By J. I. Packer
J. I. Packer explodes universal misconceptions concerning the Ten Commandments and offers readers God's blueprint for relational, non secular, and societal well-being.
They are frequently mistakenly thought of God's ''rules''-his outmoded checklist of do's and don'ts that upload as much as a guilt-ridden, legalistic lifestyle. yet as loved writer and Bible student J. I. Packer probes the aim and precise which means of the 10 Commandments, readers will gladly detect that those precepts can aptly be referred to as God's layout for the simplest lifestyles attainable. They include the knowledge and priorities a person wishes for relational, non secular, and societal blessing-and it is all coming from a loving heavenly Father who desires the easiest for his children.
Not in simple terms does Packer carry those truths in short, readable segments, yet he contains dialogue questions and ideas for extra learn on the finish of every bankruptcy. This ebook will problem readers to view the commandments with new eyes and support them to understand--perhaps for the 1st time--the future health, the desire, and the historical past we are provided there.
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Not only can we not imagine him adequately, since he is at every point greater than we can grasp—we dare not trust anything our imagination suggests about him, for the built-in habit of fallen minds is to scale God down. Sin began as a response to the temptation, “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5), and the effect of our wanting to be on God’s level is that we bring him down to ours. This is unrealistic, not to say irreverent, but it is what we all do when imagination is in the saddle. Hence the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything.
Jeremiah 5:2; Zechariah 5:4). The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. uifn! jssftqpotjcjmjuz! tjot/ And the point goes deeper. ). So all promises are sacred and must be kept. Children know this and feel it very strongly; it is tragic that adults should so often forget it. The godly man, therefore, will make promises cautiously but keep them conscientiously once they are made, knowing that irresponsibility and unreliability here are great and grievous sins. How hard we find this to learn!
You shall not take the name of the LORd your God in vain,” it says. ” What is forbidden is any use or involvement of God’s name that is empty, frivolous, or insincere. This touches three things at least. The first thing is irreverence, speaking or thinking of God in a way that insults him by not taking seriously his wisdom and goodness. Job offered sacrifices on behalf of his children while they were alive, for fear that they had “cursed God in their hearts” (Job 1:5); and after their deaths when his wife in her bitterness urged him, “Curse God, and die” (2:9), he would not do it.