Commandment 9. lying

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No lyingthe commandments. today. The penultimate commandment instructs us not to lie to one another.  ‘Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbour.’ (Deuteronomy 5:20) The Big Idea For the Israelites, neighbourhood was not merely a concept; it was the reality within which the people operated. After the Exodus, the Israelites were akin to... Read more »

Commandment 8. stealing

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No stealingthe commandments. today. The eighth in our series on the 10 Commandments (part of our exploration of Deuteronomy) deals with stealing within the nation of Israel. It is put very simply: ‘Neither shall you steal’ (Deuteronomy 5:19) The Big Idea This idea is very simple: the people were not to steal things from one... Read more »

Commandment 7. adultery

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No adulterythe commandments. today. The seventh commandment is a clear call for faithfulness in relationships, a faithfulness that goes simply beyond marital relationships, but is about the state of our hearts.  ‘Neither shall you commit adultery.’ (Deuteronomy 5:18) The Big Idea Harmonious community living was a necessity for the Israelites, meaning that the sanctity of... Read more »