Commandment 2

No Graven Image “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that isin heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”(Exodus 20:4). By Micah Hess The second commandment builds upon the principle in the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” The ban on crafting graven images includes not only the things in the earth, but also extends upward to the heavens, []

Commandment 3

Respect the Name of God “Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain” (Exodus 20:7 RVIC). The word “vain,” as used in Exodus 20:7 (S7723), is translated from the Hebrew word shav. It means desolating; (destructive) evil. In that sense, ruin. Its root is from the word show (S7722), meaning, by implication, devastation. After examining the meaning of the Hebrew, God’s command impresses upon the hearer that His name is holy. Though no one is capable of committing []

Commandment 4

The Holy Sabbath “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). By Tom Ruggirello The remainder of commandment four reads as follows. “Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days Jehovah made []

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Religious Moscow’s chief rabbi, Pinchas Goldschmidt, is “in exile” after resisting Kremlin pressure to support the war in Ukraine, his daughter-in-law has said. Goldschmidt, who also heads the Conference of European Rabbis, left Russia just weeks after it launched its invasion of Ukraine, saying he had to take care of his ailing father in Jerusalem. But his daughter-in-law revealed that Goldschmidt and his wife had also been put under official pressure to support the war and now considered themselves to be in []

Today in Prophecy

China Industrial Espionage “The Lord spoke to Moses … Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan,which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes,every one a leader among them” (Numbers 13:1,2, scriptures from NASB unless otherwise noted). In July, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Britain’s Domestic Security Service warned that China conducted espionage for stealing intellectual property from []