17 May R3 Online Prayer, Praying The 10 Commandments – Part Two Wed., May 17, 2017
Seek first [Be concerned above all else with] God’s Kingdom
and what God wants [his righteousness].
Then all your other needs will be met as well. –Jesus
(Mt. 6:33 Expanded Bible)
Jesus said the Greatest Commandment is to love God with everything. He then posted an update to the commandment saying…“The second is like the first, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:39) Thus He directly links the first four vertical commandments to honor God with the second six horizontal which is the command to love God by loving our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus concludes the update by saying, “On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets.” (Mt. 22:40).
Here is the highest level of our honor to God. For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even this:“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gal 5:14) Moreover, James 2:8 refers to this as “the royal law”: If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, you are doing right.
Last week we prayed into the first five mitzvahs or commandments as to what they say and how we must obey. This week, the second is like the first, in that, we are “seeking His righteousness” and what He wants and how He wants us to honor Him by honoring one another. We know that we cannot force saints or sinners to act right nor can we legislate righteousness to people of free will. We must pray and believe for an awakening and reformation of the heart by people turning to God through Christ. It does no good to pray for morality and ethics when the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9). Therefore, we must believe for God to reach their hearts of saints and sinners via the Gospel of Christ and their hearts being changed to love God and neighbor in a righteous cause. For “Out of the heart flows the issues of life” so says Proverbs 4:23.
Today, as we pray in loving our neighbor as ourselves let us pray for repentance and restoration of the hearts of men. St. Augustine wrote: “If you love God you may do as you incline.” Here is where Word again becomes flesh, in that, our love will cover a multitude of sin. In other words, the way we love will filter out the contaminants of sin’s effect in our treatment of one another.
- Sixth Commandment
Exodus 20:13 NKJV
You shall not murder.
Quote: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. -Declaration of Independence
Definition: Murder: Hebrew – ratsach (raw-tsakhˊ) to dash in pieces; to kill by unjust means; manslayer; to take a life that God gave unlawfully.
(The Bible does make a distinction between premeditated murder and unintentional death. In the case of cold-blooded murder the Hebrew forms the term in the plural “murder(s)” meaning God records the taking of one’s life is the taking of potential children that would have come through their offspring. Thus their hands are blood-stained with the eradication of future generations.)
Main Point: For God’s people to understand the sins of murder, whether by omission or commission, and that this commandment is inclusive of all forms of murder, even intangible, such as character assassination and unforgiveness. To learn the Law of Love that flushes out anger, hatred, and murder.
- Whoever sheds man’s blood, by his blood shall be shed; FOR IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE MADE MAN. –Gen. 9:6
- Seven things are detestable to the Lord…hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil. –Prov. 6:16-19
- But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgement. –Mt. 8:21-26
- For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by another. Now the works of the flesh are evident…hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath (rage)…dissensions…envy, murders…and the like; of which I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. –Gal. 5:14-15, 19-21 NKJV
- Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, shall you not be accepted? But if you will not do well, sin lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him. –Gen. 4:1-8
- Love your enemies, bless those who curse you…you shall be perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect. –Mt. 5:43-48 NKJV
- Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath…nor give place for the devil. –Eph. 4:26-27 NKJV
- My dear friends, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. –Jam. 1:19-20 NIV
- …the devil, was a murderer from the beginning. –Jn. 8:44
- In this is the children of God and the children of the devil manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his bother…he who does not love his brother abides in death whoever hates his brother is a murderer… –1 Jn. 3:10-15 NKJV
- Love has be perfected among us in this—that we may have boldness in the day of judgement, because as He is so are we in this world. –1 Jn. 4:17-19
- Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, JUST AS IN CHRIST GOD FORGAVE YOU. –Eph. 4:31-32 NIV
- As God’s chosen people…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. –Col. 3:12-13 NIV
- If My People will turn from their wicked ways of:
- Abortion (4,000 per day—53 million since 1972)
- Violence: homicide, suicide, acts of terror and hatred, gratuitous violence in entertainment—i.e. TV, movies, video games, and music.
- Euthanasia, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and negligent homicide.
- Spirit of hatred in the hearts of people; racism, prejudice, men hating women, women hating men, generational hatred—young and old; anti-Semitism, political animosity. Choose to destroy the murderer in you.
