THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (9)
When we looked at the Tenth Commandment, ‘Do Not Covet’, I`m sure we were all convicted of how far we fall short of God`s perfect standard, especially in the area of coveting. We come now to the ninth commandment and let us see again how we measure up to God`s righteous requirement. Let us remind ourselves of it, remember I`m tackling them in reverse order.
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.” (Ex 20:16) Read the rest of this entry »
Soon after the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, a small boy was listening to the radio. He looked at his father anxiously: ‘I hope they haven`t found any more commandments’.
That small boy`s thinking is often the modern approach to the commandments because we think it would cramp our style to have any more. Many think that a pass mark of around 30 or 40% is acceptable and will be sufficient for a place in heaven. If you were asked to recite the ten commandments, would you be able to do it? Most, if they can name any, can name 3 or 4 because they are those they think are most important. They used to be written up in all Anglican churches and read each Sunday. Today, however, Christians say they are not ‘under law but under grace’, which is true, but does that mean the commandments have no relevance for Christians today. I hope, that by looking at them, we will find the real reason why God gave them and what they mean for us today. Read the rest of this entry »
As I was preparing the series of sermons on the Ten Commandments I came across this poem by Elton Trueblood:
Above all else love God alone; Bow down to neither wood or stone.
God`s name refuse to take in vain; The Sabbath rest with care maintain.
Respect your parents all your days; Hold sacred human life always.
Be loyal to your chosen mate; Steal nothing, neither small nor great.
Report, with truth, your neighbours deed; And rid your mind of selfish greed.