|BENT AND BROKEN, BUT WELL NAMED
The Ten Commandments are listed in the Bible several times: Listed fully in Exodus, Chapter 20,
are listed fully again in Deuteronomy 5:7-21, . I've never counted the total mentions, but even once would have been enough.
And yet we break them, bend them, and wish they were just "suggestions."
Number one, to have no other Gods
before Him means family, golf, car or whatever...the second is related; that you make no graven image of him, which is treated
loosely by some and so tightly by a few that a likeness of him in a picture is questioned. Number three says not to take the
"name of the Lord thy God in vain, and notice that the word "Lord" is there, so that personally, I don't
use the word "Lord" unless it's in a religious sense. Most people shun only the word "God" as a curse
Commandment number four says to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, and we've really twisted that one.
At the time of this writing in Exodus, the Sabbath was Saturday, the 7th day of the week, a Day of Rest.
With Christ, Sunday, the first day of the week became a day of worship for Christians. There was a time when you couldn't
find a business open on our Sunday; today it's "do anything day," but even non-believers demand a "day
off" each week, agreeing without admitting, and Sunday is usually the victim. However, even Jesus realized here are exceptions
to the "no work" suggestions, but folks shouldn't flaunt that freedom. (for example, Christ said, "The
Sabbath is made for man; not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27), but I have an idea God won't look kindly on those
who don't go to church, at least to show which side they're on.
The fifth Commandment says to honor your father
and mother. That can be difficult when parents have been mean and uncaring, but God still wants us to love the sinner; hate
the sin. (Not in the Bible, but true, nevertheless).
The sixth through tenth Commandments are clear with minor exceptions
that are between you and God. Pray mightily and step carefully about them. Remember, there'll be no deals made on Judgment
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.