10 May Online Prayer, Praying The 10 Commandments – Part One Wed., May 10, 2017
Praying The 10 Commandments – Part One
The 10 Commandments provide the bedrock of the Bible and Christianity. They were written by the finger of God in terse statements that emphasized the negative in order to accentuate the positive. Some New Testament believers assume that keeping the 10 Commandments is “Old Testament Theology” and not relevant with New Testament teaching. This is both ignorant and foolish. All of the commandments were extended and expanded upon in New Testament writings. The only exception is the Sabbath day. Its application clearly transcended from its original order into a progressive revelation of Christ Himself becoming our Sabbath. Although continuing to observe the Sabbath day is neither necessary to salvation nor is it forbidden to be practiced by followers of Yeshua. Jesus said, I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. (Mt. 5:17) Nonetheless, there is no commandment that can be transgressed in the name of Jesus or grace.
The Hebrew word for “law” is “torah” which actually means to teach, instruction, or a tutorial of God’s character and nature. The word for commandment is “mitzvah” which means; something demanded, charged, or told to do. It is God’s owner’s manual on how to experience a full, productive, blessed life. There were originally 613 mitzvahs that were condensed into 10. Then Jesus further distilled them into two: Love God and neighbor. (Mt. 22:37-40)
We do not keep the commandments to be saved, but because we are saved. Grace empowers us to obey God’s commandments. God is not ambiguous in posting a witness of blessing or curse over the command of His instructions. Psalm 19 is explicit in tutoring us here: By them we are warned, in keeping them we are greatly rewarded. The law is perfect converting the soul…the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold. Sweeter also than the honey and the honey comb.
There is an interconnectivity to all 10 Commands. We cannot diminish or disobey one without affecting the other nine. James 2:10 “whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet break one point, is guilty of all.” Therefore, as we assemble them, they together must take on flesh in all of us!
Today we pray into the first five mitzvahs. As we unpack each one let us hear and do –thus be blessed in our listening and learning conjoined with pursuing and practicing!
- First Commandment
Exodus 20:3 NKJV
“You shall nave no other gods before Me.”
Main Point: To understand that God alone reserves the right to reveal Himself in His Creation, His Word, and His Son. He only is God and His first commandment sets the other nine in order. Moreover He alone is worthy of our adoration and affection.
- I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD. (Ex. 20:2)
- You shall love the Lord your God with all…(Mt. 22:37-40)
- Where there is no [redemptive revelation of God] the people perish; BUT HE WHO KEEPS THE LAW [OF GOD]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.
- My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF YOUR GOD.
- See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil; in that I command you today to LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD, to walk in His ways, AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS…that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish. I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. (Deut. 30:15-19 NKJV)
- Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. (Mt. 6:33)
- What agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God and they shall be My people. (2 Cor. 6:16)
- And we know that the Son of God has come, and has GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING, THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE, AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE, even His Son Jesus Christ. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 Jn. 5:20-21)
Quote: “When people stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in everything.” –G. K. Chesterton
- For people to know God as He has revealed Himself through His Creation, Scripture, and Son.
- For the people of God to beware of “Christian atheism” which is believing in the existence of God while their hearts are empty of affection for Him.
- For God’s people to understand the first commandment comes before the other nine because it sets them in order. He is the priority, the first and foremost. (Mt. 6:33)
- For God’s covenant people to realize that the Laws of God were never intended to be grievous or burdensome, but to warn us in protection and rewarded as promised. (Ps. 19:11)
- For God’s people to know that where there is no redemptive revelation or prophetic vision of Him—people will go astray to other idols and perish.
- For God’s people to experience the joy and pleasure of keeping His laws of love, not in a religious dogma or legalistic mode of performing for a deity, rather as intended by the Law Giver.
- For God’s people to discover that knowledge of the Holy One is understanding of the true God, as well as, understanding who we are crafted in His image and likeness. (Pro. 9:10; Gen 1:26-28)
- For God’s people to realize that the Greatest Commandment is to love God with everything and that the only proof we have of our love for Him is our obedience to His commands.
- God’s people to recognize that He is the only true God and that He only has the right of ownership of everything and places a demand of everything we own. (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Jn. 17:3)
- God’s people to practice “religious tolerance” not in accepting other gods but in respecting others right to believe, even though they are wrong. Allowing other’s opinions without coercion of force or compromise to the faith.
- God’s people to understand that He is not a distant deity or an unknowable God, but more than anything wants us to know Him intimately in the fullest possible personal relationship.
- Second Commandment
Exodus 20:4-6 NKJV
You shall not make for yourselves a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,
but showing mercy to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments.
Quote: “Our problem in life is not that we love things too much but that we don’t love God enough. Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is in exact proportion to his love for God.” —C. S. Lewis
Main Point: To know that no image or imagination can neither copy nor comprehend all that the living God is and that our worship must be in spirit and in truth allowing no competing loves, loyalties, or idols.
