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Exodus 20:14

Gods positioning system

For the hearer to look to God for a realignment




ONE - GOD is ONE, there is NO OTHER. “You shall have no other gods before Me .” (Exodus 20:3)

TWO - TABOO. What is taboo? Idols. Images. False gods. “You shall not make for yourself an idol.” (Exodus 20:4)

THREE - VANITY. From “vain,” i.e., “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, .” (Exodus 20:7)

FOUR – CHURCH DOOR. It’s what you should enter through every Sunday. “Remember  the sabbath day, to keep it holy .” (Exodus 20:8)

FIVE - ALIVE. Only one commandment out of the ten has a promise connected to it. The Fifth Commandment promises “long life” to those who obey it. So, to stay alive longer, “Honor thy father and thy mother.” (Exodus 20:12)

SIX-FEET UNDER. Don’t put anybody six feet under, or in other words, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13)

SEVEN-YEAR-ITCH. The old movie by that title illustrated a statistical fact; that after seven years of marriage many develop a wandering eye and are tempted to play musical beds. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

EIGHT - GO STRAIGHT! Picture yourself watching an old black-and-white Humphrey Bogart movie. He’s the convict about to be released from prison, standing before the wardens desk. The warden says, “Here are your release papers. Now, don’t get in any more trouble. No stealing. From now on, go straight.” Hence, Eight - Go Straight. “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)

NINE - MALIGN. What does it mean to malign someone? It means to falsely accuse them, to slander them, to do harm to their name, character, or reputation. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16)

TEN - A PERFECT TEN! We often grade things on a scale of one to ten. One being the least, and ten being the very best. If a car is a 10 it is an amazing car. If a man or a woman is said to be a 10, they are a real knockout. We like and admire a 10. But be careful, because what you admire, you might begin to lust after.
“You shall not covet.” (Exodus 20:17

You shall not steal

          The taking of someone else’s property

          Theft fraudulently subtracting from the property of another


Theft with punishments

          Stole an ox, payback 5

          Stole sheep

                   Pay back double

Thief confess before caught

          Full restitution plus one-fifth

Cannot pay

          Sold into slavery to pay the debt

Why is theft wrong

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