Ninth that we do not lie or deceive but speak the truth in love.
Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17 ESV)
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:16–17 ESV)
It is imperative to understand that these ten commandments are set upon the premise of Relationships.
- Relationship with God and his creation,
- the relationship between man and God and
- The relationship between one another.
These ten laws are relational, and they only work within the context of community and the interactions between God and each other.
Jesus made it so clear:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37–40 ESV)
We were created for relationships; this is Holy to the Lord! Relationships are sacred. The Ten Commandments were given to protect humanity from humanity and put God at the very centre of our lives so that we could live life as God desired from this God-centredness.
As we know it today, and it has been since sin came into this world, the world is at war between the God of this age and the true living God.
You already know, we have studied this, I have preached on this: That we are the crown of God’s creation. So, this war between the God of this age and God is about us. It is about the winning of the souls of men. It is about moving from darkness to light.
Peter understood this when he said,
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9–10 ESV)
Those who live in darkness are mercy less, and according to Peter, they are not a people! You don’t count, and you do not exist unless you come to life again. You are not a people unless you are born again from the Spirit of God.
What does it mean that you are not a people?
This is a reference to Hosea 1:9-10 “And the LORD said, “Call his name Not My People, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.” (Hosea 1:9–10 ESV)
Call his name about the naming of Hosea’s third child. First, Israel rejected God, and now God declared that those who took pride in calling God their God had been rejected by the God who chose them in the first place. Yet, God promised that he would bring a bigger group of people as he is faithful. They are going to be known as “Children of God, the living God”. Later on, Paul will write on Romans 9:24 that these are the Gentiles who will become God’s children by accepting and believing the Gospel. If you don’t believe the Gospel, then you remain outside the family of God
“He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:11–13 ESV)
His people, Jesus’ people, did not receive him, but those who did, believed in his name, these are granted the right to become children of God. Born not from the flesh or the will of man, just like the first Adam, but born from the Spirit of God, just like Christ.
Therefore, the battle is for the souls of men and women.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10 ESV)
This is why Christ came to rescue us from the dominion of darkness into the wonderful light of God’s presence. This is why we celebrate, and we worship God because Jesus won. He broke the power and dominion of the god of this age forever, and now God has entrusted us with the Gospel, which is the only means by which we can be brought to the light.
Jesus came to rescue us, from the dominion of the father of lies to the rule of the Father of Lights.
It is a well-known fact that the more you spend with someone, the more you and I become to resemble them. This is so true for parents; our children are becoming, and in this process they not only the physical resemblance is evident, but they also assimilate our values. They become like us!
The more time you spend time with God, the outcome is that you will resemble the values, power and authority of his Son.
What is the relationship between what I am saying and the last two commandments?
I want you to know that you resemble another father, who is an abuser and a terrible role model without Christ. A father who seeks to destroys your heart, your mind, and your very soul.
Satan, the fallen angel, coveted God. He wanted to be like God. He coveted God’s power, authority, God’s rule, beauty, splendour and therefore, he led a rebellion against God.
Satan lied to Adam and Eve. He gave a false testimony of what God said. But, nevertheless, they believed him with terrible consequences for the whole of humanity.
Jesus said: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44 ESV)
I want you to know Satan’s biggest secret, something he does not want you to know is this: If Jesus has not rescued you, you resemble his nature. If you have not been transferred into the kingdom of light, you are still under a father abusing you. “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17 ESV)
This is why the last two commandments are so important:
To give false testimony is to lie about someone else. It brings damage to our neighbourhoods. When we lie to one another when we gossip, relationships are strained, damaged and broken.
When you lust or crave for someone else’s possessions, you are committing an act of rebellion. This is because you want to possess something that does not belong to you.
• Do not give false testimony because if you do, you resemble a fallen angel.
• Do not covet your neighbours’ possession because if you do, you resemble the very nature of rebellion.
To give false testimony and covet our neighbour’s possession, we contribute to disintegrating the relationship between God and man and with each other.
Fake news is frequently used to describe a political story that is seen as damaging to an agency, entity, or person. However, as seen in the last of the three citations given above, it is by no means restricted to politics and seems to have currency in terms of general news.
What is the fake news of lying?
It is ok to lie or bring a false account to another person to be justified. So we create stories. We take a little bit of truth to create confusion so that we can be justified. We all know how important this is in legal terms; if you lie under oath, it is a criminal offence.
What is the Good News? It is that the Truth can set you Free. The Holy Spirit is also known as the Spirit of truth! When we become friends with the Holy Spirit, we become people of truth.
What is the fake news of coveting?
If we lust after someone else’s possessions, it is because we believe in our hearts that God is not big enough to meet and provide for all our needs.
What is the Good News?
God’s provision for humanity’s problem of sin and death is that He gave His own Son to spare us of God’s judgment. Jesus took your sins and mine, and he is the only one powerful enough to move us from darkness to light. So, likewise, God, the Father, takes care of his family. God nurtures his children just like a mother nurtures her own.
“If you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well.” (James 2:8 ESV)
Let us love one another, let us love our neighbour, let us honour them with the truth and celebrate their blessings.