The Ten Commandments


September 1, 2014 by directorfsm

    The bible shows us three different forms of Law. They are moral, ceremonial and civil. Today we will look at the Ten Commandments or the Moral Law. I want you to picture with me a room or a box. We are going to add things to this room or box in some specific places.

    Ready let’s start by orienting ourselves in the room (or the box) facing north. Now we are going to add some stuff in order:

In the Northwest Corner picture a Giant Size #1 Award

Straight North picture a Cross

In the Northeast Corner is a Giant Name Tag

Facing East see a Hammock

In the Southeast Corner picture your parents

From due South imagine Freddy Krueger

In the Southwest corner you see your Spouse

Due West we find a Burglar breaking into your space

On top is a Court Room Witness Stand

Covering the floor are Heaps of Money

    You are probably thinking, Mike has lost it, what can this possibly have to do with the Ten Commandments? But bear with me and I believe you will see the big picture in a moment.

    I wish I could take credit for the concept of this Sermon but my Pastor, Don Elbourne of Lakeshore Baptist Church used a similar illustration recently and I have drawn from that.

    We are visually oriented people. That is why commercials, programs and movies are so explicit these days. They are designed (in an immoral way) to stimulate your senses and help you remember their message or product. Using visual cues in of itself is not a bad thing if it is done to glorify God. So let’s examine our room or unpack our box. Turn with me to Exodus Chapter 20 and Deuteronomy Chapter 5 and follow along:


1. Highest Award = No Other God Ex 20:3 and Deut 5:7

    We are commanded to have no other God than the God we find in the Bible. He is described in many ways but All Knowing, All Powerful, Creator of all things who is everywhere; tells me He is most deserving of the description in Jeramiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. How could anyone hold another higher?

This implies trusting only in Him

This implies acknowledging no other God

This implies defining Him only as the bible dictates


2. A Cross = No Imagery, Idols or Likeness Ex 20:4-7 and Deut 5:8-10

    Many today place little importance upon this command, to their own harm: Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Idolatry is the ultimate expression of unfaithfulness to God and for that reason is the occasion for severe divine punishment. 3 The portrayal of the kings In 1 and 2 Kings Is especially revealing. Kings are assessed as either good or bad purely on religious grounds, that Is, on the question of whether they destroyed or introduced idols. Omri, one of the greatest kings of Israel, is a case in point. In spite of his political achievements and the ‘might that he showed’ (1 Ki. 16:27), he is only mentioned briefly, for ‘he led Israel to … provoke the anger of the Lord) their God with their worthless idols’ (1 KI. 16:26). The theme of judgement on idolatry is also widespread in the NT.

Implies Worshiping Only the God of the Bible

Implies not only no physical graven images but also those of the mind

Implies no symbolism, imagery, representations, etc.


3. Name Tag = Honor God’s Name Ex 20:7 and Deut 5:11

In forbidding the vain use of God’s name, the third commandment does not merely ban irreverent, worthless, and empty speech and actions about the Lord, His titles, and His character. Like the other commandments, it also implicitly calls us to do the opposite of what it forbids. In this case, as question and answer 99 of the Heidelberg Catechism explain, the statute calls us to “use the holy name of God only with reverence and awe.”

Implies not only the obvious no cursing but no modifications of that

Implies do nothing false in God’s name, preach, teach etc.


4. Hammock = Keep the Sabbath Ex 20:8-11 and Deut 5:12-16

    Implies the obvious Resting on the Sabbath (Sunday) but even more Resting on Sunday involves contemplating God and His word Matt11: 28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden , and I will give you rest . 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Implies what we should be honoring God through Corporate Worship


5. Your Parents = Honor your Mother and Father Ex 20:12 and Deut 5:16

Implies respecting them

Implies listening to them in order to learn from them

Implies obeying them

Eph 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord


6. Freddy Krueger = Do Not Kill Ex 20:13 and Deut 5:17

    Matt 5:21-22 (Amplified Bible) You have heard that it was said to the men of old, You shall not kill, and whoever kills shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court. 22 But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother orharbors malice (enmity of heart) against him shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court; and whoever speaks contemptuously andinsultingly to his brother shall be liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, You cursed fool! [You empty-headed idiot!] shall be liable to and unable to escape the hell (Gehenna) of fire.

Implies respecting all life

Implies protecting life

Implies preserving life


7. Your Spouse = No Adultery Ex20:14 and Deut 18

Implies not only physical but mental lust

Matt 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Implies monogamy

Implies Sexual activity between spouses only

Implies Heterosexual relationships only


8. A Burglar = Do not Steal Ex 20:15 and Deut 5:19

Implies taking using only what is yours

Implies ownership of property (anti-socialism)

Implies not cheating another (full day’s work for a full day’s pay)

Includes cheating God of his due, Tithe

Includes cheating the Government of their due, Taxes

Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.


9. Court Room Witness Chair – No Lying Ex 20:16 and Deut 5:20

Implies never spreading rumors and innuendo

Implies always standing up for the truth

Implies always telling the truth (and insuring it is so)

Prov 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.


10. Big Money = Do not Covent Ex 20:17 and Deut 5:21

1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Implies being satisfied with what you have

Implies depending on God for your provision

Implies God is sovereign, in control of all things

    By associating the Ten Commandments with pictures I think you will find it much easier to remember them. Of course in remembering them, we pray that will make it easier to obey them.

In HIS Service

2 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments

  1. Michael Snow says:

    Not many Christians know the Ten Commandments these days, nor do they teach their children. Churches need to step up and call parents back to their duties.

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