• The Law Covenant

    Deuteronomy 5:6

    Even after we have trusted in Christ, the law continues to show us our need for Him. If we meditate on God’s commandments, we soon see that we have not kept any of them with our whole heart, mind ...Read More

  • No Other Gods

    Deuteronomy 5:7

    It is not enough merely to refrain from doing what God forbids, although that is a necessary part of true obedience. We must also cultivate a positive appreciation for the opposite of what is forbidden. Not following after other gods ...Read More

  • The Second Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:8–10

    As finite beings who still suffer the presence of sin, we cannot bear to see God face to face. Such a vision will be our privilege when we are glorified (1 Cor. 13:12), but until then we have to ...Read More

  • The Third Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:11

    In a culture such as ours, we easily fall into the trap of speaking of God irreverently. Even preachers can sometimes fail to give the Lord due reverence in their preaching and teaching, which is why they must take care ...Read More

  • Keeping the Lord’s Day

    Deuteronomy 5:12–15

    Discussions continue about what we can and cannot do on the Christian Sabbath. While these discussions are important, what is vital is that we are setting apart the Lord’s Day as holy by gathering for worship with God’s ...Read More

  • The Fourth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:12–15

    In one sense, all of life is worship (1 Cor. 10:31). At the same time, however, it is fitting that we set aside time to gather with God’s people to remember His salvation and to thank Him for ...Read More

  • The Fifth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:16

    John Calvin writes, “We should look up to those whom God has placed over us, and should treat them with honor, obedience, and gratefulness.” He goes on to say that this entails “that we are forbidden to detract from ...Read More

  • Murder, Self-Defense, and Hatred

    Deuteronomy 5:17

    Murder is not the unforgivable sin, so anyone who has taken innocent life unjustly will be forgiven in Christ when they repent and believe. As Christians, we are perhaps more prone to break the sixth commandment by harboring angry hearts ...Read More

  • The Sixth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:17

    Some have expressed legitimate concern as to whether capital punishment is always applied in a just manner under our legal system. That is far different, however, from saying that capital punishment is inherently unjust, oppressive, and barbaric. God, in His ...Read More

  • Adultery

    Deuteronomy 5:18

    None of us who are married should think we are immune to the sin of adultery. Thus, we must guard our hearts carefully lest we find ourselves entering into inappropriate relationships with those who are not our spouses. God demands ...Read More

  • The Seventh Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:18

    Just as idolatry led to destructive consequences for the ancient Israelites, the analogous sin of adultery leads to destruction on an earthly level (2 Kings 17:6–23; Matt. 19:1–12). This should be enough to cause us to ...Read More

  • The Eighth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    As we will see tomorrow, there are a multitude of ways we can steal from others. Many of these are government-sanctioned, which is why it is important for us to understand what God’s Word says about theft. If we ...Read More

  • The Many Forms of Theft

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    If it was possible to rob God under the old covenant, how much worse is it to rob God under the new covenant when we enjoy greater clarity regarding our salvation? Let us not rob God by withholding our tithes ...Read More

  • False Witness

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    Many of us think that we have kept the ninth commandment when in fact we have been guilty of gossip and slander behind closed doors. If you are guilty of gossiping about others, telling people things about others that may ...Read More

  • The Ninth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    There are a number of different ways in which we can break this rule against false witness. If we teach or proclaim wrong things about God’s character, we are bearing false witness. If we gossip and backbite to destroy ...Read More