The Lord’s Commandments

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

-by the late Billy Graham

Brethren, I come bearing the good words of the Old Testament. My hope is that you take this message to heart by understanding that the Bible is alive and that it must be put into practice by our generations. Just because it was written long ago doesn’t mean that we are exempt from reading it daily, nor are we exempt from obeying God.

Found in the Book of Exodus, written by Moses, we see this set of laws called The Ten Commandments in Chapter 20. These laws were given to Moses by God. They demonstrate not only the depth of God’s saving love for His people but also the fact that His holiness demands obedience. The Ten Commandments embody God’s concern for our welfare, our conduct, and our holiness even today.


Exodus 20:1-17 [NIV]


And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.You shall have no other gods before me.

#1)—This means that we should not worship anything or anyone but God, this is the very 1st Commandment that He gave us. Everything else that is worshiped besides the Lord is said to be an abomination in God’s eyes. Come Judgement Day, you will have to give account before Him for what you have done here on Earth. If you are doing such practices of worshiping idols, read this verse again. He is the Lord, your God.

But what is an idol? Idols are objects, images, shapes, forms, statues, celebrities, or anything else on or in the Earth or water that is used as something to worship. This can involve in today’s world, almost anything that is placed before God. So if you are not serving God, then think about all the things that you are filling your day with. These might be the things that you might be idolizing. Think of what you are doing that is taking the place of God. Remember this is the number one commandment, so put God first.


You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

#2)—You might not even know it, but if you’re not praying to God, then something else is taking over in place of God in your life. These are all forms of idols that go against God: praying to the virgin Mary, or any saints, turning to man made statues in worship, adoring celebrities, even smoking cigarettes, taking drugs, the love of committing fornication, alcoholism, filling your day with social media or games, going to the slot machines, you name it! They are all different forms of idols and there are way more. For example, even a good hobby like playing music can be hindering your relationship with God.

It is up to you to find out where you stand with God and how to keep this second commandment in top place, because God should be the focal point of your life. Is there something that you are doing that is taking the place of God in your life? Whatever that might be, you will have to do a soul search and re-prioritize your activities so that you stay focused on the One True God. Do not permit yourself to be an idolator worshiping representations of deities or other foreign gods or statues of any sort. God is a jealous God! Fear the Lord who has control over where your soul will spend eternity after you pass away here on this Earth. This is no laughing matter.


You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

#3)—Let me ask you, have you ever taken the LORD’s name in vain? If so, bow your head and deeply repent of your sins. God made it the third most important commandment for us to follow, when He gave these commandments to Moses and His people. We should not misuse His Holy Name. We should not swear by His name, for if we do disobey His command, God will find us guilty of not keeping His name holy. This is a great sin. Fear the Lord! He must be respected. He is our High Authority.

Even now in the 21st Century, this law applies to us as much as it did back then. It was never to be taken out of the Bible. All that is written within it, Old Testament and New Testament, should be taken 100% into account. You cannot pick and choose what you like. It doesn’t work that way. So be ready to start obeying these Ten Commandments. God loves the soul that keeps His name sacred, who does not taint it in any way.


Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

#4)—Keep His orderly commandments, including this one being the fourth one on the list. By remembering the Sabbath Day, it shows how much you consider God in your life. If you respect and honor God’s Word, then show it, if not you will be just another person of the world. If you call yourself a Christian but disregard the Sabbath, then you are not following God’s ten commandments. It might be time to sit down for ten minutes and go over Exodus 20. It is never too late to start learning these set of laws. Just because Jesus died on the cross for us, doesn’t mean we get a free pass to disobey these laws.

Jesus says that He came not to erase the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Doing so, helps us break free from the penalty of death. By obeying God’s ten commandments, we show our love towards our Father. It is not through our actions that lead us home to God; it is by Jesus Christ who made a way on the cross of Calvary. God is love! And in His love for us, He gave us these commandments, a path on which we should follow. He didn’t just place us here on Earth to figure it out. We have it laid out already. All we have to do is put energy in the right place. Focus and start reading the Word of God-the Holy Bible. No other book is as important!


