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Sunday, November 29, 2015

~ 10 ~ Do Not Covet

In the past months we have posted the series "The Ten Commandments" (See Below for Links). Today we give you the final, and only "thought" commandment of "Do Not Covet".

Of all the 613 commandments, and in fact the entire Bible, this is the only one that regulates thought! The reason for this commandment is that when one holds "thoughts of coveting" this will almost always lead to the breaking others. Why is this so?

According to the Hebrew, coveting refers to "wanting to the point of seeking to take away and own" what belongs to another person. It is this type of "coveting thought" that leads to commission of more serious crimes.

There is only one Commandment that prohibits a thought, and it is this: "Do not covet." Why does the Bible, which is preoccupied with behavior, legislate a thought? Because to covet, to want what belongs to someone else, is the root of the preceding four commandments and often leads to evil. Before someone murders, steals, lies, or commits adultery, the desire to take what is rightly someone else's~coveting usually comes first...Dennis Prager

We hope you have enjoyed listening to the Ten Commandments. In these fast moving times, while many lament the number of bad things that appear on the internet, we hope this thought-provoking series will provide one example of how the "Word of the Lord" can be shared around the world.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

~ 9~ Do Not Bear False Witness

Truth Telling~is it really that hard to tell the truth? I'm referring to every day, all the time~not just in a court of law.

How many times have we told "little white lies" and justified them? Do we even think about these types of lies as breaking a commandment? Do we consider that "always" telling the truth is what it is all about?

The most important ingredient to building a moral society is truth, both inside and outside a courtroom. The prohibition against "bearing false witness" does not only demand that truth reigns supreme in a trial, but that it is a societal value throughout the culture. Bad things happen when people believe lies. With truth, we can build a decent society. Without it, even the other nine commandments won't help...Dennis Prager

~ 9 ~ Do Not Bear False Witness

Links to Series:

The Ten Commandments~Introduction
~1~ Am the Lord Your God
~2~ No Other Gods
~3~ Do Not Misuse God's Name
~4~ Remember The Sabbath
~5~Honor Your Father and Mother
~6~Do Not Murder
~7~Do Not Commit Adultery
~8~Do Not Steal

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

~ 8 ~ Do Not Steal

With all the bad things going on in the world, this is a good time to re-visit the Word of the Lord!

The eighth commandment, "Do Not Steal" covers far more than just taking a sweet from the candy store. There are many types of stealing~all of which cause damage. For those of you who have ever had their home burgled, you will probably never forget the feelings of violation. What about the other types of stealing? How do we recover from that? Do we ever truly get over it?

There is one commandment that, if followed by all of humanity, would instantly create a peaceful world: "Do Not Steal"...the Eighth Commandment, implicitly prohibits murder (stealing a life), slavery (stealing a person's freedom), adultery (stealing a spouse), humiliation (stealing dignity), and so many other sins laid out in the Bible. If there is one Commandment that summarizes the other nine, this one is it...Dennis Prager

As we listen to this short lesson, think about this single commandment, and consider the good that obeying it could create in this world...

~ 8 ~ Do Not Steal...Prager University

Links to Series:

The Ten Commandments~Introduction
~1~ Am the Lord Your God
~2~ No Other Gods
~3~ Do Not Misuse God's Name
~4~ Remember The Sabbath
~5~Honor Your Father and Mother
~6~Do Not Murder
~7~Do Not Commit Adultery

Monday, November 09, 2015

Terror Wave Against Israel

A Very Good Report on the State of Affairs in Israel and the Middle-East

Here is the Scripture Referred to in the Video:   Ezekiel 38 to 39 (NKJV)

Ezekiel 38
1] Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2] “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 
3] and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
4] I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
5] Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet;
6] Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops~many people are with you.
7] “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.
8] After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will  come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.  
9] You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”
10] ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:
11] You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’...
12] to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
13] Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’”’
14] “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it?
15] Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.
16] You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
17] Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
18] “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face.
19] For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,
20] so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21] I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
22] And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23] Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”’
Ezekiel 39
1] “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal;
2] and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
3] Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. 4] You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5] You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.
6]“And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.
7] So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
8] Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.
9] “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.
10] They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; and they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God.
11] “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog.
12] For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land.
13] Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God.
14] “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search.
15] The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog.
16] The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.”’
A Triumphant Festival
17] “And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field:
“Assemble yourselves and come;
Gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you,
A great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel, That you may eat flesh and drink blood.
 18] You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, Drink the blood of the princes of the earth, Of rams and lambs, Of goats and bulls, All of them fatlings of Bashan.
19] You shall eat fat till you are full, And drink blood till you are drunk, At My sacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you.
20] You shall be filled at My table With horses and riders, With mighty men And with all the men of war,” says the Lord God.
21] “I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. 
22] So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward. 
23] The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 
24] According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.”’
25] Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name~
26] after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. 
27] When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, 
28] then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. 
29] And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.

Murderous Hatred Towards Israel~Watch and Learn

It is stunning how wrong the news from North America and Europe is when portraying the situation in Israel. Rather than promoting peace, they are throwing gasoline on the fires of hatred.

Please watch the clip below, taken from Palestinian TV. This is only a sample of what is shown day in and day out...and do be sure to read the sub-titles. 

Apart from the fact that the Arabs are fed lies from birth, they are raised to act murderously for the sake of those lies. They are now being told that Mary and Jesus were Palestinian, and if you watch the clip below you will hear the claim that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also theirs. What do Muslims do to churches? They turn them into Mosques or destroy them.

As you watch the clip, remember, this is a culture that will never be satisfied with one piece of land. They want it all, and they want Islam to be the only law in the entire world. Eventually, this will be on your doorstep.

The following is a collection of MEMRI TV clips showcasing the recent wave of Palestinian incitement against Israelis and Jews as part of the "Knife Intifada." The compilation includes statements from Palestinian officials and religious figures, as well as segments from TV shows and videos posted on social media.

This is What Israel Has to Deal With~What Would You Do?

~ 7 ~ Do Not Commit Adultery

The last five commandments deal with how we must treat other human beings. We are familiar with the saying~treat others as you would treat yourself, but that does not always include the rules that God set down for us in the Ten Commandments.

Why do the Ten Commandments single out adultery as particularly harmful? Because adultery can destroy the foundational unit of a society~the family. If exposed, adultery leads to a sense of betrayal. If hidden, it forces the offending spouse to lie. Children are often the unintended victims. This may be one of the most difficult Biblical laws to follow, but it's also one of the most important...Dennis Prager

In the below video, we see a simple and easy to understand meaning behind the Seventh Commandment. In these days of free-thinking and acceptance of loose moral values, this commandment strives to protect the core of our civilization~The Family.

~7~ Do Not Commit Adultery

Links to Series:

The Ten Commandments~Introduction
~1~ Am the Lord Your God
~2~ No Other Gods
~3~ Do Not Misuse God's Name
~4~ Remember The Sabbath 
~5~Honor Your Father and Mother
~6~Do Not Murder