- God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. (Jn. 4L24)
- (God’s people) worshipped the LORD, and yet served their own gods. ( 2 Kgs. 17:13 NIV)
- You cannot serve two masters, You will love the one and hate the other, or you will cling to one and reject the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Mt. 6:24)
- Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. (Rev. 19:10b)
- And though they knew God, they neither glorified Him nor gave thanks to Him,…Therefore God gave them over to their sinful desires…They exchanged the truth of God and worshipped and served things rather than the Creator who is forever praised—Amen. (Rom. 1:21-25 NIV)
- These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me. Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. (Mt. 15:8-9 NKJV)
- Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and SO WORSHIP GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERANCE AND AWE. For our God is a consuming fire. (Heb. 12:28-29 NIV)
- Jesus made a whip and drove all from the temple… and He said, How dare you turn My Father’s house into a market! Zeal for Your house has consumed Me! (Jn. 2:14-17 NIV)
- My people have come as vile as the things they love. (Hos. 9:10)
- For God’s people to understand that:
- The 1st command forbids the worship of other gods, while the 2nd command forbids the making of other gods to worship.
- The 1st Commandment relates to who God IS; the 2nd Commandment defines who God IS NOT.
- The 1st Commandment directs us to worship the correct God; the 2nd requires us to worship the correct God correctly.
- The 1st Commandment instructs us who is to be worshipped; the 2nd instructs us how He is to be worshipped.
- The 1st Commandment was given to guard against idolatry; the 2nd was given to guard against false imagery.
- For God’s people to understand that we will worship something or someone and the only One worthy of worship is the living God, I AM, and His Son Jesus Christ.
- For God’s people to realize that the one and true God only seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth.
- For God’s people to know that no image or imagination could neither exactly copy Him nor completely comprehend all that He is.
- For God’s people to be aware that what they behold they become and that everyone grows to resemble what or whom they love.
- For God’s people to know that the Bible depicts love in the context of slavery and that we cannot serve two masters. (Mt. 6:24)
- For God’s people to realize that today’s idols are not statues or shrines but idols of the heart and mind (i.e. money, materialism, sports, sex, power, pride, privilege, people, pleasure, self, etc.)
- For God’s people to understand the high calling of being a royal priesthood is to show forth the praises of Him who called them out of darkness and that our worship does not come just through our lips but from who we are—our worship is not a song that we sing but a lovesong that we live.
- For God’s people to know that if we love God with everything they we may do as we incline—for their love filters and covers all illegitimate loves.
- Third Commandment
Exodus 20:7 NKJV
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Quote: “Protecting God’s name goes far beyond swearing or blasphemy. It involves guarding the holiness of His character and the goodness of His nature as is His brand and reputation.” –W.E.D.
Main Point: To always guard God’s name from perjury, profanity, pretense, and presumption knowing He is jealous in protecting His character and nature as His name also is the seal of His identity and reality and is the source of our image and likeness.
- A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver and gold. (Pro. 22:1)
- You shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. (Lev. 19:12 NKJV)
- Do not swear falsely…But let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no’. (Mt. 5:33-37)
- Our Father, which art in heaven, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. (Mt. 6:9ff)
- Who is like your people, like Israel, they are nation on earth when God wanted to redeem for Himself a people, TO MAKE HIMSELF A PEOPLE—TO MAKE FOR HIMSELF A NAME—. (2 Sam. 7:23)
- Am I a God at hand, says the LORD, and not a God far off? …I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy in My name…they are prophets of deceit in their own heart…which cause My people to think to forget My name…as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal. (Jer. 23:23-29)
- Holy Father, protect them by the POWER OF YOUR NAME—THE NAME YOU GAVE ME—so that they may be one as we are one. (Jn. 17:11 NIV)
- Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord for the glory of God the Father. (Acts 4:12 & Phil. 2:9-11)
- Let everyone who NAMES THE NAME OF CHRIST depart from iniquity. (2 Tim. 2:19)
- Give glory to the LORD the glory due His name: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (Ps. 29:2 NKJV)
- They shall put My name upon the children of Israel. (Num. 6:17)
Prayer Points: To remember the 4 “P’s” concerning misusing God’s name:
- Perjury: Claiming God said something He didn’t or swearing falsely in His name.
- Profanity: Misusing His name in cursing, falsehood, or defaming His name by using it idly, thus, eroding its value and majesty.
- Pretense: Associating His name with false religion, false statements, evil works, foolish behavior or godless lifestyles; not speaking His name in reverence, worship, and truth.
- Presumption: Falsely swear by His name when not knowing something is true or not; using His name irreverently in slogans or trivial ways that slander and cheapen His holiness and goodness.
- For God’s people to always use His name deliberately, with integrity, with faith, displayed in lives of honesty and truth before men.
- To turn cursing into praise and never just use God’s name repetitiously to sound spiritual or fill empty prayers thus to devalue its awe and exclusivity.
- To remember the Scripture says whatever we do we must do “in the Name of Jesus, giving thanks to the Father.” (Col. 3:17 NIV)
- To never forget the God intensely protects the reputation of His name and will not hold those guiltless who slander His name and defame His character by misusing or misrepresenting His name in any way, shape, or form.
