First of all you must know that it is by grace you have beeen saved. It is not because of your good works etc. But if you count yourself religious and still rely on the laws to be forgiven and saved, than yes, you must read them and understand and keep.
But anyway I want to say!
Before you start read, know that the Law was given only to show people that they are sinful and they need Redeemer. Galatians 3:19. Since we have Redeemer already, each and every Law, commandment and decree, what ever there may be, are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. He did it for you. And after this they are fulfild also - if you love others as yourself. For those who love God and are loved by God, there are no really Law to follow for the entire Law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Galatians 5:14).
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law
by becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). If and still there is any doubt in your heart, see all Commandments (just to understand that no even one person has been able to keep them and will be not, for all are sinful and in need of Saviour) and anyway seek the Truth, for Christ is the culmination of the Law so that there may be Righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:4.
All who do love, are from God and God's Laws automatically are in his/her heart, for God Himself put them in. All people are exclusively saved by faith alone, by grace alone in/ through Christ alone. The life and godly walking according the God's advices will be what brings peace, joy and happiness.
People who are free from the Law are enabled to live and serve God from the bottoms of their hearts; they are able to love and do more than those who follow and try to live according to the Law. If you are in Christ and love people around you, than you have fulfiled ALL THE LAW.
Anyway, here is the good, holy and perfect Law:
The 10 Commandments in general. Summarized List in Short Form.
6. You shall not murder. Exodus:20-13; Deuteronomy 5:17.
The 10 Commandments List in Exodus 20:2-17.
And God spoke all these words:
2. "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3. "You shall have no other gods before me.
4. "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
6. but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7. "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
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.
12. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13. "You shall not murder.
14. "You shall not commit adultery.
15. "You shall not steal.
16. "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
The 10 Commandments List in Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
6. "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
7. "You shall have no other gods before me.
8. "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
9. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
10. but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
11. "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
12. "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.
13. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
14. 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 ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.
15. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
16. "Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
17. "You shall not murder.
18. "You shall not commit adultery.
19. "You shall not steal.
20. "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
21. "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
Our duty to God.
I am your God (Elohim - Creator). You shall have no other gods before Me.
God says that He delivered us out of slavery of sin, out of bondages of it and He is God alone. He says He is who He is and there is no matter what we think about Him. There is no matter who we have imagined or pictured Him as God for ourselves. He is who He is, YHWY, and we are created in His image to love Him all our days.
This first holy commandment is about Loyalty. God created heaven and earth. He created humans and rightly asks to revere, love and respect Him. We must demonstrate our love to Him by having no other "gods" in our lives. This first commandment points that we are responsible to make God as our only supreme authority in our lives. It says we must establish, develop and maintain relationship with Him. We must serve Him alone and obey Him alone.
When Jesus was asked which of all given law in Scriptures is the greatest, He answered – "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27; Mark 12:30; Deuteronomy 6:5).
God is the Creator of everything we see and of everything we have and all what we are. All things come from God. Our future is secure only in our relationship with our Creator. Paul warns us not to be arrogant nor to put our hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put our hope in the living God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17).
We must love our God and in all our ways acknowledge Him.
"Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26).
"The heavens are Yours, and Yours also the earth; You founded the world and all that is in it." (Psalm 89:11).
The Bible begins – "In the beginning God..." (Genesis 1:1). Everything what we do and all what we are, must start with Him. "In the beginning God..." And only after than all the other our daily steps will be blessed. He must be first in all. If there is anything to whom or to what we give priority over Him, than in our live is creeped in false "god" and we violate His very first commandment. There is no another way to love Him as only give Him the priority in all we do, and in all we are, and in all we have.
God must be first in everything! We must love Him above all things! "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness..."
Do not humiliate yourself in front of man's hands made images!
You shall not make idols. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
Any who bow down in front of crafted, with man's hands made images have little understanding of God's revelation. Any of physical image or picture, or anything else, has neither life nor power. All who bow down in front of any image are sadly mistaken and have attained little understanding who God really is and what He requires. They have gone from the truth themselves, and lead away from the truth those who would enter into relationship with God. We do not know how God looks like, and if we make with our hands imaginary figures and than bow down to them than that is an abomination to God.
