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How to Interpret the Ten Commandments #2

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April 13, 2022 8:00 am

How to Interpret the Ten Commandments #2

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April 13, 2022 8:00 am

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Our Lord Jesus Christ gave The 10 Commandments without a single transgression and sin against it wants Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, and satisfying all of the punishment that the law of God requires transgressions women airplane pilots were the captain of the ship sets there. Gordon is no room for even the slightest inaccuracy.

If the settings are off by a single click could mean missing the destination by thousands of miles and in much the same way misinterpreting Scripture, even a single word can cause all kinds of problems hello and welcome once again to the truth pulpit with Don green founding pastor of truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I bill right and today is done continues teaching God's people. God's word will see just how important it is to know what God's word says and what it does not say right now. Let's join Don for part two of his message called how to interpret the 10 Commandments right here on the truth pulpit turn to Matthew five here. Matthew 521 you have heard that the ancients were told, you shall not commit murder, and whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court and when we think about murder were thinking about the slaying and taking of a human life physically taking someone's life away from them without legal justification. But Jesus says says but I say to you, meaning there something more that you need to consider here about the nature of that commandment.

So he says in verse 22 I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court and whoever says to his brother you good for nothing shall be guilty before the Supreme Court. And whoever says you fool, shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell knocked me over with a feather. How great is the significance of that Jesus just said in interpreting and applying the 10 Commandments to us says that if you angrily denounce someone as a fool. You're guilty enough to go to hell that I never killed anyone that misses the point entirely. That kind of anger that kind of slander is the murder of the soul.

It's the soul committing murder, even if the hands do not take the physical life. You see, the law is spiritual in the command against murder can can commits you and prohibits you from having even that thought in your heart know which one of us can say were I'm innocent of that which one of us is never in anger denounced someone or harbored, resentful, angry feelings about life or circumstances, is ever spoken in a harsh way to another man. Which one of us is innocent of that which one of us is never even done that in our hearts.

I won't ask for hands because there shouldn't be any hands going up but he goes further. Jesus does.

He goes on to explain in these he's illustrating things here. This isn't exhaustive. He simply illustrating the way that the 10 Commandments apply to the heart of man so that he goes on in verse 27 and he explains that the law that forbids adultery also forbids lust in the heart. Verse 27 you have heard that it was said, you shall not commit adultery but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart and ladies. He's not simply talking to men. Here is he. It's not like this, only that it only applies to half of humanity what he saying here that the fantasies and romance novels take you into a realm of these iniquitous relationships in the mental realm of that it's all sinful, all a violation of the command.

You shall not commit adultery. What were seeing in men. Having said that, which one of us which one of us has been innocent from birth until now. Of never having cast a wayward look in the places where it should not have gone which one of us is innocent of that well you see and understand that the laws not only commanding what you do with your body, but what you do with your heart and if you've done these things with your heart, you are guilty before God in the same way that a physical adulterers guilty himself and part of the significance of it.

Part of the reason that part of what we will understand and weeks to come is that the Commandments are kind of a capstone of the outcome of things are going on in your heart so that a man who commits mortar and all of the awful family violence that we see dominating us in an accident done on the street and so forth. Those things stored in the heart with a with a disposition of hatred toward the one that is ultimately struck with the weapon. The active physical adultery is the culmination of things that began in the heart, so that the laws commanding not only the finality of the sin and the physical expression of the sin. The law is forbidding the initial emotions the initial desires that ultimately lead to it. We start understand that the law spiritual and somewhere in our minds. There should be developing this thought friends were in a lot of trouble here. This is not good if the law means that and I'm like this, then there's a problem here that causes me to wake up and take things seriously turn to Matthew chapter 15 we see that God's law operates in the realm of the heart. It's the heart. The heart, the heart is like the word of God comes in and it shouts it's the heart. And then there is a resounding echo to drive it deeper into our being. It's the heart heart heart. Matthew 15 verse 18 Jesus said the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart and those defile the man, for out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adultery, fornication, success, false witness slanders. These are the things which defile the man. You see Jesus giving these these summary statements just in a single word referring to different aspects of the 10 Commandments and he says what why there are murderers and adulteries and fasten slanders is coming out of the heart and civil law judges and condemns the heart of man judges and condemns every one of us at the level of the heart.

At the very core of who you are. That's the problem that's think about this theologically for just a moment and will realize it could be no other way. This is absolutely unavoidable. God is a spirit. John 424 and as an invisible spirit.

