Moses, Jesus, and the Ten Commandments

Moses gave the Ten Commandments as applying to behavior, whereas Jesus applied the Ten Commandments to our thinking as well.  For this reason, Moses was showing that murder and adultery were sins, but Jesus is showing that even hate and lust are sins.

Moses gave the letter of the law, but Jesus teaches the spirit of it.

When you go to Jesus today, don’t do so thinking merely of your outward behavior.  Reflect on your thoughts as well.  If you conform your thoughts to His will, your behavior will follow suit.

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OT485 – Psalm 7

Reading the Old Testament with Jesus in Mind: Job through Song of Solomon (podcast)

There is an app that will allow you to automatically download this daily podcast to practically any smartphone.  Just go to your smartphone’s app store and search on “mike gantt.”

Suggestion:  If you are not already familiar with the New Testament, I would not advise you to listen to this podcast at this time.  First, get your grounding in the New Testament.  You can begin with one of these Bible Reading Plans which are focused on Jesus.  You can also listen to my podcast series Reading Through the New Testament a Chapter a Day (SCNT).  The Old Testament needs to be understood in the light of the New Testament; this is what Jesus taught us.  Therefore, we today read and understand the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.

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More on Understanding the Structure of God’s Commandments

I wrote a post on this subject last week (Understanding the Structure of God’s Commandments).

Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our being and the second greatest is to love each other as we love ourselves.  The outline below shows, therefore, how the Ten Commandments fit within those two.  The apostle John saw the common theme and said, “God is love” – thus highlighting the common theme of the commandments.

God’s commandments flow from His nature.  He is love personified.  He commands us to love because He is love, and because His will is that we become like Him.  For this reason, I have emphasized the word “love.”  It is the theme that defines God’s nature and therefore shapes His commandments.

  • God is love.
    • You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
      • 1 – You shall have no other gods before Me.
      • 2 – You shall not make for yourself an idol.
      • 3 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
      • 4 – Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
    • You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
      • 5 – Honor your father and your mother.
      • 6 – You shall not murder.
      • 7 – You shall not commit adultery.
      • 8 – You shall not steal.
      • 9 – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
      • 10 – You shall not covet.

Many, many people today will say that they believe in and practice love…but how many define it the way God does above?

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OT484 – Psalm 6

Reading the Old Testament with Jesus in Mind: Job through Song of Solomon (podcast)

There is an app that will allow you to automatically download this daily podcast to practically any smartphone.  Just go to your smartphone’s app store and search on “mike gantt.”

Suggestion:  If you are not already familiar with the New Testament, I would not advise you to listen to this podcast at this time.  First, get your grounding in the New Testament.  You can begin with one of these Bible Reading Plans which are focused on Jesus.  You can also listen to my podcast series Reading Through the New Testament a Chapter a Day (SCNT).  The Old Testament needs to be understood in the light of the New Testament; this is what Jesus taught us.  Therefore, we today read and understand the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.

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Murder and Adultery

These two appear side by side among the Ten Commandments:

  • You shall not murder.
  • You shall not commit adultery.

Also, they are often spoken in the same breath when found elsewhere in Scripture.  This is understandable because breaking one often leads to breaking the other.

Recall that after King David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, he had her husband killed to cover up the adultery.  Similarly, people today often seek abortion as a means to cover up adultery.  Where adultery is found, murder may not be far away.

None of this is to say that these two commandments are always broken in tandem, but simply that in human experience they often have something to do with each other.  Understanding this, we can also recognize that divorce is the murder of a marriage.

As abortion is a form of murder than can be used to cover up adultery, so “transgenderism” is a form of murder that is also a form of adultery.  A man who seeks to become a woman adulterates his marriage, whether present or future.  He also murders himself so that he may become something else.  He is committing suicide so that a “she” might take his place.

No “transgender” person fully realizes he is breaking God’s commandments – else he wouldn’t do it!  A “transgender” person is deeply confused and is rebelling against reality.  But reality cannot be successfully rebelled against.  It will always win any debate, no matter how vigorously that debate is waged or how long it goes on.

The matter of gender is simple.  Jesus said that we are created male and female.  Keeping this straight, among other benefits, insures the survival of the human race.  Now, no baby comes into this world knowing his or her gender.  It the responsibility of adults to keep track of the matter and – in due time, as necessary – to explain it to the child.  When adults refuse to do their duty, the child can become subject to confusion and depression.  In that confusion – whether as a child or an adult – they can commit adultery against themselves and simultaneously commit murder against themselves by trying to become something they are not and can never be.  Adults who affirm the delusions of “transgenderism” become unwitting accomplices to the unwitting adultery and unwitting suicide.  No one involved consciously intends the destruction – but it is destruction nonetheless.

