10 Commandments – Mon – 22-08-15



Have you noticed that people often believe something is morally wrong, but are still fascinated by it?

Take marital infidelity. According to the Pew Research Center, 84% of Americans believe it is wrong for a married person to engage in sex outside of marriage.* They agree with the seventh commandment in Exodus 20:14. It says, “You shall not commit adultery.” (NIV)

Yet Americans are still interested in it. They consume films about adultery. Over the years, some of these films include The Painted Veil, American Beauty, The Bridges of Madison County and The Graduate. Also, the cheating spouse is a staple in the soap operas, as well as multiple styles of music. Obviously, many who believe adultery is wrong are still listening and watching.

Jesus has some challenging words about adultery in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NIV)

The seventh commandment and Jesus’ words illustrate the high value God places on marriage and human sexuality. He designed it all and gave laws to protect it. A strong marriage blesses husband and wife and provides stability for their children. As Jesus indicated in Matthew 5, marriage is so valuable, it can be violated by fantasy, not just action.

Today, don’t just observe the seventh commandment. Appreciate and value the institution of marriage it protects.


*Richard Wike, “French more accepting of infidelity than people in other countries,” Pew Research Center, January 14, 2014, https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/01/14/french-more-accepting-of-infidelity-than-people-in-other-countries/

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10 Commandments – Sun – 22-08-14



The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime conducted a study in 2019 on homicide. It examined the statistics for 2017. The global study reports that “464,000 people were murdered in 2017—more than five times as many as were killed in armed conflicts during the same period.”* The study also provides homicide rates for most countries in the world. In the United States, there were 5 homicides for every 100,000 people. Our neighbor Mexico had 29 homicides per 100,000. But El Salvador had the highest homicide rate at 61 homicides per 100,000 people.* Let’s face it, there’s a lot of murder in the world.

Exodus 20:13 says, “You shall not murder.” Of all the ten commandments, I suspect more people agree that murder is an evil than any of the other commandments. The high value of human life, created in God’s image, causes us to abhor murder.

But Jesus challenges us to abhor other things as well. Listen to Matthew 5:21-22, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (NIV)

Today, treat others well. That’s how we can value life.


*”Murder Rate by Country 2022″, World Population Review, https://worldpopulationreview.com. Accessed 26 July 2022.

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10 Commandments – Sat – 22-08-13



Hershel “Woody” Williams was the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient. The Marine died in July at the age of 98. He received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for action on Iwo Jima. Corporal Williams risked his live above and beyond the call of duty over a four-hour period clearing enemy emplacements with a flame thrower. At times, he moved against the enemy alone. His actions allowed the Marine forces to advance.*

Over the years, Williams has received honor in multiple ways. The Marine Corp shares his story with each new generation of soldiers. He received several honors from his home state of West Virginia. Following his death, the Senator from his state eulogized him on the Senate floor. Williams’ flag-draped casket also lay in the Capitol Rotunda on July 14 as family, service members and government leaders paid their respect.*

These honors help us understand Exodus 20:12. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (NIV) Besides seeing the way Woody Williams was honored, consider the following synonyms for the word honor: Admire, appreciate, celebrate, commemorate, praise, look up to, live up to, be faithful to. These are the ways to treat our parents. God promises long life to those who honor their father and mother.


*”Hershel W. Williams,” Wikipedia, last updated July 15, 2022, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hershel_W._Williams#Medal_of_Honor_citation

*Doug Cunningham, “‘Woody’ Williams, last WWII Medal of Honor recipient, lies in honor at U.S. Capitol,” UPI News, July 14, 2022, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/woody-williams-last-wwii-medal-of-honor-recipient-lies-in-honor-at-us-capitol/ar-AAZzsWA

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10 Commandments – Fri – 22-08-12



Have you ever known someone who was nitpicky? You know, someone who always scrutinized your actions, finding ample things to criticize? Someone who picks on every little flaw, or flaw they perceive. I once knew someone who was nitpicky about washing fruit and vegetables in a special sanitizing solution. It had to be done, just right before her and her daughter would use them. And this was years before the Covid pandemic.

Jesus also had to deal with some nitpicky people. Mark 2:23-24 says, ‘One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”’ (NIV)

The nitpicky Pharisees thought grabbing a few heads of grain and rubbing them in your hands to separate the grain was work. They accused Jesus’ disciples of violating the fourth commandment about keeping the Sabbath holy.

Jesus’ reply tells us something important about the Sabbath. In verse 27 he said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Jesus rejected their nitpicky interpretation. The disciples had done nothing wrong. People were not created just to jump through the hoops of God’s law. God’s law was made to benefit people. Let’s be sure to take a day of rest each week. It is healthy for our bodies. When we use that day to remember our Creator, it is also spiritually healthy.


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10 Commandments – Thu – 22-08-11



As a child, Christmas was always a special season. I’m sure it was for you as well. I remember setting up the Christmas tree. Because of allergies, ours was aluminum. We’d pull the tinsel-like branches from their brown paper sleeves and poke them in the holes on the trunk. We’d hang ornaments, and when finished, turn on the spotlight with the color wheel.

So why am I talking about Christmas in the heat of summer? Because it helps us understand the fourth commandment about keeping the Sabbath day holy. Christmas is observed to remember Jesus’ birth and all the festivities mark the day as different. The same is true of the Sabbath. It reminds us of God creating the world and ceasing work makes it different. Listen to Exodus 20:8-11, “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.”