"No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known." (John 1:18).
We must worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24) and bow our knees only in front of Him in our spirit.
God has given serious warnings not to make any idol. He warns us not to bow down to worthless idols. We must be very careful not to engage in worshiping created things.
"But be very careful! You did not see the LORD's form on the day He spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai. So do not corrupt yourselves by making an idol in any form--whether of a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars--all the heavenly array--do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven." (Deuteronomy 4:15-19).
"So be very careful to love the LORD your God." (Joshua 23:11).
Apart from physical, created images, icons and pictures the "pride" and "ego" is the common human failure and sometimes even painful fall. Humans worship themselves by trusting in themselves and by craving after created things rather than Holy, living God. We must examine ourselves and worship only living God.
"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming." (Colossians 3:5-6).
"Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry." (1 Corinthians 10:14)
"Dear children, keep yourselves from idols." (1 John 5:21).
"Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth."
(Colossians 3:1-2). NASB.
Honor the Name of God!
You shall not (misuse) take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
This commandment commands to revere God by not using His name in vain. We must respect Him in all our ways and do not use His name in public or when we are alones with disrespect, falsehood and emptiness; in abusive and irreverent jargon. If we have established our relationship with Him, than we must learn to show proper respect to His name. Profanity is the common way how people desecrate and despise the name of living God. The name of God is despised also of all times religious leaders who, put it simple, has acted in the name of God just "to obtain wealth, power and dominion."
Paul in Romans 2:17-24 explains how God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles by religion leaders.
The same is also today. If we have a humble, thankful, loving heart to God and His commandments - to love the God and each other - than we are fulfilled His requirements; and we will be careful not to disgrace and abuse the name of our loving Father. If we have a proud, vainglorious boasting in God and we profess His name outwardly, than we are just a hypocrites as that time Jewish leaders were, and some of our time religious leaders are; and the truth is not in us.
What can be more sad than that how our (and all times) religious leaders in so many ways do blaspheme and slander His Holy name! In regard to religious leaders Jesus said – "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." (Matthew 23:27-28).
The name of God the Father and that of His Son must be revered, praised and glorified in every way. Jesus Christ is the only way how we can be saved and go to heaven. Christ means Saviour and Redeemer; the Annointed One. Jesus Christ is our Master and His name must be kept holy, His and our Father's name.
If we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind than we will be careful in our speach and will learn to revere and praise His name always. We will love Him will and will be careful to honor His name in every way.
"Praise the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD; praise Him, you servants of the LORD."
Remember the Sabbath day!
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
On the seventh day God rested from all His work which He had done. "Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done." (Genesis 2:2).
Our true Sabbath or rest is in Jesus Christ; only in Him we are allowed to enter that rest about which is written in Hebrews 4:9. "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God."
In the same way as God finished His work, and then rested from it, so He will cause those who believe, to finish their work, and then to enjoy their rest.
In Matthew henry's Comentaries we can read – "It is evident, that there is a more spiritual and excellent sabbath remaining for the people of God, than that of the seventh day, or that into which Joshua led the Jews. This rest is, a rest of grace, and comfort, and holiness, in the gospel state."
God wants for us to rest and to renew our physical strength. Believers who are in Christ (I mean really are His disciples and live by His commandments) are not under strict Sabbath day keeping. But one Holy Day must be the day of our renewal.
He wants also may we set aside time for Him alone which is more for our benefit. All people are created in the image of God – holy and right as He is. But all of us have lost our true nature of Him by one men's disobedience. Now from the day when we enter into relationship with Him through our Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ, God is creating in us back His own character. On the day of our rest He wants may we always "remember" that He alone is God and Creator, He alone is to be worshiped. We must grow in our relationship with God, and so we study, interact with other believers, pray and look at Him as our loving heavenly Father who cares for us so deeply.
In Isaiah 58: 13-14 God says –
"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken."
All of us must "delight in our LORD." We must take rest and offer our minds, bodies and souls as holy sacrifice to Him. (Romans 12:1). The truth is that our souls can find rest only in Him.
"For anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His." (Hebrews 4:10).
