Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
August 4, 2017
Spiritual, moral and social life are in a state of disintegration.
They are closely related to a subject with which many people are familiar but about which they know very little about— the Ten Commandments, or the Decalogue (Exo 20:1-20).
Occasionally, young people find themselves in a position where they are required to memorize the Ten Commandments.
On the other hand, there are those in this country who have never been near a Sunday School, do not attend a church, and may not even have a Bible, but are knowledgeable regarding the Ten commandments or the Decalogue.
(1) EXO 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
(2) EXO 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
(5) EXO 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
(6) EXO 20:13 “You shall not murder.
(10) EXO 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
- “You shall not murder.
7. “You shall not commit adultery.
8. “You shall not steal.9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. EXO 20:17 “You shall not covet”
What is generally not understood is that all ten of the commandments are a summary of God’s principles pertaining to freedom not just sin.
Such as child molestation, fear, worry, and doubt etc; Such as passages as 1SA 12:23 “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you;
The point is that there are so many sins that are not mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
Each of the Ten Commandments is backed up by a series of divine laws which were given for the protection and happiness of both believers and unbelievers in Jesus Christ.
Even though the Mosaic Law is not our modus operandi today, the commandments have always applied to the human race in general.
- Codex I – Freedom Code; the Decalogue or Ten Commandments.
2. Codex II – Spiritual Code; which includes the complete shadow presentation of Christ and His saving work.
3. Codex III – Establishment Code; civil statues of Israel.
What is known as the Ten Commandments called also the Decalogue summarizes a system of “spirituality-morality” — not one or the other, but a combination of both.
For you if you are spiritual, you will be moral but if you’re moral you may not be spiritual.
The first five commandments declare the principle of spirituality or the possibility of establishing a relationship with God; the last five apply to man’s relationship toward his fellow man.
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
2.You shall make no idols.
3.You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5.Honor your father and your mother.
The last five apply to man’s relationship toward his fellow man.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
To the Jews of the generation of Moses to whom the Law was given, these things were important because they were a generation of believers and our Lord did not want the commandments to be principles of morality without the concept of relationship with God.
The Ten Commandments are not a set of specific, detailed laws. but are the principles God has set forth for the protection of life, liberty and property of a people within a national entity.
Prin-No group of people can survive as a national entity without a basic system of spirituality-morality; and where these commandments and principles found in them are violated by a maximum number of people, that nation will be destroyed.
The influence of the Decalogue.
The reason can be attributed to the fact that in the past this nation has adhered to the principles found in the Decalogue.
Let’s begin with the concept of Privacy and Private Property.
Today we have a tragic breakdown in law; therefore, the protection of privacy and property is being eroded and the law is being subverted to promote socialism.
The very essence of socialism is an invasion of privacy and private property. Socialism, when carried to the extreme, results in the types of government which exists today in Communist countries.
You can immediately see that when a nation promotes anti-divine principles and makes those principles a part of its legislative laws, then socialism becomes the law of the land.
The Concept of Right Man and Right Woman. Divine Institutions #2 and #3, Marriage and Family, are protected by the principles in the Decalogue.
The Concept of Military. One of the great objectives of the Mosaic Law is to provide a stabilized population of young men who are willing to defend not only their right woman, but every right woman for every right man in a nation.
“What about ‘Thou shalt not kill’?” As we shall see in our exegetical study of the sixth commandment, the word for “kill” should be translated “murder”; therefore, it has nothing to do with military life.
This situation could be drastically changed if the military were made up of a believers with Bible doctrine or even unbelievers with the principles of the divine institutions in their right lobes.
The Biblical principle in fighting a war calls for the defeat of the enemy, and that entails killing and neutralizing the enemy.
You do not stop wars by playing games with the enemy; you stop wars by KILLING THE ENEMY!
Prin-You cannot stop wars by being a peacenik; you cannot stop wars by disarmament. The only way to stop war is to be ready for war; and adequate preparation demands a strong military!
The Jews in the Old Testament had the greatest military record of any national entity in the ancient world, with the possible exception of the Assyrians.
It was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Hosts, the Commander of the Armies, who gave the orders for the Jewish Army to fight and defeat, and in some instances, to annihilate the enemy.