We hear often God’s “Law” is no longer a requirement to be saved, as if it could have saved us in the beginning. It never could! So many Christian denominations, cults, sects, movements teach we’re not under it’s obligations because we are in the “Gospel” Dispensation, “New” Covenant, “Grace”, or even the “Law of Christ”, which supersedes God’s Ten Commandments. None of those who believe in these matters know what they’re talking about, naïve, or simply have been deceived! What I propose to do in a few minutes, is to discuss each one, not exhaustively, but simply and you tell me which Commandment is a problem for you.
- Thou shalt have no other god before Me. – I see nothing wrong with this Commandment. God is simply stating to love Him more than anything, anyone at anytime or anyplace.
- Thou shalt have no graven images. – And the problem would be what with this one? Who has even seen God or have seen Christ today and know what either of them look like? Would you like someone to have an image to represent you and it was not accurate or true? Would you want to be remembered for who you are and what you have done, or something representative?
- Thou shalt not use the name of God in vain. – If you respect Him and truly love Him, why would you want to abuse His name and what it means to you, to make it common when it should be held in high regard, respect and love?
- Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. – And the problem of honoring God on a day He specified, which Christ did Himself, when He was here is a problem? Why? If we love Him, would we not want to do what He’s asked us to do to please Him?
- Honor thy father and thy mother. – I can see how this one could be problematic because many of us may not have had parents which were good, honorable or beneficial, maybe the opposite; however, the point here is, God is our parent, our “overseer parent”, who assigned these people to us, and to honor Him is complicit in honoring them despite what they might have done and who they might have been. No problem here.
- Thou shalt not kill. – This makes good sense. If I cannot give life, I have no right to take it from you, unless you seek to do me harm, or in the sense of national security; however, that is not considered murder, and this Commandments speaks about “murder” which is different than “killing”, with motive attached.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery. – God is teaching us how to be faithful and secure within our familial relationships with spouse, children, family and friends. When we treat them accordingly and properly, then we are doing so with Him.
- Thou shalt not steal. – Why would I want to take what is not mine? It should encourage me to work if I wish to have something you have. It should also teach me how to be content with what I do have.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness. – Why would I wish to betray you or destroy your character and our friendship, and love with lies? As regarding you, I should always be truthful, to you and to anyone else about you.
- Thou shalt not covet. – Whatever God has blessed you, should make me smile because God has given to me, and this should be enough. However, I can be motivated by seeing how you are blessed, which should motivate me to enjoy what I have been given.
Now, where is the problem with any one of these Commandments? Why would God have given us anything which is not beneficial? He would not. Does anyone see death in these Commandments? Does anyone see anything which is unfair? Difficult to achieve singularly? Just plain out wrong? If so, please indicate which one is wrong? Which one needed to be changed and why? If God gave them, and for a purpose, maybe if I do them, get to know them, honor them and follow them, then I wouldn’t need to have any concern about making it into the Kingdom. Think about it, the Bible says if I do them then I would have right to the “Tree of Life”. Isn’t eternal life the objective of our walk on this earth? And, if I accomplish each of them, in love, would it not put me in a better position before God?
What does “grace” have to do with me? Well, should I fail to comply with any one of the Ten Commandments, because they are good and honorable, then it would make me not good or honorable, and “grace” is a gift given, by God, which restores me to having not failed. It’s similar to having taken a test in school, and during the test the teacher walks down the aisle and see’s where I have made the wrong multiple choice, and she/he takes an eraser and removes the wrong answer and then points to me the right answer, and I then make the change, so when they receive the test afterward I receive a better mark. Is anything wrong with this? Is it not something I would like to have had when I was in school? You can believe I would. Thankfully, I have this during my life’s test as I live and walk in this Christian walk.
How about you?
August 10, 2017