Stolen Dignity

15 “You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15

This is another command that the Lord shouldn’t need to spell out because it seems so obvious, but it encompasses quite a bit.

It is also an open ended command. In other words, nothing a person has can be stolen: property, life, intellectual property, dignity, reputation, trust. The latter three deal with what we say about someone else.

We live in an age where the media can steal destroy someone’s reputation in one 24-hour news cycle. The case of the 17-year-old kid who wore the red MAGA hat while staring down the Native American in D.C. He did nothing wrong but the media sought to destroy him.

Social media can steal and destroy in a different way. Kids are bullied and harassed to the point where they think crazy life-ending thoughts.

Our written words can steal a person’s dignity and reputation quickly. Careful what you type on the web – even if you’re certain you’re right; it is forever. Once you send it; it’s on the interwebs forever.

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Adultery: A Breach of the Mind

14 “You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14

As Jesus broadened the previous commandment in Matthew 5:27-32, so He expanded this commandment.

Adultery starts in the heart.

A fair treatment of this verse can be found in Got Questions?:

The positive part of the command would entail doing the opposite of what the command prohibits: chastity in body, mind, words and action; keeping watch over what we take in with our eyes and the other senses; an attitude of temperance and self-control (i.e., moderation); being discerning over the company we keep; dressing modestly; and fulfilling our marriage vows in regards to sexual relations and cohabitation.

The bottom line is that God instituted this command for our protection. He already defined marriage as between a man and a woman in Genesis. Going outside those boundaries causes unnecessary heartaches and problems, and defiles the sanctity of marriage.

But it all starts with what you feed your mind and spirit with.

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At The Root of Murder

13 “You shall not murder. Exodus 20:13

This is an easy enough command until you get to the New Testament and Jesus tells that anyone who has hatred in his heart and has thought about murder has already committed it in his heart.

Guilty as charged. Every single one of us.

That sin of hatred creeps up on us on occasion, and it becomes necessary to eradicate it yet again. Getting at the root of the hatred is significant.

What causes it? What triggers it?

Because of our sin nature, we’ll have those tendencies at times. Our desire to become bitter and hate should lesson over time, but it’s latent and ready to rear its ugly head at the first opportunity.

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

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Honoring Your Parents

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

This verse is often told to children as they grow up, but it’s equally relevant as we grow older. We tell children to obey their.

The parents then raise the children as best as they know given the fallen and broken world we find ourselves in. They have to take into account all the scars and wounds they received as they were growing up, and they carry all of that into their training and discipline for us.

Still, the command is to honor your father and mother (or caregivers). There is a special blessing attached to this command, though it may not be readily or easily realized.

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Actually Resting on the Day of Rest

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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. 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 20:8-11

As noted, the Lord rested on the seventh day of creation. He stood back and admired the beauty of creation. That is a significant example for this passage. That is etched in stone as one of the Ten Commandments makes it even more significant.

The pattern that God established was clear “work six days, rest one.”

Is it Saturday, Sunday, Friday? It doesn’t matter.

Work six days, rest one.

It seems like a pretty simple formula for resting the body and mind from labor.

It’s not a difficult commandment to keep, except if you’re a workaholic.

That day of rest is a holy day, one that should be cherished and respected.

This week consecrate that day intentionally.

Pray over it.

Relax.

Take a breather.

Spend some time reflecting.

Enjoy it.

Enjoy God.

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