|Exodus 20 |
1 Then God spoke all these words, saying,
2 "I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 You shall have no other gods before me.
4 You shall not make yourself any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5 You shall not bow yourself down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
6 But showing mercy to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.1 [Taking God's name in vain is to speak about God or Christ before your heart has been cleansed from it being defiled; as all unregenerated men's hearts are defiled before they are purified. As George Fox wrote: "such as talk of Christ, and do not walk in him; such as profess him, and do not possess him; .. such as profess Christ the way, and walk not in the way, the truth, and the life; all such talkers, and not walkers, are dishonorers of God, and cause his holy name to be blasphemed among those who make no profession." From the Word of the Lord within my heart: "By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. Jesus is a mighty name to be declared in all the worlds to come. Guard and protect his name."]
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shall you labor and do all your work,
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 Honor your father and your mother,2 that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God gives you.
13 You shall not murder.
14 You shall not commit adultery.
15 You shall not steal.
16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."
18 Now when all the people saw the thunderings and the lightnings and heard the sound of the trumpet and saw the mountain smoking, they moved and stood at a distance and trembled with fear.
19 And they said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself and we will listen, but let not God speak with us, lest we die."3
20 And Moses said to the people, "Fear not; for God has come to test you, so that the fear of Him may be with you, that you may not sin."4
21 So the people stood at a distance, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
22 And the LORD said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
23 You shall not make any gods besides me; you shall not make gods of silver or gods of gold for yourselves.
24 You shall make an altar of earth to me and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. Wherever I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and I will bless you.
25 And if you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone, for if you lift up your tools upon it, you have defiled it.
26 Nor shall you go up by steps to my altar, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.'
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1 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. From George Fox's Letter 316: (written in 1600's):
such as talk of Christ, and do not walk in him; such as profess him, and do not possess him; such as live not in the religion that was set up above sixteen hundred years since; such as profess Christ the way, and walk not in the way, the truth, and the life; all such talkers, and not walkers, are dishonorers of God, and cause his holy name to be blasphemed among such as make no profession.
Without being prompted what to say by the Holy Spirit immediately before speaking, to speak of Jesus or Christ is taking the Lord's name in vain; even worse is to use the Lord's name in all-to-common exclamations, or to curse something using the name "God."
Similarly: 1) to call yourself a Christian, or 2) to call yourself a son of God, or 3) to say He is your Lord or Master or 4) to say you are in Christ, or 5) to claim to be in the name of Jesus or in His name; while you still sin, (and thus are a slave to sin), is to taking his name in vain because your continued slavery to sin denies Him as Lord and Master. It is not what you say that makes Jesus your Lord or Master, but your deeds — your obedience to his teachings and commands. By your deeds you either acknowledge him or deny him as your Lord and Master. If you continue in sin and call Him Lord, you are like those whom He said: "This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me." Mat 15:8. When your selfish, evil nature has been destroyed on the inward cross of self-denial, then your heart is no longer defiled, and then He is your true Lord in word and deed. Until then, you can call him Lord, you can call him Master, but so did Judas, even kissing Him. You are the slaves of him whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16.
From the Word of the Lord within: "By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. Jesus is a mighty name to be declared in all the worlds to come. Guard and protect his name."
2 Honor your father and your mother.
Below is a wonderful expansion of honoring your mother and father from The Wisdom of Sirach, Chapter 3:
Listen to a father's reproof, children, and act accordingly so that you may be safe.
For the Lord has glorified father over children, and he has confirmed a mother's judgment over sons.
He who honors father will atone for sins, and like one who lays up treasure is he who glorifies his mother.
He who honors father will be gladdened by children, and in the day of his prayer he will be heard.
He who glorifies father will prolong his days, and he who listens to the Lord will give rest to his mother.
Among those who begot him, he will act as a slave to master.
By deed and word honor your father so that a blessing from him might come upon you.
For a father's blessing supports children's houses, but a mother's curse uproots foundations.
Do not glorify yourself by your father's disgrace, for you have no glory in a father's disgrace.
For a person's repute comes from his father's honor, and a mother of ill repute is a reproach to children.
Child, support your father in old aged, and do not grieve him during his life.
But if he fails in comprehension, excuse him, and do not dishonor him in the fullness of your strength.
For charity for a father will not be forgotten and will be credited to you against sins.
In a day of affliction it will be remembered of you; as fair weather upon frost, so will your sins be dissolved.
Like a blasphemer is the one who neglects a father, and cursed by the Lord is the one who angers his mother.
3 Now when all the people saw the thunderings and the lightnings and heard the sound of the trumpet and saw the mountain smoking, they moved and stood at a distance and trembled with fear. And they said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself and we will listen, but let not God speak with us, lest we die." In Hebrews, the Apostle relates this to the Christian experience, which occurs at the end of our journey to union with the Lord, and which describes the fellowship with the Father, the Son, the angels, and spirits of just men made perfect, (a spiritual fellowship of saints still on the earth, and saints in heaven, no longer on the earth).
For you have not come to the mountain that can be touched, and that burned with fire; nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice those who heard begged that the word should not be spoken to them any more.
(For they could not endure that which was commanded, "If so much as a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned, or shot through with an arrow."
And the sight was so terrible that Moses said, "I exceedingly fear and quake."
But you have come to mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. Heb 12:18-24.
That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3.
4 God has come to test you, so that the fear of him may be with you, that you may not sin. Unless you fear God, you will not turn away from sin.
Woe to those who call themselves Christians who have no fear of God; who continue to sin throughout their lives, thinking Christ is their excuse to sin; who have no fear of God's wrath and punishment for continuing to sin; who fear those who kill the body, but do not fear him who can destroy the body and soul, casting them into Hell. It is not too late to wake up.
Woe to those who think and brag that they have a free pass to heaven just by believing while still sinning.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Your covenant with death will be removed." It is not too late to wake up.
Woe to those who think God is so unfair, arbitrary, and capricious as to send believing sinners to heaven, while non-believing sinners to Hell. If so, you have been brainwashed with lies that God excuses your continuing to sin. It is not too late to wake up and read the fine print!
You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6. It is not too late to wake up. The acts of the sinful nature include sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), etc. ...those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21. It is not too late to wake up.
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14. Each time you sin, you are piercing Christ within you. If you have sorrow and regret, with resolve to not repeat the same mistake again, your godly sorrow is a soothing balm to the wounds you have inflicted. On the day of the Lord, which all will experience, you will see whom you have pierced, and you will mourn. Rev 1:7.
God has come to test you, so that the fear of Him may be with you, that you may not sin. We are tested and undergo trials in order to be rid of sin.
Every person who seeks God will be severely tested; one result is to be finished with sin. To be finished with sin is to: 1) fear God who has severely tested you, and who can do much worse if you return to sin, 2) to hate the sin in yourself so much that you would not even consider returning to it, and 3) to have the merciful power of God's grace remove the sin.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds], and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works. Tit 2:14.
Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so that he should not live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10.
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