The Free Gift of God for Mankind
The Grace Design of God
The Lord Jesus Christ dwelt in the midst of the camp of Israel as the Shekinah
Glory. In order to accomplish this a divine policy of protocol had
to be established to protect the people because to walk into the presence
of God would have meant instant death. The Tabernacle of Israel with
its protocol system was a great teaching aid for Israel. It illustrated
the work of salvation; and revealed the Redeemer who would provide it.
In shadow type, it was a complete soteriology and Christology.
The Tabernacle with its ritual and protocol illustrated the Plan of
God. The boundaries of God's relationship with mankind were clearly
marked. A wall of linen around the perimeter kept the world out.
There was only one entrance to illustrate Christ, our Redeemer, the only
way of salvation. The Laver illustrated both positional and experiential
sanctification. The Holy Place was a tent with only one light, the
Golden Lampstand, to illustrate Christ, our Light. Each article of
furniture in the Tabernacle (seven total) represented Jesus Christ and
his work of redemption. The Holy Place was divided by a Veil to protect
the priests from walking into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in
the form of the Shekinah Glory, who dwelt between Cherubs of the Mercy
Seat in the Holy of Holies. Moses was allowed access to the Holy
of Holies when invited; but no one else except the High Priest, once per
year only (on the Day of Atonement), was allowed access. To walk
into the presence of the Shekinah Glory without following divinely established
protocol would have meant instant death.
God in His grace set up a system to have a relationship with mankind.
The Tabernacle with its protocol and ritual was the symbol of that system.
Since God dwells in the third heaven, above the universe, He is beyond
the reach and grasp of mankind. In order for Him to have a relationship
with the human race, He had to provide a Plan that did not violate His
perfect essence. He is absolute Righteousness and perfect Justice.
He cannot, therefore, have a love relationship with spiritually dead members
of the human race who exist from the moment of birth in total depravity.
This would be incompatible with the character of God.
The Tabernacle illustrates the fundamental concepts of God's Plan of
grace for establishing a relationship with mankind. When God called
Moses up to Mount Sinai and gave him the instructions for building the
Tabernacle, He gave the solemn warning,
“See,” He says, “that you make all
things according to the pattern which was shown you on
the mountain.” (Hebrews 8:5b, NAS)
If anyone violated God's rules for the Tabernacle, it meant instant death.
These rules were required to protect mankind and to afford access to a
phenomenal relationship with God. The Plan of God was a grace system.
Every aspect of the Plan provided for mankind all that was needed without
any human merit. All that was required of anyone was to be positive
to the Plan of God. Anyone who wanted a relationship with God could
have it on the basis of God's grace - His non-meritorious favor on undeserving
mankind. Nothing was required on man's part to receive God blessings.
Everything was provided in grace.
The grace of God provided a solution to spiritual death that began with
salvation and included a relationship with God based upon the principle
of Faith-Rest. Spiritual information was provided in the form of
Bible Doctrine to enable mankind to know God. A special priesthood
was established to enable anyone who followed divine protocol to have access
to God. The priesthood performed ritual in the Tabernacle to demonstrate
God's grace system for mankind. The articles of furniture in the
Tabernacle represented the work of Jesus Christ on behalf of mankind.
And furthermore, the Lord dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the form of
the Shekinah Glory. During the day His presence was revealed by a
cloud over the Holy Place, and at night a pillar of fire was clearly visible.
The Law was given to Moses to document the regulations and protocol for
the administration of the Plan of God and the ministry of the Tabernacle,
which illustrated that Plan. The Lord actually dwelt on earth and
man was afforded access to Him by following divine protocol. The
presence of the Lord as the Shekinah Glory was the paramount example of
grace blessing, for the Lord was Righteousness and Justice, and Love and
Happiness. He was the source of blessing for mankind.
The Decalogue, also known as "The Ten Commandments," was the representation
of the Covenant of the Mosaic Law that God made with Moses. It contained
only ten commandments rather than the numerous commandments of the entire
Mosaic Law. However, it symbolized the Covenant. It was written
by God Himself and given to Moses. The Decalogue was similar to the
"Bill of Rights" in the U. S. Constitution. It was a representative
part of the entire Mosaic Law.
