Relating to others

Exodus 20:12-17.. How we relate to God determines how we will relate to others and how we relate to others reveals what we think and believe about God and His commands. God wanted Israel to look at His commandments as a whole rather than as separate parts.

#5- 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Treat parents with the respect no matter the circumstances. God made the family the basic unit of society and culture. To dishonor our parents is a way of dishonoring God.

#6- 13 “You shall not murder.

The Law clarified that the prohibition against murder did not apply to defending one’s home, A to the state’s execution of murderers, B to accidental killings, C or to a nation’s involvement in certain types of war. D  Jesus added that anger at a person is the same as murder. E

#7- 14 “You shall not commit adultery.

Adultery is sexual relations outside of marriage. This also speaks to keeping pure in sexual relations until marriage. Jesus said that looking at a person of with lust is the same as adultery. G

#8- 15 “You shall not steal.

 Stealing undermines the basic concept of the property rights of others and dismantles the notion of work. God’s command not to steal but to do honest work and help anyone in need is repeated in the NT. H

#9- 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

We are not to lie as disciples who serve a God who cannot lie. I  We are to reflect His character by being people of truth and integrity. J

#10- 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Coveting is the desiring of what someone else possesses may be accompanied by jealousy, envy, anger, and idolatry. Coveting is a sin against our neighbors because it views them as someone from whom we are to take. Further, coveting is a sin against God because it doubts that God will provide for our every need according to His riches in Jesus Christ.

 The law can not save us. Jesus Christ alone perfectly fulfilled and completed the purposes of the law of God as “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. K  All lawbreakers who repent of their sin and believe the good news of Jesus Christ are saved. L This is the gospel.

What the law could not do in us or for us, Jesus Christ did for us.

Notes: A-  Exodus 22:2 : B- Genesis 9:6 ; C- Deuteronomy 19:5 ; D- For Christian Just Rules of War click here ; F- Matthew 5:21-22 ; G- Matthew 5:27-28 ; H- Ephesians 4:28 ; I-  Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18 ; J- Matthew 5:37 ; K- 2 Corinthians 5:21 ; L- For how to have peace with God click here.

Henry Luke 10/16/2017

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