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The Ten Commandants

By Jack Heckathorne author of the book “Separation of Church and God, The Final Judgment”

Jack Heckathorne

Jack Heckathorne

The Ten Commandments which God gave to Moses are for the purpose of defining what sin actually is. Sin is rebellion against God. Sin is an absolute. Either we sin or we don’t. We either obey God or we don’t. No one can keep all of these commandments all of his life because we have inherited a sin nature passed down from Adam. The Mosaic Law, of which these commandments are a part, would not save you even if you could obey them all of your life. Faith in the coming Christ, as declared by the prophets or faith in the historic Christ, as declared by New Testament pastors and evangelists, has always been the way of salvation. Grace does not end the Law but rather it brings it to fruition. These are not the only sins mentioned in the Bible but they were intended to be the law by which the Jews lived under the old covenant to demonstrate to them that they could not keep them, and thus the need for a savior. We are now under the new covenant and the law of Grace.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness (using the law as a means of salvation), have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law (the fruition) for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them.” (Romans 10:1-5)

1. I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

When God brought the Jews out of the bondage of Egypt he was demonstrating that he was the only savior and provider. These “other gods” are false gods and have many names, but are actually all Satan. Satan exposed this when he declared “I will be like the most high.” Therefore, the true God will absolutely not tolerate anyone who worships anyone or anything other than himself directly.

2. 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.

This means that idols, icons, statues, figurines, paintings, relics or anything else that can be construed as a “graven image” are strictly prohibited. Not only should we not use them in worship, but we should not even make them. God shows mercy to those that love him directly and obey these commandments.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

This is not referring to all profanity; it is referring specifically to the name of God being used in profanity. To do so demeans the name of God and his perfect righteousness.

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

This commandment was given so that we would have a time to worship God and not forget him by working seven days a week. It was a time of worship to be set aside under the law and for the coming church. It refers to the six days of creation which determines our work week; six days of work, and one day of rest. It also refers to the six thousand years of the world’s history when Satan is loose, deceiving the nations and the one thousand years of rest of the millennium period when Satan will be bound and Jesus Christ, along with the believers, will rule and reign during this time of world peace.

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:1)
“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years…And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.” (Revelation 20:2 &7)

5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

This is telling us to honor our parents regardless of what they have done. If they are good it may be easy to honor them, but if they were not good we should try to respectfully help them however we can. The honor and dignity comes from you and is a characteristic of a Christian living a spiritual live.

6. Thou shalt not kill.

This refers to murder only. It does not refer to killing animals, capitol punishment or the defense of a nation or individual.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Sexual sins with another man’s wife, sex out of marriage, incest, homosexuality etc. are all forbidden by God.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

Small theft or big theft is all sin to God.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Do not tell lies about another individual to another person, in court or anywhere else. This includes judging others. If you do, you will suffer the consequences of your words.

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” (Luke: 6:37)

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Covet means to have a strong desire to posses something that belongs to someone else. This is telling us to not have that desire. The desire itself is the sin. It is a form of lust that will leads to many other sins. For example, if you have a desire to have someone else’s wife this can lead to adultery, sexual disease, divorce or even murder. Children can be adversely affected as well.

All of the commandments were given for a reason. They not only define what sin is but if we adhere to them as much as possible we can live the life that God desires for us. Everyone has a sin nature and will stumble from time to time, but if we continually break them out of our own lust our lives will become useless. God has a plan for us and we cannot be led by the Holy Spirit, nor can our prayers be heard, if there is any sin whatsoever in our life.

“If I regard (allow any) iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. ” (Psalms 66:18)

“If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

God the Father giving us God the Son for salvation, and the ability of restoration to his fellowship when we sin…is grace. Grace is the fulfillment of the Law and Jesus Christ did all of the work of salvation on the cross.