10: Living as Free as Humanly Possible
It's quite easy to fall into the trap of "keeping up with the Joneses". But throughout the gospels, Jesus scrutinizes the true worth of material goods.
The command to "not bear false witness" goes beyond the courtroom setting in which people swear to "tell nothing but the truth". By accepting or conveying false assumptions, labels and prejudices of people, we are in fact bearing false witness. God calls us to live differently and to see people as He sees them.
The Bible tells us that in His love, the Lord showed grace to His unfaithful people. Though grace and by grace we become more capable of the purity He calls us to.
Jesus gives an addendum to the command "Thou shalt not kill." He adds that anyone who curses a brother or sister is also guilty of breaking this commandment. When we speak anything but goodness and truth to others, we stand guilty of hurting our own kin. God's desire is to restore harmony between His children.
Throughout scripture, God puts great value in the parent and child relationship. One of the ways we honour our Father in heaven is by loving our earthly parents. And one of the ways we reflect our Father is heaven is by loving our children.
The eighth commandment "Thou shalt not steal" does so much more than prohibit theft. It affirms a lifestyle that puts relationships above wealth and materialism.
The Sabbath commandment is rooted in two objectives. In Exodus, Sabbath is grounded in creation and in Deuteronomy it is grounded in the Lord's redemption. Today we will connect our Sabbath habits to the presence of the Lord.
In the third commandment, we become aware of the holiness and power that is present in the name of God.
In Egypt, the Israelites were immersed in a culture of idol worship. Now the Lord was redefining their understanding of worship. Their God would be more than an image or a name.