Oct 20 2010
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice!
Doing them makes all mankind rejoice!
They are not just a plaque!
They should be obeyed!
Isn’t God’s law perfect?
Just ten commandments to regulate man’s conscience are better than a multitude of government rules, federal laws, state laws, international treaties, etc. Mankind makes new laws everyday, but is unable to enforce them. Those who claim they are able to enforce man-made laws consistently usually are called tyrants, dictators, etc. Those who say that the Ten Commandments are “anachronistic” or “outdated” are basically saying that stealing, killing, lying, dishonoring the sacred, etc. are alright. Those who say the “Ten Commandments” are too “old-fashioned” or too “absolute” are basically sending invitations to every burglar to come to their house and help himself. Those who scoff and mock the Ten Commandments are basically giving their moral approval to the serial killer, the flood of divorces, predatory behavior, the exploitative cheap labor culture that does not know a sacred day of rest, etc. If God gives you a commandment, what makes you think you don’t have to obey it?
What part of “Thou shalt not” don’t you understand? – God
These ten authoritative instructions from God Almighty lead you to a happy and good life, if taken to heart and applied. But when you disrespect God’s commandments, your life ends up in misery and disappointment. Without God, your life is full of darkness. Make a choice now to do what God commands. He has created you and He knows what is best for you. So it must be your will to do God’s will. When God says “Thou shalt”, you respond to Him “Yes, I will!” Make it your choice now to obey Him, and you will “lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 3:2)
The Ten Commandments have also been instrumental in creating the freedom that the western world knows. These commandments that God gave us establish discipline in a society without the threat and violence of tyrannical governments. Obediene to the Ten Commandments promotes self-government instead of totalitarianism. James Madison, the chief architect of the US Constitution, said, “We have staked the future of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
The Ten Commandments that are first mentioned in the Old Testament (Exodus 20 and Deut 5) are also perfectly incorporated into the New Testament. Not only did Jesus on His earthly journey instruct us on several occasions, “If ye love me, keep my commandments,” (John 14:15), but it is written there that the great commandment to love our neighbor can be expressed through the keeping of the Ten Commandments. It says in Romans 13:9, “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Jesus preaches on the Ten Commandments in the Sermon on the Mount and explains God’s intent behind those commands. Jesus even mentions the comand to remember the sabbath day in the New Testament by saying that He is Lord of the sabbath and that this day of rest is for man. The pattern of creation – six days of work and one day of rest – is our way of life and it is also the way God divides time. The millennial reign of Christ is considered the seventh day of prophecy or the 3rd day from Christ’s first coming (Jn. 2:1). Jesus came the first time after four days (Jn. 11:39).
Thus, if I really want to love my neighbor the way God intends it, then I have to keep those Ten Commandments in my heart and on my mind. The Ten Commandments are not a dry, legalistic, outdated code of law, but they are an expression of divine love. Love is manifested in obedience. The ten commandments are expressions of loving God and others as Jesus commands it in Mt. 22:37-40.
The Ten Commandments also reveal to us God’s standard of righteousness. In the face of God’s law we recognize that we all fail and come short of the glory of God. The very ten commandments expose our sin. God’s law is our sentence because we cannot live righteously before God as sinners. We are sinners before God and our own righteouness is not sufficient before the judgment throne of a holy God. The ten commandments show us that we are sinners in need of grace and forgiveness. Thanks be to God that there is grace available for us when we turn in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ, who came to saver sinners. If we are righteous in our own eyes, the we don”t recognize our need for salvation from God. The Ten Commandment need to bring us to the point where we say: Lord, I am a sinner. Pleae forgive me and save me from sin.” May the Ten Commandments point you to your need of Jesus Christ in your life.
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