Devotional thought for Today – 11/17/21

The Ten Commandments or the Law of God Series

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The Eighth Commandment

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Exodus 20:15 and Deuteronomy 5:19

The Eighth Commandment protects your right to legitimately buy or inherit and own property. God intended that right to be preserved.

Let us review what Keach has to say of this Commandment:

78. Which is the eighth commandment?

The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal. Ex. 20:15

79. What is required in the eighth commandment?

The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others. Gen. 30:301 Tim. 5:8Lev. 25:35Deut. 22:1, 2, 3, 4, 5Ex. 23:4, 5Gen. 47:14, 20

80. What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?

The eighth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth or may unjustly hinder our own157 or our neighbour’s wealth or outward estate.158

^ 157. 1 Tim. 5:8Pr. 28:19
^ 158. Pr. 21:17, and 23:20, 21; Eph. 4:28

In another writing on this matter, we find: Both public and private sins are included in this prohibition. The eighth commandment condemns theft and robbery. It demands strict integrity in the minutest details of the affairs of life. It forbids overreaching in trade and requires the payment of just debts or wages. Solomon stated this truth when he wrote, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so” (Proverbs 3:27). This commandment declares that every attempt to advantage oneself by the ignorance, weakness, or misfortune of another is registered as fraud in the books of heaven. It requires us to practice the golden rule, always treating others the way we desire them to treat us. The eighth commandment requires honesty and fairness in all of our dealings.3

Thomas Watson proposes in his work the following (beginging page 2108) in this matter:

This commandment forbids all violations of the rights of property. The right of property in an object is the right to its exclusive possession and use.

The foundation of the right of property is the will of God. By this is meant, (1.) That God has so constituted man that he desires and needs this right of the exclusive possession and use of certain things. (2.) Having made man a social being, He has made the right of property essential to the healthful development of human society. (3.) He has implanted a sense of justice in the nature of man, which condemns as morally wrong everything inconsistent with the right in question. (4.) He has declared in his Word that any and every violation of this right is sinful.

This doctrine of the divine right of property is the only security for the individual or for society. If it is made to rest on any other foundation, it is insecure and unstable. It is only by making property sacred, guarded by the fiery sword of divine justice, that it can be safe from the dangers to which it is everywhere and always exposed.

As with all the Ten Commandments, they are moral in nature. The dos and don’ts of God’s Holy Morality. In America and most “civilized” countries today we seemed to have forgotten this.

Though it is sometimes violated by the government today, the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that no citizen should be deprived of his or her “property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Given the unquestionable influence of the Ten Commandments on constitutional law, the eighth commandment, found in Exodus 20:15, clearly shaped the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition.1

Abstract2: The Eighth Commandment, “You shall not steal,” has massive implications for human life on earth. Exodus 20:15 provides the necessary foundation for a system of private ownership of property, stewardship, and accountability, and of an expectation of human flourishing. This article also argues that “business as mission” is a legitimate calling and that founding and running a profitable and ethical business glorifies God.

Modern Applications3

Answer: The duties required in the eighth commandment are, truth, faithfulness, and justice in contracts and commerce between man and man; rendering to everyone his due; restitution of goods unlawfully detained from the right owners thereof; giving and lending freely, according to our abilities, and the necessities of others; moderation of our judgments, wills, and affections concerning worldly goods; a provident care and study to get, keep, use, and dispose of these things which are necessary and convenient for the sustentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition; a lawful calling, and diligence in it; frugality; avoiding unnecessary lawsuits and suretyship, or other like engagements; and an endeavor, by all just and lawful means, to procure, preserve, and further the wealth and outward estate of others, as well as our own.

Exodus 22:1 is case law that provides precedent against much more than just the theft of livestock. For example, a farmer’s tractor is of greater value to him than the family automobile. This is true not only because the tractor costs more, but because the tractor is his means of livelihood, while the car is only a means of transportation. Therefore, an apprehended tractor thief should be required to pay the equivalent of five tractors, whereas a car thief should pay the equivalent of four cars. If instead, the victim is a traveling salesman who owns and uses a tractor only for property maintenance, the judgment would be transposed. Purpose, not price, determines an object’s worth and the rate of restitution.

Whether the rate of restitution is four or five times, Yahweh’s judgment for stealing is a deterrent to potential thieves, whereas current American jurisprudence provides little deterrence whatsoever. Under Yahweh’s laws, only the victim is compensated. The State should not receive any remuneration whatsoever. Under man’s laws, however, the victim receives little or no compensation and is further victimized by the very system that is supposed to protect him. After the State slaps the thief’s hand and collects its fines two or three times, the repeat offender may finally be thrown into a prison funded by the victim’s tax dollars. The offended party is preyed upon first by a low-class thief and then by a high-class thief.


