The Third of The “Ten”

“Never use the name of  Yahweh your Elohim carelessly. Yahweh will make sure that anyone who carelessly uses his name will be punished (Exodus.20:7) Continue reading

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The Second of The “Ten” (part IV of IV)

I realize I have spent a lot of time on the Lord’s second word. So, just for a reminder, I want you to read it again: Continue reading

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The Second of The “Ten” (part III of IV)

Whenever you hear a teaching about the commandment never to create other “gods” to worship, inevitably, the teacher will warn you not to make our jobs or wealth or cars or hobbies or anything else, too important. Why is that? Because the danger is that we will put the importance of those things — the importance of even our families — above God. Continue reading

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The Second of the “Ten” (part II)

In the last message, I was just starting to examine the command, the principles, of not creating anything that would resemble a god. I explained how most common religious symbols incorporated various animals and human-animal combinations. Some of these symbols and images were rather odd looking. Continue reading

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The Second of The “Ten”

“You are to have no other gods before me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline. You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot. (Exodus 20:3-6) Continue reading

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The First of The “Ten”

Good morning. In the last message, I showed you that instead of “The 10 Commandments,” it should be “The 10 Words.” Something else most of our modern Bibles miss is that in the original text, each of the verses has a single Hebrew letter in the left-hand margin. These represent numbers because, in the Hebrew language, the alphabetic letters are also used to represent numbers. The first Hebrew letter you see is an aleph. In addition to being part of the alphabet, aleph also represents the number “1.” The second letter you see (below the Aleph) is the Hebrew letter Bet, which also represents the number “2.” And, this it goes until we come to the Hebrew letter Yud, which represents the number “10.” Continue reading

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More Thoughts on The “Ten” (pt II)

Then God said all these words . . .” (Exodus 20:1)

We are looking at the twentieth chapter of Exodus, and this morning I only want to look at one word above. And the word is “word.” Seriously. That little word is the term God uses when referring to what the Church now calls “The 10 Commandments.” Continue reading

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