a ‘meat cutting and mincing’ day. (We are still getting used to that) Here in West Australia this is unusual.

Anyway, here it is, nearly the end of another eventful week… and my blog is waiting. So having enjoyed a lovely meal, and with many others prepared, I finally continue with the blog.

This week it is the turn of the eighth commandment in the life of Jesus Christ.

‘You shall not steal’ Exodus 20:15

stealing imageThis seems simple enough. I take something belonging to you without your permission – that is stealing.

Jesus did not do that. I can find no truthful record of such an occurrence.

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However, in researching this, I have seen comments that Jesus ‘stole’ the donkey He rode ondrawing, Jesus on the donkey that Palm Sunday before His crucifixion.

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My reply to that… “How ridiculous!”

He knew His purpose. He would not have been a perfect sinless sacrifice if He had committed sin. Is it possible that near the end of His live He would have ‘slipped up’? Is it so beyond understanding that He would have arranged for the use of the donkey? He clearly had arranged for the use of the upper room where he celebrated the Passover with His disciples.

But, as mentioned, those incidents were when He was approaching the end of His life… before that He had issues with the Jewish leaders of the day…

They seemed to think he was ‘stealing’ from God by claiming to be Who He is. Part of their ‘issue’ seemed to be Jesus’ ‘I am’ statements. Seven of them are recorded in the gospel of John.

To the Jews… ‘I am” was the way God introduced Himself to Moses. For example…

Jesus, in response to the Pharisees’ question “Who do you think you are?” said

“‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad. ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ the Jews said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.” John 8: 56-59

Jesus, I AMThe violent response of the Jews to Jesus’ “I AM” statement indicates they clearly understood what He was declaring—that He was the eternal, incarnate God. Jesus was equating Himself with the “I AM” title God gave Himself in Exodus 3:14.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/I-AM.html#ixzz2VQzw4k3g

It was yet another of the unfounded accusations levelled against Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

And what about our lives?

There are so many ways we can steal… supposedly innocently.

  • A pen from the office. (After all you work many unpaid hours…)
  • Arriving late for work – or leaving early
  • Not giving back ‘over change’ at the supermarket/shop/restaurant

Those were a few simple examples but what about…

  • GOSSIPStealing a person’s reputation through gossip
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Just some things to think upon

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Till next time…

Tread softly, you may be treading on someone’s dreams… or reputation.

Susan