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Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:15

“Thou shalt not steal!” –Exodus 20:15

Bob Deffinbaugh wrote about stealing on the site Bible.org.  I would encourage you to go and read his entire article, but here is just a little snippet that was profound and convicting to me about a major source of theft in our society:

“Stealing is a subject well worth our attention for several reasons. First, stealing has become a national problem of epidemic proportions. For example, consider the impact of “time theft” on our economy:

The Robert Half Personnel Agencies has calculated that time-theft will cost the American economy as much as $70 billion a year. Time-theft is defined as those deliberate employee actions which result in the massive, growing misuse and waste of time. Estimated time-theft are: arriving to work late, leaving early, taking unjustified ‘sick’ days, extensive socializing with co-workers, turning the water cooler into a conversation pit, inattention to the job at hand, reading novels and magazines on the job, operating a business on the side during working hours, eating lunch at the desk and then going out for the ‘lunch hour,’ excessive personal phone calls, on-the-job daydreaming and fanticizing, long, frequent coffee and snack breaks, etc.

Are you involved in “time theft” ?

Memorize Scripture Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” –Exodus 20:12

I was just thinking about this text last night.  My Dad and I went to an individuals house to give a Bible Study, which is really awesome that I get that experience with my Dad.  After the study we sat in my driveway for about an hour just talking.  I came inside and this text popped into my head, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long…” I didn’t think about it because I had been disrespectful or dishonoring to him.  I realized my dad is a lot smarter than me, not intellectually though probably that too, but experientially.  That text popped into my head and I felt God impressing upon my heart to listen to honor my Dad’s counsel because his wisdom would help me avoid some pitfalls in life, thus reducing my stress, and thus hopefully I will live longer as a result.  Suddenly I realized honoring is not just about being kind and respectful.  It is more than just being obedient while a child. It is a lifelong commitment to honoring their counsel, the legacy God is using them to help direct us into. 

I know that not everyone has a Dad or Mom.  Or not everyone is blessed with the relationship with their Dad or Mom that I am.  To those folk I would encourage you to do this, go seek out someone that is older than you someone with more life experience.  Even if you are 40 or 50 I am sure there is someone that is 60 or 70 that could throw some counsel into your life.  I think you would be surprised at how many great people are out there willing to speak words that we need to honor into our lives, if we would just listen! 

I am blessed beyond words to have my Mom and Dad as two of my best friends.  But I also have a significant number of other folk that I ask and invite into my life to give me counsel that will help me to live a long and blessed life.

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:11

“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” –Exodus 20:11

Exodus 20:11 points us back to creation, back to the institution of the Sabbath,

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” –Genesis 2: 2, 3.

This text reminds us that the Sabbath is not some arbitrary law.  It’s establishment was not at Mount Sinai when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, but rather was a part of God’s original plan before sin ever entered the world.  The Sabbath is as Holy as the establishment of unity between one man and one woman at the beginning of time.  The commandment is simply a reminder to all mankind to worship the creator on His holy day.

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:10

“But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” –Exodus 20:10

We most often think of the Sabbath from a very selfish point of view, as a day for us.  The reality is that we have responsibility not only to teach others about the Sabbath, but also to not put them in a position where they may be breaking the Sabbath, such as ignoring the command to not work.  Are people working for you on God’s holy day?

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:9

“Six days you shall labor and do all your work” –Exodus 20:9

This text is more than about a command to simply not work on the 7th day Sabbath.  Exodus 20:9 is to remind us that our lives are not dependent upon our labor but rather on the grace of God.  While the rest of the world teaches that ceaseless labor is the key to success, God reminds us that worship of the one true God is of ultimate value in our life!

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:8

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” –Exodus 20:8

The Sabbath day is HOLY.  The word for “holy” in Hebrew is “Qadosh” which literally means according to Koehler and Baumgartner’s Hebrew Lexicon: “withheld from profane use, to be treated with special care.”

So the question for all of us would be is the Sabbath day withheld in our lives from profane use?  Is the Sabbath day treated with special care?  I think to know if the Sabbath is being treated in a profane way in our lives we have to understand that to “profane something” means to bring the secular into the sacred.  So doing secular activities on a sacred day would be profaning the Sabbath. 

Let us all keep the Sabbath Holy!