The true Sabbath we can attain, understand and enjoy, when we have true relationship with God. As many other things, also fourth commandment of Sabbath - remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy - is more spiritual.
If we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind than we will find pleasure in spending time with Him. And funnily enough is that if you more time spent with God, more time is given. That is beyond understanding but true.
Dear friend, every successful relationship demands time whether it is collegial relationship, friendship, or marriage, or any other. It demands time, courtship, patience and faithfulness. How much more we must spend our time with God knowing how far we are from Him. Without spending time with Him we always will be living defeated lives without rely knowing what that excellent rest is. On our Sabbath we spend time with Him and learn to walk in the ways pleasing Him.
"This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the one who does this-- the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps their hands from doing any evil." (Isaiah 56:2).
See, God wants for us to be just and right in all our ways and in all our thoughts, even He knows how hard it is to keep it. God wants His children to take a proper rest. But as it is with many other things, we often forget this one Commandment - keep Sabath day holy.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (in all our ways, deeds and thoughts, as we love Him.)
1 Corinthians 15:57.
Honor your father and your mother.
"Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
First four commandments concern honour to God, these last six honour to people.
Honouring people is the way we honour God.
all six commandments are telling us how to develop and maintain proper relationships with other people. They are the standards of human behaviour which starts within the family.
If we honour our parents it will be blessing to the rest of our life for this commandment comes with the promise - "honour you father and mother so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6:3; Colossians 3:20). It is obvious that in regardless of their age, those children who disobey their parents will struggle in their later lives. By choosing disobey and dishonour own parents, children are loosing the blessings of God on their lives and are subjected to many pains and sufferings. The first and greatest duty of children is, to obey their parents which includes inward reverence and outward acts.
Parents must learn to deal with their children in accordance with the Word of God - prudently and wisely. They must teach children to be obedient them by showing their obedience to God and His Word.
Many things could be added to this but mainly we must understand that children who honour their parents are the BENEFICIARIES. God place this commandment as the first in regard to all the rest. By obeying our parents we obey God and receive His blessings. By disobeying our parents we disobey God and receive curses.
Many may say right now - "I do not believe in God and His rules." Wrong! There absolutely matters not what you believe. God's eternal rules applies to all. If you believe that murder and stealing is bad, and murder not and steal not, than you are obeying God's Commandments and receive not appointment punishment in regard to killing and stealing. The same way if we by any reason choose to disobey our parents we will bear adequate consequences of it.
Children, obey your parents and each and every authority which God has placed over your life, may it go well with you! It is only for your own good! To honour and obey God; to obey His commandments are the way to the blessed life.
It is a dreadful thing to live our life as we want and feel. We never know what can happen to us in the next moment or day. The wisest thing of all what we do is to obey God's teachings fully.
Because "cursed is anyone who dishonours their father or mother." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!" (Deuteronomy 27:16).
"Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:5-7).
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities (parents, teachers, work givers, rulers and all the rest), for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." (Romans 13:1).
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise - so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6:1-3).
"So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess."
You shall not murder.
You shall not murder.
This Commandment reminds us to love others by not taking their lives. God is giver of life and only God can decide to take it away or leave it. Every human's life is precious. God made humans in His own image and likeness. When person comes to the point where He starts to seek God and by finding Him accepts His condition, than God starts create His own character in that person. Nothing in this world is created in the image of God except human and God alone possesses human's life.
Although in this world there are killing without mercy, killing out of blind hatred and absolute indifference and ignorance to the Word of God; there are constant manslaughter and accidents because of carelessness or by somebody's created circumstances; there are people who slaughter others in the name of god and think they are doing right thing and that is absolutely opposite what God has said. Absolute opposite to God's character and His Commandment - love each other and "you shall not murder."
Jesus Himself told us that such things will happen.
"... in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God." (John 16:2).
But all of us must know that "if a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death." (Leviticus 24:17).
God teaches us to love one another and be merciful as He is. God is merciful to all sinners and forgives our offenses to Him and to others if we come to Him through His Son Jesus because that is the only way how we are able or allowed to approach the Creator of heaven and earth - GOD.
Jesus said it very clearly - "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6).
But not only we kill physically, we kill with our words what comes out of our mouth.
