The word ‘not’ tends to bring a negative undertone with it when it is used to formulate sentences or thoughts. However, its use in the Ten Commandments actually has a positive meaning. Those who do not understand the true purpose behind the implementation of the Ten Commandments will understandably assume that the use of the word ‘not’ will mean that the remainder of the words will be restrictive in nature. To set the record straight and to clear the air…it is ‘not.’
The Ten Commandments are actually liberating and provides its adherents with the liberty to walk in love towards God and their fellow humanity. The Ten Commandments are catechetical in nature and teaches us how to relate to one another and how to live in community. The purpose of this way of living was to demonstrate to the rest of the world that God was indeed the True God and that subscribing to His standard of living was in the best interest of the collective whole. If this is the case, then why are so many people opposed to living in obedience to His commandments?
The human nature “is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God…” (Rom. 8:7).
God’s law not only showed us our need for a Savior, but it was also designed to prevent us from engaging in behaviors that would potentially cause us to destroy ourselves. In other words, the future of humanity also rested upon the inclusion of the word ‘not.’
So when you hear the word ‘not’ from this point forward, try not to view it from a negative and restrictive perspective. Understand that whatever is included with the use of the word ‘not’ is more than likely protecting you from something that could possibly be detrimental to yourself and/or those persons and things that are closely associated with you…#thinkonthesethings