The Broadness of the Ten Commandments

"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." {PP 305.3}

Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god. {PP 305.4}

If you put your wife, children, animals before your God, they are your God.  If God asks us to dress a certain way, eat a certain way, and we feel burdened by that commandment not understanding God knows best for us.  This lessens our love for God and interferes with the service due to him.  Then that is putting self before God.  Therefore you are your God.

Ellen white"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything 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." {PP 305.5}

The second commandment forbids the worship of the true God by images or similitudes. Many heathen nations claimed that their images were mere figures or symbols by which the Deity was worshiped, but God has declared such worship to be sin. The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects would lower man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded. {PP 306.1}

We are to look to the cross. But it is not the object that we are to make the idol.  It is what was done on that cross that we are told to dwell on.  We are to dwell upon the sacrifice that was made by Jesus Christ and his father.  This is what it is to dwell upon the cross.  By making crosses and putting them around the neck, many make it a fashion statement.  Which is vanity.  And we are to “abstain from all appearance of evil”.  As Christians we are his peculiar people. 

Idolatry is deeper than this.  Many idolize opinion and put it before God’s word.  Some idolize cars, sports, attention.   Some idolize certain foods before their health destroying their body which was bought with an extensive price.  In a fashion sense many become “corrupted by their beauty” as Lucifer and this is their fall.

"I the Lord thy God am a jealous God." The close and sacred relation of God to His people is represented under the figure of marriage. Idolatry being spiritual adultery, the displeasure of God against it is fitly called jealousy. {PP 306.2}

"Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me." It is inevitable that children should suffer from the consequences of parental wrongdoing, but they are not punished for the parents' guilt, except as they participate in their sins. It is usually the case, however, that children walk in the steps of their parents. By inheritance and example the sons become partakers of the father's sin. Wrong tendencies, perverted appetites, and debased morals, as well as physical disease and degeneracy, are transmitted as a legacy from father to son, to the third and fourth generation. This fearful truth should have a solemn power to restrain men from following a course of sin. {PP 306.3}

"Showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments." In prohibiting the worship of false gods, the second commandment by implication enjoins the worship of the true God. And to those who are faithful in His service, mercy is promised, not merely to the third and fourth generation as is the wrath threatened against those who hate Him, but to thousands of generations. {PP 306.4}

"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." {PP 306.5}

This commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swearing, but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner, without regard to its awful significance. By the thoughtless mention of God in common conversation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters, and by the frequent and thoughtless repetition of His name, we dishonor Him. "Holy and reverend is His name." Psalm 111:9. All should meditate upon His majesty, His purity and holiness, that the heart may be impressed with a sense of His exalted character; and His holy name should be uttered with reverence and solemnity. {PP 306.6}

This commandment is as broad as the other commandments.  In fact, even just by saying we are a Christian and commiting sin is taking his name in vain.  We say we are his with our lips, but truly while doing our own thing we are really our own.  We are taking his name in vain. 

If we go forth to do some work in the name of a company.  And we go out and do a bad job.  We are taking that company’s name in vain.

If you say you are a representative of God bearing the name “Seventh Day Adventist” and you are breaking other commandments, you are taking that name in vain. 

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LordThe Sabbath commandment 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." {PP 307.1}

The Sabbath is not introduced as a new institution but as having been founded at creation. It is to be remembered and observed as the memorial of the Creator's work. Pointing to God as the Maker of the heavens and the earth, it distinguishes the true God from all false gods. All who keep the seventh day signify by this act that they are worshipers of Jehovah. Thus the Sabbath is the sign of man's allegiance to God as long as there are any upon the earth to serve Him. The fourth commandment is the only one of all the ten in which are found both the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It is the only one that shows by whose authority the law is given. Thus it contains the seal of God, affixed to His law as evidence of its authenticity and binding force. {PP 307.2}

God has given men six days wherein to labor, and He requires that their own work be done in the six working days. Acts of necessity and mercy are permitted on the Sabbath, the sick and suffering are at all times to be cared for; but unnecessary labor is to be strictly avoided. "Turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and . . . honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure." Isaiah 58:13. Nor does the prohibition end here. "Nor speaking thine own words," says the prophet. Those who discuss business matters or lay plans on the Sabbath are regarded by God as though engaged in the actual transaction of business. To keep the Sabbath holy, we should not even allow our minds to dwell upon things of a worldly character. And the commandment includes all within our gates. The inmates of the house are to lay aside their worldly business during the sacred hours. All should unite to honor God by willing service upon His holy day. {PP 307.3

