“The Ten Commandments”
Rev. Jeremy Walker
The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:1-17 & Deuteronomy 5:6-21
Thou Shalt Have No Other God’s Before Me
1. Prohibits any obedience to someone or something other than God Himself.
2. Prohibits any authorities to be seen equal too or above God Himself or to view God as subject to anyone or anything.
3. Promotes full and complete obedience to God’s commands and complete acknowledgement of God’s authority over all of creation.
Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Grave Image
1. Prohibits man from attempting to imagine or describe God in any manner other than that which has been revealed by God Himself.
2. Prohibits man from changing or altering any of God’s revelations or commands for ones designed and created by man.
3. Promotes man to live His life in accordance with every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain
1. Prohibits God’s name, being, authority, actions, or commands from being maligned, degraded, or disregarded.
2. Prohibits the use of God’s name and authority in any manner that misrepresents or diminishes His commands or desires of others.
3. Promotes the truth that God will reward those obedient to Him and respectful of His authority, and will punish those who do not.
Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy
1. Prohibits laziness and a refusal to work to provide for oneself.
2. Prohibits the refusal to do one’s duties as required by family and community.
3. Promotes diligent labor and trust in God and His authority and providence to provide for and govern man and the world.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
1. Prohibits rebellion to one’s parents and refusal to obey the commands.
2. Prohibits physical attacks upon parents or the disrespect of their position and authority.
3. Promotes God-ordained authority structures, the promotion of positions of authority, and care for the elderly.
Thou Shalt Not Kill
1. Prohibits doing physical harm to others that causes another pain, injury, or death.
2. Prohibits doing any form of harm to another that causes them to be diminished in mind, body, business, or reputation.
3. Promotes the protection of life and the mind, body, business, and reputation of others.
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
1. Prohibits all physical and mental acts of sexuality that is not with one’s spouse.
2. Prohibits harm in any form from being done to one’s family or the neglect of one’s duties towards one’s family.
3. Promotes the family institution and the performance of all duties required to be done to all members thereof.
Thou Shalt Not Steal
1. Prohibits the taking the property of others.
2. Prohibits the destruction of the property of others.
3. Promotes private property and the protection of the property of others.
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor
1. Prohibits lying about someone else.
2. Prohibits falsely representing others.
3. Promotes truth-telling about others and the protection of their reputation.
Thou Shalt Not Covet
1. Prohibits the desiring of and illegal appropriation of another’s property.
2. Prohibits man from being discontented with His possessions.
3. Promotes legal appropriation of property and contentment with one’s position and possessions as well as the promotion and protection of the position and possessions of others.
Jeremy Walker: 00:00 Okay, welcome back. We are back with the Tools of Christian Reconstruction again, a podcast which seeks to teach the Ten Commandments, and of course, the case laws and judgements that goes along with those, and basically if you are a person who is interested in learning how to teach the Ten Commandments or just have some questions about how they apply to modern life. If you’re a parent and you are interested in how to take the Ten Commandments and how those apply to your children and to your business, and to your family, and to your marriage and all the things in between, this is the podcast for you. The Tools of Christian Reconstruction is a very simple term because Christians are supposed to be reconstructing themselves, their families, their businesses and their communities around them.
Jeremy Walker: 00:53 But, the question is what are the tools we’re supposed to use to reconstruct ourselves, our families and our communities? And, the answer’s very simple. The commandments, judgements of God are our tools. Those plainly put is what we’re supposed to use. There’s been a lot of confusion, and for those with me today, we’re going to start with the Tools of Christian Reconstruction, and we’re going to be going over these today. This episode is entitled The Ten Commandments, and that’s just where we’re going to start because … It sounds like a generic idea. The Ten Commandments, you hear it a lot. You see plaques on the walls and you see people erecting Ten Commandments on state grounds and all kinds of stuff, but what does it mean to do that? What does the Ten Commandments mean for us and why do people get upset about it, and specifically as Christians, how are we supposed to use it?
Jeremy Walker: 01:53 I just want to jump straight into it and go over a little bit of stuff. First of all, my name is Jeremy Walker. I have 11 children. My wife and I, we live in southwest Florida. We run a Christian preschool. We’ve been doing that for about 20 years now, and we also run an apprenticeship program, which of course is also, of course, producing this show. It’s the GCS Apprenticeship Program, which does seek to find young men and women that are interested in becoming Christian teachers, or course, to own and operate their very own Christian school. If that sounds of interest, you can check out the website at GCSApprenticeship.com.
