New American Standard -
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
The Message -
But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others. The same God who said, “Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” If you don’t commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you’re a murderer, period.
Again, I like the way The Message states this verse. Another way of thinking about this is the same God gave both the seventh commandment, “you shall not commit adultery” and the sixth one, “You shall not murder”. To violate either is really violating the law of love toward one’s neighbor. Remember the last post on verse 8? It’s illogical to assume that a person by keeping one of the commandments is free to violate any of the others.
So many places in Scripture will give a list of what right living means. How can I know for sure when I’m in God’s will? How can I stay in God’s will? Ultimately, love…love for one another…love for your neighbor…love for the unlovely is what they all point to. If you get to the point where you have love for all of God’s creations no matter what, then you’ve achieved what God is trying to teach us through His Word. So as I’ve said before, it seems every time I write something on here, very soon, the Lord tests me on it. Even though I’ve done it more than once, when I see someone sitting at a light that has turned green because they’re texting or doing email I really want to smash into them. I know, real Christ-like. Saw that happening this morning on my way to work. Again, the flesh side of me wanted to ram them. More than once I’ve had opportunity to act like a jerk and sad to say sometimes I have. I remember one time last year when my wife and I were heading to Tennessee to see our son, I was passing a semi and he pulled over in my lane and ran me onto the berm. Fortunately there was enough room on the berm that I didn’t lose control of the car, but I did lose control of my temper. I sped up beside him honking my horn. My wife looked over at him and he was apologizing. Did I feel like a schmuck. See a pattern here? Talking to the guys in my morning Bible study this seems to be a guy thing. I think it’s just a sinful human thing. I hope I’ve learned something and hope you have too.