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
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 20:1, NAS)
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
(Pi'el imperfect), which means to speak specific
word content. "Words" is
dabar 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
infinitive construct), which means to speak, declare, communicate verbally.
In English verse one means:
God communicated all these specific
instructions, (Exodus 20:1)
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 led 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
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 20:3)
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
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;
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"
(Hoph'al 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
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
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
But exercising grace to the thousandth
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 consequences.
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.
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
The phrase, "who are within your gates," designates
the boundary of 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 of Israel.
Their slaves: This included animals and foreigners
“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
Although this is the order of creation, the natural order
"The heavens" - the two heavens, the
atmosphere and the Universe.
"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
PROHIBITION - Rejection of
||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 Egypt.
"Therefore, the Lord blessed the
Therefore, 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 20:12, NAS)
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 19:3)
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)
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
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, NAS)
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
32 The one who commits adultery
with a woman is lacking sense;
would destroy his soul (life) does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will
reproach will not be blotted out.
Commandment #8: Stealing
“You shall not steal. (Exodus
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 March 8, 2014