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Understanding The Ten Commandments

How well do we understand the Ten Commandments? As the Lord shows us sin in our lives, it is not to condemn us, but rather that we would repent (to hate the sin to the point that we never want to commit that sin again) and go to the One who can makes us white as snow. But wait…there’s much more to it than being forgiven. Jesus desires to live in us and flow out of us giving us His very life in order that we can live a victorious life in Him. Have you died to your old way of life? To your sins? Are you the king of your kingdom? Are you denying yourself? Are you carrying your cross? As you read this short summary of the Ten Commandments – ask the Lord to show you anything in your life that needs to be repented of and allow the Lord to do His work in you to give you the victory you need in those areas.

First commandment: (Exodus 20:3) ‘You shall have no other gods before me.’ This commandment concerns our worship. Everyone is a worshipper of something. What do you worship? (Financial success, power, influence, position, sports, hobbies, family, sex, drugs, alcohol, yourself…)


Second commandment: (Exodus 20: 4-6) ‘You shall not make for yourself an idol (any graven image) to worship…

The Lord God is too great to be represented by anything made by human hands. Do not worship anything created – instead worship the Lord God Who created EVERYTHING (Isaiah 42:8).

Third commandment: (Exodus 20: 7) ‘You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain.’

Do not use or repeat the name of the Lord in Vain or in a profane way. Vain = having no real value, worthless, lightly, as a byword, to no purpose at all, frivolously… Profane = not connected to religion, secular… God’s name is to be honored and respected and His name is to be respected and used in a holy and reverent way.

Fourth commandment: (Exodus 20:8 -11) ‘Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy,’

God is to be served, honored and worshipped daily. Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We will face many spiritual trials and persecutions, and much doctrinal deception. We must meet together regularly in order to encourage one another to hold firmly to Christ.

Fifth commandment: (Exodus 20:12) ‘Honor you father and mother.’

Concerns our duty that we, children owe to our parents. Honor = to respect, to show high regard for. The first four commandments teach on our relationship to God. This fifth commandment is the first of six that teach on our relationship with others; family mentioned first. Why??? This shows how much importance God placed on the family.

Sixth commandment: (Exodus 20:13) ‘You shall not murder.’

Concerns our duty to protect life (includes being against abortion) and to love others. Murder is a heart attitude – the inward condition of the heart, shown outwardly by anger. Anger, rage, bitterness, resentment, envy, hatred, revenge, criminal activity, suicide, fighting, jealousy… are like a poison and can grow and lead to destruction. Meditate on 1 John 3:15.

Seventh commandment: (Exodus 20:14) ‘You shall not commit adultery’.

Sins included in this commandment? Any sex before or outside of marriage, homosexuality, transsexuality, lust, porn of any kind, rape, pedophilia, swinging couples, incest …

Eighth commandment: (Exodus 20: 15) ‘You shall not steal’.

The root of all stealing is greed, pride, and unbelief. Included in this commandment are the unjust and fraudulent practices in dealing with people; ill-gotten gain, deceit in commerce, taking advantage of people, not restoring what is borrowed or found, withholding debts, rents, or wages, over reaching your brother, …

Ephesians 4:28 ‘He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.’

Ninth commandment: (Exodus 20:16) ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor’.

Lie = to make a statement that one knows is false, in any way plotting to deceive another, cheating, speaking unjustly against someone – putting their reputation on the line, accusing someone when they are innocent. Slandering = the utterance of a falsehood that damages another’s reputation. Backbiting = to slander someone who is absent. Tale bearing = a story, narrative, idle or malicious gossip, a fiction, someone who delivers the gossip. Any way endeavoring to raise our own reputation on the ruin of our neighbor. Also included with this commandment is aggravating what is done amiss and making it worse. Our words are powerful – they can build someone up or break them down.

Tenth commandment: (Exodus 20:17) ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house… your neighbor’s wife or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’ Covet = to want intensely or to think about all the time or to plan to get it, to desire for wealth or the longing for more. Learn contentment over covetousness. Contentment has much more to do with what you are on the inside rather than what you have.

Luke 12:15 ‘Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” God is to be the treasure of our hearts and not stuff. What do you treasure?