Tag Archive | The Ten Commandments

Deuteronomy 4:2 ” Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”

This verse simply says, “Don’t question God.”  We are to pay careful attention to keep the Way of the Lord… not just with lip-service, but with inner commitment.  But also, we are not to be taking on the job of rewriting or adjusting God’s Word in order to align closer with today’s mores found in this broken and evil world…just to be more politically correct.  We have but one job when it comes to God’s commandments and it’s found in Ecclesiastes 12:13,  ” Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Exodus 20:7 ” You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.”

OMG – a common abbreviation used in texting and other internet communication.  Do you use it?  If so, this Scripture is directed at you today.  Can you see that you’re perverting the name of your God by taking His name lightly…that you’re taking what’s holy – defiling and placing it in crude and tasteless places…places that His name should never be seen in.    I can hear you say, “But it’s just an abbreviation for being surprised and I don’t mean anything wrong by it!”   Any form of taking the Lord’s name in vain…in a superficial or dishonoring way is wrong, regardless if you think it’s harmless.

Deuteronomy 10: 1-2 ” At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to Me on the mountain…I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.’ “

Up on Mount Sinai, Moses had received the first set of tablets, engraved by God with the Ten Commandments.  But when he came down from the mountain, he found the people engaged in an orgy.  It says in Exodus 32:15-20 that, “his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces.”  Moses allowed his anger to get the best of him…but even after messing up big time…God still used him.  The Lord’s willingness to rewrite His Law on new stone tablets was a demonstration of His infinite mercy towards us…even when we mess up.

Revelation 19:9 ” Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’ “

Jesus illustrated this passage in Luke 14: 15-24 in the Parable of the Great Banquet.  When the invited guests declined dinner, the master had his servants go out into the streets and bring in the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.  But with room still left at the table, the master then told his servants to, ” Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in so my house will be full.”  Those who will be gathered around that magnificent banquet table some day will be exalted, glorified, and redeemed of God.

Psalm 74: 17 ” It was You who set all the boundaries of the earth; You made both the summer and winter.”

I’ll be the first to admit that Winter is probably my least favorite Season of the year.  Which is really funny,  since I’ve lived all my life in areas where Winter isn’t just a word but a harsh reality.  But as I look at the pristine blanket of snow sparkling in the sub-zero sunshine, I think to myself, Winter isn’t that bad…especially from my toasty warm vantage point here in front of the fire.  Yes Lord, You’ve made all the Seasons for us to enjoy…Thank You for each one!

Isaiah 13: 11 ” I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.”

The day of the Lord is coming, and with it,  judgment.  The proud will be brought low, the cruel will be stopped in their tracks. The Lord’s fierce anger and wrath will not be held back from the unrighteous.  The day of the Lord is coming.

Exodus 20: 12 ” Honor your father and your mother.”

The last six Commandments are focused on our relationship with others. I’ve heard it said that you can pick your friends…but you can’t pick you family. We can’t choose who gives us life, and maybe for some, it was a very difficult childhood growing up with parents that weren’t the best at it…or were absent all together. How then can we put our heads around the concept of respecting and esteeming someone who really doesn’t deserve to be honored. Showing respect to any other human-being shows our personal character and integrity, not necessarily theirs. By being that bigger person, we can move on to make our lives better. As it says, “Honor your mother and father, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.”