The Ten Commandments Explained
Here we are approaching December 25th, 2018 and every day we have quite a few people who are just not in their right mind or thinking clearly. I feel that maybe they just need a little help to understand the biblical perspective of humans living with humans peacefully.
I do realize that without the revelation by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God (the Bible) is seen as just a book. Yet we who are believers, born again by the Holy Spirit of God, and are called by HIS NAME “Christians” understand the one universal truth of Colossians 1: 15 – 18 that God created everything for HIS glory and according to HIS purpose.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or [e]principalities or [f]powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
God gave Moses a series of “Laws for Earthly Living by Man” in the form of Ten Commandments which when violated are seen by God as sin against HIM. In Romans God has declared that sin requires death and that God has provided the free gift of eternal life in the personhood of Jesus.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In the book of John we are told by Paul that Jesus is the payment for the sins of the world and one must personally accept that payment to receive eternal life.
11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
That being said, what exactly do the Ten Commandments tell us?
God tells us that our relationship with HIM is most important.
We should not place anything ahead of that relationship with HIM.
We are not to take HIM for granted or misuse HIS name.
We are to rest in HIM on the Sabbath, seventh day.
We are to honor our father and mother.
Do not murder.
Do not commit adultery (sex outside of marriage).
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not want after another or their possessions.
Exodus 20: 1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of [a]bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor [b]serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting[c] the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
We honor God by being hearers and by being doers of the Word of the Word of God. We place the welfare of others before our own. We treat everyone as we ourselves want to be treated. (Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.) We don’t look down on anyone, because only God is seated that high.
Life is relational, God to Me; Me to You; Us to God (through Christ Jesus). – I am the Real Truckmaster!