Friday, April 25, 2008

The Ten Commandments

--Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

--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:

--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.

--Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

--Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee

--Thou shalt not kill.

--Thou shalt not commit adultery

--Thou shalt not steal.

--Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

--Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Exodus chapter 20

7 comments:

Nate said...

I read your articles of faith, there are many things in there that I agree with. Some that I never will, but ist is good to get an idea of where you come from.

Delirious said...

I'm curious Nate, which articles of faith did you not agree with?

jON said...

i always found it interesting that the first commandments says we should have no other gods before him. but not that we are prohibited from having other gods. something i have never heard a sermon, bible-study, small group, or even foyer conversation about...

Livingsword said...

I love the way Jesus helps us come to grips with the Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law.

I have never met a man that has not committed adultery as explained by Jesus…

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
- - Matthew 5:27-28

Interestingly the Law, rules, cannot change this but the transforming relationship with God can….

The only person I have ever known that kept the Ten Commandments perfectly is Jesus, the rest of us fail miserably, and if a person thinks they are doing well they are worse off than the person that realizes how dreadfully bad they are….

God can however transform the heart he can change the leopards spots, I know I am depraved and but for the power of God transforming my life I would still have those struggles…He can do in my life for me what I cannot, it is Him working in my life that enables the walk…it is living in His freedom…

Livingsword said...

Hi Jon;

When the text says “before me” it is speaking of in His sight (which of course is all places at all times equally) but the Hebrew grammar also encompasses the concept of “besides me” which indeed most of the modern translations use. At the time of the original King James Version (1611) which I am assuming Delirious is quoting from the term was taken to mean “besides me”. This is one of the reasons the KJV is falling out of common usage, the Bible was not written in Shakespearian English…

Therefore having anybody or anything other than the genuine one God of the Bible as your God is sin, putting yourself before God is trying to make a God or Goddess of yourself which is sin…

Delirious said...

Jon,
I would agree with LS that the true meaning of the commandment is that we should not worship anyone or anything other than God. He is our God and will always be our God.

I have mentioned on another blog before that there are many "gods" in our lives that might take precendence over worshipping "the one true God". For some people, that God is their career, for others their money, for others their hobbies. Anything that we set our heart upon, that draws us away from worshipping God would fall under the meaning of this commandment.
Having lived in Taiwan, and seen people worship idols in their homes, I have gained a greater appreciation for this commandment. Also, the children of Israel, who had been brought through the Red Sea by God's power, still began to make a golden calf while they were waiting for Moses to come down from the Mount. Obviously, this commandment was important for them, and is one we all should think about as it pertains to our own lives.

jON said...

thanks for the info! that's confused me for a long time...