"You have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER ' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court. But I (Jesus) say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell." (Matthew 5:21-22).
"Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him." (1 John 3:15).
I think just these couple verses are a considerable warnings to consider the attitudes of our hearts. We often judge others how wrong and bad they are, but do we ourselves keep Jesus commandment to love each other and kill not our own spouse, child, friend and so on, with the words of our mouth?
"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness." (1 John 2:9).
God commands us not only to honour human's life physically, He commands also not to harm any human being maliciously in word or deed. Love each other and forgive others!
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." John 3:17).
Without His Son we are a murderers, thieves and all the other sinful things whatever there may be. Without Him we are murderers by nature and we are not capable to do even one good thing. We do murder in our hearts daily by insulting, offending and injuring other people's hearts. We murder because of total ignorance about our heart's condition, for our hearts are full with deceit and malice.
"The heart, the conscience of man, in his corrupt and fallen state, is deceitful above all things. It calls evil good, and good evil; and cries peace to those to whom it does not belong. Herein the heart is desperately wicked; it is deadly, it is desperate. The case is bad indeed, if the conscience, which should set right the errors of other faculties, is a leader in the delusion. We cannot know our own hearts, nor what they will do in an hour of temptation. Who can understand his errors?" (Matthew Henry Commentary on Jeremiah 17:9-11).
"For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come--sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly." (Mark 7:21-22).
"You shall not murder." Murder is sin. Sin is revolt against God. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies; honour your brother and sister.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27) and you will fulfill these one and all the other commandments.
Now, may the God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives; may the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.
You shall not commit adultery!
This Commandment, as the rest of all, is about honour, respect and love. If love is maintained in our hearts and minds than we honour other person by not committing adultery. Adultery is the violation of the marriage covenant when one of partners wilfully participate in sexual activity with someone else outside the home/ marriage. Husband and wife are made to be together in close relationship, and meet each others needs (which are different) according not what this world's devastating teachings are, but according to the Word of God. God created marriage and design sex for humans to enjoy life to the full and said,
"That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24).
"Male and female are created in unique way and "marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." (Hebrews 13:4).
Paul teaches that "because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband." (1 Corinthians 7:2). Those who forbid man to marry violate and break God's Commandments at all points. (1 Timothy 4:3).
It is difficult for many in this polluted and corrupted world to live for their full enjoyment just because people are led astray and do not know golden rules (God's instructions) for happy marriage. Temptations will always come but we can control our sensual desires by replacing them with concern for others by loving them in the way God teaches.
God's intent for male and female was to enjoy them stable sexual relationships and marriage. His intent was may they enjoy each other in abundant pleasures all the days of their life and only applying His wisdom in marital relationship it can be made possible.
God created sex and it was His idea for people to enjoy it.
Go to His Word, apply His instructions and enjoy life to the full. Nothing in this world comes for free. Right? Also happy marriage and stable sexual relationship requires investment of willingness, time and even some sacrifices. But I guarantee you that at the end you will be blessed and will praise God if you will follow His Commandments.
God often speaks about spiritual adultery which is unfaithfulness to God.
"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend to the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that He jealously longs for the spirit He has caused to dwell in us?" (James 4:4-5).
It is crucial to understand that all world is under the power of Satan. He rules as the prince of this earth. (John 14:30; John 12:31). God will never tolerate if we choose to worship god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). He always will see us as an adulterous people until we turn our attention exclusively on Him.
To those who worship anything else but Him God says - "You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! (Ezekiel 16:32).
Each and every Word of God is true and applies to all of us.
This Commandment and all the others is given to us to save us from our sins and its consequences, and teaches us to love the LORD your God and love your neighbour as yourself. All God's instructions are given may humans enjoy their life to full.
And as you know that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus, take to heart that your Maker is your Husband-- the LORD Almighty is His name - the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth. Galatians 3:28; Isaiah 54:5.
Serve Him alone and His blessings will be on your food and water. (Matthew 6:24). God must be first in all things and that is the only requirement, if obeyed, shows and helps how to avoid adultery both, physical and spiritual. Seek always His direction, wisdom and blessing
"Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man's wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman? For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and He examines all your paths."
(Proverbs 5:15- 21).
