The Sixth Commandment : Don’t murder

The Sixth Commandment : Don’t murder

You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13 ESV) At first sight, this commandment seems to be both straight forward and self-evident but, with a little study, it reveals itself to be more complex and far-reaching than we might imagine. One area of confusion arises from the fact that the KJV renders it as: Thou shalt not kill. However, the Hebrew word ‘ratzákh’ is more correctly translated as ‘murder’ and also covers death...

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The Fifth Commandment : Honour your parents

The Fifth Commandment : Honour your parents

Honour your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12) As we looked at the first four commandments, we saw that they have a vertical component in that they address our relationship with God. Jesus emphasised this when He told us how – and to what extent – we’re to love God. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30) He further expounded...

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The Fourth Commandment : Honour the Sabbath

The Fourth Commandment : Honour the Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8) Don’t go to work and do go to church! I once heard this fourth commandment summed up as above. As much as this definition drew a rueful smile, it’s surely rather sad if that’s how we might view this special, God-appointed day. There’s a school of thought that suggests the Sabbath was intended only for the Jews. While it’s true that it forms part of the Ten Commandments given to Moses for...

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The Third Commandment : Honour God’s name

The Third Commandment : Honour God’s name

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) I sometimes think that the third commandment is the most misunderstood and the least respected of the ten. There’s no doubt that it’s breached very regularly by Christians and non-Christians alike. For many years, I only ever considered it in the context of watching my language and I certainly...

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The Second Commandment : No graven images

The Second Commandment : No graven images

No graven images You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who...

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