Ten Commandments | Devotion 6 : The Final Four
Pastor Chuck Lindsey
“You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:14-17 (NKJV)
Commands are everywhere: “Hardhat required past this point,” “Seatbelt required,” “No texting and driving,” “Do not operate a motor vehicle while taking this medication,” and “Do not touch this or it will kill you and hurt the whole time it’s doing so.” These kinds of rules are in place for obvious reasons. If you go against them, it might not go well for you.
The Law of God was put in place in the same way. They are not just what God wants us to do; they are what is best for us to do. The person who has false gods in their lives violates the first and second commands and will find themselves owned by those “gods.” The person who ignores the command against murder will obviously bring great consequences upon their lives. The person who dishonors their father and mother will bring great brokenness into their families. Ignoring any of the “10” is not only sinful but will also have natural ramifications in a person’s life.
The last four commands are perhaps most obvious in their consequences.
The command to not commit adultery is protection against great harm. It is a command that, if followed, will keep a mountain of pain and trouble from crashing down on us. When followed, it allows a marriage to thrive and become the blessing to both the husband and wife that it is intended to be.
The command not to steal not only keeps a person from prison, but also protects us from the sneakiness, lying, manipulation, and continual discontentment that accompany those caught up in this sin.
The ninth command protects us from becoming liars. To ignore it is to become a person who cannot be trusted.
The command to not covet is a protective command to be content and happy with what we have. What a protection this is to the person who is careful to obey it in a world that knows nothing of the simple joy of not needing anything. Following this often results in thankfulness in our lives. Ignoring it causes a person to chase and spend their lives on all the wrong things.
Following the commands of God is not only right, in terms of right and wrong, but it is also the “right” way to live life. To ignore any command of God is to bring great pain and trouble into our lives. So, God set out rules for our protection and blessing. Our inability to keep these commands perfectly (as God requires) shows us that we are lawbreakers and reveals our need to be saved. Therefore, like everything in Scripture, the Law of God ultimately points us to our Lord Jesus Christ to find all that we need.