FOOTNOTES:

1 The Eighth Commandment

2 The Eighth Commandment as the Moral Foundation for Property Rights, Human Flourishing, and Careers in Business

3 Eighth Commandment of the Bible

Resources:

10 commandments: icons

Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, The Ten Commandments

Keach’s Baptist Catechism of 1677 – Modern #44-92

Thomas Watson’s classic The Ten Commandments

Systematic Theology, Charles Hodge, Chapter XIX, The Law

The Ten Commandments, by A. W. Pink

The Doctrine of Law and the Grace Unfolded – John Bunyan

A Treatise on the Law and the Gospel by John Colquhoun, D.D

QOTW – What is a Christian Work Ethic?

Question: “What is a Christian work ethic?”

Answer: Colossians 3:23-25 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”[…]

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-work-ethic.html

Sunday Sermon Series – 07/o4/2021 – FREEDOM

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2 Corinthians 3

Today America celebrates its 245th birthday. Unfortunately, I fear much of the “Founding Fathers” desires and intent have been lost in translation and we are no longer these “United States of America.”

Much of that is because folks have forgotten what true freedom is all about. We have (a society in general) been brainwashed by mainstream media to think true freedom is all about living an immoral self-centered lifestyle. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As our text for today notes and as both our Founding Fathers and the vast majority of founding documents support, true Freedom can only be found in Christ. When the veil that separates the human mind’s frailty and the revelation of God’s glory is dropped it is truly liberating.

Today as you celebrate with family and friends across America, reflect upon our nation’s Heritage, the cost of freedom, (both in terms of Christ’s Sacrafice and our servicemen and women), and what makes man truly free. I encourage you to PARY FOR AMERICA.


SERMON

SPIRITUAL LIBERTY

DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, FEBRUARY 18, 1855
BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, AT EXETER HALL, STRAND

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/29/2021

8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8

Psalm 138

CONTEXT: Most modern Bibles have some heading that gives us a theme for this Psalm. All agree it is a Psalm of David and most have a heading something like “A Grateful Heart”. Spurgeon’s general comments as follows: In full confidence, David is prepared to own his God before the gods of the heathen, or before angels or rulers (Ps 138:1-3); he declares that he will instruct and convert kings and nations, till on very highway men shall sing the praises of the Lord (Ps 138:4-5). Our text for today comes at the end Having thus spoken, he utters his personal confidence in Jehovah, who will help his lowly servant, and preserve him from all the malice of wrathful foes.

I am going in this morning and having nerves lasered in my back in an attempt to get some relief from the ongoing back pain. How grateful I am for the Lord’s perfecting mercy. Some additional translations:

English Standard Version The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

New Living Translation The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

The LORD will perfect, etc. God’s work is perfect, man’s is clumsy and incomplete. God does not leave off till he has finished. When he rests, it is because, looking on his work, he sees it all “very good.” His Sabbath is the Sabbath of an achieved purpose, of a fulfilled counsel. The palaces which we build are ever like that in the story, where one window remains dark and without jewels, while the rest blaze in beauty. But when God builds none can say, “He was not able to finish.” In his great palace he makes her “windows of agates”, and all her “borders of pleasant stones.” I suppose that if the medieval dream had ever come true, and an alchemist had ever turned a grain of lead into gold, he could have turned all the lead in the world, in time, and with crucibles and furnaces enough. The first step is all the difficulty, and if you and I have been changed from enemies into sons, and had one spark of love to God kindled in our hearts, that is a mightier change than any that yet remains to be effected in order to make us perfect. One grain has been changed, the whole mass will be in due time.

Alexander Maclaren, Sermon in “Wesleyan Methodist Magazine,” 1879.

Forsake not the works of thine own hands. Behold in me thy work,Grateful Heart not mine: for mine, if thou seest, thou condemnest; thine, if thou seest, thou crownest. For whatever good works there be of mine, from thee are they to me; and so they are more thine than mine. For I hear from thine apostle, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus”: Eph 2:8-10.

Augustine.

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/25/2021

George Gillespie (Westminster Divine, Covenanter) RPW Biblical Worship

Exodus 20:5

CONTEXT: It should be obvious even to the non-believer that Exodus Chapter 20 is all about the Mosaic Law, the Ten Commandments.

Our text for today deals explicitly with the commandment against Idolatry. While he making of a image and worshipping it in place of God is a clear violation of this command there are many other not so clear “idols” in folks lives daily.

ANYTIME, we put ANYTHING ahead of God we have created an idol. That includes friends, family, or ourselves. Even in the church, we find idols. Taking ceremonies, events, practices, not found in the Bible and infusing them into the “Worshipping of God” that my friends, is idolatry.

