Monday, April 4, 2011

The Ten Commandments

God came down upon Mount Sinai and called Moses up to the top of the mount. Moses went to the top as directed. Exodus 19:20; “And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up”.

This is where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These commandments were written by God Himself and given to Moses. These Commandments tell of God’s moral law for Israel and others. These Commandments are still required for New Testament believers.

The Ten Commandments alone will not get you to heaven; it is through Jesus Christ and His saving grace that allows you in to heaven. Breaking one of the Commandments can cause you to lose your place in heaven. God wants us to abide by His commandments.

Exodus 20:3; “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. This means you are not to have anything before the Lord. Anything you would give first place to such as a spouse, child, parent, money, or animal would be considered a god of such. Believers need to seek and love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, might, and to rely on Him to provide all that is good for their lives. There is NO in-between.

Exodus 20:4; “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in to be anything at all made that you would worship. NO image is to be worshipped; the only one you are to worship is the Lord Himself.

Exodus 20:7; “Thou shalt not take the name of their God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain”. God’s name must always be held up with the greatest of honor, glory, and respect. It should never be sworn by, used in a cursing, or thoughtlessly.

Exodus 20:8; “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. The Old Testament Sabbath was the seventh day of the week and they were supposed to set it aside from the other days as a day of rest and to serve God. This was a day to be set apart too honour the Holy God. There have been six days to do work and the seventh day should be God’s, this day was blessed by God making it a holy day. This is a day we should remember, keep it holy, and for the Lord, the one who instituted it and was consecrated by Him.

Exodus 20:12; “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon thy land which the Lord thy god given thee”. To honour the father and mother is to show acts of kindness, respect, material support, and obedience to ones parents.

Exodus 20:13; “Thou shalt not kill”. This commandment forbids willful murder, the unauthorized or unlawful taking of life. The New Testament not only condemns murder but hate, which desires the death of another.

Exodus 20:14; “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. This is unfaithfulness to one’s spouse. This is an abomination in God’s sight. Because God does not like this it is condemned everywhere in the Bible. In the Old Testament adultery was punishable by death. In the church sexual immorality should never be tolerated and must be disciplined.

Exodus 20:15; “Thou shalt not steal”. This means stealing of money or anything belonging to someone else. A person must be honest in all dealings with people, cheating would be a form of stealing.

Exodus 20:16; “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. This commandment protects the reputation and name of another person. No false statements should ever be made about another’s action or character. When speaking of another person it should be in a just and fair way. A person should never lie about anything; the truth is always the best for everyone involved.

Exodus 20:17; “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing is thy neighbour’s. Coveting is to desire or lust for things that are wrong or belongs to another. A person should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, there is a need for living soberly, righteously, and godly in the world we are living in today.

As I said in the beginning obeying these commandments alone will not get you to heaven. The only way to the Father and heaven is through Jesus Christ. These commandments need to be followed and lived. God would never give us commandments that can not be followed and lived. These are holy commandments God wrote Himself. It may not be the easiest to follow some of them but with God all things are possible, just pray to the Lord. He is always there to help.

It was nice having you drop by. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!


Debi said...

So many people think..."I'm a good person; I don't break the 10 Commandments so I'm going to heaven!" I pray for these people because as you said they will not get you there. Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Thank you for this post. I pray it reaches far and wide to draw people to God. Love you and miss you.

Jenifer said...

We MUST obey the Ten Commandments, but, as you said, that alone will not get us into Heaven. Thank you for this reminder!