As you approach the weekend, don’t just make the Sabbath different from a workday. Stop and remember the Creator of heaven and earth.


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10 Commandments – Wed – 22-08-10



200 million dollars. Wouldn’t it be nice is someone paid you 200 million dollars? But wouldn’t it be a nightmare to be slapped with a fine amounting to 200 million dollars? The financial services firm Morgan Stanley recently announced they expect to pay a 200 million dollar fine levied by government regulators. What did they do wrong? Employees misused their personal computers and cell phones, bypassing the company’s record-keeping obligations.1

Then there’s the Tulsa school district. The Oklahoma governor wants to audit them over possible misuse of funds, violating state law prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory.2

Good things are often misused, like prescription medication. People don’t follow the dosing instructions or take it without a doctor’s order. The restrictions are in place to protect people. Misusing prescription meds can damage the body or cause death. You see, when things are misused, bad things usually happen.

The same is true with God’s name. The third commandment says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.” Taking something in vain means to use it in a useless or empty way. This is far more than avoiding the use of God’s name as a curse. Maybe we’d understand it better with the New International Version. Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Today, honor God with the proper use of his name.


  1. Sridhar Natarajan and Katherine Doherty, “Morgan Stanley Misuse of Personal Devices Costs $200 Million,” Bloomberg, July 14, 2022, https://finance.yahoo.com/news/morgan-stanley-misuse-personal-devices-115749483.html
  2. Jeremiah Poff, “Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt demands audit of Tulsa schools for potential misuse of funds,” Washington Examiner, July 07, 2022, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/education/ok-gov-kevin-stitt-audit-tulsa-schools-misuse-funds

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10 Commandments – Tue- 22-08-09



Yesterday, we remembered the second commandment forbids the creation or use of idols. If you know your bible history, you know the ancient nation of Israel had problems keeping this commandment and the first. The prophets warned them of God’s judgement over their idolatry. The nation didn’t repent and the judgement eventually fell.

Before we feel too smug that we don’t engage in idolatry, listen to Colossians 3:5, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” (NIV) Did you hear it? Greed is idolatry, the worship of something other than God.

The word greed is such an ugly word, right? We can thank Charles Dickens for that. He painted a dark, depressing picture of a greedy man. You know who I’m talking about, don’t you? Ebenezer Scrooge. He lives in our minds as the grasping miser who abandoned love and all else to pursue money. But we must realize that Scrooge is a caricature, not just a character.

Greed in our day is much prettier, even fashionable. In fact, you may admire some greedy people because they are celebrities, the glitterati, the wealthy. Because we don’t see Scrooge in ourselves, we think our constant desire for more and for the best is fine. But where do we draw the line.

Hebrews 13:5 tells us one way to keep the second commandment, “Keep yourselves free from the love of money.” (NIV)


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10 Commandments – Mon – 22-08-08



A few years ago, my wife and I visited Thailand. We spent a morning touring part of Bangkok, including a Buddhist temple. We were gawking tourists. We snuck into the back of one shrine crammed with people, some admiring the statue of Buddha, others worshipping it. The experience called to mind the second commandment.

Exodus 20:4-6 says, “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.” (NIV)

Obviously, Buddha is not the god of the bible. God doesn’t want his people worshipping images from other religions. But this command also forbids making an image of him. So, why is God so upset when people make an idol?  The answer is in Acts 17:29, “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill.”

God the creator is unlike anything in his creation. Be devoted to him, not to anything created.


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10 Commandments – Sun – 22-08-07



For many of us, summer is a time to load the car and drive to a vacation spot. It’s also prime time for road construction. Have you found yourself stuck in slow traffic while on the way to the grandma’s, the beach or the mountains? People often jockey for position. We all want to get past the slowdown as quickly as possible. We shift lanes trying to find the fastest. Some people cut others off in their quest for prime position.

Summer is also a favored time for weddings. People gather at churches, wineries or other venues to celebrate the vows a man and woman make, pledging to hold the other in a special place or position in their life. The bride and groom promise exclusive devotion to each other.

Summer driving and summer weddings can also help us understand the first commandment. Exodus 20:3 says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Like the wedding vow, God demands an exclusive position in our lives. No other power or authority can stand in God’s place. We must not let anything else be worshiped, honored and loved in the way God deserves.

But our hearts are often like that summer road construction zone. Multiple things compete for first position in our hearts. But only God deserves to be first. Remember, the commandment is not simply forbidding worship rituals of another religion. It also commands us to place God as the ultimate power and authority in our lives.


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Ephesians – Sat – 22-08-06



Have you ever seen a game show where people get a limited amount of time to do something? I remember watching one where people raced through a grocery store with a shopping cart. They could keep – free of charge — anything they placed in the cart and pushed to the front of the store before time expired. They were given a ridiculously short time, like two minutes or something. If they didn’t make it to the finish line, they kept nothing. Contestants sprinted through the store, throwing things into the cart. Some people spent too much time trying to load the cart with steaks and other expensive stuff. They missed the deadline. Their greed resulted in their loss.

This reminds me of Ephesians 5:15-17, “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (NIV)

These verses remind us to use our time wisely. We must understand God’s will and pursue it. In the verses that follow, we’re told to avoid drunkenness, be filled with the spirit, speak to each other and to sing and praise God. How are you doing on these things? Are you living as the wise or the foolish? Today, take the opportunity to know God’s will and pursue it.


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