"Sharing The Gospel" - Steve Wiggins Special Devotional Series
10 Commandments: 3 & 7
I know what you’re thinking: Shouldn’t we be learning 3&4? Well, I was educated in Arkansas and that’s how we count!!
Actually, I teach 3 & 7 because they are closely alike. They both deal with infidelity, or “adultery”. Also, because 3 & 7 are Biblical numbers associated with G_d.
3 reminds us of the Trinity, (or tri-unity) of G_d: Father, Son, Spirit.
7, as we learned in the book of Revelation, is the Biblical number of “completion”.
That being said, the Third Commandment deals with SPIRITUAL infidelity, and the 7th deals with RELATIONAL infidelity.
3rd COMMANDMENT: Hold up three fingers (like a “W” for Wiggins). Say to yourself, “Do not take the L_rd’s name in vain”.
“Do not take the name of the L_rd your G_d in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7
Remember how the Bible says Yeshua is the Bridegroom and WE (the Messianic Community) are the Bride? Imagine a man & woman marry. In a wedding ceremony, the woman takes the man’s name for her own. The two become “one”. But what if, afterwards, she decides to cheat on the man, leave him, and live with another man…all the while claiming to be the first man’s wife? She would have taken that man’s name in vain. Her life did not match-up with her vow.
G_d is telling us that it is a sin to receive His Name, claim to be His “Bride”, and then live our lives devoted to the World. It is SPIRITUAL ADULTERY. He is saying to Israel, in a sense, “If you are going to be a people, called by My name, you had better live like it!”
7th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High Five” in one hand, and a “Peace sign” in the other. Say to yourself, “Don’t commit adultery.”
“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
Number Seven is pretty cut & dried. Be faithful to your spouse. Sadly, this is a hard one for our culture. Again, just as Commandment #3 dealt with SPIRITUAL infidelity, #7 deals with RELATIONAL infidelity. That’s why we teach them together.
So, review for yourself: #1….#2….#3….#7.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Monday, January 6, 2014