Verses 3-11 The first four commands center on our relationship with God. The mountain smoking: Deuteronomy 5:23 explains why the mountain smoked; it says the mountain was burning with fire. Obviously, that would include images of Yahweh. That it is a sin that dares him to his face, which he cannot, will not, overlook. All light appealing to God, all profane cursing, is a horrid breach of this command. What are the consequences of lying? Who steals my purse steals trash, - But he that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.
The cherubim would certainly be an image of one sort or another. All false oaths are forbidden. It requires perfect, unfailing, constant obedience; no law in the world admits disobedience to itself. This made it unnecessary for them to collect manna on the sabbath. The Ninth, against false testimony, perjury, etc. This corruption of the word of God by the Roman Catholic Church stamps it, as a false and heretical Church, with the deepest brand of ever-during infamy! It may mean all of those things.
· · · ¶ Thou shalt not covet ; thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. Verse 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery - Adultery, as defined by our laws, is of two kinds; double, when between two married persons; single, when one of the parties is married, the other single. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you. It says there are six days to work—the implication being that Yahweh has established six work days as part of the created order of things. The tabernacle and temple are holy, because God set them aside as places for people to worship and to experience the presence of God. It intimates the care he has of his own institutions, his displeasure against idolaters, and that he resents every thing in his worship that looks like, or leads to, idolatry: visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation - Severely punishing.
The important thing is that we love God enough to set aside one day in seven to worship Him. Concisely listed prohibitions mark the second category, with only one exception, an imperative plus its explanation verse 12. · Hypocrisy: Claiming the name of God but acting in a way that disgraces Him i. Self-defence is lawful; but much which is not deemed murder by the laws of man, is such before God. Updated 2001-05-26; 14:30:57utc Exodus 20 As was mentioned in the previous chapter, at this point the Ten Commandments are given together with various laws relating to the relationship between man and God. Plunderers of kingdoms though above human justice, will be included in this sentence. Ancient Near Eastern law codes for the most part were casuistic reasoning used to resolve moral problems by extracting or extending theoretical rules from particular instances and applying these rules to new instances.
· They would make the world so much better if obeyed. Another fish, called Phagrus, was worshipped at Syene, according to Clemens Alexandrinus in his Cohortatio. Careful observers have noted a peculiar blessing in temporal things on obedient, and the reverse on disobedient children. The advantages from the due keeping of this holy day, were it only to the health and happiness of mankind, with the time it affords for taking care of the soul, show the excellency of this commandment. That thy days may be long upon the land - Filial respect is the ground of national permanence compare ; ;. They want you to get married sooner to secure your future. This teaches us the absolute necessity of that great Mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, as no man can come unto the Father but by him.
That His fear may be before you: This distinguishes between two kinds of fear. The Eighth, against stealing and dishonesty, Exodus 20:15. Anything that would defame God would be included in this also. In Egypt, it was the practice to make statues of animals and other things that they worshipped. It cannot be expected that he should be true to his brother, who is false to his God. Are then formed as a precept or direct command which is given in the second person.
Verse 23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver - The expressions here are very remarkable. Whatever comes short of perfect love, gratitude, reverence, or worship, breaks this commandment. To this point, she has not succumbed to drug use, but does seem unable to break free from the ties to her parents that lock her into their dysfunctional behaviors. Six days are allotted to worldly business, but not so as to neglect the service of God, and the care of our souls. You shall have no other gods before Me: The first commandment logically flowed from understanding who God was and what He had done for Israel. All false gods stand in opposition to the true God, and the worship of them is incompatible with the worship of Yahweh. You are to labor and do all your work for six days, but the seventh day is a sabbath to Jehovah your God.
The laws delivered on Mount Sinai have been variously named. This is an expression of His love; He wants the very best for His people. Portions of it were probably traditional rules handed down from the patriarchs, and retained by the Israelites in Egypt. But these penal statutes were not to be the ground of obedience for the true Israelite according to the covenant. For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and he began to rest on the seventh day. He who works by his servants or cattle is equally guilty as if he worked himself. Ancient Rabbis taught that on the Sabbath, a man could not carry something in his right hand or in his left hand, across his chest or on his shoulder.