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Summary: Teaching on the third commandment

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The third commandment Exodus 20:1-7

Here are two Christmas stories and they’re both a play on words. “There once was a czar in Russia whose name was Rudolph the Great. He was standing in his house one day with his wife and as he looked out the window and saw something happening. He says to his wife, "Look honey. It’s raining." But she was the obstinate type and she replied, "I don’t think so, dear. I think it’s snowing." But Rudolph knew better. So he said to his wife, "Let’s step outside and find out." So, they both went outside and discovered it was raining. So, Rudolph turned to his wife and said," I knew it was raining. Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!"

This guy goes into his dentist’s office, because something is wrong with his mouth. After a brief examination, the dentist exclaims, "Hey, that plate I installed in your mouth about six months ago has nearly completely corroded! What on earth have you been eating?" "Well... the only thing I can think of is this... my wife made me some asparagus about four months ago with this stuff on it... Hollandaise sauce she called it... and doctor, I’m talkin’ DELICIOUS! I’ve never tasted anything like it, and ever since then I’ve been putting Hollandaise sauce on everything... meat, fish, toast, vegetables... you name it!" "That’s probability it," replied the dentist "Hollandaise sauce is made with lemon juice, which is acidic and highly corrosive. I guess I’ll have to install a new plate, but I’ll make it out of chrome this time." "Why chrome?" the man asked. "Well, everyone knows that there’s no plate like chrome for the Hollandaise!"

“And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 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. 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.”

As I said when we began this study of the Ten Commandments, the first three deal with the issue of worship which simply means giving God His due or treating Him with all the love and respect that’s appropriate for who He is and then the last seven deal with how we are to treat one another.

Have you ever had anyone treat you with less than the respect you felt you deserved? I usually don’t think I deserve that much; but I remember when I was in Bolivia with Glennie Wry and we were working on something in one of the dorms and we needed some extra material, so, Glennie asked me if I wanted to drive down to the store with him and get what ever it was we needed. And since I’m always looking for a good reason to take a break, I said, “Sure.”


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