The deep depression usually found in a person who seeks to change his gender deserves our respect and our compassion.  Compassion gently helps a person back to reality – it does not confirm and support a person’s self-destructive thought patterns.  The strong should help the weak – not become like the weak.  The clear-headed should help the confused – not join in the confusion.

Rejection of Jesus Christ and His commandments leads to moral incoherence, and, if pursued long enough, to moral insanity.  This is where we in 21st-century American society have found ourselves.  The way back is a returning to Jesus our Lord and His commandments.  For to call Him Lord while ignoring His commandments is to make the word “Lord” meaningless, subjecting ourselves to even more confusion.

Where moral confusion abounds, murder and adultery find many outlets.

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OT483 – Psalm 5

Reading the Old Testament with Jesus in Mind: Job through Song of Solomon (podcast)

There is an app that will allow you to automatically download this daily podcast to practically any smartphone.  Just go to your smartphone’s app store and search on “mike gantt.”

Suggestion:  If you are not already familiar with the New Testament, I would not advise you to listen to this podcast at this time.  First, get your grounding in the New Testament.  You can begin with one of these Bible Reading Plans which are focused on Jesus.  You can also listen to my podcast series Reading Through the New Testament a Chapter a Day (SCNT).  The Old Testament needs to be understood in the light of the New Testament; this is what Jesus taught us.  Therefore, we today read and understand the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.

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Winner or Loser?

In the eyes of the world, Jesus of Nazareth was a loser.  Big-time.

This first-century Jew died with his reputation in tatters.  It’s not just that he died by crucifixion – which was a public shaming; it’s that he had had substantial earthly success within his grasp and had let it go.

Jesus had followers – so many that his rivals were provoked to intense jealousy.  He could have been king of his country, with all the honor and privileges that go along with such status.  Yet he turned down that throne and accepted the fate of a public enemy: humiliation and suffering by scourging and crucifixion.

Loser.

The world thought they had rid themselves of this loser…but He rose from the dead to immeasurable and everlasting glory.  Things turned out this way because in the eyes of God He was something quite different from what the world had considered him to be.

What we are in the eyes of the other people is fleeting, incomplete, and sometimes completely wrong.  What we are in the eyes of God is reality.  And it is reality that will be remembered and revered in the halls of eternity where we will all live.

Let God decide whether you are a winner or loser.  The world has a poor track record in such matters.

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OT482 – Psalm 4

Reading the Old Testament with Jesus in Mind: Job through Song of Solomon (podcast)

There is an app that will allow you to automatically download this daily podcast to practically any smartphone.  Just go to your smartphone’s app store and search on “mike gantt.”

Suggestion:  If you are not already familiar with the New Testament, I would not advise you to listen to this podcast at this time.  First, get your grounding in the New Testament.  You can begin with one of these Bible Reading Plans which are focused on Jesus.  You can also listen to my podcast series Reading Through the New Testament a Chapter a Day (SCNT).  The Old Testament needs to be understood in the light of the New Testament; this is what Jesus taught us.  Therefore, we today read and understand the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.

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The Possibility of Keeping His Commandments

It is critical that we keep God’s commandments.  However, it is impossible to keep them…if we do not have faith.

What is faith?  It is the assurance that Jesus sees everything – the conviction that nothing escapes His notice.

Without that assurance, you will not be able to find the strength to consistently do His will.  With that assurance, His strength will be yours.  Keeping His commandments will be the delight of your heart.

Therefore, strengthen your faith that you might keep His commandments.

Faith is not an alternative to keeping His commandments; it is a path to keeping His commandments.

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OT481 – Psalm 3

Reading the Old Testament with Jesus in Mind: Job through Song of Solomon (podcast)

There is an app that will allow you to automatically download this daily podcast to practically any smartphone.  Just go to your smartphone’s app store and search on “mike gantt.”

Suggestion:  If you are not already familiar with the New Testament, I would not advise you to listen to this podcast at this time.  First, get your grounding in the New Testament.  You can begin with one of these Bible Reading Plans which are focused on Jesus.  You can also listen to my podcast series Reading Through the New Testament a Chapter a Day (SCNT).  The Old Testament needs to be understood in the light of the New Testament; this is what Jesus taught us.  Therefore, we today read and understand the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.

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