By all which, you see where the idolatry of worship lies. The instituting of any, though the smallest part of worship, in and by our own authority, without scripture-warrant, makes it idolatrous, as well as if we worshipped an idol (Ex: 20:5)

John Flavel, The Works of John Flavel, Vol, 4. p. 527

There are two opposing views on how the “church” should be conducted. One the normative principle, basically says if the Bible does not forbid it ( rock wall, coffee shop, loud rock music, etc.) it is okay to do. The other the Regulative Principle says the Bible is the only source or guide for corporate worship. If it is not in the Bible it is forbidden.

It is funny almost every camp will agree on the acronym BIBLE (basic instructions before leaving earth) but so many today refuse to follow those instructions.

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/21/2021

What Does 1 Timothy 4:13 Mean?

1 Timothy 4

CONTEXT: This chapter can be divided into three sections (v.1-5) deals with apostasy teachings entering into the church at Ephesus, (v.6-10) Paul’s instruction to Timothy on dealing with these false teachers (v.11-16) Paul’s encouragement to Timothy to persevere in the ministry.

Our main text is the key (my opinion) verse in the later section of this chapter. Paul instructs and encourages Timothy in his personal conduct of the ministry, v.11-16. Here he says the best way to ensure you do not mess up is to ALWAYS devote himself to three areas:

  • The Reading of Scripture Daily
  • The Exhorting of Others, that is preaching of the Word
  • The teaching of the Word of God

It is this first area I wish to expound upon today. The vast majority of commentaries and all modern translations I read on this verse suggest that this means the Public Reading of Scripture as in church services. I believe the commentarors and translations render it so because the Greek word here, Anagnosis, an-ag’-no-sis, in the only other two uses refers to Old Testement readings.

I on the other hand agree with John Gill that Paul is encouraging Timothy to study scripture (read) in private that he might be more proficient in his exhortation and teaching:

And this is to be understood, not of the reading of the Scriptures in public, for the advantage of others, a custom which obtained in the Jewish synagogues; see ( Acts 13:15 ) ( 15:21 ) but in private, for his own use and service, that he might be more perfect, and more thoroughly furnished to the work and office to which he was called; for the Scriptures are the fund of spiritual knowledge, as well as the test and standard of doctrine, out of which all must be fetched, and by which it must be tried; and if Timothy, who had known the Scriptures from a child, had been trained up in them, and was always conversant with them, had need to give diligent attention to the reading of them, then much more others: as also to exhortation, to doctrine; as he was privately to read the Scriptures, for his own benefit, he was publicly to expound them, or preach from them, to the advantage of others; for these two, exhortation and doctrine, are branches of the ministerial work, which reading furnishes and qualifies for.

Reading of the Word of God is for everyone, and not just the Bible (especially many loose modern translations) for it can be easily misread and misapplied. It is important to have other reliable resources and utilize them as well.

As the apostle says to Timothy, so also he says to everyone, ‘Give yourself to reading.’ … He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves that he has no brains of his own… You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible… the best way for you to spend your leisure is to be either reading or praying. –

Charles Spurgeon

What are you reading today?

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/17/2021

Galatians 5:16 - KJV - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

Galatians 5

CONTEXT: Chapters 3 and 4 of Galatians are all about Theology and the final chapters (5 and 6) the application of that in a person’s life.  Matthew Henry describes this Chapter as an earnest exhortation to stand fast in the liberty of the gospel. (1-12) To take heed of indulging a sinful temper. (13-15) And to walk in the Spirit, and not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh: the works of both are described. (16-26)

Paul sets up our text for today by v.13-15 describing bitterness between brothers in Christ. He says simply that instead of surrendering to your natural lust of the flesh by lashing out at one another, Walk in the Spirit.

If we are truly that new creature (creation)2 Corinthians 5:17 then turn not to the old ways but the new. Turn to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our times of weakness.

Luther said he feared his own heart, more than Pope or Cardinal. The heart is the fomenter of sin. It mints evil thoughts-and blows up the coals of fiery passions. It is the Trojan horse out of which comes a whole army of lusts! Shall we not fight the good fight, and discharge with the fire of zeal against this bosom traitor, the flesh! The primitive Christians chose rather to be destroyed by lions without-than by lusts within! – Thomas Watson

Whom are you relying on today the old man or new?

Pro-Life News Updates (Various Sources)


Abortions worldwide this year:

😥 12,747,270 😪

The number of abortions performed worldwide so far this year and counting.

This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per dayIn the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion [1], there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. [2]

Stats are from https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion.  In 2019, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions.  Only 4,279 patients were referred to outside agencies for adoptions; therefore, abortions outnumbered adoption referrals by nearly 81 to 1.  According to their 2019 annual report, Planned Parenthood received $616,800,000 from taxpayers and made a profit of $110,500,000.

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