Many look at the Sabbath as just a day however this commandment is also broader than that. There is a spiritual rest which signifies faith in our creator.  The Sabbath is a sign of our faith.   God speaking of his “Rest” which in Hebrew translates to “Shabbat” or “Sabbath” says:

Heb 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

The Hebrews in the Old Covenant came out of Egypt.  They were observing the Seventh Day, however they never entered into rest because of unbelief.  [Lack of faith] 

Heb 4:4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

We have an example before us of those who did not enter true Sabbath Rest because of unbelief.    The Sabbath contains the seal of God she said above.  Because we are sealed by our faith. 

Rom 4:11  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised:

Some have wondered what commandment of the 10 did Adam and Eve break.  Well, James says if we break one we break them all.

  1. Eve had the thought that she could be like God and in this broke the 1st commandment putting herself above God.
  2. Eve Idolized the fruit, Adam Idolized his wife and broke the 2nd commandment. 
  3. The were Christians.  They took the Lords name in vain breaking the 3rd commandment saying they are his children while actually being children of the devil.  
  4. They broke the Sabbath by not resting[trusting] in God breaking the 4th commandment.
  5. They didn’t honor their father breaking the 5th commandment. 
  6. They killed themselves breaking the 6th commandment. 
  7. They commited spiritual adultery by loving the creation more than the creator.
  8. They stole the fruit breaking the 8th commandment.
  9. They beared false witness by lieing to themselves and to God when God came down to investigate breaking the 9th.   
  10. Eve coveted the fruit and thought that it looked good to eat breaking the 10th.

Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

The commandments are interlinked one with another. 

"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." {PP 308.1}

Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other person. God Himself, who has placed upon them a responsibility for the souls committed to their charge, has ordained that during the earlier years of life, parents shall stand in the place of God to their children. And he who rejects the rightful authority of his parents is rejecting the authority of God. The fifth commandment requires children not only to yield respect, submission, and obedience to their parents, but also to give them love and tenderness, to lighten their cares, to guard their reputation, and to succor and comfort them in old age. It also enjoins respect for ministers and rulers and for all others to whom God has delegated authority. {PP 308.2}

This, says the apostle, "is the first commandment with promise." Ephesians 6:2. To Israel, expecting soon to enter Canaan, it was a pledge to the obedient, of long life in that good land; but it has a wider meaning, including all the Israel of God, and promising eternal life upon the earth when it shall be freed from the curse of sin. {PP 308.3}

So we can see that the long life promised in this commandment is again broad and points to that eternal life.  Honoring parents includes aiding them in their old age, it has been said of Christ that he would seek to always to run to the help of his parents.  As Christ we are to be a servant of servants. 

"Thou shalt not kill." {PP 308.4}

All acts of injustice that tend to shorten life; the spirit of hatred and revenge, or the indulgence of any passion that leads to injurious acts toward others, or causes us even to wish them harm (for "whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer"); a selfish neglect of caring for the needy or suffering; all self-indulgence or unnecessary deprivation or excessive labor that tends to injure health--all these are, to a greater or less degree, violations of the sixth commandment. {PP 308.5}

Again, even hate is no different than murder

1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

1Jn 3:13  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

We should guard our speech.

Eph 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

"Thou shalt not commit adultery." {PP 308.6}

This commandment forbids not only acts of impurity, but sensual thoughts and desires, or any practice that tends to excite them. Purity is demanded not only in the outward life but in the secret intents and emotions of the heart. Christ, who taught the far-reaching obligation of the law of God, declared the evil thought or look to be as truly sin as is the unlawful deed. {PP 308.7}

A lot of people are hurt by adultery in families.  This is common practice today.  But the commandment is deeper than this.  Just the thought of lust is adultery. 

But even unfaithfulness is adultery.  To go and commit known sin is like commiting spiritual adultery on Christ. 