Jeremy Walker: 02:32 With that program, I train a lot of people and I train people with Apprenticeship Program, men in particular, and those men I teach them how to teach the Bible. They learn how to teach the Ten Commandments. They learn how to teach Bible stories and things of that from the Bible. Systematic Bible instruction, we call it. Well, it’s actually more complicated than it sounds. It’s actually a whole lot more complicated than it sounds. I get people all the time, they’ll come in to my school and I’ll begin teaching them Bible time, and I’ll sit them down and you think you might have heard of the Ten Commandments before. You think you might know them, but wait until you have to teach them. There’s quite a bit of issues that come up with people that think they know the Commandments, but they really just don’t.
Jeremy Walker: 03:22 In particular, when they’re trying to convey to other people what the Commandments mean or how they apply, or how to evaluate your life or the life of others, like your family and all the rest, by those Commandments, you have to have a pretty good grasp of it. So, I want to start on this episode of The Tools of Christian Reconstruction with the Ten Commandments, and I want to go through a blanket, basic understanding of the Ten Commandments, some ins out outs of how they apply, how the prohibit things and how they promote certain things, because the one important things about the Commandments of God is that they are negative law. In other words, they prohibit certain things. Things that are not prohibited are therefore permissible. Simply as that.
Jeremy Walker: 04:09 So, let’s go ahead and jump into the Ten Commandments and go over them. If you’re unfamiliar with the Ten Commandments or where they’re at, they’re found in full in two different places. The first place is Exodus 20:1-17, and the second place is Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Now, I’m just going to go through these real fast. I have condensed these down, and how whenever we’re teaching them, when we teach the children to recite these Commandments and things like, we’re not reciting the entire Commandment as a norm. We’re usually teaching what’s considered to be the shorter version, and then the meanings of them are what we focus on. Now, of course, older students who are memorization, you could do that but what we’re going to focus on is what the Ten Commandments are, what they prohibit, and what they promote.
Jeremy Walker: 04:58 This is just going to be a general introduction to the Ten Commandments, so if you’re interested in the subject, let’s get started. To begin with, we have the First Commandment. If you’re unaware of what it is, it is thou shalt have no other Gods before me. A couple things here that are prohibited. Number one, this commandment prohibits obedience to someone or something other than God Himself. Now, obedience means that there are other laws, other commandments that are seen or obeyed in contradiction to God Himself. This right here is what’s important. So, that’s number one. The main prohibition of the first commandment, it prohibits obedience to someone or something in place of God. We’re going to get to that in a minute.
Jeremy Walker: 05:48 The second thing that’s prohibited in this commandment are any authorities that are seen to be equal to or above God Himself, and to view God also as being subject to anyone or anything. God’s authority is being in question here, not to have any other gods. God is seen as the highest authority. There are none equal to him. No one can say, and the Bible verse have said many different times, “Who can say unto God what doth thou?” Nobody is going to teach God what is good, what is right. Nobody’s going to be able to tell God, “Why did you do that? I’m going to put you on the witness stand. You’re going to have to answer for yourself.” Nobody can be judge over God. That’s what it means to be God.
Jeremy Walker: 06:37 The third thing here I want to touch on for the First Commandment is something that actually promotes. It promotes full and complete obedience to God’s commands and complete acknowledge of God’s authority over all of creation. Now, the first commandment here, like I said I don’t want to spend too much time with all these. I want to get through all 10, but basically whenever you’re teaching this commandment, especially when you’re teaching kids or your children, the number one person who’s going to be God … First, you have to understand what is God. He is the highest authority. He gets to make the rules, and He is not subject to any person. Those are the three main things.
Jeremy Walker: 07:15 The last one is also very important about what a god is. A god gets to reward and/or punish people for their obedience or disobedience to them. So, if you’re teaching this subject, what is it or who is it that children, your children or anyone else on the plant, thinks gets to make the rules? Who is it that they think is the highest authority that nobody gets to tell what to do? Nobody gets to tell them no. They get to be the one to get to tell everybody else what to do and make the rules, and of course, they get to punish and/or reward based on if they obeyed or not. The answer, of course, is them. Each individual person believes that they are God. Now, we’re going to get into graven images in a second, but people want to talk about, and a lot of people when I teach Bible time, they think that gods or statues, they think that gods are like the golden calf in the Bible, things like that.
