THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

As I’m continuing in my studies after completing my devotion, I found two quotations I hadn’t considered before, with as many interesting points:

Father by Side of Son in Giving Law—When the Law was spoken, the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth, stood by the side of His Son, enshrouded in the fire and the smoke on the mount. It was not here that the Law was first given; but it was proclaimed, that the children of Israel, whose ideas had become confused in their association with idolaters in Egypt, might be reminded of its terms, and understand what constitutes the true worship of Jehovah (The Signs of the Times, October 15, 1896). {1BC 1103.13}

The Law of God existed before man was created. It was adapted to the condition of holy beings; even angels were governed by it. After the fall, the principles of righteousness were unchanged. Nothing was taken from the Law; not one of its holy precepts could be improved. And as it has existed from the beginning, so will it continue to exist throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. “Concerning thy testimonies,” says the psalmist, “I have known of old that thou hast founded them forever (The Signs of the Times, April 15, 1886). {1BC 1104.2}

(This was taken from the Seventh Day Adventist Commentaries on Exodus 20)

  1. The Father and the Son were present during the proclamation of the Law,
  2. The Ten Commandments were “adapted” regarding “holy beings”.

There has been controversy regarding “Who”, rather, “Which” of the Godhead was present when Moses was given the Ten Commandments.  I could cite many references where it was either one or the other; however, this first quotation makes it clear, both the Father and the Son were present.  Does this have any particular meaning?  Not really, for if there is only One, then it would imply They.

The second point made, “adaptation” for holy beings had given me pause.  Someone once shared with me the Ten Commandments are like an index.  An index is not a table of content but an indirect shortcut derived from and pointing into, a greater volume of values, data, information or knowledge.  So, in essence, any and every sin can be traced back to one or more of the Ten Commandments.

Could an angel be accused of adultery?  Not in the sense many may think when speaking about Genesis 6.  Angels CANNOT have sexual relations with man or women.  They would not be having sex in heaven; however, an application of this means being “faithful” to God.  This is what the Seventh Commandment implies in a greater sense.

Now, doesn’t it make sense if Heaven itself is governed by the Ten Commandments of God, our Earth would be regulated by it, too!  So, for those who wish to teach and preach the Commandments of God terminated when Christ died on the cross, which is a lie, what effect would the cross have in regards to Heaven!  None I can think of.  They didn’t need a Savior in Heaven, but we surely and sorely need one here on Earth.  Christ made it clear,

“If you love Me, keep My Commandments.”

July 14, 2015

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