And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exodus 20:1-2
Today we are reading about one the biggest events in human history, the day when God handed down his Moral Law. Why? Because now we are seeing the Holy nature of God and how much we fall short. Secondly we are being taught what Sin is. Without the Moral Law (The Ten Commandments) we could never know how Holy God is and truly what sin is
Can we have a standard of morality without God? No, because typically everyone believes they are a good person. Because we know there is a good and evil, a right and wrong, we know that God exists. Because of the Moral Law, we know what sin is and we know we need to repent!
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 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: 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; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.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. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:3-8
Jesus simplified the Ten Commands into 2 categories, Love God and Love your Neighbor. (Mark 12:30-31) If you notice the first four commandments are about loving God. They are all about putting God first in your life and showing Him the respect, love and honor He deserves
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 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. Exodus 20:12-17
The second half of the Commandments are to Love your Neighbor. Who is your Neighbor? It is everyone, including your parents and your enemies. Sin is committed by selfish acts. When you Love God and Love your neighbor, you are living as Jesus commanded us to
When we look at the 10 Commandments, its like were looking into a mirror and seeing how far we have fallen from the glory of God. The 10 Commandments is not to condemn, but to teach us how to be more like Christ Amen!