Deuteronomy 5:22-33

Moses wraps up his re-telling of the events at Sinai.  He reminds his listeners of what happened immediately after God gave them the Ten Commandments.  In so doing he gives us insight into the nature and character of God.  We learn more about God by hearing how He was perceived by the people who were […]

Deuteronomy 5:21 (You Shall Not Covet)

Covetousness is a very grave sin; indeed, so heinous is it that the Scriptures class it among the very gravest and grossest crimes (Eph 5:3).  In Col 3:5 it is “idolatry”, while in I Cor 6:10 it is set forth as excluding a man from heaven.  Its heinousness, doubtless, is accounted for by its being […]

Deuteronomy 5:20 (You shall not lie)

Perhaps no sin is committed more frequently than lying.  Everyone lies at one time or another – even the best of saints.  It is one of the first sins we figure out at a very young age – “Did you take the cookie?”  “Uh…no!” – and it never stops being a temptation until the day […]

Deuteronomy 5:19 (You shall not steal)

The eighth commandment begins to get closer to us in its likelihood of temptation.  Many cannot envision committing murder or adultery (at least the physical acts) but can at some levels see themselves stealing.  The command seems to hit us more where we live even before we fully understand its application.  In its place as […]

Deuteronomy 5:17 (You shall not murder)

The Ten Commandments show us how far we fall short of the perfection needed to approach God.  They do this by causing us to understand sin.  Paul says in Romans 7 that without the Law we would not know what sin is – “I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; […]

Exodus 19-20

Israel belongs to God because of His covenant with Abraham; its status is based on God’s choice and isn’t conditional.  In this text, however, God makes another covenant with the people and its promises come with conditions.  God promises them peace, prosperity, longevity and a place in the world as His special representatives IF they […]