If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments
[Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 5:10, John 14:15, Mosiah 13:14, D&C 46:9, D&C 124:87]
prepared by Don R. Hender
When one thinks of God's Commandments, two condensed sets of such commandments comes to mind.
They are God's First and Greatest Commandment which is given in concert with the Second such
Commandment, which is like unto it. And upon those two great Commandments all of God's law does
'hang.' And then there is the 'ever ready' 'Ten Commandments' that God gave unto Moses upon
Mount Sinai. In one sense, that is a set of 10 'one liners' which tend to summarize God's most
basic Laws of a Civilized people upon which a Civilized nation ought to establish it law structure
Seldom thought of, is that least and last of God's 'set of laws' is the which the Jewish
religion counts there being 613 rules and statutes by which a faithful Jew is to order his life
and live by in order to obtain heaven by is own works. Many
of these include what has become 'traditional' compliance rules that do not hold in purpose,
intent and force as strong as God's great commandments or the 10 Commandment. Still, a Jew is
expected to know and live by all 613 such law, statutes, regulation and performances as there in
so listed. For the intent of this presentation, it will stay to the two great commandments and
the basic tem commandments, yet rather than so simply invoked in the 'one-line nature' of these
commandments, a more in depth consideration will be made as to such as is implied and included
as a part of the 'one-line' inference. For example, when God's 'one-liner' summary of his
commandment and law of Chasity is given, it simple states 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adulery'.
But when Jesus did restate it in his sermon it was elaborated upon.
So what does 'adultery' all entail? One manner of beginning to expand that study of endepth
meaning is to first expand the one liner by further stating somewhat as Jesus did when he
taught the same in his Sermon on the mount. There he so expands the concepts that are to be
included in the Adultery Commandment and he puts a big etcetera on it by referenceing it further
by stating 'anything' like unto it. And thus it is expanded to much more than just having a
sexual affair outside of the marriage covenant. Though that in itself does further expand the
intent of the commandment further.
At any rate, at some point logic and reason take over and the endless expanse of all that can
and is to be considered 'sexual sin' gives way to simply understanding that any such sexual
involvement outside of that between a man and a woman in marriage is sin in the eyes of God.
In the movie "Hawaii" (based on Michener's book) a native had to ask Max von Sydow just exactly
what sort of relations were banned by the prohibition against adultery--and then the native went
on to enumerate all the many permutations such could thereof consist. Needless to say, the
creative mind is in such endlessness, as is also so listed. And reason must bring it back to the
simple consideration that any such thing out side of that between a man and a woman in the
confines of lawful marriage is a sin 'like unto that of Adultry'. Of course
the Reverend quickly ascertained the wisdom of defining such simply by stating it in the manner
that 'anything outside of the marriage relationship is by God prohibited and to even attempt to
attempt to list all the variants is but to invite unhealthy creative considerations as to what
all could be so done in committing such extensive degrees of sin(s) like unto it. So in the
movie 'Hawaii', when the minister was asked just all what types of 'adultry' are actually
prohibited, and he came fully confronted to the 'endless' list that could be generated when such
is attempted to be listed by every possible thing that would be considered to be braking the
law of Chasity. But must one list them all? Can't one leave it as simple as any such thing
outside of the marriage relationship?
This saddly is the state of the liberal mind. They attempt to concluded that since God did
not state such and such directly as He could as being included in the sins of Adultery, that
what God did not specifically deliniate must not be considered as sin. And this as if God is
responsible to supply the sinner a detailed road map to what all is to be considered sin.
So exactly what did Jesus teach in respect to Adulty in his public Sermon on the Mount?
27 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of agladness above thy fellows.
(Old Testament | Psalms 45:7)
22 aThou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is babomination.
(Old Testament | Leviticus 18:22)
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever alooketh on a bwoman to clust after her hath committed dadultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye aoffend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into bhell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut if off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.a
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of adivorcement:
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall aput away his bwife, saving for the cause of cfornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
(New Testament | Matthew 5:27 - 32)
There are depths and degrees of understanding God's
commandments. And it ranges from the two simplest and greatest commandments
through the Ten Commandments and beyond until we come to do all that is the
complete mind and will of God unto perfection. As to the many required
ordinances and performaces that God requires of those who are of His Church
and have taken His Name upon them we will not here speak. But perhaps we can
take the commandments of God one step further than the basic societal Ten
Commandments of Moses, which were but a 'School Master' and a stepping stone
level of solid commandments upon which to build upon even to a higher plain
and level. And that higher plain we will set forth as that given by Jesus
Christ himself in his 'Sermons on the Mount' as well as such further
understanding as a more complete knowledge of the basic nature of God may
Jesus taught that he was not here to desolve the 'Law' but to further 'fulfill'
the Law. And in terns of the solid and basic Ten Commandments he did just
that. That is the Ten Commandments are just as much in force as they ever have
been. Only to a further degree of understanding and performance does the Lord
and our understanding take us based upon and in compliance to that basic Law.
