Most people have heard of the Ten Commandments. I doubt if there are many who could list all ten. If you are curious you can find them at Exodus 20:3-17. I don’t know if the last six are listed by priorities but it is clear that the first are most important. Actually they are a package deal and in spite of what you have heard, they can be obeyed. The problem is no one wants to obey. If we look at modern entertainment we find that most of them are violated on a regular basis.
The second commandment is being referred to here.
(Exodus 20:4-6 KJV) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.Most of us today would not think of actually building an idol and putting it in a special room to worship. We are to modern for such foolishness. Who wants a golden calf or a statue of pan in their living room? This points out that idolatry can take many forms. An idol is anything that we give a place to in our lives that represents anything that God has commanded us to avoid.
For example take the commandment that says,
(Exodus 20:8 KJV) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.How many regular habits do we have that occupy our day of rest? You might have a garage full of lawn equipment and feel that Sunday is the only day you have to mow the yard. You may feel like you have a need for a game of golf or other sport activity. Maybe you honor the sabbath by eating out and making others do the work you are avoiding. Those appropriate activities become idols because they get in the way of putting God first.
I think the point of violation will be different for each of us. It may be subtle. It will have eternal results. Keep in mind that God will not be mocked.
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So why do you deny the TRUE Sabbath, but then stick the commandments for it on the FIRST day of the week? And please don't use the silly argument that man can choose any day he wants for "the Sabbath."ReplyDelete
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Grace and peace