March 3, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 13



Monte Holland

This is the thirteenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

 To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 12

Today’s photograph features a stained glass window in a Harrisburg, PA, United Methodist Church.  To view click on:


Ten Commandments (Part 2) Exodus 20:12-17 (also recorded in Deuteronomy 5:16-21)

      12Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.

    13Do not murder.

    14Be faithful in marriage.

    15Do not steal.

    16Do not tell lies about others.

    17Do not want anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.

     Comments:  The first four commandments that we looked at last week speak to our relationship with God. The final six commandments a different common thread—relating to others.

     We have seen how to honor God- 1. Praise and worship God as the One and Only God.  2. Make no idols to replace God.  3. Do not swear.  4. Respect the Sabbath and keep it a holy day.

      We now look at how to honor God in our lives, among other people.

     Because God made all of creation, all of creation is special. This includes each person. Each person is created by God, and is thus special, deserving to be treated like a child of God.

     Based on our reverence for God, we look at all of God’s Creation in a special way. As a matter of fact, while we live here on earth, each of us is a steward (caretaker), not an owner, of everything that we have.

     The last six commandments reflect God’s expectations of us in God’s created order of things. Viewed this way, these commandments are not special burdens imposed upon us. Instead, they are common sense behavior. Disobeying is not consistent with truly loving God and the world God gave us to live in. For the next six days we look at these Commandments one by one.


Exercise 1. “Possession is nine-tenths of the law” is said by a person to make a case for ownership. Do you also accept the fact that such “ownership” implies (more…)

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