- Destroying people’s life via character assassination, liable slander, ruining others reputation by hatred, bitterness, and unforgiveness. (Heb. 12:14-15)
- If My People will:
- Distinguish the difference between a just killing i.e. in self-defense, protecting the innocent/vulnerable, or war in a righteous cause.
- Put to death bitterness, rage, hatred, animosities, and malice by being crucified with Christ. (Gal. 2:20)
- Learn to forgive the way they were forgiven in Christ.
- Learn to live by the Law of Love in loving others the way Christ loves us. (Jn. 13:34-35)
- Abide in God’s love (Jude 20) so the fruit of the Spirit can displace hatred, anger, and murder by replacing them with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)
- Seventh Commandment
Exodus 20:14 NKJV
You shall not commit adultery.
Quote: Society cannot exist unless a controlling power is put somewhere on the will and appetite. The less there is within the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. -Edmunde Burke
Definition: Adultery is the look of lust or the act of sexual immorality anywhere outside of a monogamous, covenant- marriage between one man and one women. This command comprehends all forms of sexual deviancies; any sex outside of marriage including cohabitation or premarital intercourse, homosexual, bi-sexual, orgies, incest, rape, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, voyeurism including pornographic materials.
Main Point: The primary focus of the Seventh Commandment is the sacredness of marriage and the innocence and fidelity of sexuality in Biblical context.
- Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. –Heb. 13:4 NKJV
- The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Flee sexual immorality…he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, and you are not your own. For you have been bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. –1 Cor. 6:13-14, 18; 20 NKJV
- If a man lie with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. –Lev. 20:13
- Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor gave thanks to him, but became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened…Therefore God gave them over to the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie—Because of this God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another…Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind. –Rom. 1:21-27 NIV
- It is God’s will that you should be holy; and you should avoid sexual immorality…learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable—and no one should defraud or take advantage of one another. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. –1 Thes. 4:1-8 NIV
- But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast if from you…if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast if from you; for it is never profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast in hell. –Mt. 5:27-30 NKJV
- I made a covenant with my eyes; that I should not think upon a woman lustfully. –Job 31:1
- Above all guard your heart, for from it flow the issues of life. –Prov. 4:23
- Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, now homosexuals, nor sodomites…will inherit the kingdom of God. –1 Cor. 6:9-10
- Now the work of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornicators, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry…those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. –Gal. 5:19-21 NKJV
- By them (God’s Laws) is your servant WARNED and in keeping them there is GREAT REWARD. –Ps. 19:11
- If My People will turn from:
- Having eyes and hearts full of lust.
- Put to death any form of sexual desire that cannot be fulfilled in a righteous cause in Biblical marriage.
- To learn that only true freedom from sexual temptation and addiction comes at the foot of the cross and becoming a new creation in Christ via empowering grace.
- In My People will:
- Learn they cannot live in true freedom until the Son has indeed set them free and the power of the Holy Spirit purifies their heart and mind.
- Understand how their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we are to give our bodies to God as a living sacrifice—holy and acceptable. (Rom. 12:1-2)
- To know how to use our minds and bodies holy and honorable relative to human sexuality.
- To make a covenant with our eyes and make a commitment with our hearts to keep them undefiled of sexual idolatry and undivided by pure love for truth, goodness, and righteousness before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.
- To learn that the fear of the Lord leads to obedience in all appetites, affections, and desires.
- Eighth Commandment
You shall not steal.
Quote: Let not him who is homeless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build a house for himself, thus by example assuring his own shall be safe from violence when built. -Abraham Lincoln
Definition: Hebrew: ganab (gaw-nabˊ); to thieve; to deceive; to steal away; to take unlawfully; to receive illegitimately.
Main Point: To learn to live by the Golden Rule and receive by the rules of right and wrong and to realize that stealing can transcend many areas tangible and intangible. Lastly, whatever we sow we shall also reap.
- However you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. –Mt. 7:12
- The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness –Ps. 24:1
- Neither give place to the devil He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. –Eph. 4:27-28
- …six days you shall work and cease on the seventh. –Ex. 20:8
- If anyone will not work, neither let him eat. -2 Thes. 3:10 Amp.
