About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Ten Commandments (ch. 5:1 - 33)
verse 2 we see that the Lord God made a covenant with
3 confirms what I just said. Moses
states that the Mosaic Covenant was not made with Israel's fathers, that's Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
It was made with Israel, in Moses day. So, we
clearly see that this is a different covenant than the Abrahamic
verse 4 and 5 Moses confirms what the New Testament says, that is, Moses
was the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant.
He stood between God and Israel. Moses represented God as
He gave the covenant to Israel. This is why the Bible
views Moses in the same light as the covenant.
Another way to say this is that Moses represents the covenant, is
a type of the covenant, is symbolic of the covenant.
6 states the first command and who it was directed to.
I say "directed to" because it was directed to Israel. God said that He was the
Lord God who brought
7 says that "you shall have no other gods before you".
was to serve only one God, and that was Yahweh.
was the first monotheistic society in the history of man, even though
they often strayed from their one God.
are some people who think that when God says not to have "other
gods', He is saying that there are in fact other gods to be had.
I don't believe that. The
apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians says that idols are
just objects of wood and stone, not gods.
Some might suggest that there was supernatural activity that took
place in these old civilizations that showed these other gods to be
real. It's my thinking that
behind these objects of wood and stone are demons, and that accounts for
the supernatural aspect to non-Christian religions.
verses 8 through 10 God tells
11 says that
12 to 15 simply state to keep the Sabbath day holy.
That's the seventh day of the week, not the first day of the
week. The Sabbath day issue
has been a divisive and sticky point in Christian circles.
I believe, as Paul stated in Romans 10: and elsewhere, that
Christ is the end of the Law. The
Law has lost its original significance and has been replaced by Jesus. The
Law was nailed to the cross with Jesus.
The Law of Moses is no longer in affect as it once was, and that
includes the Ten Commandments. What
replaced the Law of Moses is Jesus and what He said.
I believe the seventh day law has been replaced by the seven day
law, meaning, each and every day is sacred to the Lord, like Paul speaks
of in Romans 14 concerning these issues.
17 is simple. "You
shall not murder". Once
again, Jesus has redefined this command.
We are still not to murder, but Jesus now defines murder as being
angry with someone without due cause.
This gets right to the heart of things, right to our hearts.
The root cause of murder is anger in our hearts.
simple command is found in verse 18.
"Don't commit adultery".
Once again, Jesus redefined this command to say, "don't lust
after someone". Again,
Jesus was getting to the heart of the matter.
19 says don't steal. The New
Testament would say, don't covet, and be content.
20 says not to give false testimony against your brother.
The New Testament would say, don't misrepresent your brother in
any way. Just love him.
21 says that Israelis should not covet anything belonging to their
neighbors. Again, the New
Testament teaches that we should find our contentment in Jesus. If that
is so, we will not covet.
in verses 22 to 26 speaks of the great day when God gave Israel
their constitution. God
spoke out of the fire. The
same fire that judges nations, God spoke, and Israel
actually survived. This
see the heart of God in verse 29. He
said "O that
chapter closes with still another reminder that living long in the
promised land depended on