The Ten Commandments
Synopsis of Bible study 8/11/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
The Ten Commandments were written over 3000 yrs ago. They were given to Moses after the Hebrew was delivered from Egypt. There were over 600 laws in the Hebrew culture, but they all stemmed from the Ten Commandments. The 10 commandments can be found both in Exodus 20 & Deuteronomy 5.
We don’t. Live under the law or the judgment of the law anymore, but we live under its grace. Though we no longer live under its judgment, we are the responsible for living under its righteousness. Luke 10:25-28 says 25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. – Notice, Jesus does not move the law, but came to fulfill the law. Now let’s take a look at 3 of the Ten Commandments.
I. Thou shalt have no other gods before me Exodus 20:3
- First of all please note that we always capitalize the words “God”, “Lord”, and “Jesus”. We use the lowercase form of the word “god” when we are talking about other gods outside of the true and living God. This is important, because it is the recognition of God as a personality:
- It is important for us to know that the law was a schoolmaster used to bring us to Christ. Galatians 3:24 says 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
- If not for the law, we wouldn’t even know what sin was. Galatians 3:20 says 20Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. – It is the recognition of God as a personality. God is a living God.
- We have a recognition of God as a personal God:
- To have God as a personal God is to acknowledge him as God. Psalm 96:5 says 5For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. – God is the only true living God.
1 Corinthians 8:4 says 4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. – We must understand acknowledging God is saying there is no other like God.
1 Kings 8:22-23 says 22And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: 23And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: – Solomon declared that there was noone like our God.
Psalm 89:6 says 6For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? – It is only when you come to a personal acknowledgment of god that you realize there is no one like him. Once we acknowledge him we have to choose him.
- To have God as a personal God is to choose him. – Joshua 24:15 says 15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. -Joshua makes a choice to serve God. Like Joshua we have to make a conscious decision to choose God.
- To have God as a personal God, we have to solidify our covenant with him. 2 Chronicles 15:12 says 12And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;- In this scripture, they were like being in a marriage. They had decided to go all the way in when it came to being in relationship with God.
- To have a personal God is to reverence him. – Isaiah 6:2 says 2Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. – The seraphims covered their face, because their perspective like ours doesn’t even matter. We must completely trust God in everything we do.
- To have God as a personal God is to fear him– Psalm 4:4 says 4Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.-We don’t sin, because we are too afraid. When we don’t fear God, we do what we want to do.
- To have a personal God is to trust him. – Psalm 141:8 says 8But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. -Our focus is on God and we trust him for everything we have in our life.
- Things that we make our gods:
- Riches – Sometimes we put riches ahead of God. 1 Timothy 6:10 says 10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.- Notice that God didn’t say money was the root of evil. It says for the love of money is the root of all evil. God is talking about making money your god. This is not your money. God gave you that money. Somewhere along the way, we started making money our god. We stop tithing it and we start living for money. We don’t go to work to be able to live on the money. We go to work to have money to sow seed. Ex-We go to work, we get increase (our pay), God expects us to sow seed on that increase, God opens window of heaven and pours us out a blessing, and then we end up with more money than we should have. Even if we get laid off, God has a way of providing for us.
- Wisdom and intelligence is one thing that we make our gods. – Many of us have a strong mind and as a result, we find ourselves trying to tell God what to do. Lean not your own and in all your ways, acknowledge him. Jeremiah 9:23 says 23Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: – Ex- Ahithophel was a person who was very witty and brilliant. He spent all his life giving advice. He made his intellect his god. People quit listening to Ahithophel and he didn’t know how to handle it. 2 Samuel 17:23 says 23And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father. – He didn’t know how to live, if people didn’t take his advice. If your mind gets to that point where you think you are smarter than God, then you got a problem.
- Pleasure is another thing that we make our god. 2 Timothy 3:4 says 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;-.You can end up putting your pleasures in front of God. How is this? We start scheduling God around our pleasure. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; – This scripture says there is a time for everything under the sun. You got to learn not to put pleasure over God.
- Relationships are something that we make our gods- People make relationships their gods. There are some single people that are faithful at coming to church and bible study. There is a certain portion of them that do it only because they have nothing else to do. Ex- When they get a boo (or boo’ed up so to speak), they stop coming to church. They make excuses of being tired and excuses of wanting to spend time with their boo. When they break up with this boo, they are back at the altar singing, “I need the Oh I need thee… “You simply can’t make your boo you god. Micah 7:5 says 5Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. – Don’t put your trust in people. Put your trust in God.
