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The Ten Commandments

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Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV)

1And God spoke all these words:

Deuteronomy 5:6-21 (NIV)

 

2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

6 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

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3 "You shall have no other gods before [a] me.

7 "You shall have no other gods before [a] me.

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4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol 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 fathers 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.

8 "You shall not make for yourself an idol 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 fathers 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.

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7 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

11 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

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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 manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  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 "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 manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant 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.

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12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

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.

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13 "You shall not murder.

17 "You shall not murder.

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14 "You shall not commit adultery.

18 "You shall not commit adultery.

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15 "You shall not steal.

19 "You shall not steal.

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16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

20 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

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17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house.  You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to 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 manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

 

Footnotes:

   a Exodus 20:3 Or besides

Footnotes:

   a Deuteronomy 5:7 Or besides


I had wondered since a young boy why we went to church on Sunday while God commanded us to "Remember the Sabbath" and "honor the Sabbath".  No one could ever answer that question adequately...until I went to Leo Schreven's All Power seminar in 2005.  He showed verse after verse after verse after verse of examples of how the Sabbath had been kept from the beginning of mankind.  He even offered a substantial reward (if I remember correctly, it was $1,000,000!) for anyone who could show him any Bible verse that supported the changing of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.

Schreven's argument was overwhelming, and I wish I could deliver the message as well as Leo does, but I can't.  What he showed, and continues to show in his seminars, are these facts:

  • God blessed the seventh day immediately following the creation.  (Genesis 2:3)
  • The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath.  Exodus 16:26, Exodus 16:29, Exodus 20:10, Exodus 20:11, Exodus 31:15, Exodus 35:2, Leviticus 23:3, and many more.)  In countless languages around the world, the word for the seventh day is Sabbath, for example, Sabado in Spanish.
  • God created the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV), Deuteronomy 5:6-21 (NIV)), and included the fourth commandment - "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." (KJV).
  • The commandments were written into stone tablets with the finger of God himself (Exodus 31:18), a clear indication that they would never change.
  • Jesus and his followers always observed the seventh-day Sabbath, even while Jesus was in the tomb, His body not yet properly prepared for burial.  Yes, the disciples gathered on other days of the week, but nowhere in the Bible is there any indication that by gathering on other days of the week they failed to gather on, and honor, the Sabbath.
  • In the year 321 A.D., Constantine decreed, "On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed." (Codex Justinianus lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 380, note 1).  Constantine changed the day of rest from the Sabbath to Sunday, but he did not change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.  The Sabbath remains Saturday, the seventh day.
  • Although it is believed that Constantine made the change of his own accord, rather than as a decision of the papacy, the Catholic Church takes credit for the change, and most Christian denominations followed.
  • There is no Biblical precedence for changing the day of worship from the Sabbath.  Honoring the Sabbath is still the fourth commandment.  (Isn't it ironic that the commandment that tells us to remember something is the one we forgot?  God knew exactly what was going to happen!)

Here's what God himself said about the Sabbath (bold emphasis mine):

14"'Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.  Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people.  15For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD.  Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.  16The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant17It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.'"

Exodus 31:14

Why would God make it so crystal clear that we were to remember and honor the Sabbath always and forever, but then make it so confusing that the commandment had been abolished and/or the day of worship changed to another day?  The correct answer is He wouldn't!

Jesus said, "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!" (Read in context Mark 7:1-23.)  Despite God's commandment, Christians today worship on Sunday instead of the Sabbath because it has become convenient.  Few stood up to Constantine's decree in 321 A.D., and few stand up to it today.  There is nothing wrong with worshipping on Sunday.  The more often we worship, the better.  But worshipping on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday does not relieve us of our obligation to honor the Sabbath as God has commanded us.

When asked which is the greatest commandment, "37Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40)  This doesn't mean we can ignore the Ten Commandments.  The Ten Commandments are these two commandments broken down into smaller pieces.  The first commandment here - "Love the Lord your God..." - is the sum of the first four of the Ten Commandments.  The second commandment here - "Love your neighbor..." - is the sum of the fifth through tenth commandments.  We cannot pick and choose the commandments we like and don't like, and obey them according to our own interpretations and traditions.

God didn't provide Moses with the Ten Suggestions, or the Ten Recommendations, or the Ten Good Ideas.  He gave us the Ten Commandments, and no one can reasonably argue that He's asking too much.  Just one day a week - the seventh day - rest, pray, devote the day to God.


User Comments:
Hub - Jan 7, 2014 12:11:49 — Nicely said. Now could you touch base on that second commandment please? The one about loving your neighbors as yourself... is that like "do onto others as you would like others to do onto you?" What if that someone is depressed and unhappy, it's ok for them to bring others down with the ...more
Jonas - Jan 12, 2014 01:27:33 — Hi Hub!  I was once trying to squeeze my way through a thick crowd.  As I looked at couples in the same situation, I noticed that some men would lead pulling their date along by the hand, while other men would allow their date to lead.  I asked a friend what the proper etiquette would ...more
Hub - Jan 13, 2014 07:08:26 — That's why he's God! And thank you, It does get easier as we get to know the person more :)
Roland Wilson - Oct 28, 2016 08:56:41 — I do obey all Ten Commandments and do not cherry-pick to my liking, because God never said they were the Ten Suggestions.
janice deshon - May 24, 2017 05:42:20 — you have to have some ethics to live by TYhe ten commandments work
Bob - Sep 2, 2017 06:59:55 — Were you or any of your readers rescued from Egypt??? Read the prelude to Exodus 20 : 1And God spoke all these words: 2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery...." AND Deut 5:1 "Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearin ...more

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