12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

#5)—Our God has given us a temporary place to call home–Earth. We have parents who helped form us, giving birth to us, thus becoming citizens of the world. We should honor our parents, this is commandment five. God says this for a reason. Treasure your mom and dad. You only get one set of parents. Treat them with dignity and respect. Through this, we learn how we should then value and treat God. He is our Father in Heaven. If it wasn’t for Him, we would not be alive at all.

We should learn through loving and honoring our parents, how to love and honor God. This is what He is trying to teach us. God knows that if you follow this commandment, then you make peace with them. And if you do so, then how much more will you make peace with God, who is Your Father who is not of Earth, but formed this planet and many more. How much more should we love and adore our sweet and wonderful Maker!


13 You shall not murder.

#6)—When we read the Bible, and we study it, jotting down important key notes, and then we meditate on it, and the biggest of all–implement it into our lives, this divine connection to God begins to become more and more beautiful. Even in our sinful state of being, He still sprinkles us with love. Even in our separation from Him, He made sure we had a way to come back to Him. His Word is the Way. And Jesus is the Way. This is why the commandments are important. He wants to teach us discipline. They pave the way to love our Father and it is truly up to us to show our affection to God through our demeanor. Just like the way we should listen and obey our Earthly parental guidance and their standard set of rules, it is the same way that we should heed God’s ultimate guidance and rules that He teaching us out of love. Our parents form a way in which to view the bigger picture of life. That is to follow God in truth and in all righteousness and lean not on our own understanding, but on the principles that are approved holy by God. So do not commit murder.

Heaven is a place of love. A palace where The Good Lord reigns. No killings happen in Heaven. It is of perfect peace all the time. Therefore, no murderer will enter the gates of Heaven. Repent, repent, repent! Murder starts in the heart, stirs up into the mind, then cooks for a while, and finally becomes reality to those who serve the Devil. Murder is evil, the most heinous of acts. We are called to love our neighbors not destroy them, however, there are so many people that still commit murder. Do not commit murder, this is why it is the number six commandment. Heaven and Hell are reality that await us. These two places are Day and Night, literally. They are Good and Evil. Always opposite of each other. Just like oil and water do not mix, that is how Heaven and Hell are also. They do not co-exist. They are North and South poles. Heaven is up and Hell is down to the inferno. What path are you choosing?


1You shall not commit adultery.

#7)—We should obey God’s teachings and laws so that good things always follow us. If we do what is wrong, then we will pay the consequences for our actions. This is why God made these laws for us to abide in them. Do not commit adultery is number seven in the Ten Commandments. We shall still adhere to this law regarding adultery. Yahweh is not pleased by this, so brethren, do not lose your righteous ways for foolishness that will damage your body and soul.

Robert Gibbs, Dedicated Christian minister (1974-present) says this:

[The Ten Commandments were given to Israel and Israel agreed to keep them as part of the Law Covenant, no other nations were in that Covenant which Jehovah made only with them. Throughout Jesus’ life He obeyed the commandments of the Law Covenant and encouraged other Israelites to obey them as well. However, after His death and resurrection, Jesus instituted a New Covenant with his followers (Christians) at Pentecost in 33 C.E. (AD) and God terminated the old Law Covenant. This does not mean Christians are free to violate the Ten Commandments. Jesus indicated that God wanted something more than simple adherence to the laws contained in the Ten Commandments. He said Christians must avoid even the attitudes and thinking that might lead to violating those basic laws. He expanded on the laws God gave to Israel showing that his followers needed to continue to apply, to an even greater extent, the righteous principles and the spirit of the Law.]


15 You shall not steal.

#8)—The eighth commandment is of course, do not steal. How many times have you stolen something? We all remember stealing something at one point, but we must repent and do not repeat. Stealing only robs us of our happiness. Even though we think that we want something enough to steal it, we are wrong. Later, we always pay a high price for all the actions we take. Turn from this and be free from having to steal anything. God is your provider and He will give to you the right way when you ask. There is no need to steal anything from anybody, anywhere, anytime.