Jeremy Walker: 08:12 But, that isn’t anything. The Bible’s very clear. God mocks it actually, many times, when he says, “You make your gods, but they have no eyes to see. They have no mouths to speak. No ears to hear and no hands to cause anything to happen.” They can’t give commands because they’re from man’s own mind, man’s creation. So, all idle worship … All idle worship … is this simple subject of man replacing God. We call that humanism if you’re unfamiliar with the term. Humanism is the term where you are worshiping man. In this case, each person worships themselves or any of man’s institutions.
Jeremy Walker: 08:58 Now, going on to the Second Commandment because I want to try to get through all of these as quickly as I can. I’m probably going to have to speed up a little bit here because there’s a lot to cover, and we can make more episodes of this and get into this. Let’s jump to the Second Commandment. The Second Commandment is Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. The first prohibition here is that it prohibits man from attempting to imagine or describe God in any manner other than that which He has already revealed Himself. God reveals Himself in His word. We call that scripture, the Word of God. Whatever title you want to give it, but you can not, and you’re prohibited from, trying to imaging God to be how you’d like Him to be.
Jeremy Walker: 09:42 This right here means that the vast majority of Christians today are guilty of breaking this commandment, creating a graven image. It is a mental image inside their head where they attempt to say, “Well, my God would do this.” Or, they come to the Bible and say, “Well, I know that’s what the Bible says, but that’s not my God.” Well, they’re right because their god is their own imagination. It’s a god of their own creation. Second thing this prohibits is it prohibits man from changing or altering any of God’s revelations or commands for the ones that they have designed or created themselves. Men have created. This is also one of the biggest problems in the church today where people change or alter what God has said about Himself about who He is, what He wants, how He acts, what He does, why He does it. Then, of course, they supplement these types of revelations, these types of rules, these types of laws, whatever it might be. They supplement what the Bible has to say for their own ideas.
Jeremy Walker: 10:47 Of course, this commandment promotes something. It promotes that man live his life in accordance with every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Now, this right here is not to make a graven image. This was Jesus in the wilderness with Satan, and he course was being tempted by Satan to turn the rocks into bread. Famous scene, Jesus says, “Man’s not to live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” This goes along with this commandment here because you’re not going to change it. You’re not going to alter it. Man’s very life, everything about him, depends on him living in reality. Reality. And, to live in reality is where man finds life, but whenever man begins to imagine his own god, alter the God that has revealed Himself, change His word, change His commandments, instead of getting life, which he thinks he’s getting, he’s going to only create death.
Jeremy Walker: 11:52 He’s not going to live every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. In fact, men are going to change the words that are proceeded out of His mouth. They’re going to change the Bible. They’re going to edit it. They’re going to censor it. So, this is part of the second commandment, and if you’re teaching this, these are the overall arching goals behind the Ten Commandments here. Like I said, as the Tools of Christian Reconstruction continues, we’re going to go into more about how to make these things apply, but let’s continue to number three. The Third Commandment is Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. This is a very misunderstood commandment by many people, but let’s go ahead and go into the first prohibition here. First of all, this commandment prohibits God’s name, being, authority, actions or commands from being maligned, degraded or just flat out disregarded.
Jeremy Walker: 12:50 In other words, you can’t attack God. You can’t use His authority improperly in anyway. You can’t malign Him, His actions, His commandments, any of these things. This is going to be disrespecting God and taking His name in vain, kind of an assault on God Himself. The second prohibition here is to use God’s name and authority in a manner that misrepresents or diminishes His commandments or His desires for others. Basically, going back to the first two commandments we had here, God’s revealed law, God’s revealed law. You, you’re going to use this authority, you’re going to use His name, but you’re going to misrepresent him. You’re going to diminish what He said. You’re going to make it harder. You’re going to make it softer. You’re going to change it all together. That’s not what God really meant, so misrepresenting God, diminishing what He’s trying to say or making it more severe, giving commandments that God did not give, all of these things are taking God’s name in vain, His authority in vain, and it’s something that is prohibited by this commandment.
