TEN COMMANDMENTS: THE CONCLUSION

I must admit, somewhat ashamedly, that when I began this series several weeks ago, I thought I’d find that I had broken a few of the Ten Commandments, but overall, I felt I was doing pretty good.Oh, how sadly I was mistaken! Again and again as I read what others had said about the Commandments, and then added Jesus’ own thoughts in the Sermon on the Mount, I found that I have been unable to fully keep even a single one of these commandments. Not even one.

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The Tenth Commandment: Do Not Covet

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21).

Let’s start with a definition. Kevin DeYoung explains, “We covet when we want for ourselves what belongs to someone else…. Coveting longs for someone else’s stuff to be your stuff.”[1]

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The Ninth Commandment: Do Not Bear False Witness

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16; Deut. 5:20) Put in more simple terms, this command warns us that we are not to lie. About anything; anywhere; anytime. But let’s deal with what the Bible means when it speaks of giving false witness. Most immediately this refers to testifying falsely in a…

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The Sixth Commandment: Do Not Murder

Kevin DeYoung sets the stage for us when he says, “As he is apt to do, Jesus makes the one commandment we would have thought we were all going to feel pretty good about into one of the commandments we all feel pretty bad about.”

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MIGHTY GOD

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Mighty God: El Gibbor. There is so much that could be said about this name, but as I was looking for ideas for…

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The Fifth Commandment: Not Just for Children

“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; cf. Deuteronomy 5:6) Let’s start this article by quoting Albert Mohler. He says: “We think we are familiar with this commandment because it has the ring of the familiar. Most of us have heard it like…

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Father Forever

By Carey Dean All humanity enters this world as a son or daughter. The deepest part of our soul longs to know and be known by our Creator. Inside our first breath resides a beginning cry of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom….[me.]” Here resides the heart of the advent season. Advent’s fulness is…

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Prince of Peace

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) At Christmastime, this verse seems to appear frequently on Christmas cards, wall décor, and church power points, and it can be easy…

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Wonderful Counselor

Christmas is a season of awe. It’s a time when we celebrate God’s extravagant display of grace, humility, and wisdom that runs contrary to conventional thinking: the King of Kings coming to dwell with commoners, the Most Holy meeting us in the mundane, Majesty cloaked in meekness, the All-Sovereign swaddled as a helpless newborn. This…

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