"Sharing The Gospel" - Steve Wiggins Special Devotional Series

10 Commandments: 6 & 8

Today, we are focusing on Commandments 6 & 8. If you remember, we already learned Commandment #7 when we learned #3…because they both deal with infidelity. (#3 deals with Spiritual adultery, while #7 deals with the Personal.)

6 & 8 are my kids’ favorites. Let dig-in.

6th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High-Five” in one hand, and hold up the “pointer finger” of the other. Then, point the pointer finger (like a gun) at your best friend and say, “Don’t commit murder!!!” Then say, “Lucky for you this thing wasn’t loaded.” (optional)

“Do not murder.” Exodus 20:13

There is an ongoing debate among Americans, concerning the 6th commandment and how it is to be interpreted, as pertains to War and the Death Penalty. To be exact, the Commandment does not prohibit killing…it does not say, “Thou shalt not kill”, as many wrongly assume. Commandment #6 prohibits MURDER, which is a whole other distinction from when a government punishes heinous crime, or a soldier fulfills his peace-keeping duties. There are times when taking another human life is absolutely necessary, and justified in the eyes of G_d. I recall an interview with U2 lead singer, Bono, where he commented on this very issue. He described how his personal political views, and his alignment with pacifist organizations like Amnesty International, did not always jive with the realities of imminent danger. He said he always considered himself a pacifist, until he saw a man with a gun in his backyard. He told the reporter how he grabbed a knife, and would have used it to defend his family. He said he had no doubt that he would have killed the intruder, if necessity demanded it. And sometimes it does.

8th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High-Five” in one hand, and three fingers of the other hand. Say, “Commandment number 8: I stole the bread and I EIGHT (ate) it!

“Do not steal.” Exodus 20:15

Images of Les Miserables come flooding in…stealing bread in times of trouble. Seriously, do we have to go into the intricacies of stealing? It is simply taking what is not yours.

So, how are you doing so far? Can you recite them all, so far? #1…..#2….#3…..#4…..#5…..#6……#7……#8…..

Blessings,
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Shuvah Yisrael
Thursday, January 9, 2014