Jeremy Walker: 14:01 This also is not a commandment that other people, the pagans out there or other people are guilty of. This commandment is 100% primarily broken by those who would claim to be Christians because they are taking God’s name in vain. They are using His authority in the improper way and manner. They are changing it, as we said earlier. They are disrespecting His authority or they are just completely altering what God has to say and creating their own ideas about what God has to say, saying this is what God really says when it’s really not what God said. It’s what they said. Well, let’s go to thing that’s being promoted here in this commandment. God promotes that the truth, God will reward those who are obedient to Him, and those who are also respectful of His authority. And, also punish those who don’t.
Jeremy Walker: 14:59 So, to teach somebody, and this would be a false teaching, to teach somebody that they could for instance commit adultery and nothing’s going to happen, that right there is a way of taking God’s name in vain. These things aren’t really going to happen to you. Or, the fact that you can steal. In the political world, socialism is real big. Well, stealing isn’t wrong. Stealing is an okay thing. We can prosper if we all work together and we all vote a certain way, if we steal, we can prosper ourselves. This is another way of taking God’s name in vain because God has said, “Thou shalt not steal.” You can not misrepresent God or change His commands, and think that something good is going to happen. That will not happen. So, in other words, if God says it, it’s going to take place, and God stands by His word, and of course, His name and His authority are backing up those things.
Jeremy Walker: 15:54 Moving on to number four. The Fourth Commandment is pretty simple. Also, big time misunderstood by most people. Once again, vastly within the church. The Fourth Commandment is Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Now, in this one, it prohibits … and, I know most people think we’re going to say church membership or church attendance, or these kinds of ideas, but actually the main prohibition here is laziness or refusal to work and take care of one’s self to provide for yourself, to provide for your home. The Fourth Commandment here goes on from Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy, goes into six days, thou shalt labor and do all they work. For, in six days, the Lord has made Heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested. In other words, God’s work and rest are the standard for what this commandment means.
Jeremy Walker: 16:53 The primary focus is not rest, which is where most people put this on. The focus here is not what some people call worship, where you’re going to go to church on Sunday, and people argue about that endlessly. But, the focus is working six days. The Book of Proverbs is full of things talking about people being lazy and how horrible that is, and how if a man will not work, neither should he eat. See, God gives us six days to focus on taking care of ourselves, taking care of our responsibilities, working hard, being industrious, and this is the main focus of the Fourth Commandment is to work, so it prohibits laziness. It prohibits those people who want to sit around have other people work hard and just give them money. You see this all the time with people. You’ll see Go Fund Me pages and all the other stuff that goes between, people asking for donations all the time. Well, the main focus here is prohibition of laziness.
Jeremy Walker: 17:52 You have six days in a week God’s giving you to work. So, use that time and be industrious. It says that the hand of the diligent will be made fat. So, this part prohibits laziness and also the fact that if somebody is going to refuse to work to take care of themselves or their responsibilities. The second prohibition here is refusal to do one’s duties as required by family and/or community, because once again, six days of work. You have duties, you have responsibilities, you have obligations, and if you refuse to do those, you’re breaking this commandment. You have six days to handle all your duties and responsibilities. Basically, God says, “Get up and get to work for those six days.” Now, the seventh day, of course, is part of this but it is a rest day. Rest from your labors because six days, and the day of rest, were from creation.
Jeremy Walker: 18:49 Now, some people want the idea that it’s a day of worship where they have to go to church, they have to listen to a sermon, sing some songs, think about God, go home and go to sleep. What it comes down to is the fact that it’s not a day of worship. This is a day of rest. This is a physical concept of you taking care of yourself, and then resting on one out of seven. Now, the promotion here is it does promote … this commandment does … diligent labor and also trusting God in His authority and providence to provide and govern man in the world. So, simply put, the governance of the world is not on your shoulders. The fact that you’re going to work six days doesn’t mean that you are responsible for your finances, meaning that the fact that you can work, the fact that you have health, the fact that your family doesn’t have many problems, all these things is the most important part.