You shall not steal!
Eight commandment is about Honesty.
As all the other commandments also this one teaches love. If we maintain love to God and others, we will not steal. When we love God we strive to carry out His given rules for right (godly) living, and we will love our neighbour, and steal not. When stealing take place because of greediness to increase own wealth, all principles of morality are violated. Stealing is want for more; to get something what others have. Steeling is a consequence of the sin of coveting. Stealing often take place because of ever increasing appetite for more. Stealing is unbelief in God. Believing in God gives assurance He will fulfils His Word (Numbers 23:19) and satisfies all our needs.
God teaches love and contentment with what we have.
"For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction." (1 Timothy 6:9).
People may have money and yet they not love it, and so they prosper even more in all areas of life. Those who love money never has enough. It is their god and evil is ever present.
Money is good and gives great opportunities to serve others and achieve God's given dreams. God said He will never leave us or forsake. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). If our heart's attitude is right and our walk with Him is established, God enjoys seeing us prosper.
He promised to satisfy all our needs so we do not have to steal.
"God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8).
"A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." (Proverbs 28:20).
Jesus teaches "Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back." (Luke 6:30).
God teaches us to be generous rather than a selfish. Stealing is pure selfishness. Human being is selfish from his birth; it is our heart's normall condition, that is why by the grace of God, generosity must be learned already from childhood. We must learn, understand and follow His way of life in order to serve Him appropriately (in a way pleasing Him) by serving others.
Paul told to maintain generosity, instead of stealing and greediness, with these words - "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion (not grudgingly, or of necessity), for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly (generously provide all you need), so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
And later Paul wrotes - "Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need." (Ephesians 4:28).
Basically we steal in two cases -
1. When we do not know God.
2. When we do not believe in His Word.
I pray my your soul prosper as everything go well with you so that no one of you fall into the sin of stealing.
(3 John 1:2).
Direct stealing other people's material tings is not the only one people's stumbling block. There are many different ways how people may steal and even recognize it not. Some examples - employees who do not work properly, but get paid full salary; just a quick telephone call from work office for personal use; not return what was borrowed and so on. Serious stealing appears when employers try to avoid pay adequate wages to their emploees. For each person it can be a different thing.
We can steal also God's glory that rightfully belongs to Him alone by giving it to some other person or thing.
It is always amaze me when I see how people adore and bow down to religious leaders; how blindly they trust in them and give glory to them not recognizing that they are just a mere humans. It is serious stealing God's glory. (Acts 14:15; Acts 10:26; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:9).
We are to serve, worship and honour only God, not the angel, not the human being, not the other created thing.
"I am the LORD; that is My name! I will not yield My glory to another or My praise to idols." (Isaiah 42:8).
Finally Bible speaks about direct stealing from God; robing Him. Can we steal from God? Yes, by not honoring Him from the firstfrouts of our income; by ignoring His commandments to help the poor, widows and fatherless. (Galatians 2:10; Deuteronomy 15:11; Proverbs 14:21; Isaiah 58:7; Exodus 22:22; 1.John 3:17; James 5:4; Jeremiah 22:13; Deuteronomy 27:19).
From the beginning of the Bible till the end of it, generosity towards God is showed constantly. From the time of Abraham (Genesis 14:20) people were generous and gave to others willingly with pure heart because they clearly recognised who is the owner of everything. God owes everything and all what we have we have from Him. In Matthew 23:23 Jesus told to the leaders of Jews that some things they were doing right but some things were forsaking because of own self ambitions and benefits and so did violate the whole Word of God.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."
Here Jesus approve that we steal from God if we do not give our tenth to God. And so stay, and struggle with unrecognized sin in our hearts.
"Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob Me. "But you ask, 'How are we robbing You?' "In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse--your whole nation--because you are robbing Me."
God's laws are good, right, just, beneficial and eternal. Just by learning to love Him and others not only our souls (all aspects of our life) will prosper but also environment around us, if we follow His precepts.
Work with your own hands, help those who are in need, walk closely with your God and He will bless your food and water so, that you will have enough to satisfy your own desires and will be left over to exercise generosity towards others.
Love Your God and your neighbour as yourself. And steal not.