The Decalogue clearly defined the boundaries of the Grace of God for
Client Nation Israel. God decided to provide a plan for Israel to
be blessed in grace. Unfortunately there cannot be blessing without
cursing under freedom. So the Decalogue defined the boundaries of
the grace plan of God for Client Nation Israel. If Israel chose to
respond to the grace offer, it would receive grace blessing. However,
if Israel chose to reject the grace of God, then it would be cursed.
Now, Israel did nothing to deserve the grace plan called the Mosaic
Law. To respond to the grace offer was a volitional choice.
The blessings of God's grace would be given based upon keeping the grace
provisions of the Covenant - not on the basis of man's efforts. The
consequences of rejection of God's grace would bring cursing upon the guilty
person as well as upon the nation. So mankind had a choice:
To obey the offer of grace would bring blessing but to disobey the offer
of grace would bring cursing. This was the Law.
Then God spoke all these words, saying, (Exodus
The description of the Decalogue begins in Exodus 20. Verse one begins
with God (Elohim), which refers to the Godhead. It is a plural
which indicates the Trinity. When God speaks, however, it is the
Lord Jesus Christ, the only revealed member of the Trinity Who speaks.
And He is speaking here, but He is speaking according to the Plan of God
the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. The word, spoke, is dabar
imperfect), which means to speak specific word content. "Words" is
again in the noun form, which means specific instructions, as opposed to
just words. The Decalogue is a list of specific instructions.
Then the word, "saying," is 'amar (Qal infinitive construct), which
means to speak, declare, communicate verbally. In English verse one
God communicated all these specific instructions,
The specific instructions were called the "Ten Words" (Exodus
34:28; Deuteronomy 4:13, 10:4), or "The Decalogue." God spoke
the words to Israel face to face (Deuteronomy 5:4). God wrote the
words of the Covenant upon two tables of stone (Exodus
31:18, 32:16) - "written by the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18).
The two tablets were written on both sides (Exodus
32:15). Therefore, we deduce that they were written with
the introduction and then sequentially - not spaced with an equal number
of words or commandments on each tablet. They are called "the law
and the commandment" (Exodus 24:12). As such they are "the kernel
and the essence of the Law."6
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out
of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (Exodus 20:2,
This is what the Lord communicated, "I am the LORD your God." This
clearly establishes the source of the Covenant. Although it is called
the Mosaic Covenant, it came from God. The Lord Jesus Christ, the
spokesperson for the Godhead, was the communicator. "Who brought
you out" is jatsa' (Hiph'il perfect), which means to lead out.
Israel was in slavery in Egypt before the Lord lead them out. It
was the Lord God who provided freedom to Israel. Freedom belongs
to God. The Lord is the source of freedom. Freedom is the issue
in the Decalogue.
Principle: Freedom belongs to God.
Principle: The Decalogue is the Declaration
of Independence for Israel.
Commandment #1: Prohibition Against Any Other
“You shall have no other gods beyond Me. (Exodus
The first commandment is a prohibition against usurping the sovereign authority
of Jehovah-Elohim, the one true God. It is a prohibition against
idolatry in any form. The negative, "no," is lo', which is
the strong strategic negative and means, "no, not ever." "Other gods"
refers to idols, likenesses of man or animals. The word "beyond"
is `al, which means "beyond or in addition to." So, "beyond
Me" means anything except the God of Israel is prohibited. The only
acceptable God for Israel was Jehovah-Elohim, the LORD God.
Commandment #2: Prohibition of Idolatry
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or
any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the
water under the earth. (Exodus 20:4, NAS)
The second commandment was a prohibition against what constituted "other
gods." It was a prohibition against idolatry. And "idol" was
an image, or likeness, of man or animal, used in worship. It was
not a prohibition against art. Three classes of idols are described.
First, "any likeness of what is in heaven above." This is a prohibition
against making an idol to represent anything in Heaven, i.e. God, or the
heathen gods, or angels, or stars. Secondly, "or on the earth beneath"
is a prohibition against idols which represent things on the earth, i.e.
man, animals, birds. Thirdly, "in the water under the earth" refers
to fish or other creatures that live in the water. This does not
refer to underground water sources but merely to water, which is generally
below the surface of the land.