2Co 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

"Thou shalt not steal."{PP 308.8}

Both public and private sins are included in this prohibition. The eighth commandment condemns manstealing and slave dealing, and forbids wars of conquest. It 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. It declares that every attempt to advantage oneself by the ignorance, weakness, or misfortune of another is registered as fraud in the books of heaven. {PP 309.1}

Really everything we own is not even ours.  It’s on loan to us.  And that includes not only our possession but our money, our children.  And God has even said that we are stealing from him by not putting his money to work for him. 

Mal 3:8  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Many are storing treasures in this world.  They try to withhold or overreach in labor. 

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Jas 5:4  Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

Jas 5:5  Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." {PP 309.2}

False speaking in any matter, every attempt or purpose to deceive our neighbor, is here included. An intention to deceive is what constitutes falsehood. By a glance of the eye, a motion of the hand, an expression of the countenance, a falsehood may be told as effectually as by words. All intentional overstatement, every hint or insinuation calculated to convey an erroneous or exaggerated impression, even the statement of facts in such a manner as to mislead, is falsehood. This precept forbids every effort to injure our neighbor's reputation by misrepresentation or evil surmising, by slander or tale bearing. Even the intentional suppression of truth, by which injury may result to others, is a violation of the ninth commandment. {PP 309.3}

Many feel that sometimes it’s ok to mislead a little on the facts, but really this is taking the Lords name in vain.  It really proves that we are not really a Christian.  The bible says:

1Jn 3:6  Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

True love will not lie.  They will not tell a little lie to there children to get them to be quiet.  This would lead that child to think that lieing is a good art.   The first and great commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all thy soul and all thy might”.  When the Christian really see’s God’s love and the character of his law, and the character and love of the people who keep it, he will cease to sin. 

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's." {PP 309.4}

The tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, prohibiting the selfish desire, from which springs the sinful act. He who in obedience to God's law refrains from indulging even a sinful desire for that which belongs to another will not be guilty of an act of wrong toward his fellow creatures. {PP 309.5}

Such were the sacred precepts of the Decalogue, spoken amid thunder and flame, and with a wonderful display of the power and majesty of the great Lawgiver. God accompanied the proclamation of His law with exhibitions of His power and glory, that His people might never forget the scene, and that they might be impressed with profound veneration for the Author of the law, the Creator of heaven and earth. He would also show to all men the sacredness, the importance, and the permanence of His law. {PP 309.6}

Are you keeping the commandments of God? 

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.

Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Where there is no law, there is no sin. 

Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Ok, now we see the broadness of the law.  Let us “Go and sin no more”.  We are Seventh Day Adventists who keep the commandments of God.  I will give a brief message here from Ms. White. 

"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" [1 John 2:4]. This includes all who claim to have a knowledge of God, and to keep His commandments, but who do not manifest this by good works. They will receive according to their deeds. "Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him" [1 John 3:6]. This is addressed to all church members, including the members of the Seventh-day Adventist churches. "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother" [1 John 3:7-10].

All who claim to be Sabbath-keeping Adventists, and yet continue in sin, are liars in God's sight. Their sinful course is counterworking the work of God. They are leading others into sin. The word comes from God to every member of our churches, "And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears" [Heb. 12:13-17]. [MR vol. 19, pages 176-177]

The commandments were made to bring us back into unity with our creator so that the day will come where we will “See God’s face”[Revelation 22:4]. 

Righteousness does not come by the law.  The law only tells us our sin.  Love of God and trust in him is what brings us in harmony with our creator.  “Righteousness comes by faith”[Romans 4:11] “Faith comes by the word of God”[Romans 10:17].  God is cleansing us from our sin, and this is what the bible says. 

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

We as his church will accept his word to cleanse us.  Let us not hold onto any part of self.  God is good.  He loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son that we might not perish as we deserved.  But he has given us the opportunity to dwell with holy angels and the character of heaven is in his law.

Psa 119:125  I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

Psa 119:126  It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.

Psa 119:127  Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

Psa 119:128  Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

Psa 119:129  Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

Psa 119:130  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Psa 119:131  I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

I pray that this is you.  As this is certainly how I feel.  And this will be the feeling of those who are being sealed and will be “found before God without guile in their mouth”[Rev 14:4]

Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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