• Lustful Intent Devotional

    Matthew 5:27–30

    Positively, question and answer 109 of the Heidelberg Catechism note, the seventh commandment encourages the maintenance and promotion of chastity in marriage and singleness. We should be doing all that we can to prevent a climate in the church and in our homes that may make adultery easy to commit and hide. We must also regularly return to the Bible’s teaching on sexuality so that we can resist the lies about lust and sex that our culture loves to tell us every day. View Resource

  • The Seventh Commandment Devotional

    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 flee adultery, but knowing that this sin is an affront to God’s sovereignty is yet one more reason to maintain our chastity. Let us guard our hearts and seek intimacy with our spouses, that we might not succumb to the temptation of adultery. View Resource

  • The Scope of the Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Matthew 5:21–26

    The sixth commandment does not forbid all anger, for there is a place for righteous anger, as we will discuss next week. But the sixth commandment warns us that what we consider righteous anger may very well be sinful anger, and we must guard our hearts lest bitterness and unjust anger take root. We must implore the Spirit to help us forgive others and to make us willing to hear His conviction when we are feeling unjust anger. View Resource

  • Capital Crimes and Punishment Devotional

    Numbers 35:9–34

    Many people accuse Christians of being inconsistent in our stance against homosexuality because we believe it immoral, like the Old Testament, but, unlike the Old Testament, we do not call for the death of those who commit sexual sin. This charge falls flat, for it assumes what must be proven, namely, that God’s law requires the death penalty for every crime that it connects to capital punishment. If we know how God’s law works, we can answer those who try to trip us up. View Resource

  • The Sixth Commandment Devotional

    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 covenant with Noah that applies to all mankind, has told us that capital punishment is the required penalty for first-degree murder. We abolish it at the expense of human safety and obedience to our Creator. View Resource

  • Submitting to Earthly Authorities Devotional

    Romans 13:1–7

    Those who are under the authority of others are not allowed to wait for perfect leadership before they honor their supervisors, parents, church elders, and other leaders. Insofar as our leaders do not command us to do something God forbids or forbid us from doing something that God commands, we have no excuse not to obey their directives. Let us honor those in authority over us and ask for the Spirit’s help to make us eager to serve others. View Resource

  • The Fifth Commandment Devotional

    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 their dignity either by contempt, by stubbornness, or by ungratefulness” (Institutes 2.8.35). There are many subtle ways we can break the fifth commandment. Let us not be guilty of this great sin but instead honor our authorities as unto the Lord. View Resource

  • The Fourth Commandment Devotional

    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 His deliverance. The best time to do this is on the day of the week Jesus was raised for our justification, which was the first day of the week that we now commemorate as the Lord’s Day. We should make every attempt to be in church every Sunday. View Resource

  • Sacred Oaths and Vows Devotional

    Numbers 30:1–2

    This quote from William Shakespeare All’s Well That Ends Well captures an important insight: “‘Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, but the plain single vow that is vow’d true.” Sacred vows are not to be taken carelessly, but much deliberation should be put into the matter before an oath is made. A true intent to keep the vow must be present, otherwise we sin when we make an oath in the name of God. View Resource

  • The Penalty for Blasphemy Devotional

    Leviticus 24:10–16

    The issue of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a difficult one, but commentators agree that we have not committed this sin if we feel remorse and want God to forgive us. Only those whose hearts have been completely hardened against God and His grace have committed this sin, but we cannot determine whether this has happened in a person’s heart. Thus, we hold forth the hope of forgiveness and call people to repent until their deaths make repentance impossible. View Resource

  • The Third Commandment Devotional

    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 whenever they open the Word of God to the people of God. All of us should endeavor to speak of our holy God only in a holy manner, to worship Him rightly, and to adore Him in our thoughts, words, and actions. View Resource

  • Images vs. Idols Devotional

    2 Kings 18:4–5

    Biblical ethics ultimately address the heart. Images in themselves are indifferent; it is what we do with them that matters. The worship of physical images is a problem in many places, but we tend to be more “sophisticated.” We often create images of God in our hearts and minds based on what we think He should be like. Then, we worship that deity, and not the God of Scripture. But if we do not worship the Lord as He reveals Himself in His Word, we are committing idolatry. View Resource

  • The Second Commandment Devotional

    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 be content that the divine nature, or essence, is invisible. We cannot depict this nature in art, and, by extension, we cannot image God or His attributes in our minds in ways that have not been revealed in Scripture. Let us be content to serve the glorious but invisible God. View Resource

  • No Other Gods Devotional

    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 involves the passionate pursuit of the one true Lord of all. We must seek to know His character, love His attributes, and make Him the chief priority in our lives. View Resource

  • The Distortion of Lawlessness Devotional

    Romans 6:1-14

    Of all the types of antinomianism, we are perhaps most prone to look for loopholes in the law of God. So, for instance, we may excuse certain behaviors because there is no express command in Scripture against them, even though our intent and attitude in doing such things is clearly and undeniably sinful. May we take care in reading Scripture that we never look for ways to get out of the demands it places upon us. View Resource