II. Thou shall not make unto thee graven image Exodus 20:4
Exodus 20:4 says 4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth and Exodus 20:6 says 6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
- First let’s start off by saying that there is something wrong with all denominations in some area or another, even ours. This is why Bishop Walker says he is a teacher of the bible. In the bible, God gave limited permission for certain people to make likenesses of things that are heavenly. The things we are going to say about this might offend some people.
In Exodus 25:19 it says 19And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.- In this scripture, God gave permission for the people to make likenesses of the cherubim’s. You see a lot of likeness of angels and personalities in statue form inside some of the older churches, such as some of the Catholic Churches. Some however have taken it too far. Likenesses are one thing, but when you worship the likeness, this is taking it too far. Ex – It is one thing to have an angel on your mantle, but it is another thing to worship them and tell people not to touch them because they are your guardian angels. Some people even talk about having a lucky a rabbit’s foot. Well it can’t be that lucky. The rabbit had four feet and now you got one them. When you find yourself coming into a building and bowing down to a statue, wither it be, Peter, Paul, or Mary, you have gone too far.
- When you start bowing down to a graven image, you have made it a god. Exodus 20:4-6 says 4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.- God said he will let this iniquity go through your generations if we keep worshiping these idols.
- This was a commandment that has been ignored often. When you get a chance, read Judges 17 and 18. The tribe of Levi and the tribe of Dan can be found in this reading. Dan became so engulfed in idolatry, he lost his inheritance. Hosea 4:17 says 17Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. – Ephraim lost his inheritance as well.
- Solomon’s kingdom was lost, because of sodomy and idolatry. 1 Kings 11:4-11 says 4For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 7Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. 9And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 10And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
- God cast out people that practiced sodomy and abominations. 1 Kings 14:22-24 says 22And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done. 23For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. 24And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
- A righteous person does this when they find idolatry in their house. David was a godly ruler. 1 Kings 15:9-13 says 9And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. 10And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. 11And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. 12And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. – Asa put the sodomites out and then he removed their idols. His mother Maachah was the queen and he removed her from the throne, because he wanted to do what was right in the eyesight of God.
- Witchcraft and demonism accompany idolatry. 2 Chronicles 33:1-7 says 1Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem: 2But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 3For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. 5And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 7And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: – Demonism is a spirit too and it is involved in idolism. This scripture explains that Manasseh done what was evil in the sight of God, by worshipping idols, using witchcrafts, and wizards.
- Graven images were a problem in the days of the prophets. Isaiah 2:6-9 says 6Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. 7Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: 8Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not and Hosea 13:1-4 says 1When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. 2And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves. 3Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. 4Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.-It is important that we do not set up graven images. This is what the Hebrew boy’s went to the fiery furnace for. They refused to bow down to the king’s idols.
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy god in vain.
Exodus 20:7 says 7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- God places value on his name. We are a great culture of cursers. Some of us are in rehab for cursing right now so to speak. There are others of us that have spiritually relapsed. Some of us just need flat out deliverance from it.
- How do we take the Lord’s name in vain?
- By speaking irreverently of the name of Lord. – We go to the court house and say, “Yes your honor” to the judge and we say, “Yes sir” and “Yes maam” to our bosses, yet we refer to God as “The man upstairs”. Psalm 50:1 says 1The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. – God’s name is power.
- By Profession – Titus 1:16 says 16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. – What good does it do to call his name if your life is not consistent?
- To pray to God, but not believe him. 1 John 5:10 says 10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. – If you pray to God for something and you don’t believe he will do it, you take his name in vain.
- To profane and abuse his word. 2 Peter 3:4 says 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. – We begin to question God’s word wondering if his word will come to pass. God takes his word seriously. He even puts himself in submission to his own word.
- By attaching God’s name to anything or act that is wicked. 2 Samuel 15:7 says 7And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron. – Here Absalom used God’s name to cover his own wickedness. Don’t tell people the Lord said leave them alone. Just tell them the truth. Tell them you are tired of your foolishness. Ex- A choir member doesn’t get a solo and they say maybe their season is up at that church. Don’t blame it on God. You just didn’t get the solo.
- There is power in God’s name. Every time you take his name in vain, you dilute the power of him in your life.
His name has:
- Salvation – Acts 2:21 says 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 4:12 says 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Romans 10:13 says 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – This is the name that saved you. Why would you disrespect the name that saved you?
- Strong tower– His name is a strong tower. Proverbs 18:10 says 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. – His name is a strong tower. When we in need we run, we need to run him. If we are in lack, he our provide, our shelter, and our healer.
- His name is sovereignty- Philippians 2:9-10 says 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; There is so much authority and power in his name, somebody reading this believes that God is pulling their life in order right now at this moment. No longer will they put things in front of him. We are going to recognize there is enough power to deliver us from anything we might possible need.