[CF Devotionals] 2009-10-02 - God's Commandments

Part 1

Laws regulate our whole life. There are rules at home (Only the wife knows these evidently). Then there are rules at work that always work against you but for your boss. And Society has rules as well. And government establishes rules. These rules are the law of the land. God too has rules or commandments that we are to all follow. Now some of you may be thinking, "Whoa! Commandments, aren't those part of the Old Testament? Those don't apply; we are under the age of grace through faith not keeping the law." In his letter to Romans, Paul wrote, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1,2) The commandments of God are just as valid today as they were in the days of Moses and Jesus

Old Testament - In the day of Moses and the age of law

Exodus 20:1-17

  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.

Here we find the Ten Commandments. These ten commandments were to honor both God and man. The first three are commandments to honor just God. First, have no other gods. There is only one true God. We are to worship him. Second we are to make no idols - no idols of our God nor any other God. Then third, don't take his name in vain.

The fourth commandment honors both God and man. Remember the Sabbath. It honors the final day of creation but it is also meant as a day of rest for man. Jesus said, "Was Sabbath made for man or man for Sabbath?"

The remaining six commandments are all designed to treat ourselves and other people with honor and respect. The fifth commandment was to honor parents. This one really made the Jews stand out. Many cultures put weak or deformed infants outside town to die and they also sent the old away once they had out lived their usefulness. The sixth command is don't murder. Notice here that although the KJV uses kill many translations use murder. There is a difference. Seventh, don't commit adultery. Don't steal. Don't bear false witness. And ending the list, don't covet your neighbor's possessions. All these commandments meant to honor men were all designed to keep the peace in the community. Peace between neighbors allowed the Jewish culture to remain pure and separate from the rest of the world. Those commandments that honor God kept the Jews pure in spirit and focused on that truth. Still today, we are to love those around us and love God. Jesus reiterated the importance of these even in the Church age.


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted