2009-11-01 - The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments Series, Part 1
"I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols." Isaiah 4:28
"When the Israelites went into Canaan, they confronted this perversion in the form of paganism. Along with primitive peoples everywhere, the Canaanites greatly depended on natural forces. In such societies, everyone keenly understands that you have to sow the seed at the right time, that the temperature has to be right, that rain needs to come at the proper time, and that soil must be fertile in order to result in a good harvest. Such people recognize what we in our modern technological society forget: We cannot survive in our world without these powerful natural forces.
And it was in preparation for this culture that God chose to give the commandments prior to Israel entering the Promised Land.
Today we start with the first of the Ten Commandments. This one seems to be one of the clearest and the most self-evident; therefore our focus will be on how to make it relevant to our lives, since most of us are not into polytheism.
Before we get into the commandment proper, there are a couple of introductory verses to the passage. They are the Lord's own introduction to the Commandments, as He gives them to the nation Israel. He reminds them Who He is. It is on the basis that He is God, that He gives the Law. It is his unique relationship with the Hebrews that is the foundation of a formal legal system. He reminds them He is the one Who brought them out of slavery in Egypt, and their response to Him should therefore be based on what they know of Him.
Application: It is this same basis we have been considering in our prayer life, that is, what the Lord has been doing in our lives, what blessings He has provided us, the first and foremost being salvation, or the numerous others such as: health, shelter, food, children, family, etc. Are there any special blessings that you can think of that you would like to give the Lord praise?
It is all the Lord is, that is the basis of our relationship with Him. Our focus is to be on Him - not ourselves - if we truly desire to walk as the Lord would have us. It is therefore the issue of who God is that makes up the underlying framework of the first commandment.
Series to be continued.
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