The Ten Commandments of God


I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before me

You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain

Keep holy the Sabbath day

Honor your father and your mother

You shall not kill

You shall not commit adultery

You shall not steal

You shall not bear false witness.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Introduction

The above list, the Ten Commandments, one can find in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, chapter 20 and Deuteronomy, chapter 5. In one’s heart and spirit, one should know that one is to keep the above commandments in one’s heart. These lines are to support us morally as well as to show respect, love, and reverence towards God Almighty. However, it is not as if we should have the list of the commandments in our back pocket/hand bag/ diary/etc., it should be spiritually engraved in our hearts.
One can thus never wipe/brush aside these lines, we should have it written in our hearts, and not on tables – not for people to see (this should be internal). Please note that three (3) of the 10 is towards God Almighty while the rest (7) is towards your neighbour.

Note that even though one cannot brush aside these commandments – we should also bear in mind that we will fail at times; we are thus not able to be perfect due to our sinful nature. However this does not mean that we should willfully sin just for the sake of doing it. We need Christ’s mind when living our day to day life. Christ died for us to set us free from all that is not righteous, but when failing in our day to day lives and we will fail at times, Christ does not condemn us – we need to sincerely ask for forgiveness, and we will have it. One can never be perfect in following the commandments, but the love of God should be in us, and His Grace is what carries us.

The Great Commandments
When Jesus was asked (“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”) what the most important commandments were, He named two (2) which do not form part of the Ten Commandments.
1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind
2. You shall love your neighbor as yourself

Now look at the above two commandments, focus and think it through – these two (2) takes care of the 10 commandments, even though its not part of the original 10 commandments. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.

Examples: More LOVE-Filled Lives

When asked about the commandments, Jesus touched on a few, pointing out that it goes deeper than exercising the Ten Commandments – let us look at a few examples and allow to reason.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill;
and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without
a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall
say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council:
but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Also look at:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh
on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her
already in his heart.

By merely looking at the above two verses which can be found in Matthew , chapter 5; it is evident that Jesus wants us to live more love-filled lives, He wants us to offend no – one, He wants us to live pure and righteous lives.

One of the Ten Commandments is that “thou shalt not kill”, Jesus reminds the group, which He’s teaching to about this commandment, He doesn’t just leave it there though – He continues by teaching to them that if one is even angry with his brother without any reason, he will find himself guilty and in danger of judgment. Also note that we sometimes speak freely, without thought and in the process we utter words that are not soothing, words that are unacceptable to use, words that are evil, even words that carries power. James speak of the power of the tongue, it thus links in with what Jesus is teaching here – when using harmful words, and hurtful language with our loved ones, we stand in danger of the fire of hell.

Lest shift our focus to the second verse that speaks about marriage and adultery. The commandment is one of the ten and teaches that we should not commit adultery; Jesus teaches here that one should not even look upon another woman lustfully. He continues explaining that if one look upon another woman, except his own lustfully, he is guilty of committing adultery. Moral of the story, no physical action is required to constitute adultery. Before an action becomes an action it is a thought and starts in one’s mind. Once a person is lead away to follow his (evil/sinful) mind, follow his (evil/sinful) thought stream he is just as guilty as committing the physical sin. Corrupting the spirit thus starts in the mind; one should thus try and avoid having troublesome thoughts and focusing the eye away from deceitful views.

What we’ve done now is to interpret two of the commandments and getting it in line with what Jesus taught – we can thus now apply the fact that it goes deeper than the Ten Commandments. When Jesus was asked (“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”) what the most important commandments were, He named two: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Scripture goes as far as to say that the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments, but what does this mean? For this study, I will take the Ten Commandments and see the fit and how it’s linked to the two mentioned above.

Commandments – Two linked to Ten

10 Commandments …linked to 2 Commandments

I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before me If you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, you will have no other gods before Him
You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain If you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, you will not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain
Keep holy the Sabbath day If you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, you will Keep holy the Sabbath day
Honor your father and your mother If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will Honor your father and your mother
You shall not kill If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not kill
You shall not commit adultery If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not commit adultery
You shall not steal If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not steal
You shall not bear false witness. If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not bear false witness.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not covet your neighbor’s wife.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. If you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Conclusion

More importantly; the young rich man when asking Jesus what to do to enter into eternity, he claimed that he kept the commandment from his days of youth. Now he wanted to know what else he needed to do – he was told to sell his possessions and give to the poor – and that he shall have treasure in heaven. Jesus told him to follow Him (Jesus), But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Following the commandments only will not take one to heaven, following Jesus and having the Love and Grace engraved in one’s heart is what’s needed. Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart

References

For this assignment, in text references have not been included, but should one need further reference points for personal study, look up the following references:

• Exodus 20 v 1 -17
• Deuteronomy 5 v 1 – 21
• Deuteronomy 6 v 5
• Leviticus 19 v 18
• Proverbs 3 v 3
• 2 Corinthians 3 v 3
• Mark 10 v 17 – 31
• Matthew 19 v 16 – 31
• Matthew 5 v 20 – 48
• Matthew 22 v 34 – 40
• James 3 v 1 – 18
• Galatians 5 v 14 – 26
• Corinthians 2 v 15 – 16

Thank you, God Bless you on your walk and journey; walking and talking with the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins while we were yet sinners, and rose on the third day and ascended into heaven forty days later.

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