In summary, the three classes of idols that are prohibited are those
related to Heaven, earth (land), and water. The list of items is
given from the point of reference of God, who is in Heaven and is doing
the speaking. From the perspective of man and other passages, each
one of these classes has a numerical designation as follows:
3 - Heaven ("third Heaven", 2 Corinthians 12:2)
These three classes of idols are the same as the unholy trinity in Revelation.
The city of Babylon was split into three parts by the judgment of God under
the power of the Holy Spirit (Rev. 16:19).
The three parts were Ecumenical, Political, and Cosmic Babylon. The
members of the unholy trinity are:
2 - Water ("separated", Genesis 1:7-8)
1 - Land (one sea and one land mass, Genesis 1:9)
3 - The Dragon - Satan - Cosmic Babylon (Rev.
12:7-9; 2 Thess. 2:3-4).
God's judgment of the Cosmic System splits it into three parts just as
the judgment of the city of Babylon (Rev. 16:19).
2- World Rulers - kosmokratoras, world rulers of darkness
- Political Babylon (Rev. 16:13-14; Dan. 10:13).
1 - The Beast - dictator of the Revived Roman Empire and
head of world religion - Ecumenical Babylon (Rev.
13:1, 2; 17:3; Daniel 2:41-43; 7:7-8, 23-24).
The nine plagues of Egypt came from land, water, air (or heaven) in
three groups of three. They begin with the plague of the blood, which
broke the back of Ecumenical Religion as centered around the Nile.
After each group of three, there was a shift right and counterclockwise
THE COSMIC SYSTEM
“You shall not worship them or serve them; because
I, the Lord your God, am a possessive God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those
who hate Me, (Exodus 20:5)
The next verse provides a further explanation of the prohibition of idolatry.
They were prohibited from worshiping them, where "worship" is shakah
(Hithpa'el imperfect), which means to bow down to pray or worship.
And they were prohibited from serving them, where "serve" is `abadh
imperfect), which means to be led or enticed to serve. It refers
to worship by means of sacrifice and religious ceremonies.6
The Hoph'al is the passive voice - the subject receives the action of the
verb. Therefore, this refers to being caused to serve, e.g. from
an enslaved soul, or to be led or enticed to follow.
The explanation follows: "because I, the Lord your God, am a possessive
God." The word "possessive" is qanna', which means demanding
exclusive service. There is no way to serve God and also serve any
other idol. The two are contradictory. To serve God prohibits
serving idols. To serve idols is to reject God. To serve an
idol is to go in the opposite direction from God.
The judgment for violation of the second commandment is the Four Generation
Curse: "visiting the iniquity of the fathers
on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate
Me." First, "visiting" is paqadh (Qal active participle),
which means to visit; but what is being visited is "iniquity." "Iniquity"
is `aon, which means the sins of iniquity or guilt. The phrase "visiting
the iniquity" means punishing the iniquity. Further, it says, "punishing
the iniquity of the fathers on the children." This does not mean
that the children are being punished because their fathers sinned.
Each generation must pay for its own negative volition. This simply
means that God will allow sin to continue from one generation to the next
through the third and fourth generations of negative volition, "the
third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me".
How long will God wait before He judges Client Nation Israel for negative
volition toward Himself? Four generations. A generation is
approximately 20 years, although in the days of Abraham it was approximately
75 years. This verse defines the boundary of the grace of God for
a Client Nation. God will wait patiently for four generations before
He decrees a violation of the second commandment. God will allow
Client Nation Israel to exercise its volition to commit idolatry and practice
all sorts of iniquity for four generations, and then He will judge them.
That judgment will be the end of the Client Nation (Hosea
4:6). The nation will be conquered by its enemies.
Other passages further explain the Four Generation Curse (Leviticus
26; Deuteronomy 28). There are actually seven cycles of judgment
in all. The first four generations are each judged with warning discipline
just as outlined in the Four Generation Curse. The fifth generation
will be defeated in war. Since the judgments are cyclic, the fifth
one is also called the "Fifth Cycle of Discipline," which refers to the
fall of the Client Nation. After the military defeat, the people
will be scattered as slaves of their enemies in the Sixth Cycle (Leviticus
26:33). In the Seventh Cycle the land will rest, i.e. it will
receive its sabbatical rest (Leviticus 26:34).
