God, our creator is not a Father who is looking and waiting to catch His children messing up so that He can spank them.
Perhaps one of the only views many people have of God is Hollywood’s version of Charlton Heston coming down a mountain with 10 rules after talking to an angry God who is disgusted with His children.
If we take the time to consider the whole true scriptural picture of God we realize that God gave the 10 commandments so that people would know (for the 1st time in history) how to live a better life. He wants to give abundant life that has no boundaries but in order for us to come to that we must gain an understanding and enter into a relationship that explains to us that there is an “out of bounds”.
God gives clarity to what a good and worthy relationship is, just as in a good marriage you make & take vows.
On the road we travel, called life, these guard rails, solid yellow lines, speed limits and road/traffic laws are not set up to just keep us in line or slow us down in an attempt to keep us from reaching our destination; but rather, they are given to direct us & protect us from going off into the pit falls of life.
We don’t get to heaven by obeying rules & laws we get to heaven by being in a healthy relationship with the creator.
He gave these ‘Commands’ in order for us to better understand how to live in communion and in a community with Him (first 5) and better community with others (last 5).
There is clarity given to us so that we know if we are in or out of this relationship.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Romans 3:20 NIV
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Here are the ten commandments:
God spoke all these words: I am God , your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery.
- No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim.
- Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.
- No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.
- Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.
- Honor your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
- No murder.
- No adultery.
- No stealing.
- No lies about your neighbor.
- No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.
All the people, experiencing the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the smoking mountain, were afraid—they pulled back and stood at a distance. They said to Moses, “You speak to us and we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to us or we’ll die.” Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. God has come to test you and instill a deep and reverent awe within you so that you won’t sin.” The people kept their distance while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. God said to Moses, “Give this Message to the People of Israel: ‘You’ve experienced firsth and how I spoke with you from Heaven. Don’t make gods of silver and gods of gold and then set them alongside me. Make me an earthen Altar. Sacrifice your Whole-Burnt-Offerings, your Peace-Offerings, your sheep, and your cattle on it. Every place where I cause my name to be honored in your worship, I’ll be there myself and bless you. If you use stones to make my Altar, don’t use dressed stones. If you use a chisel on the stones you’ll profane the Altar. Don’t use steps to climb to my Altar because that will expose your nakedness.’”
Exodus 20:1-2, 4-26 MSG
So many times people misunderstand God, Who He is, How He is and the relationship He wants to have with us.
When Christ came He took it upon Himself to explain things a little further. In His ‘Sermon on the Mount’ He had to interrupt things by saying, “You’ve heard it said but I tell you…” For a post on that go to: Heard said vs. Jesus says. Note how, The law covered external things and Jesus is concerned with the internal person.
In His care, Beetle
Now for part 2 go to: True Worship