In Chapter 20, we see The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, being given to the Israelites by God at Mount Sinai . These commandments are for man and to man.
God’s commandments are not grievous but God’s love to us. But man moves himself/herself away from God’s love. 1John 5:3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Moses reminded the people of the true nature of God’s law in Deuteronomy 10:13 when he told them that God gave His commandments, “for their own good.” It doesn’t mean they are easy to keep, but they are never unnecessary. Every guideline, every law was crafted in infinite wisdom. They were given not only to honor God, but to benefit us as well.” In Jeremiah 29:11 God says to you and me, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
And later in chapter 32 God says that His desire is, “….that people will always fear Him-but for their own good and for the good of their children after them.”
So God’s law is not negative in nature….it’s purpose is not to burden us but to protect us. The Ten Commandments are given for our own good.
Obeying God’s laws (the Ten Commandments) is a key principle in how we will inherit the heavenly kingdom. Jesus taught this, Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Mt 5:19). So to be great in the kingdom of heaven, you have to obey the laws.
The commandments were fulfilled, Yes! They were destroyed, Yes! But we have to keep and obey them. Each Commandment is a separate study within itself, perhaps that may be on a future list of studies for our Soul Sisters Group.
The Ten Commandments are not a way to;
- Impress God
- To oppress people
- Regress back (return to former)
The Ten Commandments are (Exodus 20);
- I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD you God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD you God gives you.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.
The Ten Commandments reveal;
- Who God is
- Who we are and
- Where we were (in bondage)
The first four commandments deals with the relationship between man and God, while the rest commands deal with the relationship between man and man.
The Ten Commandments are not a list of rules. The commandments prove that God wants mankind to be free: “I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Following the commandments actually frees us from the terrible consequences of sin, making our lives better.
I’m thankful for God’s desire to see my life better….aren’t you?