But exercising grace to the thousandth generation
of those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:6)
However, God promised to provide grace and with it blessing as long as
the people of the Client Nation kept His commandments. The
verse begins with 'asah (Qal active participle), which means to
do or make. What God does is to exercise (perform or practice) grace
(chesedh). This verse is a promise from God, who cannot lie.
It is a promise that He will exercise grace toward those who keep His Covenant.
So the Covenant of the Mosaic Law as demonstrated by the commandments of
the Decalogue was an offer of grace. Those who wanted to receive
grace were free to receive it; but those who rejected it would bear the
How long would the grace offer be open? "To
the thousandth generation." The word, "thousandth,"
is the correct translation of 'eleph (plural), which is literally
"thousands"; however, the ordinal number is used in lieu of the cardinal
number for which no special case existed in the Hebrew language.6
This is clearly the correct translation per Deuteronomy
7:9 and is the meaning of Exodus 34:7.
So the offer of God's grace will be open to the thousandth generation,
which means basically forever. However, Israel did not accept this
offer. In 721 BC the Northern Kingdom was destroyed, and in 586 BC
the Southern Kingdom was destroyed.
Those who respond to the grace offer are described as: "Those
who love Me and keep My commandments." "Love" is 'ahabh
(Qal active participle), which is the general term for love. Loving
God is accomplished by responding to the love from God that He initiates
love toward mankind. The unbeliever responds by accepting the offer
of salvation. The believer responds by following the recovery procedure
(Rebound, 1 John 1:9). Mankind must choose to have a personal love
relationship with God. But to love God requires more than is humanly possible.
Mankind must have divine provision even to respond to the love of God.
This divine provision is available for all who want it. When a person
complies with God's criteria for fellowship, that person will be allowed
to have fellowship with God and will have a love relationship with Him.
The hallmark of those who love God is the next phrase, "and
keep My commandments." Love for God in Israel was demonstrated
by keeping the commandments of the Decalogue and the Mosaic Law.
Love for God is always demonstrated by obedience to His commandments.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments"
(John 14:15). Thus, faith-application is another way of responding
to the love of God.
In summary, the second commandment is the essence of the Covenant of
the Mosaic Law. It was a grace offer. Those who responded to
that offer would receive grace blessing for as long as they responded.
Those who rejected the grace offer would bear the consequences. After
four generations of negative volition to the grace offer, the Client Nation
would be judged under the Fifth Cycle of Discipline - military defeat.
Obedience to the grace offer insured the blessings of liberty to the nation
and its posterity. Rejection of the grace offer would lead to slavery.
Commandment #3: Prohibition Against Lying
in God's Name
You shall not lift up the name of the LORD your
God as a witness for a lie; because the LORD will not acquit him who uses
His name for false pretext (Exodus 20:7).
The translation here has been revised. "You shall not lift up" contains
the verb nasa' (Qal imperfect), which means to lift up. Then
the word, shave', means emptiness, worthlessness, wickedness
- i.e. "as a witness for a lie." The connotation is holding up the
name of the LORD and making a public declaration of it so that others will
think that the LORD is backing the speaker. However, the prohibition
is against using the name of the LORD as a witness for a lie. This
covers lying under oath as well as other oaths and solemn declarations
in the name of the LORD. For example, it refers to using such
declarations as: "The Lord is my witness", "may God strike me dead",
"cross my heart". The verse does not prohibit solemn oaths in the
name of the Lord. It simply prohibits using the name of the Lord
for false pretexts.
The strong warning of judgment by the Supreme Court of Heaven follows:
"because the LORD will not acquit him who uses His
name for false pretext." "Acquit" is naqah (Pi'el imperfect),
which means to acquit; to leave unpunished. Lying or using the name
of the Lord for false pretenses or an evil purpose will bring down the
personal wrath of God. The Lord will handle the judgment of liars
from the Supreme Court of Heaven.
There are many reasons for this strong prohibition. The truth
is the heart of the matter in every walk of life. The legal system
cannot function when witnesses lie. The business establishment requires
honesty. The clergy must not use God's name to communicate falsehood
for whatever purpose. Apostate teachers are certainly liable for
such judgment. Marriage and family life cannot function without integrity.
The laws of establishment require respect for authority as well as respect
for the truth.
This is the verse that has been translated, "Thou shalt not take the
name of the Lord in vain." And the explanation by the clergy was
that it was a prohibition against profanity. That is false!