- Fourth Commandment
Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Therefore, the LORD blessed the Sabbath and hallowed it.
Quote: “Seven days without a Sabbath makes one weak.” Ben Patterson
Main Point: For the correct interpretation of what keeping the Sabbath means in the New Covenant, why it was given, and how to keep it in our weekly occurrences of worship.
- The Purpose of Sabbath:
- I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them (Jehovah-MAKADDESH). (Ezk. 20:11-12)
- If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and for doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the LORD and the feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob, the mouth of the LORD has spoken it. (Is. 58:13-14)
- For if Jesus had given them rest, then He would not afterwards have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that has entered His rest, has also ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us therefore labor to enter that rest, lest any man fall with the same example. (Heb. 4:8-11)
- Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy burden, and I will give you rest (Sabbath). Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gently and lowly in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST (Sabbath) FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Mt. 11:28-30)
- The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. (Mt. 12:8)
- For without faith it is impossible to please God for those who come to Him must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)
- Let no one judge you…regarding…Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, BUT THE SUBSTANCE IS OF CHRIST. (Col. 2:16-17)
For Christians: The Sabbath Law was revised because it was fulfilled in Christ, but the Sabbath Principle remains being fulfilled by faith in Christ’s finished work and practical application.
- The Practice of the Sabbath
- The Sabbath was made to benefit people, and not people to the Sabbath. (Mk. 2:27 NLT)
- Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER; and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb. 10:24-25 NASB)
- The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Gal. 5:16 NIV)
- The law was our school master to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Gal. 3:13, 24)
- Remember the primary purpose of Sabbath is laboring to enter into rest through Christ’s finished work by faith.
- Remember the Sabbath is a call to glorify God with our time and to keep our heavenly focus.
- Remember that in the Sabbath Principle that we need one day a week for separation from the other 6 to rest, worship, and do good. (Mt.12:8; Mk. 2:27; Jn. 7:23)
- Remember, whether it is the Sabbath (Saturday) or The Lord’s Day (Sunday) we are not to forsake the assembling together—as we need fellowship, others need what we can contribute to the body of Christ, and God commands corporate worship from the redeemed of the Lord.
- Remember worship in “4 D” on the Sabbath:
- Decompress: a day to take on Christ’s yoke and find rest in Him alone.
- Disseminate: a day to set apart from our labor, pleasures, and to honor God.
- Dedicate: a day devoting ourselves to worship, family, good works, and rejuvenation.
- Delight: a day to delight ourselves in the Lord, enjoy the fruit of our labors, and our week as we reflect on God’s goodness and what He has done.
- Fifth Commandment
Exodus 20:12 NKJV
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—
that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. (Eph. 6:1-3 NIV)
Quote: “A family can survive without a nation, but a nation cannot survive without a family. Honoring fathers and mothers enables us to build a world in which the strong are just, power is tempered by mercy, the weak are nurtured and the marginalized are embraced, and those of the gates of life are protected by law and love.” —Richard Deuhaus
Main Point: To comprehend that Creator God set forth the blue print of His created apparatus to function as designed to expand heaven to earth and have the family be the highest representation of His image and likeness.
- My son, obey your father’s commands, and do not neglect your mother’s instructions. (Pro. 6:20 NLT)
- Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them] lest they become discouraged and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.] (Col. 3:18-21 Amp.)
- Let every person be loyally subject to authorities….those that exist by God’s appointment. Therefore he who resist and sets himself up against authorities resist what God has approved and arranged in [divine order]. (Rom. 13:1-5 Amp.)
- Whoever says to his father or mother, “What profit you might have received from me is a gift of God”—thus he need not honor his father and mother, “Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy saying: “these people draw near Me with their mouths, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” (Mt. 15:3-9 NKJV)
- To obey is better than sacrifice. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. (1 Sam. 15:22-23 KJV)
- But know this, that in the last days perilous time will come; for men will be lovers of themselves…DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS…unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving…headstrong and high minded. Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
- Obey your spiritual teachers and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you either. (Heb. 13:17 Amp.)
Prayer Points: Parents:
- Teach and impress God’s commandments on their children’s hearts and conscience. (Deut. 6:4-9)
- Train and discipline their children in the respect and instruction of the Lord. (Eph. 6:1-4)
- To love their children with the love they have from their Father in heaven. (Jn. 13:34-35)
- To learn to communicate well, be fair, learn to listen, and to forgive their children.
- To teach and reproduce the HONOR PRINCIPLE which is the seed of greater access to God.
- To understand that obedience to godly instructions is not an option or opinion.
- To realize that rebellion is the seed to future failure and reserved judgment.
- To practice honoring their parents that they may experience things going well with them and enjoying long life in the earth.
- To know that submission and obedience to parents is equal to submitting and obeying God, thus secures us under the shadow of the Almighty’s protection, preservation, and provision.
- To understand that the Honor Principle transcends parents to grandparents and the elderly and holds the seeds of greater access to God and his blessing.