Jeremy Walker: 19:48 God is really the one who’s governing all things. This promotes the fact and this idea of working in six, resting in one, that you are going to prosper more by resting a day and doing nothing promoted towards your vocation. Nothing where you have obligations and duties, and things like this. It’s a day to rest. It’s a day to relax. It’s a day to unwind. It’s a day not to stress over the next day’s events. It is literally a day of rest. There is promotion of this, and of course, the diligent labor we’re talking about here, get to work. I get so sick and tired of hearing people talk about how they don’t make money and all this kind of stuff. Go get to work. Everybody talks about it all the time. Get up, go get a job. You need more money? Work more hours. Get a second job. Whatever the problem is, how about you think of ways to work if you need something.
Jeremy Walker: 20:46 Don’t try to ask somebody else to give you something. Get off your backside, go get to work, and just maybe you can take care of every obligation and responsibility that you have. But, it does take work, so this commandment is primarily concerned with work. Now, let’s move on to commandment number five. Pretty simple. Honor thy father and thy mother. The commandment does go on from there, but that’s the shorter version. First of all, it prohibits rebellion to one’s parents and refusal to obey their commands. That’s pretty cut and dry and basic. Number two prohibition is it prohibits physical attacks upon their parents or, of course, the disrespect of their parent’s position or authority. You can’t attempt to attack them, malign them, demean them or physically attack them. Both of these commandments actually have death penalties in the Bible attached to them, which we will get to eventually, but refusal to listen to one’s parents actually has a death penalty attached to it.
Jeremy Walker: 21:47 Now this is, of course, not for young children but we’ll get to that later. Then, of course, the physical attacks is another one. Not just rebellion for listening to them, but to strike father and mother is absolutely prohibited by God so this is the prohibitions we’re talking about here. Now, this commandment also has a promotion. It promotes God ordained authority structures, and of course, the promotion are positions of authority and also the care for the elderly. Simply put, your parents are not the only authorities that you’re going to run into. You’re going to have lots of authorities, and if you’ve read Romans 13, you understand that all powers, all authorities, are under God. They’re all in power and positions because God personally has placed them there. The entire Bible is covered with this subject and this concept. Authority is only held by people that God has given it to. Not a single person has any position or has ever had any position of power or authority that God Himself did not give them that position.
Jeremy Walker: 22:55 Now, what they do with that position, that might be a different subject, but God is allowing that person in that position, even to abuse it. So, it’s a very important concept. I think the Bible also has part in place where the archangel Michael was contending with Satan about the body of Moses, but he refused to disrespect him. He still had position apparently, authority of sorts, so he was very careful even then not to disrespect the authority. The Bible also goes further into to disrespect the concept of speaking evil of dignitaries. This goes into also people who are disrespectful to not just their parents, but to police officers, elders in churches and things like that. This is a very important thing because God actively promote obedience to authorities. Authorities are limited, which we won’t get into all that right now, but we have to understand this does promote those things.
Jeremy Walker: 23:55 It promotes the respect and of course, the promotion of their positions themselves. Of course, the care of the elderly. Very important subject. That’s something you should definitely teach that children are responsible to care for their parents as they age. Moving on. Commandment number six, Thou shalt not kill. Very short commandment. Four words, I was recently talking with somebody, and they were quite surprised at the large focus that this commandment has. It’s not just a small focus. It’s a very large focus. Let’s start with some prohibitions here. First of all, this commandment prohibits doing physical harm to others that causes any types of pain or injury and, of course, death. That’s pretty simple. I think most people understand that. Pain, injury and death is quite a simple concept overall.
Jeremy Walker: 24:51 The next prohibition is prohibition from doing any form of harm to another that causes them to be diminished in their mind, body, business or reputation. That’s a broad scope. I just put in there mind because you have those people who are going to intellectually, mentally break people down, insult people, demean people in lots of different ways. You can demean people by saying things, calling people names. Husbands and wives can do this to each other as well. If you’re in business, if you’re the boss, if you’re the employee, if it’s your friend, the concept of Mean Girls comes to mind. That old movie where you have these people who are going to go around and mentally break people down, insult … Not necessarily physically attacking people, but just insulting, tearing people down constantly with your words and your ideas.
