Ten Commandments

Reposted on July 4, 2013

This particular posting fell right in line with the Lesson taught on Prosperity as a deterent to growth in Chapter 9 of Learning To Trust. II Chronicles 26  talks about the reign and punishment of King Uzziah which came about from his succumbing to arrogance and pride. King Uzziah presumed that he had the right to usurp the position and work of GOD’s appointed Temple Priests.  

Everyone has their own work to do for the Kingdom, and where some of us may overlap in this work, we are not appointed to the same identical tasks. Be humble before GOD and allow others to do their appointed work–do not try to do it for them or, worse, take it from them.

It is a good idea to review the Ten Commandments as well as Jesus’ teaching from The Sermon on the Mount. We must be mindful of the way that we treat one another. Do you talk about your brothers and sisters behind their backs? If so, is it to bless them or curse them? Do you honor the service that others do for you in Christ Jesus? It is so easy to assume on what a person is or does, it is so much harder to discern the truth.

“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him: ” The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The LORD our GOD is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thy soul, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:28-31

 Following are the Ten Commandments listed in Exodus 20 as given to the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments are also found in Deuteronomy 5. The Ten Commandments here are presented in three different versions of the Bible.

King James
Version

New International Version

New Living
Translation

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Then God instructed the people as follows: “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.

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Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

1.

You shall have no other gods before me.

1.

Do not worship any other gods besides me.

2.

Thou 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: Thou 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; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

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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. 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, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

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Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.

3.

Thou 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.

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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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Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

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Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

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Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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. 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.

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Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

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Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

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

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Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you

6.

Thou shalt not kill.

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You shall not murder.

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Do not murder.

7.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

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You shall not commit adultery.

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Do not commit adultery.

8.

Thou shalt not steal.

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You shall not steal.

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Do not steal.

9.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

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You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

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Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.

10.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

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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.

10.

Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns.”

Loving your neighbor as yourself means allowing them to move, breathe, and have their being without harsh judgement from you. In our Chapter 7–page 78 0f Learning To Trust Book 4 it is stated: “Ironically, ministry capacities and past usefulness to GOD are potential stumbling blocks to teachability. If pride develops, a teachable spirit exits. In Chapter 9, page 104 are some approaches to achieving and keeping humility in your life. I found the reference to using a concordance to look up references to pride in the Book of Proverbs especially helpful. “Such a topical study requires keeping an eye out for terms such as arrogance, haughty, boasting and humble. Soaking up what scripture says about a  proud spirit can keep your heart tender and less vulnerable to conceit. If the Proverbs project entices you, look for the causes of pride, the ways pride expresses itself in a person, its negative effect on relationships and how GOD feels about it.”

We each have our own calling in the LORD to produce fruitful work for the kingdom. We are not all given the same commission, therefore seek GOD to know your own personal calling in Him, and do not attempt to usurp and undermine the work of others.                                                             

                                                                               Blessings, Charlene

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