December 13, 2010

The Ten Commandments part 2 of 3

I have added and highlighted the Hebrew text for emphasis. The first five commandments identifies our duties regarding our relationship with the Lord. The last five commandments identifies our duties regarding our relationship with other people. When the Lord refers to our neighbor(s), He is referring to other people, our fellow human beings.

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments or the Tablets of the Law are the laws that God gave to the people of Israel through Moses after leading them out of Egypt. In essence, they are a summary of the hundreds of laws found in the Old Testament Law and are recorded in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. They offer basic rules of behavior for spiritual and moral living.

The following is a modern-day paraphrase of the Ten Commandments:

1. [I am Adonai thy God.] Do not worship any other god than the one true God. All other gods are false gods.

2. [Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.] Do not make idols or images in the form of God. An idol can be anything (or anyone) you worship by giving it more importance than God. If something (or someone) has your time, attention and affections, it has your worship. It could be an idol in your life.

3. [You shall not take the Name of Adonai thy God in vain.] Do not treat God's name lightly or with disrespect. Because of God's importance, his name is always to be spoken of with honor.

4. [Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.] Dedicate or set aside a regular day each week for sabbath rest and worship of the Lord.

5. [Honor your father and mother.] Give honor to your father and mother by treating them with respect and obedience. [Because your children will see the example you set and will therefore treat you the same. It is one key to an orderly society.]

6. [You shall not murder.] Do not deliberately kill a fellow human being. [Murder means criminal homicide. I also want the UN and the global elitist to know that Population Control is MURDER.]

7. [You shall not commit adultery.] Do not have sexual relations with anyone other than your spouse. God forbids sex outside of the bounds of marriage.

8. [You shall not steal.] Do not steal or take anything that doesn't belong to you, unless you have been given permission to do so.

9. [You shall not commit false witness against your neighbor.] Do not tell a lie about someone or bring a false accusation against another person.

10. [You shall not covet.] Do not desire anything or anyone that does not belong to you. Comparing yourself to others and longing to have what they have leads to jealousy, envy and other sins. Be content by focusing on the blessings God has given you and not what he has not given you.

No comments: