Ninth

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” is the Ninth Commandment found in Exodus 20:16 (NKJV)

When character Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables races Gilbert Blythe in a bicycle race they exchange verbal volleys. One of my favorite quips from Gilbert is, “Liars never prosper.”

Those two characters are so cute together. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote a series of books about the orphan Anne coming to Prince Edward Island to live with the elderly Cuthbert siblings.

The characters in those books felt so real, I hated to finish reading their stories. My sister-in-law gave my oldest daughter the book, Anne of Green Gables many years ago and that was the first time I knew of Anne and Marilla and Matthew.

If you’ve never read the book, I may spoil the story here. One of the reasons Marilla decided to adopt Anne was the fact that she thought Anne might be a heathen, having never been taught how to pray.

Anyway, another popular saying I’ve always admired is, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,” by Sir Walter Scott.

Once people catch us in a lie, we’ve lost credibility. They may never trust us again. As a child I heard the story of the boy who cried wolf. He got bored watching the sheep and so he cried out that a wolf was after his sheep. After many false alarms, the townspeople stopped believing him and when a wolf did show up, he didn’t get any help from them.

What a mess lying causes.

God bless!

 

The First

The first of the Ten Commandments in Exo 20:1, (KJV) says: “And God spake all these words, saying,

Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

 

My grandson asked me to blog about the Ten Commandments, which I mentioned yesterday. So, here goes.

 

In the book of Exodus, the people of Israel had lived in Egypt under a benevolent Pharaoh while Joseph was alive. When Joseph died and the people prospered and multiplied, another Pharaoh came along that became concerned over the multitudes of foreigners living in their land. He decided to enslave them.

 

In Exodus 2, Moses is born, the child that would grow into the man God chooses to deliver His chosen people out of bondage.

 

By Exodus 20, God has performed miraculous signs that convinced the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. He tells them commands He wants followed, Ten Commandments to live by.

 

The First Commandment tells the Israeli people that He alone is their God and they are to have no other gods before Him.

 

According to the Gentiles, their god demanded things the God of Abraham would never ask – that babies be burned in the fire as a praise offering to him – one such god was Molech.

 

King Josiah decided to follow God and pull down the strongholds of the false gods. 2Ki_23:10, (KJV)  “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.”

 

God knows what is best for Hebrews and Gentiles and so He tells us to keep Him as the only God in our lives. Something to think about.

 

God bless!

Money, Money, Money

1Timothy 6:10, (KJV)  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

I’ve heard many say that money is the root of all evil, but God’s word says, “The love of money is the root of all evil,” as noted above.

 

It’s when money becomes all-encompassing, like a god to a person that trouble brews.

 

As I read the fantastic account of Lynda Resnick’s journey in her book, Rubies in the Orchard, with co-author Francis Wilkinson, I need to guard my heart. She’s worked hard with her husband in business and marketing and to find products with value for others.

 

The research costs in dollars and time and heart boggle my mind. She shows the steps forward and the hold ups. I’m half way through this tome published by Doubleday Publishers, New York; London; Toronto; Sydney, and Auckland. It’s copyrighted in 2009.

 

Lynda’s and Stewart’s increase in sales is so beyond my lifestyle, it’s almost hard to comprehend. I need to be careful not to covet their bank account and their savviness.

 

In the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17, (NKJV), which I’ve edited for brevity, the first commandment says: “I am the LORD your God… you shall have no other gods before Me.”

The second one says: “you shall not make yourself a carved image – 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; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them…”

The third commandment says: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold you guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

The fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God.”

The fifth commandment says: “Honor your father and your mother.”

The sixth commandment: “You shall not murder.”

The seventh: “You shall not commit adultery.”

The eighth: “You shall not steal.”

The ninth: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

The last commandment, number ten says: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

 

So I may choose to read a book that teaches how to prosper if I’m willing to work hard and make changes and sometimes take a risk of losing everything.

 

I need to remember that money is a tool. I will not worship money or anything it can buy. I will not covet anything I see or touch or hear about that belongs to others.

 

The Ten Commandments are great guideposts for life and for a healthy society. It comes down to choice. Do I believe God gave Moses the Ten Commandments? Do I follow them or not?

 

Our decisions impact life here and life in the hereafter according to the Bible.

 

Something to seriously consider.

 

God bless.