The Ninth Commandment

The ninth commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" (Exodus 20:16), is not about lying in general. (Although there are plenty of verses in Scripture that do expressly prohibit all lying, such as Colossians 3:9.) The ninth commandment is specifically about testifying falsely against someone in a legal proceeding. It makes sense that this form … Continue reading The Ninth Commandment

Two Commandments About Money & Stuff

The 8th and 10th Commandments are all about respecting other people's money and their stuff. “You shall not steal." (Exodus 20:15) “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 is your neighbor's.” (Exodus 20:17) … Continue reading Two Commandments About Money & Stuff

Sexual Purity & The 7th Commandment

The command is short, but the consequences for disobedience to it are devastating to relationships, to marriages, and to the human heart. "You shall not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14) Jesus has unpacked this verse for us, so there is no doubt what all it includes. The extent of this command goes far beyond married men and … Continue reading Sexual Purity & The 7th Commandment

The Command Most Think They Haven’t Broken (And Why They Have)

The 6th commandment is usually the one that makes most people (thankfully) go, "Aha! Here is one I haven't broken." Not so fast. 😉 It simply says, "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:13) This one leaves us pretty smug until we read Jesus' interpretation of it. “You have heard that it was said to those of … Continue reading The Command Most Think They Haven’t Broken (And Why They Have)

Honoring Your Parents (Even When It Is Hard)

The fifth commandment says this, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12) Let's look first at the promise God gives with this commandment, because it is a pretty amazing promise. In Deuteronomy 5:16, also referenced by Paul in Ephesians 6:3, the … Continue reading Honoring Your Parents (Even When It Is Hard)

Honoring His Beautiful Name

The third commandment is about the name of the Lord. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7) So, what does this mean? Well, probably the best way I can explain this commandment is through examples … Continue reading Honoring His Beautiful Name