King Belshazzar was weighed in the balances and was found wanting. Would you be if you were weighed against the ten commandments?
The first commandment says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).” Every person has a natural tendency to worship some kind of God. We read in scriptures how the Israelites were worshipers of idols. Gods of wood and stone are not the only gods there are. Moody tells us that there are gods of pleasure, of fashion, of money etc1. We must not let these or others come into the place that only belongs to God. He must have our “wholehearted allegiance2”. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other (Matthew 6:24).”
In the second commandment we are told not to make any graven images. Moody feels that if one uses images of Christ to think about who He is that we are breaking this command. “If Christ is in our hearts, why need we to set Him before our eyes?3”
The third commandment forbids us in taking the name of the Lord in vain. The Jews held God's names very, very respectfully. Now a days we have lost this. God's names is used lightly as well as in profanity. One man said that that his swearing was okay, because he didn't mean anything by it. Moody says that one would laugh at him if he said that he “did not mean an by it” after stealing ones watch and selling it to get the money4. “If God puts His love into your heart, you will have no desire to curse Him5”.
“Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).” One way to follow this command is to rest from secular work. Ministers and missionaries still need to take a day off as well6. We need this day for our health.7 This “does not mean idleness”8. We should meet at church, give children enjoyable things while at home like “picture books, and bible maps” ect., as well as do some personal spiritual enrichment activities9. Let's be cautious what we do even to the extent of not getting things like the newspaper on Sunday because God does not bless those who do not honor his day.10
The fifth commandment talks of honor to our parents. Honor “means love and affection, gratitude, respect”11. This needs to be learned at home, because if one doesn't someday he won't follow the law either. The Bible says “honor … that it may be well with thee(Deuteronomy 5:16)”12. Treat them well! Don't they deserve it? A Mother loves and cares no matter what. One should never be a shamed of her. This is the only command that some day won't be able to be followed13. Someday your parents won't be around anymore.
When thinking about the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13)”, Moody's old philosophy was, “What is the use of taking up a law like this in an audience where, probably there isn't a man who ever thought of or ever will commit murder?14” Moody then realized that extreme anger is the same. After clearing up what the commandment doesn't condemn,...