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Because the Sabbath both in the Old and New Testaments is a revelation of God’s covenant of grace, the Christian, who loves that covenant and rejoices in its blessings, is very careful about the Sabbath day. And because God’s work of grace in his heart is the beginning of his rest from the heavy burden of his sin, he cannot be one who willingly profanes or disregards the weekly day of rest that God has appointed.

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Just as God’s self-revelation in the First Commandment teaches us that we must “have” Him alone as our God to worship and serve in all our thoughts, words, and deeds, so also God’s revelation of Himself in the Second Commandment teaches ushow we must worship Him. From the examples of Cain and Uzzah we have seen the importance of understanding and keeping the Second Commandment, and to those examples we might add that of the two sons of Aaron (Lev. 10:1-7).

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The Apostle Peter tells us in I Peter 2:9 that the great purpose of our salvation is found in God and not in us, “that (we) should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called (us) out of darkness into His marvelous light.” Through the irresistible operations of the Holy Spirit we begin to fulfill this purpose and to learn in so doing that it is a wonderful privilege.

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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Lady in the Pulpit The teaching of Holy Scripture on the place of women in the church is so clear that even a child can understand it. The Bible says, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. When we understand that the eighth commandment is founded on the truth that “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof,” we will not only have a better understanding of what the eighth commandment requires of us, but the only possible motive for obeying it. We have seen that God’s sovereign ownership of all things, as expressed in this verse from Psalm 24:1, and His sovereign right in distributing them, are aspects of His glory as Creator, and therefore that we confess the sovereignty and glory of God...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. The ninth commandment is the second of the ten that deals with sins of the tongue. In distinction from the third commandment which forbids all evil-speaking against God,, especially in the misuse of His Name, the ninth commandment censures all evil-speaking among men and in the every-day relationships of life. Nevertheless, the fact’ that there are two such closely related commandments shows clearly what a great power either for good or evil the tongue can be. “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men,...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. We have shown that the “counsel of peace” referred to in Zechariah 6:13 refers to the union of the two offices of priest and king in Christ, typically represented in the co-operation of Zerubbabel the Governor and Joshua the High Priest in the days of the, restoration of the temple. We have seen that this-union is significant first of all as far as the offices themselves are concerned, in that the two offices complement and complete each other. The kingly office adds power and authority to the priestly office, and...

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In our study of the Ten Commandments, we have come to the Fifth Commandment, and thus also to the second table of the law, which teaches us our duties toward our neighbor, just as the first table taught our duties toward God. We may not forget, however, that this second table of the law is not to be divorced from the first. In the final analysis, this second table of the law, though it speaks of our relationships to our fellow men, has also to do with our duty toward God Himself.

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. We have seen that the ninth commandment, thought expressed negatively, requires positively that we love the truth, also that this love for the truth is nothing less than the love of God Himself, Who is a God of truth and without iniquity (Deut. 32:4). Every form of deceit and falsehood is, therefore, an act of violence against God and His glory. The sin explicitly forbidden in the ninth commandment is the sin of “bearing false witness,” what we today would call perjury. This is, however, only the grossest...

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