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Much of what we are concerned about is what God says to us in the Bible.

But this month, let’s emphasise what we have to say back to God in a series called “Our Response to God.”

Today we are talking about The Ten Commandments for Today.

Text

Exodus 34:28 (AMP)

28 Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

Scripture Reading.

Exodus 20:1-17

Introduction

Many of today’s popular psychologists assert that the Ten Commandments are just as relevent today as when Moses first received them.

They support the thesis that a lifestyle based on the Ten Commandments reduces the vulnerability of an individual to mental illness.

The Ten Commandments offer a basis of prevention and a means of cure.

These findings should not surprise us.

God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel to promote their well being.

Today lets have a look at why the Ten Commandments are needed in todays world.

The Ten Commandments reveal a great God.

The Ten Commandments are divided into two parts.

The first fur deal with humankind’s relationship with God.

Exodus 20:2 serves as a preamble to all of the commandments and shows the kind of God who makes demands.

Exodus 20:2 (AMP)

2 “I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

He introduces Himself as the Redeemer who brought Israel out of Egypt, therefore we are to recognise the Lord as the following

An exclusive God.

Exodus 20:3 (AMP)

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

The ancient world was full of gods.

In Egypt, where the Israelites had lived, the Egyptians worshipped a variety of gods.

This commandment discloses the exclusiveness of God, He will not tolerate second place.

B. A jealous God.

Exodus 20:4-6 (AMP)

4 “You shall not make for yourself any idol, or any likeness (form, manifestation) of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth [as an object to worship].

5 You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous (impassioned) God [[a]demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine], visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers on the children [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing graciousness and steadfast lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

The purpose of this commandment is to forbid Israel to make or worship any image of God.

It emphasises God’s separateness form all created things.

Bringing an image into worship leads to the image taking God’s place.

The Lord is a jealous God, our allegiance belongs to Him.

C. A guarding God.

Exodus 20:7 (AMP)

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, irreverently, in false affirmations or in ways that impugn the character of God]; for the Lord will not hold guiltless nor leave unpunished the one who takes His name in vain [disregarding its reverence and its power].

This command protects the divine name, Jehovah, from profane use.

Whenever someone uses the name of God, it should be with thought and reverence.

God guards the use of His name against empty and vain purposes.

D. A God worthy of worship.

Exodus 20:8 (AMP)

8 “Remember the Sabbath (seventh) day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God).

Worshipping God on a special day acknowledges divine ownership.

All of time belongs to God.

All of the created order belongs to God.

Observing one day in seven symbolises the consecration of all of time.

Because God created the world and ordered time, He is a God worthy of our worship.

2. The Ten Commandments have reasonable regulations of human behaviour.

The first four commandments deal with a person’s relationship with a great God.

Having a strong relationship with God results in a healthy self concept and in good relationships with others.

The next six commandments give regulations of human behaviour.

The protection of the home.

Exodus 20:12 (AMP)

12 “Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you.

The first duty in the social sphere is the duty towards parents.

When this is ignored or abused, the social structure collapses.

The family is the foundation of human society.

B. The sacredness of life.

Exodus 20:13 (AMP)

13 “You shall not commit murder (unjustified, deliberate homicide).

The Bible teaches a reverence for life.

Therefore, taking the life of another by murder is forbidden.

Every human life is sacred, and we should honour it.

C. The sanctity of marriage.

Exodus 20:14 (AMP)

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

The Bible maintains monogamy as the norm for marriage.

That means one man and one woman living together for a lifetime.

To violate this intention undermines God’s plan and brings injury, grief, guilt, and shame.

God urges His people to protect the sanctity of marriage.

D. The respect of ownership.

Exodus 20:15 (AMP)

15 “You shall not steal [secretly, openly, fraudulently, or through carelessness].

The Bible recognises the right of a person to accumulate material things.

Working for personal property is never condemned in Scripture.

God ordained a society where people would respect the property of others.

E. The regard of truth.

Exodus 20:16 (AMP)

16 “You shall not testify falsely [that is, lie, withhold, or manipulate the truth] against your neighbor (any person).

To live together in a happy relationship, society must have truthful people.

Others have the right to expect the truth.

Nothing so threatens the fabric of society as the disregard for truth.

F. The control of inward thoughts.

Exodus 20:17 (AMP)

17 “You shall not covet [that is, selfishly desire and attempt to acquire] your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

The other commandments have dealt with outward actions. The final commandment deals with inward thoughts.

It commands us to control thoughts that would be detrimental to another persons life.

Conclusion.

The Ten Commandments were handed down to Moses almost 3500 years ago, yet these ten precepts apply to life today.

If these commandments are applied to life today, they will guarantee self respect, an obedience to God, and a healthy relationship with others.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

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