This verse has nothing to do with profanity.
Commandment #4: Sabbath Day Observance
8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day
is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you
or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your
cattle or your sojourner who is within your gates. (Exodus 20:8-10)
The word, "sabbath," is a transliteration of the Hebrew word, shabbath,
which means rest. They were to remember the Sabbath.
Although this command was not received until the Jews came to Mt. Sinai,
they knew the story of the re-creation of the heavens and the earth in
six days and how the Lord rested on the seventh day. So, this was
not a principle they could not understand. The phrase "to keep it
holy" is from qadash (Pi'el infinitive construct), which means to
set apart to the Lord. Thus the root meaning of the word, holy, is
to set apart to the Lord. It means to sanctify. Israel was
commanded to observe the rule on the Sabbath to set it apart to the Lord.
The explanation follows.
They were not to do any work on the Sabbath. They could work six
days a week, but on the seventh day, they were not allowed to work. "Work"
is mela'kah, which is the general term that is applied
to any task whether easy or severe.6 It was not a matter
of just not going to work. It meant not doing any work of any kind.
They were supposed to rest.
Those to whom this command applied are listed. The Hebrew contains
an overt use of the wow here to clearly mark out two classes:
The phrase, "who are within your gates," designates the boundary
this commandment. The translation has been corrected here because
"gates" are very symbolic in the scripture. Gates applies to entrances
to cities, large enclosed courts and palaces but never to entrances to
houses.6 So all these gates collectively applied to the entire
nation of Israel. This commandment applied to everyone in the land
Their slaves: This included animals and foreigners (sojouners).
“For in six days the Lord made (re-created)
the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested
on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and made
it holy. (Exodus 20:11, NAS)
“For in six days the Lord made:" Here
"made" is `asah (Qal Perfect), which means to make something out
of something. This refers to the the re-creation of the heavens and
the earth to get ready for man - not the original creation in Genesis 1:1.
The three parts of creation were:
Although this is the order of creation, the natural order is:
"The heavens" - the two heavens, the atmosphere and
"The land" (ha 'aretz)
3 - Heavens
The commandment to observe the Sabbath demonstrated the whole meaning of
grace. The congregation of Israel were commanded to rest on the Sabbath
to commemorate grace. For in six days, God re-created the heavens
and the earth to prepare them for man, and on the seventh day He rested
because all His work was finished, the Plan of God was finished.
Since God has already completed His work (since the foundation of the world),
there is no need to add to it. God's finished work is available in
grace to the believer who is willing to accept it. In grace, God
has already done the work, and man receives the blessing.
2 - Sea
1 - Land
With the Fourth Commandment is not only the meaning of grace but also
the key to unlock the meaning of the Decalogue. The Decalogue is
limits or boundaries of grace. The prohibitions of the Decaloge mark
the boundaries that must not be violated. Violations of the commandments
of the Decalogue are a rejection of the grace of God. But the Fourth
Commandment contains the key to the Decalogue. There are three parts
of creation mentioned, Land, Sea, and Heavens. The counterattacks
in these three areas would come from Ecumenical, Political, and Cosmic
Babylon respectively. Each commandment is the protection for one
of these counterattacks.
Category - Cosmic (C), Political (P), Ecumenical (E)
PROHIBITION - Rejection of Grace
||Idols - National Cursing/Blessing
||Lying about God
||Desire - Power Lust
The categorization of the Decalogue is illustrated in the Table.
There are three groups of three commandments. Each command is designed
to counteract an attack from Cosmic, Political, or Ecumenical Babylon.
At the end of each group of three commandments, the order is shifted and
rotated. Thus, the pattern is C-P-E (Shift & Rotate). This
same pattern of three, shift and rotate, was used in the Nine Plagues of
"Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day:"
on the basis of the rest from the completed work, the Lord blessed (barak,
Pi'el Perfect) the Sabbath Day. The Sabbath Day was to be qadash
(Pi'el Imperfect), which means to be set apart (as holy). "Therefore,
the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and set it apart (as holy)." The
Sabbath was to be set apart as a holy day to observe the rest associated
with the completed work of God, the very basis for grace in all of creation.
Commandment #5: Parental Authority
“Honor your father and your mother, that your
days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Exodus
The Fifth Commandment establishes parental authority.