He knows the invisible thoughts and intentions of the heart. The God who created you, my friend. The God who made you and in the body is the same God who who established the inner man is a component of humanity, and he who regulates and knows the body also knows the inner man and we are laid bare before with what we do with our hands. What we say with our lives and what we think with our minds, what we desire in our hearts and it's all to be holy without blame. None of us meet that standard.

You see, because God is a spirit and he knows the thoughts and intentions of our heart. It is fitting and it is obvious that, therefore, his law, the 10 Commandments cover the realm of his entire knowledge. The fact that you hide it from men does not vindicate you before God. That only adds to the hypocrisy of that only adds to and multiplies our guilt so the law speaks to the heart.

That is the realm of the in which the law applies the Puritan Thomas Watson said this, he says the law of God forbids not only the act of sin, but the desire and inclination just as a brief sidelight that needs to be said in our modern culture, and too many within the church. The approach that tries to compromise with the prevalence sin and acceptance of the sin of homosexuality in our society that says as long as you don't commit the physical actor. You don't actually fall into lust. The orientation itself is not sinful, beloved, do not embrace that don't go there. That is wrong because if the act is wrong and the last is wrong.

The orientation that produces it is wrong before God also. It's all condemned. Those of us that are not inclined in that way the orientation to be a lustful person is not vindicated by the fact that you don't act upon it. Scripture deals at the fundamental level of the heart and to try to excuse in the name of an orientation because it's consistent with the spirit of our age to try to do that is to eviscerate is to cut out the very point that the laws making and what Jesus expresses in multiple places in the New Testament, we can't go there.

The law forbids not only the act of sin, but the desire and inclination itself.

So we come to our fourth point we seen that the Bible is the context of the 10 Commandments. The goal of the law is love the realm of the law is the heart and kind of following on this the third point comes our fourth point the law intends more than is expressly spoken point number for the law intends more than is expressly spoken.

We've already seen this, and what Jesus said, you know, you've heard that you cannot murder let me talk to you about hate you for the law, speak about adultery. Let me speak to you about lust. The law covers more than just what the bare words in an individual verse express and keeping consistent with our principles of interpretation.

Scripture interprets the more for us. Scripture helps us understand where else.

The law goes in Exodus chapter 20 verse 12 we read the fifth commandment. Honor your father and mother. Well, Jesus applies that command in Matthew 15 to tell his hearers that that commandment means that you are to provide for your parents in their old age and that that is included within the realm of that commandment in dealing with the principles of fathers and mothers. Paul tells Timothy in first Timothy chapter 5 to honor the older church members and interact with them as as fathers. The older women as mothers so that Scripture tells us and helps us to see that this principle of honoring our parents is actually principal about honoring authority in a way that applies beyond the immediate blood relationship with the people who gave physical life to you.

Fifthly, the law has negative and positive implications, the law has negative and positive implications. This is amazing and it could be no other way and this opens up the realm of understanding that is remarkable when God's law. God's moral law forbids an evil, it requires also a corresponding good if it requires a good if forbids the corresponding evil, so that if it says honor your father and mother. That means that there are positive duties associated with that and in a negative way. It also restrains you from cursing your parents or being disobedient to them as a knows a young child. You get the idea positive statement on the law but a corresponding evil also forbidden in the same way. This the logic of this is clear, but it takes maybe a few moments to get your mind around it in the same way I'm going to illustrate this for you. If the law forbids you from doing something. It's also requiring you to do a positive good so that here's an illustration taken straight from Scripture so that Exodus chapter 20 verse seven first table of the law says you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Don't use the name of God in a careless manner.

Don't swear falsely, be aware that the name of God requires reverence and don't use it in a flippant superficial way. Okay, that's clear enough, but do you realize that that also means that there is a positive correspondence to that in the way that you do use it don't use it in vain means that you use it in an in a God honoring way so that as Jesus opens his teaching on prayer in Matthew chapter 6 the. The first thing that he instructs us to do in prayer. Is this father how it would be your name, so it's not just that I refrain from using his name in a flippant way. I understand that the name of God is that by which I address him and I seek the glory of his name in prayer and with the totality of my life, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God, do all to the glory of his name. You sanctify his name with positive conduct positive inclinations of your heart.