Jeremy Walker: 25:46 So, these kinds of things of their minds and body … Business is another one. Doing an attack on somebody’s business. If you’re a worker, and you work for somebody but you’re going to destroy property. If you’re going to destroy the reputation of somebody else. I know this goes into bearing false witness and all the rest, but all the commandments are interconnected. If you’re going to go on … here’s a good one … go on the internet, we have social media now. Everybody likes to leave horrible reviews about people or spread rumors on social media. You’re going to diminish and attack somebody’s business operations or otherwise, it’s a breach of this commandment. Reputation, of course, we just talked about that. If you’re going to go around and spread rumors and lies about people, things like that, this is a breach of this commandment.
Jeremy Walker: 26:33 It’s a very broad scope that says if you at any point in time are seeking the ill will, or seeking to harm somebody else, in any shape, form or fashion … It doesn’t matter what it is … you’re breaking this commandment. It’s very broad and it encompasses a lot of subjects, but it also promotes something. Not just prohibits, of course. It promotes the protection of life and, of course, the mind, body, business and reputation of others. It’s a commandment of protection as well. You have commandments in the Bible, which we’ll get to some of these, where you put a fence around stuff, like you dug a hole in the ground and you had to put a fence around it to protect people from harming themselves. So, just basic responsibility that you had to do. Lots of different stuff like that, but it’s not just about don’t hurt people. It’s about actively promoting a person, building them up.
Jeremy Walker: 27:28 I think the old saying build up, don’t tear down I think is the old saying. You build people up. You help them. You try to promote them. You try to promote their business. You try to promote their reputations. You don’t go around trying to just demean and destroy people. That’s the basics of this commandment. Moving on to number seven. Thou shalt not commit adultery is the commandment. This is a very difficult one to teach for most people. For a number of years, I found it very difficult to teach, especially to young children. We were teaching kids from the ages of two to about 11. Thou shalt not commit adultery, most people think instantly this is a sexual subject, of course, but it actually encompasses a lot more than just the physical act.
Jeremy Walker: 28:16 So, let’s start with a prohibition. Prohibits all physical and mental acts of infidelity or sexual infidelity that is not with one’s spouse. This can happen before marriage, it can happen during marriage, it can happen after marriage. All these different ways of breaking this commandment, and it’s not just physical. Jesus made that very clear when he said, “Adultery begins in the mind. If you looked at a woman and lusted after her, you have committed adultery already.” So, it’s a physical and mental act so this covers not just physically doing something, seduction of people, interaction with them. It also covers all sensualness that can happen with somebody, and of course, it definitely covers pornography and things like that.
Jeremy Walker: 29:05 Another prohibition here is it prohibits harm in any form being done to one’s family when neglecting one’s duties towards their family. Thou shalt not commit adultery covers a lot. The case laws that we’re going to get into later covers the family itself. Adultery is a complete attack, or basically murder of the family for lack of a better term. When somebody goes, “Well, I don’t know if that’s really the focus here.”, there is a case law that we’ll get into later … a very famous one actually, and this case law talks about rape. It’s a sexual act. It’s an illicit, illegal sexual act, and the Bible considers this type of act like it’s murder. It’s drawing the conclusions here for these types of connections and what not with the case laws, the attack on somebody, so sexual acts can be the same as murdering somebody or destroying them.
Jeremy Walker: 30:02 This commandment has actually broader scopes to it, so this prohibits any form of harm that’s going to be done to the family. This can be negligence meaning that let’s say the husband refuses to provide for his wife. It can be the fact of husband or wife are refusing to perform their marital duties with their spouse. It can be refusal to take care of their children properly. It can be all kinds of things that go into this, so it’s not just about sexual acts or mental sexual acts. This is actually about any form of duty that governs the family itself, so your trough I think is a word that’s … It’s an older word but trough means everything about you. Your whole being has to be put into caring for your spouse and your family, and to not do that is to breach this commandment. This is a very encompassing commandment that covers the whole family in lots of different ways, and later on when we get to some case laws, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Jeremy Walker: 30:58 But, then there’s a promotion here. This commandment actually promotes the family institution itself and the performance of all duties required to be done by all the members thereof. So, when you’re teaching this commandment, if you’re teaching to your kids, of course they need to understand the physical and the mental sexuality that is involved in this commandment, of course, but all duties and responsibilities, so every duty that has a father has, every duty that a mother has and every duty that a child has are uncovered in this commandment as well, including back to honoring parents, obeying them, listening to them, caring for the elderly. All these things are encompassed in this thing here. And, of course, the promotion of the family institution itself. Whenever people are refusing to teach and promote the family structure according to what God has said, it’s actually a breach of this commandment as well as covered here under this commandment, which is a destruction of the family. We’ll get to some of that later.
