Today: Saturday, February 23, 2019
 
 

  

The 10 Commandments 

1: You shall have no other gods before me.
Only God is God! Other gods aren’t God; nor should you consider anything more important than God – like football, a pop star, or anything else. There is only one God: give him top priority in your life.

2: You shall not make for yourself an idol... (or) bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God...
Coming out of exile in Egypt, the Hebrews forgot what God had just done for them and carved themselves new gods to worship. That really grieved him! Never worship anything other than God – and be careful what you turn into a god in your life.

3: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
This means don’t blaspheme; don’t use God’s name to try and sound more believable (“ I swear to God, it’s true!”); and don’t ascribe anything to God that is not of him.

4: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God…
You need to give one day – or part of it – back to God; that means church or some other act of worship (but it doesn’t necessarily have to be Sunday). Plus, if you don’t rest properly one day of the week, you’ll be crabby, your relationships will deteriorate, and you won’t be able to fully use the talents God gave you.

5: Honor your father and your mother...
Again, God makes a big deal of relationships. Take care of one another – but especially those who have cared for you, and especially as they grow older and can’t care so easily for themselves.

6: You shall not murder.
Pretty obvious, but it also means you shouldn’t even hate people! John the apostle said: “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer…” (1 John (NT), chapter 3, verse 15).

7: You shall not commit adultery.
Don’t jeopardise the relationship God has given you in marriage, and don’t hurt the person you’re closest to. But beware: Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew (NT) chapter 5, verses 27-8).

8: You shall not steal.
Don’t be greedy; don’t be so materialistic that you are tempted to take what isn’t yours; and don’t hurt other people by doing so.

9: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.
Don’t lie, and don’t spread gossip! Especially when it’s not true, and can land people in trouble they don’t deserve.

10: You shall not covet your neighbour's house... [or his] wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
Envying what people have leads to disliking them, and to taking your eye off God in favour of material things, and to being tempted to steal or cheat.


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Read our other article (if you haven't already) about how, where, when and why the 10 Commandments were given.



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