The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not covet," and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Do not lie!
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
God's doctrine is to love one another. If we maintain love to others than we should not deceive them or lie to them. God wants us to be honest towards each others and towards Him.
The most important thing in all life's aspects - starting with the single person, family and finishing with the government - is the HONESTY.
Just for record some types of lying are - big lie, small lie, polite lie, noble lie, white lie, barefaced lie, pretension, fabrication, exaggeration, minimization, denial, perjury, puffery, half truth, political lie, misleading, Restructuring—distorting the context, Omission – leaving out relevant information, broken promises, compulsive lying, lying for self - protection, gossip, artificiality...
We live in a lying world. Is it possible to live without lying? Was it ever possible in human history to live and lie not?
More or less all people have lied and will lie for countless reasons. Sometimes lying person are able to get away with it but however that may be, I believe that any lie - even that of pretension - have some negative affect on our personality. Sometimes we lie to protect ourselves and if that is the reason than God is saying that guilty will be held that through whom we sinned.
"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!" (Matthew 18:7).
God can not tolerate any of lies? God can not accept and can be pleased with neither small lies or lies on behalf of something? Sin is sin and sin always must to be punished.
Can we lie to God and to get off scot-free? Absolutely not. God is holy and He commands us to be holy. (1 Peter 1:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:7). We can try to be untrue to Him but sooner or later He will prove us to be liars. Lord our God detests lying lips and He hates lying tongue. Proverbs 12:22; Proverbs 6:17.
He says we must live holy; pray and worship Him in truth for He is a God of Truth. (John 4:24).
Jesus said that the Word of our God the Father is TRUTH (John 17:17) and in the truth there is no lie at all. God never lies (Numbers 23:19) and His Word is flawless and trustworthy. (Psalm 18:30; Psalm 33:4; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5).
If we look around us, we see lying, deception, fraudulence, cheat and so on. I must say that the words in Jeremiah's book 7:28 is true -
"...truth has perished; it has vanished from people lips."
Isaiah says words which exactly fit in our present age - there is
"rebellion and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs on our God, inciting revolt and oppression, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey." (Isaiah 59:13-15).
And "no one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil." (Isaiah 59:4).
Is there truth and justice to be found anywhere in this world...?
Living according to the world's deceptiveness people not knowingly maintain lies. From childhood they are learned the lies and do input them into their relationships so that divorce, cheating and broken lives are a normal fact of life; for ages throughout the generations lies are spread all around and deceived humanity in many areas of life - personal, social, religious, political... Lies are everywhere. Lies in society are accepted as normal fact and everybody are happy with that.
World are sucked into the lies and we all are tempted to lie.
We all must pray daily, may each and every one of us be delivered from lying lips as David did - "Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues." (Psalm 120:1).
We all must pray daily may God set a guard over our mouth, may He keep watch over the doors of our lips for it is not easy in this world to follow God's instructions, and lie not.
Whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19) and what can we do in such a corrupt world to keep the command of God and never lie? Even in the times of Bible people lied to man and to God. How can we keep ourselves from lying?
It is possible only with the help of God the Father through our Redeemer and Saviour Jesus Christ by His good Holy Spirit. God understands our fallen state and inability to do any good, and if we understand our weaknesses and the work of the Holy Spirit in us, we should be able to live godly by asking God daily to help us, and protect from every evil one. (Hebrews 4:16).
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. (Philippians 2:13). So, even do not think that you can be good on your own without His help. We are week and in great need for help from our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus now is seated at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us (Hebrews 4:14) and our duty is to trust Him to rescue us and help in every time of need.
Now all those who are the church of Christ must represent the TRUTH for they themselves are "the truth." (2.Peter 2:2). All those who are the people of God, His true church, are the servants of the living and true God, and are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14).
Paul the church of the living God calls the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15).
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds...(Hebrews 10:19-24).
To live not religiously but right (godly) we all must come to Jesus for only through Him and by Him we can be enabled to love God and our neighbour; and to be true to one another. Without Him we already are lost and doomed to destruction.
If we confess that we are Christians and believe in Jesus than we must do what He says and rely on every Word of Him otherwise we are just a liars. We must do all what He commands and bear not false testimony against nobody. We must not lie to our brother but instead rely on God to show us the way and the truth.