Jeremy Walker: 32:01 But, it did help me a long time ago to understand that because when you’re teaching this commandment, there’s so many things that’s covered under this one brief commandment heading that has a lot more to do than just physical or mental acts that are sexual in nature. Moving on to number eight. Thou shalt not steal. This is a major one that people here, especially in America, have a problem with because institutionally our students, our college students, are being taught on a national institutional level that theft is good. Well, the first prohibition here is basic. It prohibits that taking of property from others. You’re not allowed to take what belongs to somebody else. You can’t just take it because you want to. Hence, of course, on a national level, we are a horrible problem for this commandment’s concern. Another prohibition is the destruction of the property of others, or the diminishing of value of other people’s property.
Jeremy Walker: 32:55 So, it’s more than just not taking somebody’s stuff, but it’s the destruction of their property entirely or diminishing the value of it. A good example, of course, is you can steal somebody’s car. That’s a good example. You can steal somebody’s car. Or, of course, you can destroy it’s value. Maybe you just took your key and scraped up the doors of it and destroyed the paint job, but you didn’t actually take the car. Diminishing the value, destruction of it, another way would be is if you crashed the car. So, you didn’t steal it. You didn’t just slightly diminish the value, but you actually broke it or destroyed it so it’s not functioning anymore. Lots of different ways that this commandment that theft is covered. There’s always a way of promoting it, promotion of this commandment in the positive is to promote private property, and of course, the protection of property of others.
Jeremy Walker: 33:51 So, you’re job, and there’s a lot of case laws in there about if you found somebody’s property, you’re supposed to go take it back to them. You’re supposed to actively promote and help protect somebody’s property. And, of course, it protects your property. Private property is actively taught and promoted by this commandment and that’s all encompassing. There’s a lot that goes into it. For now, I’ll just leave it at that.
Jeremy Walker: 34:13 The Ninth Commandment says Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor. This commandment is greatly misunderstood by a great many people, and we’ll get to it when the case laws come up, but to start with it simply prohibits, to start with, lying about somebody else. This of course would be saying that Johnny stole a pencil when Johnny did not steal the pencil. That’s a pretty simple prohibition about lying against your neighbor, so it’s not that complicated. Another prohibition here is it promotes falsely representing other people. So, if you were going to misrepresent somebody, then this is prohibited as well. In other words, lying about somebody’s intentions, lying about somebody’s character. This is the positive and negative as well because you can lie to hurt somebody, or to get them in trouble like Johnny stole the pencil. Or, another form of this is whenever we know that Johnny really did steal the pencil, and somebody asks you, “Did Johnny steal the pencil?”, and you know he did and you say, “Well, no, Johnny did not steal the pencil.”
Jeremy Walker: 35:21 In other words, it’s lying in both directions. One, you can be lying to try to get somebody in trouble who’s innocent, and two, you can be lying to help somebody who is guilty, and in both ways, you’re perverting justice. You’re perverting justice for the innocent, and you’re perverting justice for the guilty because they should be instead be in trouble. Okay, then let’s go to the promotion of this. You’re supposed to promote truth telling about others. That’s the good and the bad. You tell the truth about the good. You tell the truth about the bad. And, of course, the protection of the reputation of others, so you don’t try to diminish somebody’s reputation by lying about them. When we went back earlier about falsely representing somebody, this could be somebody who’s lying about what somebody did or didn’t do. This could be maybe a young man who is going to tarnish the reputation … There’s a case law about this where a man marries a woman, and then claims that she wasn’t a virgin whenever they got married, so he’s bringing up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel, or this case, a Christian.
Jeremy Walker: 36:22 This is a horrible thing. Tearing down somebody’s reputation is strictly forbidden by this commandment, so instead you’re going to be promoting and protecting the reputations instead and telling the truth about people who are good and telling the truth about people who are also evil. There’s a lot more that goes into it, but that’s a good place to start.
