Scholars are divided on that question. It seems that the structure of these commands and covenant were familiar in the ancient world. All riot and excess, all drunkenness and gluttony, all inactivity and slothfulness, and all superstitious mortifications and self-denials, by which life may be destroyed or shortened; all these are point-blank sins against the sixth commandment. Jesus called attention to the fact that some children would sidestep this requirement by declaring that they had given to God whatever support the parent would have received from the child. · It is a mirror, showing us our moral failure and need for a savior. Commentary on Exodus 20:18-21 Read This law, which is so extensive that we cannot measure it, so spiritual that we cannot evade it, and so reasonable that we cannot find fault with it, will be the rule of the future judgment of God, as it is for the present conduct of man. If it appeared that a person might be guilty of false witness, Jewish law required that there be a thorough inquiry.
These national judgments, thus continued from generation to generation, appear to be what are designed by the words in the text, Visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children, etc. As God is the fountain of happiness, and no intelligent creature can be happy but through him, whoever seeks happiness in the creature is necessarily an idolater; as he puts the creature in the place of the Creator, expecting that from the gratification of his passions, in the use or abuse of earthly things, which is to be found in God alone. God spoke all these words: The Bible tells us that the law is holy, just, and good Romans 7:12. So in preaching 1 Corinthians 2:4-5. It demands an exclusive covenant relationship with Yahweh Psalm 81:9-10.
Also submission to their counsels and corrections. That this is the true rendering seems to follow from ; Compare. · It is a guide, showing us the heart and desire of God for His people. Click the button below to continue. However, Jews and most Protestants regard Exodus 20:17 as one commandment.
Certain exceptions were allowed, such as acting to preserve life or to save a life. He who bears a false testimony against or belies even the devil himself, comes under the curse of this law, because his testimony is false. The laws delivered on Mount Sinai have been variously named. Thus the first commandment teaches that no deity, real or imagined, is to rival the one true God, who is the only One who matters. And you must not go up by steps to my altar, that your private parts may not be exposed upon it.
The Seventh, against adultery and uncleanness, Exodus 20:14. In ancient times, true monotheism belief in one god was unique to Israel. To countenance its image worship, the Roman Catholic Church has left the whole of this second commandment out of the decalogue, and thus lost one whole commandment out of the ten; but to keep up the number they have divided the tenth into two. This division, which is natural enough, refers us to the grand principle, love to God and love to man, through which both tables are observed. The implications are spelled out in considerable detail by the rest of the verse, which ends by telling us not to covet anything that belongs to our neighbor. God desires the obedience which springs from love, not fear. For a considerable time parents stand as it were in the place of God to their children, and therefore rebellion against their lawful commands has been considered as rebellion against God.
When the people saw it, they trembled, and stayed at a distance. While Hammurabi mentions the gods of Babylon, the emphasis is clearly on him as the king and lawgiver with divine authority, of course. He brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, and then gave them His law. If even the regenerate man, as some have unwarily asserted, does daily break these commands, these ten words, in thought, word, and deed, he may be as bad as Satan for aught we know; for Satan himself cannot transgress in more forms than these, for sin can be committed in no other way, either by bodied or disembodied spirits, than by thought, or word, or deed. The second commandment refers to the worship we are to render to the Lord our God.
What is the New Testament standard on this issue? It intimates, That we cannot have any other god but he will know it. In his book The Abolition of Man, C. Careful observers have noted a peculiar blessing in temporal things on obedient, and the reverse on disobedient children. Plunderers of kingdoms though above human justice, will be included in this sentence. The worship of creatures is here forbidden.
They have been also termed the moral law, because they contain and lay down rules for the regulation of the manners or conduct of men. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Laws concerning worship and altars. Trading, paying wages, settling accounts, writing letters of business, worldly studies, trifling visits, journeys, or light conversation, are not keeping this day holy to the Lord. The Ten Commandments are good because: · They show the wise moral guidance and government of God. We love Him because He first loved us. · They give us a way to teach morality.