Positive words, not simply refraining from saying nothing but think about it this way should not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. He said okay then, I'm not gonna say anything. What what is that I will use his name at all well isn't it obvious it is to me. Isn't it obvious that that would be a violation of the command. Think about this way. Those of you that are married or want to be married. Can you imagine having a spouse and say I'm never going to say a bad word to my spouse, Katie, and that's fine. But at the same time I'm not gonna say anything good either. Would you think that that was a loving, healthy relationship that you simply refrain from speaking things that were destructive, while saying nothing that was good and loving and encouraging and affirming the negative and the positive go together. It's two sides of one coin.

Same thing with the with the law of God, so we we understand this this negative and positive implication. There's another aspect of this.

That's the Scripture also teaches us in Exodus chapter 20 verse 15 it says you shall not steal.

Think okay what I had all just refrain from taking something that doesn't belong to me and I'm good right doesn't work that way. Turn to the book of Ephesians chapter 4 Ephesians chapter 4 and if you can hang in with me here were almost were almost done. Ephesians chapter 4 verse 28. Keeping in mind the commandment you shall not steal. Look at what the inspired writer. The apostle Paul says about the significance of that commandment as he applies it to the church. He says in verse 28 he who steals must steal no longer, but rather positive implication. He must labor performing with his own hands, what is good so that he will have something to share with one who has need the law against theft means that a person doesn't live off the generosity of others when he is an able-bodied person and able-bodied person has a positive duty on himself to support himself to work for his living to secure a living, not only for himself, but that he might have an overflow that is able to share with others. All of that being held in seed form in the original commandment by commanding us not to steal it is instructing us to provide for ourselves that we are taking from others when we have the ability to do so in our own and our own being positive implication written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit about a negative prohibition. Do you see it. I'm just giving you illustrations. This is woven throughout each one of the 10 and so we step back we start were getting introduced. This is just an introduction today were just getting introduced to the fact that the what the psalmist said in Psalm 119, your law, your commandment of God it, it must be exceedingly broad these things can't be avoided. These things from Scripture can't be denied the right there on the surface your laws exceedingly broad.

Finally, point number six. The law is an integrated whole. The law is an integrated whole.

The spirit of the commandments is woven together like a seamless garment you can't tear one out without breaking everything.

Look at James. The book of James after the book of Hebrews in James chapter 2 beginning in verse eight it says.

If however you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. You are doing well, but if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

For he who said, do not commit adultery also said do not commit murder. Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law so it doesn't do to take a superficial view of select commandments and say I haven't committed adultery, and I haven't murdered anybody. Therefore, I fulfilled what God requires.

Not understanding that what Scripture says is this every sin is a violation of the authority of God. Every sin is an assault and a rebellion against his holiness. Regardless of which one you actually break and so what Scripture teaches us is that we must view the law as a unity. And just like a big window in a department store if you throw one rock through the pain of glass you shattered the whole thing. The whole thing is broken and can be put back together again just one rock breaking the whole pain just one sin breaking the entirety of the law of God.

Even these six principles are a lot to take in our thing. Aren't you glad I went with six not 10, let's think through the implications of what this means for us. What this means about the Lord Jesus Christ. As we close Philip or Aiken in his book titled written in stone said this, he said the 10 Commandments are much more impossible to obey than most people have ever imagined." I would put it this way, a superficial view of the law undeniably inevitably directly leads to a superficial view of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you think the law is not that big of a deal is not to be that big of a deal that Christ died to forgive you of your transgressions of the law is look at it from another perspective, how can you measure the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. What is another perspective that grants us an elevated esteem of who he is.

It's this. He never wants send against the law as exceedingly broad as that.

So he kept it perfectly and positive righteousness, and then not having committed any sin of his own. The required penalty on behalf of his people. He paid the price. The penalty of what the law requires. When he shed his blood on the cross astonishing. My friends, Jesus Christ alone is the way the truth and the life I ask you whether you freely acknowledge in your heart before God and before men, that you are a transgressor of this law of God, do you confess that is that central to your self identification. Do you recognize that Christ alone is the one who meets what this law requires, and have you come to Christ in humble faith in order to receive his righteousness as a gift to satisfy what God requires from you, the law instructs us in all these things may God help us to understand it as we proceed. In the weeks to come. That's done green bringing our lesson called how to interpret the 10 Commandments to a close next time Don will continue on in this series called God's forgotten law with a look at morals and obedience. You're on the truth pulpit do join us then if you'd like a copy of today's lesson or you'd like to share it with a friend will find all of God's teachings available without interruption at the truth.

Once again, that's the truth. Well were out of time for today unbilled right. Hoping you can join us next time. As Don continues teaching God's people. God's word thereof. The truth both

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