March 11, 2018
Isn't it amazing how many laws and regulations we have in place today? Every time there is a mass shooting, there is hysteria to create more gun laws, even though the laws we have on the books punish the gunman. Or we classify the crime as a "hate crime", even though it's against the law to murder someone. By definition, isn't murder a crime of hate? How can you classify one murder greater than another? As humans, we feel we need to react to tragedy with more restrictions. We want to control the lives of others so that crime will never happen again.
I am so thankful that God, in all of his wisdom, only needed ten laws:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make any idols.
3. Thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie).
10. Thou shalt not covet....
These were the only laws that God gave Moses on the mount. Isn't it amazing how simple they are, but they are all-encompassing? If we lived by these laws how wonderful would our world be? You don't need hundreds of law books to keep the peace. You only need God's wisdom to direct your life.
It's sad how we as humans can not even keep these ten laws. God gave Adam & Eve one rule and they couldn't keep from violating it. Even before Moses could descend from the mount, Israel was busy breaking all of the ten commandments. If we can not keep ten commandments, how can we keep all of the laws we have in our society?
Through God's wonderful grace we have an arbiter in Heaven. All you have to do is follow these ten simple rules and you will never be in trouble. As Spirit-filled Christians, we have the ability to use these commandments as our guide. God has given us the roadmap, and his grace is sufficient to run this race.
Exodus 20:1-26 (KJV)
The ten commandments
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt 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:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy 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;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
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 that is thy neighbour's.
The people are afraid and stand far away
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
The people are forbidden to make images
22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
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