- Do not lay up treasures…where thieves do not break in and steal. –Mt. 6:19-21
- The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are His delight. –Prov. 11:13
- He who works with his hands will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. –Prov. 12:1 NIV
- You wicked lazy servant…cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. –Mt. 25:14-30
- The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, they imagine it an unscalable wall. –Prov. 18:11
- He who is slothful in his workis a brother to him who is a great destroyer.Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger. –Prov. 18:9; 19:15 NKJV
- Put to death…evil desires and greed,which is idolatry. –Col. 3:5 NIV
- Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…thieves nor the greedy…nor slanders nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. –1 Cor. 6:9-10 NIV
Prayer Points: 3 Arenas where “stealing” occurs: Time, Talent, and Treasures
Four Categories of Stealing with: Time, Talents and Treasures
- Taking something that belongs to another:
- Burglary, Embezzlement, Fraud, Plagiarism, Padded Expense Accounts, Bogus Insurance Claims, Unpaid Debts/Loans, Counterfeit Items
- Drug deals, Robbery, Bribery, Tax Evasion, Unjust Prices, and Cheating, Shop lifting, Borrowing and not Giving Back, Purchasing Stolen Goods.
- Business Dealings:
- Fair wages or failure to honor contractual agreements
- Honest day’s work
- Overpricing goods
- Misrepresenting the quality of a product
- Excessive interest rates
- Taking office supplies/equipment
- Lying to a boss or co-worker
- Stealing company funds
- An affair with a boss or co-worker
- Taking credit for work not done alone
- Mortgage applications
- Business reports
- Prov. 12:11 NIV; Prov. 16:11; 1 Tim. 6:10 NIV
- Intangible elements
- Manipulation, control freaks, smothering someone else’s freedom of will.
- Discrimination: gender, race, socio-economical, personal prejudice
- Slothfulness, laziness, unproductivity, not reaching potential
- Incessantly overriding God’s will with self-will—thus living the life you plan and not living the life planned for you.
- Prov. 18:9; 21:17; 19:15; 13:4; 14:23-24 NIV; Jn. 10:10
- Withholding From God
- Tithe/First fruits (Prov. 3:9-10)
- Offerings Least of these (Mt. 25)
- Alms (poor, needy, orphans, widows)
- Gambling (Prov. 12:11 NIV; Jam. 4:13-17)
- Will a man rob God?…yet you have robbed Me! (Mal. 3:9-12)
- Ninth Commandment
You shall not near false witness.
Quote: Injustice allowed anywhere means justice cannot prevail everywhere. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Definition: Hebrew: Kazab (Kaw-zabˊ) to falsely represent someone in a court or public; to deceive; to be in vain; to present an untruth; to attempt falsehood.
Main Point: To live by the truth; be honest with God and man and to realize that this command encompasses all forms of lying, deceiving, hypocrisy, slander, gossip, false testimony, half-truths, or shading transparency.
- If we say we fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not live in truth. –1 Jn.1:16
- The LORD detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful. –Prov. 12:22
- Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor. –Prov. 25:18
- Do not deceive one another. –Lev. 19:11
- A perverse man stirs up dissention and a gossip separates close friends. –Prov. 16:28
- The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down into the innermost parts of the body. –Prov. 18:8
- Therefore put away lying, and let every man speak truth to his neighbor. –Eph. 4:25
- Provide things honest with all men. –Rom. 12:9
- Above all things have fervent love for one another for love will cover a multitude of sins. –1 Pet. 4:8
- You are of your father the devil…when he speaks a lie, he speaks his own native language for he is a liar, and the father of it.
- …these are an abomination to the LORD: a lying tongue…a false witness that speaks lies, he who sows discord among brethren. –Prov. 6:16-19
- If My People will turn from:
- Lying to others, deceiving one another, twisting truth or spinning or hyping falsehood.
- Repent from slander, character assassination, or lack of transparency and sincerity.
- Take heed and beware of false prophets or speaking in lies in hypocrisy.
- People learn to avoid flattery, boasting, and false pretense.
- If My People will:
- Let love be without hypocrisy. (Rom. 12:9)
- Speak the truth in love. (Eph. 4:15)
- Seek to always be honest with God and men. (Rom. 12:3; Heb. 12:14-15)
- Love with the love we have been given so our love covers a multitude of sins.
- Truth without love is brutality; love without truth is hypocrisy.
- Tenth Commandment
You shall not covet.
