Sermons from January 2017
The seventh of the original “Ten Commandments” says we are to shun adultery. This commandment had a specific original meaning. But Jesus reinterpreted all the commandments in ways and made them central to our lives today. Just so, the original application was to demand physical faithfulness of wives in marriage and spiritual exclusion of all gods except true God. Jesus extended the application to mental faithfulness of marriage partners and exclusion of acts and beliefs contrary to God.
Most of us have no experience with murdering another person. Yet this important commandment has application in our lives. We can murder another’s hopes, dreams, reputation, confidence, faith, hope, trust, confidence or any of the many other ways we can damage another of God’s created beings. This is not the way God desires for us to treat one another.
The fifth of the original “Ten Commandments” says we are to honor our mother and father. This commandment had a specific original meaning. But Jesus reinterpreted all the commandments in ways and made them central to our lives today. Just so, the original application was to support the role of father or mother in leading the family. Jesus extended the application to families in which fathers and mothers are no longer able to lead.
Using God’s name in ways that bring dishonor such as in cursing, giving false information, and casual exclamations are all ways that lessen the importance of knowing God as God. In a similar fashion, filling all our time with our things to do and places to be rather than reserving some of that time to reflect on our relationship with God will reduce our awareness of God’s goodness.
The first two of the original “Ten Commandments” say there is one God only and to beware of idols. These commandments had a specific original meaning that is still with us. But Jesus reinterpreted all the commandments in ways and made them central to our lives. Just so, the original warning against idols was against false descriptions of God, often including images and statues as well as deplorable practices. Jesus extended the warning to substitutes for God that may not be called “gods” but lead to deplorable practices nevertheless.