Romans 13:8. There are at least eight different Hebrew words for killing and this word in Exodus 20:13 is not one of them. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Yes, that commentator was right on target. Genesis 15:16; Leviticus 18:24-25). For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:4 ESV). Now, the problem is that no one has done that. I need to mercy of God!” Thus, Jesus tells a parable about a good Samaritan to show what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. We love our neighbors by not sinning against them. But carefully read the point the writer of Hebrews is making. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour, Lucas Cranach the elder "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour" (Exodus 20:16) is the ninth commandment (the designation varies between religions) of the Ten Commandments, which are widely understood as moral imperatives by Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars. Being caught in adultery carried the death penalty with it. A couple sentence later he says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexual immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4). The value of life and the meaning of the blood is a fundamental principle in the scriptures. Jesus said that the Law could be summed up as loving the Lord your God with all your heart and to loving your neighbor as yourself. All rights reserved. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” To love others well we have to be filled with the love of God first. “The people stood far off.” Moses drew near to where God was, but not the people. Abram goes to battle against those kings, is victorious, and is blessed by God through Melchizedek. (cf. We can accept “Love of God and love of neighbor” or we can reject both, but we cannot separate them, choosing one over the other. 4236 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach Florida, 33417, 2018 Lectureship Series (A New View of Life), 2016 Lectureship Series (Growing In Godliness), 2015 Lectureship Series (Following The Followers of Jesus), 2012 Lectureship Series (Escaping Ordinary), 2011 Lectureship Series (Refreshed: Revive Your Faith), 2010 Lectureship Series (He Still Moves Stones), 2009 Lectureship Series (Building Character from Bible Characters), 2008 Lectureship Series (A Closer Look at Romans 12), 2007 Lectureship Series (Drawing Closer to God), 2006 Lectureship Series (Building Proven Character). The final commandment is a command against desire and lust for possessions or people. (Romans 13:10) This brings back to the concept of contentment that we spoke about with the commandment to not steal. The people say that they need a mediator. We are a nondenominational congregation of Christians located in West Palm Beach aiming to be faithful in every way to Jesus Christ. It is important to define this word to some extent because it is frequently misunderstood what is being condemned. Also included in this commandment would be cheating another person. Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death. After declaring that God is a consuming fire and we must offer acceptable worship with reverence and awe, notice what the next declaration is. It is important we assert this because we see the loss of this understanding in our society. Scripture: Exodus 23:4-5. For the Pharisees, who always seem to want to complicate things, Jesus makes a radically simple statement: If you love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself, you will have fulfilled every single law. How to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. We cannot think that we can desire but not act upon those desires and somehow have avoided sin. Denomination: Baptist. We have come to Mount Zion but we must still respect, honor, and obey the Lord and his commands for he is a consuming fire and we will not escape if we refuse him. This is what was supposed to happen at the hearing of the law of God and coming into the presence of God to meet him. The people understand their position before God and fear God at this moment. Cross references: 19:18 : Dt 32:35; Pr 20:22; Rm 12:17, 19; Heb 10:30; Rv 19:2 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. Self-defense and the protection of others is a justifiable use of force and would not be considered breaking the sixth commandment. We have a culture that is being created to hate what others have and that we should have what others have. It is a simple command. But the writer of Hebrews says that we have not come to Sinai and the fear that was instilled there but have come to Zion, with Jesus as the mediator of a new covenant. Do not take what is not yours. Yes, I guess I am, except sometimes when people tell me that I YELL in my head, “What fucking choice do I have?” I have kids, I super wish I had the luxury to lie about in bed all day drinking Eric’s favorite drinks and crying. 32 “Right, Teacher,” the scribe replied. But no one is allowed to take the life of a human. This command prohibits untruthfulness of any kind, particularly in court, which we would call perjury. The people fear and cannot come near. That simplicity is inspiring and comforting, but I would be the first to admit, it is easier said than done. The writer of Hebrews warns us of the same fate if we also choose a life of sin rather than a life of service and obedience to God. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. The sixth commandment prohibits murder. “Let brotherly love continue” (Hebrews 13:1). Humans may eat animals and sacrifice animals (cf. Let us then not give up but press on to the goal before us, casting aside those sins and weights that are keeping us from the path of eternity with our Lord. Just read a little further in Exodus and we will see that God was not saying that life should never be taken as punishment for crimes. God directed Israel to go into battle against many nations and to kill the inhabitants of those cities and nations. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. (Deuteronomy 22:22 ESV). They request that Moses be their mediator. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Rather than contrasting, the writer of Hebrews uses the scene at Sinai to strengthen our intensity before God. This command calls for the married to have a commitment to personal purity. Do not desire what others have. (Leviticus 19:18; Romans 13:9) "Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Stealing comes from a heart problem which is a lack of contentment. We must never lower the value of human life to equal the life of the animals. They grasp that they will die if this happens again. 12 Honor your father and your mother(A) so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.