Quote: There are only two ways to get enough: One is to accumulate more, the other is to desire less. –G. K. Chesterton
Definition: Hebrew: chamad (Kaw-madˊ); to set the heart on something or someone in an illegitimate way; to have such desire that one substitutes God and His provision with an obsession for something they do not have; to have a burning passion for something one believes they are entitled to that someone else has or that God is withholding something they deserve.
Main Point: To work in the Spirit to the extent that our desires are purified, our motives are filtered, and all idolatry is replaced by a hunger and thirst for the Lord and His righteousness.
- Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. –1 Jn. 2:15-17 NKJV
- I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. –Phil. 4:11-13 NIV
- Take heed, beware of covetousness for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possess. –Lk. 12:15
- Put to death…evil desires and greed (covetousness) which is idolatry. –Col. 3:5 NIV
- But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, andinto many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows… Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. –1 Tim. 6:9-10; 17 NKJV
- If riches increase, set not your hearts on them. –Ps. 62:10
- The blessing of the LORD, maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow to it. –Prov. 10:22 KJV
- Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” –Heb. 13:5 NKJV
- Fear not…I am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward. –Gen. 15:1
- The seed sown among the thorns, hears the word, but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things comes in and chokes the word making it unfruitful. –Mk. 4:18 NIV
- But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these other things shall be added unto you. –Mt. 6:33
- If My People will turn from covetousness:
- Understand that covetousness is actually idolatry or the worship of self-gratification, self-absorption, and self-ambition.
- To learn that freedom from greed and covetousness is only found in putting the old nature to death by living a crucified life. (Gal. 2:20)
- To see beyond the veil of the cares for this world, deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this life—that a man’s life does not consists in the abundance of his possessions — and not set our hearts on fleeting riches.
- To learn the secret of contentment and godly gain. (1 Tim. 6:6)
- If My People will return to :
- Developing a generous heart and giving hand to break the back of greed.
- Realize the freedom of, “where your treasure is there will be your heart also”, and that in “setting our hearts on things above” we untangle ourselves for the love of the world and the things of this world.
- To understand that the LORD Himself is an exceeding great reward and we can have the treasure of His kingdom here and now when we seek Him first, love Him most, and His righteousness—all other things will be added to us.
- That “in Christ” we possess abundant life by the simplicity of our devotion to His care and Shepherd’s heart for us. (Ps. 23)
- Learn to own things without them owning you.
CONCLUSION: The 10 Commandments are fulfilled in loving God without reservation and loving our neighbors as ourselves without condition. It is in our love that “the Honor Principle” takes on shape and form:
- HONOR TO GOD ALONE:
- All men should HONOR the Son, even as they HONOR the Father. –Jn. 5:23
- HONOR the LORD with the first part of all your wealth. –Prov. 4:9
- Now unto the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the ONLY WISE GOD, BE HONOR, and glory forever and ever. Amen. –1 Tim. 1:17
- HONOR GOD’S IMAGE:
- Give unto the LORD the HONOR due His name; WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS. –Ps. 29:2
- HONOR GOD’S NAME:
- From the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same My name shall be HONORED among the nations. 1:11
- HONOR GOD’S SABBATH:
- …If you…call the Sabbath, HONORABLE: and HONOR Him… then you shall delight yourself in the LORD. –Is. 58:13-14
- HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER:
- HONOR your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise); that it may go well with you, and you may live a long life on earth. –Eph. 6:2
- HONOR LIFE:
- In HONOR preferring one another. –Rom. 12:10
- HONOR THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE:
- Marriage is HONORABLE in all… –Heb. 13:4
- Learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and HONORABLE. –1 Thes. 4:4
- HONOR OF INTEGRITY:
- If a man shall purge himself (of dishonor), he shall be a VESSEL OF HONOR, set apart, ready for the Master’s use, and prepared for every good work. –2 Tim. 2:20-2
- HONOR BY LOVING THE TRUTH:
- But speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things… (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth). –Eph. 4:15; 5:9
- HONOR BY LEARNING CONTENTMENT IN CHRIST:
- Whom do I have in heaven but You? And there is none upon the earth that I desire beside You. My flesh and my heart fails; But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. –Ps. 73:26
- Let your life be without covetousness: and be content with such things as you have; for He has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. –Heb. 13:5