NextLevel Online: Deuteronomy
by Jon Kehrer
How is the Hebrew word “torah” usually translated? What does it actually mean?
Word #1 - No Other Gods
Word #1 is “No other gods.” What does this mean?
Word #2 - No Idols
Why is God so concerned that his people not make images or idols to worship?
Word #3 - No Dishonoring the Name
Perhaps Word #3 could be translated as “do not wear the name of Yahweh dishonorably.” How is this different from how you have thought about this word before?
Word #4 - Guard the Sabbath
Word #4 is “Guard the Sabbath.” What did this look like for Israel?
Word #5 - Honor Parents
Word #5 deals with honoring your mother and father. Why was it important to honor or respect parents in ancient Israel?
Word #6 - No Murder
Word #6 involves willful taking of life in our own personal interests. In this session we learn how God wants us to deal with anger.
Word #7 - No Adultery
Word #7 says that adultery is forbidden. The Hebrew word for “adultery” suggests sexual relations with a woman who is committed to someone else. Why is that important?
Word #8 - No Stealing
Word #8 deals with not stealing something that belongs to you. What types of things could this include?
Word #9 - No False Witness
Word #9 prohibits giving a vain or false witness against your neighbor. What types of situations might this word include?
Word #10 - No Coveting
Word #10 actually contains two separate verbs: do not desire your neighbor’s wife, and do not crave others?
This series has detailed the ways that the Ten Words play out in the rest of Deuteronomy. How does this arrangement help us understand the purpose of Deuteronomy? What kind of “shema” does Yahweh desire of his people?