In Matthew Henry's Commentary we read -
"The ninth commandment concerns our own and our neighbour's good name. This forbids speaking falsely on any matter, lying, equivocating, and any way devising or designing to deceive our neighbour. Speaking unjustly against our neighbour, to hurt his reputation. Bearing false witness against him, or in common conversation slandering, backbiting, and tale-bearing; making what is done amiss, worse than it is, and in any way endeavouring to raise our reputation upon the ruin of our neighbour's. How much this command is every day broken among persons of all ranks!"
So, I and you must grow in knowledge in order to forsake any form of lies and live by the truth "so that we may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then we will shine among them (the world) like stars in the sky." (Philippians 2:15).
"Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord."
(2 Peter 1:2).
You shall not covet nothing what belongs to others.
"You shall not covet your neighbour's house. You shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour."
This commandment forbids to covet, to desire, to lust after anything what belongs to others. Coveting is immoral longing for something what we do not have. This commandment is frightening for our nature always craves for something what we see to have others. Human beings are always inclined to think of themselves first, but God is teaching first to think of others. Covetousness always brings curses and Paul in epistle to Romans 7:7 clearly recognised that he (and no one else) is not able to fulfil the law.
James in His letter warns us how dangerous our appetites for more can be -
"each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters." (James 1:14-16).
Coveting can lead in many ways to forsake all the other nine commandments
Coveting can be the form of idolatry, because if our desire is for something else than God, than that is pure form of idolatry and it can be the stumbling block to enter the kingdom of God. (Ephesians 5:5).
For that reason Paul is saying - "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (covetousness), which is idolatry." (Colossians 3:5).
Jesus said - "What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evils come from inside and defile a person." (Mark 7:20-23).
If any of us just for a moment dare to think that we can be good (by doing good things etc..) than that is a lie from Satan who
"was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44).
Commandment - do not covet, and all of the rest of ten commandments shows us one thing -that we are absolutely hopeless sinners and only by the God's own provided way - Jesus Christ, and by His grace we can have hope. Without Him in our hearts we are lost already for eternity.
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory (in everything) through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57).
So, all of you who have Jesus Christ in your hearts, - love your God, maintain daily relationship with Him and love your neighbour.
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not covet," and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbour as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law." (Romans 13:8-10)
John 13:34; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; Matthew 7:12.
Not you and not I are able to fulfil even one of the smallest commandments. So, trust in God and trust in Jesus; "walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16).
If you hear the doctrine that you must do good works in order earn the way to heaven, run. Run and look not back! There is nothing we can do to earn the way to God our Father as only through His own provided way. That is His Son Jesus Christ. (John 14:6). Rely on Him in everything! Not only on Sundays but every minute of your life. Live as wise not as unwise and make Him your Master over everything.
Three great doctrines must to be studied and understood in regard to the Ten commandments.
First is that the "law was given through Moses.
second is that the grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17).
Third is that Jesus did not abolished the Law or the Prophets; He fulfilled them. (Matthew 5:17).
This points that we are not under the law anymore but under the grace. (Romans 6:14).
Shall we do away with the law? (Romans 3:31).
All Ten Commandments are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. If we have not accepted Him as the only way to heavenly Father than we must keep all law. Yet no one has been able to do that.
In fact Jesus said that if we are angry at our brother or sister than it is equal to murder. (Matthew 21:22).
"Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him." (1 John 3:15).
Keep Jesus in front of your eyes constantly and you will do good.
All of you who do not yet have Jesus, listen to His own Words. He is inviting you come to Him right now -
He is saying - come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink.
Turn to Me, He says, and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I AM God, and there is no other.
"Finally, all of you who trust in God the Father and in His Son Jesus Messiah, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?" (1 Peter 3:8-13).
How can we do any good!? How can we lie not, covet not, steal not, murder not....? How can we keep any Law? Only by the help of God our Father through Jesus Christ our Saviour by His Good Holy Spirit which abides in us, and strengthens us, encourages, teaches and leads. (1 Corinthians 6:19).
"Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name. We thank You Father for Your indescribable gift to us!"