We will now go through each of the Ten Commandments and review just what they
entail and may be extended to include in light of a fuller and more complete
gospel understanding and in light of what Jesus taught during his life's
admininistration such as from his Sermons of the Mount. Each of these will
link to a separate page where each of the Commandments will be further set
out and analyzed.
~ 1 ~
"Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me."
~ Exodus 20:3 ~
~ 2 ~
"Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven
Image, Or Any Likeness OF Any Thing That Is In Heaven Above, Or That Is In The
Earth Beneath, Or That Is In The Water Under The Earth: Thou Shalt Not Bow
Down Thyself To Them, Nor Serve Them: For I The LORD Thy God Am A Jealous God,
Visiting The Iniquity Of The Fathers Upon The Children Unto The Third And
Fourth Generation Of Them That Hate Me; And Shewing Mercy Unto Thousands Of
Them That Love Me, And Keep My Commandments."
~ Exodus 20:4-6
~ 3 ~
"Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The LORD Thy God In
Vain; For The LORD Will Not Hold Him Guiltless That Taketh His Name In Vain."
~ Exodus 20:7 ~
~ 4 ~
"Remember The Sabbath Day, To Keep It Holy. Six Days
Shalt Thou Labour, And Do All Thy Work.: But The Seventh Day Is The Sabbath
Of The LORD Thy God: In It Thou Shalt Not Do Any Work, Thou, Nor Thy Son, Nor
Thy Daughter, Thy Manservant, Nor Thy Maidservant, Nor Thy Cattle, Nor Thy
Stranger That Is Within Thy Gates: For In Six Days The LORD Made Heaven and
Earth, The Sea, And All That In Them Is, And Rested The Seventh Day:
Wherefore The LORD Blessed The Sabbath Day, And Hallowed It."
~ Exodus 20:8-11
~ 5 ~
Honour Thy Father And Thy Mother: That Thy Days May Be Long Upon The Land
Which The LORD Thy God Giveth Thee."
~ Exodus 20:12
~ 6 ~
Thou Shalt Not Kill."
~ Exodus 20:13
~ 7 ~
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultry."
~ Exodux 20:14
~ 8 ~
Thou Shalt Not Steal."
~ Exodus 20:15
~ 9 ~
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy
~ Exodus 20:16
~ 10 ~
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbour's House, Thou
Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife, Nor His Manservant, Nor His Maidservant,
Nor His Ox, Nor His Ass, Nor Any Thing That Is Thy Neighbour's."
~ Exodus 20:17
~ ETCETERA ~
Except A Man Be Born Of Water And Of The Spirit, He
Cannot Enter Into The Kingdom Of God."
~ John 3:5 & 3 Nephi 12:1
~ REPENT OR PARISH ~
Sometimes the simply stated commandment is not enough.
Some are obedient by nature and do not need a lot of additional explanation and instructions. The
rest of us, who attempt to skirt the commandments by determining of ourselves that this or that
really is NOT what God's Commandment really meant just to suit ourselves, needs further explanation,
instruction, and even 'correction' in that which we 'pretend' to or do not understand. Such is
where Jesus began with the teachings of his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7; 3 Nephi 12-14). And
still others need the proverbial 2X4 between the eyes. To that extent the servants of God have been
called to deliver further, precise and often blunt declarations. One such corresponding list with
the bottom line facts stated is found in Paul's teachings. And for those who have some understanding
problems with the 'King's English' of 1611, the New King James Version should help.
"No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived.
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
"nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom
Corinthians 6:8-10 | New King James Version (NKJV)
Those who are decivers who do wrong and cheat, are those who are misleading their 'brethren' astray.
Those who tell you 'a sin is not a sin' are not your friend and are only trying to get something
from you. In the case of so called Christian preachers who preach this way, all they want is your
money and for you to be a part of their misled flock. They will flatter you down to hell without
any true regard for your actual salvation, which they are cheating you out of. That is not Christ's
Now in truth, Jesus invited sinners to follow him, but he did not invite them to remain in their
sins. The whole point of the atonement was to call people unto Christ that they might repent of
their sins and then by the atonement they would be able to acceptable through Jesus Christ unto God.
"No unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God." And since all men are carnal, sinful, and fallen,
we were everlastingly kept from God's presence and his kingdom. The 'ONLY WAY' is through Jesus
Christ, by that avenue of turning from, that's repenting of, one's sins. Then by the atonement,
Jesus is able to impute his righteous in you before God. But that cannot happen if you are still of
a sinful nature and life style, for such will not be acceptable unto God and not in his kingdom of
If I recall correctly, it was Flip Wilson who used the Joe Louis quote in a little comic saying
that, 'Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.' I'd like to do a take-off on that
and state, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to repent." That seems to be the
fashion of the day. Everyone wants to think they can be saved in their sins. They cannot be save in
their sins. And the longer they remain sinful, the harder it is going to be to repent of those sins
for sin is habit forming and addictive. Cast off the old man of sin and put on the new man of
righteousness is the course of repentance that will bring man unto God. But continuing sinners
will remain in their sins and will never get to heaven as long as they so remain living in
The Bottom Line IS: REPENT or PARISH!
Revised October 9, 2013