Jeremy Walker: 36:42 The Tenth Commandment is Thou shall not covet. Also, one of the most neglected commandments of the entire Ten Commandment series. Something that nobody ever talks about, but whenever you’re talking about people that are on national scenes promoting socialism and things like that, they are actively promoting covetousness. That is exactly what that is. Those dirty rich people have so much money, they should have a 90% tax bracket. Not me, but just them. It’s an active hatred, covetousness is. But, let’s go with the first prohibition. First of all, it prohibits the desiring of and illegal appropriation of another’s property. So, first of all, you can’t want what belongs to somebody else. If somebody has a wife, somebody has a car, you can’t want what they have. You can want one maybe similar to what they have. If somebody’s married to a brown-haired woman, you can try to find yourself another brown-haired woman, but just not that one.
Jeremy Walker: 37:42 This is pretty simple and clear. You’re not supposed to want what they have, or illegally appropriate somebody else’s property. So, if he had a car and you liked it, maybe you say, “Well, I’d like to buy your car. Would it be okay if I bought your car?” Yes, you can. Somebody could sell their car. If you looked at it, you looked at it, you could legally appropriate this person’s property by striking a deal and purchasing it from them. However, you couldn’t go, “I like your wife and I’d like to purchase a day with her.” In other words, prostitution. You could not legally appropriate somebody else’s wife. This is not possible. The difference between legal and illegal appropriations. Another prohibition here with Thou shalt not covet is that it prohibits man from being discontented with his own possessions, what he has. This is a major problem because you look at other people and you see what they have, and it upsets you. That’s one prohibition there. It upsets you to see that somebody has more than you do.
Jeremy Walker: 38:44 That’s actually prohibited. That’s covetousness. Whenever you look at what you have, and you’re unhappy with what you have, that’s also a form of covetousness to be upset with, you’re not content with what you have, with what God gave you. Now, there’s nothing wrong with looking at yourself and if you said, “Well, I don’t have X, Y, or Z”, and so you went out and got yourself a secondary job and you were able to get X, Y and Z. That is what’s called legal or lawful appropriation of something, to get something. There’s nothing wrong with being discontented so you work towards it legally to get something, but to be discontented with it, to not do anything about it and to be upset about it, that’s different.
Jeremy Walker: 39:25 Then, of course, the last part here is to promote something. This commandment promotes the legal appropriation of property and it also promotes contentment with one’s position, their possessions and also promotion and protection of the possessions of others. This commandment is all encompassing. I think it would be best to say with here sums it up, for a lack of a better term, with the Golden Rule. What you would have them do to you to do to them. To be content with, to be promotion of those kinds of people. So, that’s a quick summation of the Ten Commandments. I say quick because we’ve ran through all 10, but those are going to give you two things that are prohibited primarily and one thing that is promoted.
Jeremy Walker: 40:15 Now, as we get more into this in the Tools of Christian Reconstruction, we’re going to be going over a lot more of this in detail. This is packing a lot into it just to give you an overview of the Ten Commandments themselves. The Ten Commandments are the starting point where everything else comes from. In other words, all the case laws that are in the Bible fit into one of these categories. They help you to understand what the commandment means so whenever somebody says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” there’s a whole slew of sexual commandments, prohibitions and laws that go underneath this heading, and it helps us to understand what that commandment actually means, those case laws.
Jeremy Walker: 40:54 Without the case laws, then you don’t really understand the commandments themselves. That’s the number one problem we have in the church today. That’s the number one problem. The reason why people can’t teach the commandments to their kids. It’s why they can’t teach the commandments in their churches, and this is why they actually don’t teach the commandments at all. They just don’t do it. They have a lot of questions and arguments, and the questions and arguments are about which commandments are still relevant to us today. Well, that’s what this show is going to be about in The Tools of Christian Reconstruction. We’re going to be going over those types of things. So, we’re starting with the Ten Commandments. This has been our introduction. It’s been a little bit longer than it’s going to be as a norm, but thank you for being with us on The Tools of Christian Reconstruction.
Jeremy Walker: 41:33 You can find this episode, and more, and as you move forward on our website at CR101Radio.com. You can find all those episodes there, and of course, we want to thank you for joining us and want to wish you that God would bless you and your family. Thank you.