We should obey this command as well as all the other ones. Stealing in any way is wrong, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, it is totally and completely wrong. All of this is said by our God. It leads you into problems that are unnecessary. This is why stealing is a massive sin. He doesn’t want us paying for our sins in jail or prison, much less in Hell. But to those who commit this crime, it is better you pay for your mistakes and learn now in jail or in prison, rather than later in Hell, where there won’t be a way out. But, preferably, God would like us to comply with His standard of living, He would like us to be outstanding citizens and do good things. Do not steal pencils or other petty items, and do not steal money, cars, jewels, etc… It is not worth the cost that your soul will have to pay. Instead, fill your day by doing better things in life by giving or volunteering rather than taking by force things that do not belong to you.


16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”

#9)—Dear brothers and sisters, it is wrong to lie. This is commandment number 9 and even if you think it is okay to lie, think again. It is by God’s standard to always be truthful. To tell a fib, whether you categorize the lies in your head as white lies or more severe lies, is still all the same. Lean not on your own understanding. This is a sin punishable by death. Some people lie all day, without concern for the truth, but God is watching and is not pleased with this behavior. It violates the ninth law which He set into motion and is still valid. Always speak truth and don’t give in to lies. Come clean and repent. God is waiting. There are only two options for us. Option 1 is the one we deserve for being horrible sinners unto the Lord, that of eternal suffering in Hell with the flames, where there are many demons and the fallen angel Himself, Lucifer.

However, God created for us, out of love, another way–Option 2. This is the one where we strongly repent of our ways, and we boldly choose to obey God, by believing that in His Son, Jesus Christ, we find salvation. Following these Ten Commandments that God has given us, is our way to show love towards God, just like He has shown to us, though we are still sinners. We won’t be immaculate at being righteous saints and that’s okay. God knows our flaws. He is not looking for perfection, but He is searching for effort on our part.


17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

#10)—If we demonstrate that we are willing to follow Jesus every day without denying Him, then we will enter with Him into His glorious presence. If we also are willing to keep these commandments set forth by God Himself, then He is willing to accept us as His children, looking past at our mistakes. God is Holy, Holy, Holy and He will help you.

There is no reason that you should covet anything from anyone. Wanting something that is not yours isn’t good. This demeanor impedes what you already have. God gives you unique abilities and traits, talents and skills, so use them to serve God and let your neighbor have theirs. Jealousy is not good for the heart. God says that we shouldn’t be envious of what others have. Do not let covetousness stand in your way from meeting God face to face one day. Seek God and He will give unto you. Knock and He shall open the door. Turn to Him and stop being this way. It only leads to destruction. This is why God included this tenth law. He made sure to let us know that coveting your neighbor’s house, or wife, or anything else is sinful and harming to oneself. Repent and seek God. He has everything you desire, and then some!


In summation, The Ten Commandments are God’s love laws to us. He loves us so much that He gave us a set of laws to adhere to. Whether we follow them or not is up to us. But if we are wanting more from God, then He wants more from us as well. Start here with following these commandments of the Lord. We must be willing to walk in God’s graces if we want to go with Him to Heaven. He alone can make this paradise our eternal home. Unite with Him in the light; there He is found. Let His brightness shine into your every day so you will not revert to our old dark ways, for He wants us to also be good like He is Good. We decide on our own accord, ‘but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’. This is a verse found in Joshua Chapter 24. It goes like this.

Joshua 24:15 (Revised Standard Version: RSV) states: ‘And if you be unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’

There should be more people obeying God’s laws. They haven’t gone out of fashion. These commandments are not outdated. The Holy Word of God does not go out of style like the style of the 60’s, 70’s music, 80’s television shows. These words stand the test of time. They were here before we were born, and they will continue to stand when we die. The Holy Bible knows no time. It is then as it is now. God is, was, and always will continue to be God.

May God bless you and all your family!

Sincerely,

Leticia J. Santa Cruz


Sources:

Bennett, Mike, Life-Hope&Truth, ’10 Commandments List’, Accessed October 27, 2021 from https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/the-ten-commandments/10-commandments-list/

Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com

Gibbs, Robert found at https://www.quora.com/profile/Robert-Gibbs-14?q=robert%20gibbs

http://www.bible.com


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Hi there everyone! You might know me from Daily Bible Quotes on social media. My name is Leticia Joy and I created this blog (Daily Joy) to hopefully inspire you to give your life to Christ. He alone can help you change and bring you into a deeper relationship with Him. Amen.

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