Five is the number for grace, and this is the first commandment with a
promise of grace blessing. "Honor" is kabedh, which refers
to respect for parental authority. In Leviticus 19:3, the word is
not "honor" but "revere."
‘Every one of you shall revere his mother and
his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus
There is a conditional promise associated with honoring
the father and the mother. Those who obey this commandment will live
a long life. "That your days may be prolonged" means "that you may
live long." This is a promise of long life as per:
So that you and your son and your grandson might
fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments,
which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may
be prolonged. (Deuteronomy 6:2)
Deuteronomy 5:16 repeating
the commandment (Exodus 20:12) adds: "that it may go well with you,"
which is a further promise of blessing. Those who reject parental
authority will suffer dire consequences, which implies a shortened life
span. Parental authority is the basis for teaching the child respect
for authority, without which, the establishment cannot function.
Every part of the establishment breaks down when there is no respect for
authority: Government, military, business, education. Freedom
only exists under authority. So this commandment is for the preservation
of freedom in the nation. Violation of parental authority constitutes
a counterattack from Cosmic Babylon.
Commandment #6: Murder
“You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13,
This is a prohibition against murder - not killing
- as in war or capital punishment. The Hebrew word is jx^r*
(ratsach), which means to murder. The quotation
by our Lord Jesus Christ uses the Greek foneuvw
(phoneuo), which means to murder (Matthew 19:18; 5:21; Mark 10:19;
Note that the prohibition against murder is the
Sixth Commandment. Six is the number for man because man was created
on the sixth day. Human life is sacred. Violation of this commandment
was punishable by death according to the Law. To deprive another
of his life is the ultimate in violation of the command to "love your neighbor
as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).
Thus, murder is a counterattack of a Political Babylon of a relationship
with another human being.
Commandment #7: Adultery
“You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14,
Adultery is an attack upon the Divine Institution
of Marriage. Seven is the number for completion of a category.
The Seventh Commandment is a prohibition against adultery, which is an
attack upon the completion of the marriage relationship - i.e. Right Man
- Right Woman as a compete unit. Any attack upon marriage is a serious
offense that will be dealt with directly from the Supreme Court of Heaven
(Hebrews 13:4). Those who violate this commandment (which includes
fornication and adultery) in opposition to the grace of God will face dire
punishment. They will be delivered into Intensified Discipline, or
the Sin Unto Death.
Adultery is an attack upon the Right Man - Right
Woman relationship. It is a counterattack from Political Babylon.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is
He who would destroy
his soul (life) does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will
not be blotted out.
Commandment #8: Stealing
“You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15, NAS)
Under the Law, property is also sacred. To
steal one's property is to deprive that person of the means for living
his life in freedom. The attack upon property comes from Ecumenical
Commandment #9: Perjury
“You shall not answer as a false witness against
your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)
To "answer" is `anah (Qal imperfect), which
refers to answering or testifying in court. "Your neighbor" refers
to any associate in the establishment - not just an immediate neighbor.
This commandment prohibits false testimony in court. The judicial
system requires strict adherence to the laws of evidence to protect the
rights and privacy of the accused. False testimony renders justice
impossible. The judicial system cannot function on the basis of lies.
Therefore, perjury was a violation of the Law. Perjury is a counterattack
from Cosmic Babylon since the devil was "a liar and the father of lies"
Commandment #10: Desire - Power Lust
“You shall not desire your neighbor's house;
you shall not desire your neighbors wife or his male servant or his female
servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
(Exodus 20:17, NAS)
The word, "desire," is chamadh, a general
term for desire which is used here to refer to desiring something that
does not belong to you. The examples given include: "your neighbor's
house, your neighbor's wife, male servant, female servant, ox, donkey,
or anything that belongs to your neighbor." Thus, the meaning of
"desire" is jealous-desire (coveting, ambition), lust, or power-lust.
This commandment is a prohibition against Satan's original sin, which was
jealous-desire, or ambition, to "be like the Most High." The counterattack
is from Cosmic Babylon.
6. C. F. Keil and F. Delitzch (James
Martin, Translator), Commentary on the Old Testament, Vol. I, ISBN
0-8028-8035-5 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co.), 1978.
AUTHOR Larry Wood
Revised August 11, 2012