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:7

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” –Exodus 20:7

The name of YHWH was so holy to the Jewish people they never even spoke it.  When they would get to the name of God in scripture rather than say Yahweh, they would say, “Adonai”.  Casually using God’s name without any purpose, shows a low view of God.  How?  Because anyone or anything we love we don’t speak of flippantly. My boys are two of the most precious gifts to me and I don’t speak of them as a sidebar or as a curse word.  They are of utmost value so I speak their names as their names and not at a whim.

I was raised in a home where we couldn’t even say, “gosh,” “geez,” or “golly” those words my parents felt were to close to the name of God, I think they were/are right and I am grateful they instilled that fear of the Lord in me.  Long before I was a Christian when profane speech was part of my everyday vocabulary on the couple of occasions I took the Lord’s name in vain I felt a twinge of remorse and guilt…the Lord was using my upbringing to remind me that He was still Lord and that He was still there…even for me!

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:5, 6

“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”  –Exodus 20: 5 & 6

As I said yesterday we make idols not through a lack of belief in God, but a lack of faith of God.  This happens in the everyday living of our lives (which is worship), but often times it happens in what we specifically as followers of Jesus refer to as “worship” what we do Saturday mornings (or Sunday mornings).  We create idols in “worship” when God isn’t enough. What do I mean by this?  Worship for many is not successful unless the music was to the standard they desired, or the music was not of the genre they prefer.  It is not successful if the speaker they like to listen to isn’t the speaker or if the speaker did not finish by 12 or 12:30.  Even if truth, clear and direct truth from scripture was presented if the above were not up to their standard then worship by them would be deemed as not successful.  Why because worship has become about what they prefer and not the truth of God’s Word!  When this happens idols are created because we are no longer worshiping the Lord, but rather our own desires for worship! 

 

Memorize Scripture: Exodus 20:4

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”

–Exodus 20:4

In our current context how do we form images?  To understand this passage I believe we need to look at one of if not the most directly quoted passage in scripture, Habakkuk 2:4 which is then quoted three times in the New Testament, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38, “The righteous (just) shall live by faith.”  The reason the Israelites “made” idols for worship is because the way God was revealing Himself or not revealing Himself to them wasn’t good enough according to their own perspective.  They couldn’t see Him, They couldn’t hear Him.  He took too long to send Moses back down the mountain. So they reasoned to themselves that they should make something that would encourage them, that would make them “feel” better.  To “feel” more secure.  As you read scripture we see over and over again that many times the people still believed in YHWH (Yahweh) even as they made images.  Idols weren’t always a sign of unbelief, rather idols were a sign of no faith, no faith in what God was doing.  No faith that God would deliver.  No faith that God would protect.  No faith that God would provide. No faith that God heard them.  However more often than not, they still believed!  Well aren’t faith and belief the same thing?  No, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (James 2:19) Where Satan and the demons fail is not in their unbelief in the ONE God, they fail in their lack of faith in God. Idol worship continues in our current setting not because of a lack of belief in God, but because of a lack of faith in God and more specifically lack of faith in worship of God as we will see tomorrow.  We create idols even if we “make” nothing physical, when we believe in God but fail to “live by faith” in God and therefore try to figure things out and do things our own way.  Every time you or I try to overcome sin on our own we are making an idol.  Every time we try to overcome a conflict in our own life apart from God we are making an idol.  Every time we worry about how we are going to pay for something or we fail to give to God, because we then can’t pay our bills or go on that vacation, we are making an idol.  Idols are not about unbelief they are about a lack of faith and scripture tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God..” (Hebrews 11:6). 

So as we memorize this text let us think about the idols we’ve made and humbly ask God to tear them down by teaching us how to “live by faith.”

 

Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before me.” –Exodus 20:3 (Write it down on a 3×5 card)

The first commandment of the 10 is pretty simple, pretty straight forward, and extremely important and profound.  The entire purpose of scripture, the entire purpose of Christianity, the entire purpose of our lives is to give glory to God!  Anytime someone or something gets more glory than the one true God in our lives, that thing or that person becomes our god!  Our minds may automatically jump to bad things, but a god can be and often times is a good things as well: Our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our exercise routine (distance running, at times, unfortunately has been my God), our homes, our golf game.  What do you focus on most?  That is your godDo you need to replace your God with the one true God? 

“You shall have NO OTHER gods before me.” –Exodus 20:3

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