Ex. 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Ex. 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Ex. 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Ex. 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Ex. 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Ex. 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Ex. 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Ex. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Ex. 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Ex. 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Ex. 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Ex. 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Ex. 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Ex. 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Ex. 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Ex. 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbours wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbours.
Ex. 20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
Ex. 20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
Ex. 20:20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
All man’s ills stem from failure to keep the 10 Commandments. This wonderful consolidation of moral light encompasses the entire complexity of human sin. Never was a more perfect and simple charter set before men.Every errant, deviate group known to man is flushed out and caught like flies on a Shell No-Pest Strip, by this simple document of decency. There’s something on this list to offend everybody. Like a great divinely impartial locator, the 10 Commandments zero in to find that specific spot in each heart, where rebellion has lodged its poison.
Every crime, atrocity and misery of humanity derives its inception from the rejection of one of these commands from our Creator. With the 10 Commandments, God has given mankind the great gift of defining right from wrong. Over the framework of the 10 Commandments, man is able to fashion every instrument of law and self-government.
These are in essence, the 10 Reason why we fail. An honest study of exactly what these commandments meant to God, will reveal why we will never do more than destroy ourselves, if we insist on proceeding without Him. Their wisdom escapes none but the self-confident fool.
Here are numbers 6-10 …
6. You shall not Murder. Ex. 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Kill = (7523 Strongs Concordance). jAx∂r ratsach, raw-tsakh´; a primitive root; properly, to dash in pieces, i.e. kill (a human being), especially to murder: put to death, kill, (man-)slay(-er), murder(-er).
7. You shall not commit adultery, breaking the marriage covenant. Ex. 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal. Ex. 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
9. You shall not lie against your fellow man, perjuring yourself. Ex. 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. You shall not lust after anything belonging to your fellow man, not his wife, his house his material possessions or any of his advantages. Ex. 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that is thy neighbors.
Most all reasoned people agree that these are good ideas. But because these are, in fact, not ideas or suggestions, but commandments from God, the God-rejecters in our society are fighting against them. They agree in principle with all but the first two commandments, which have to do with honoring God. And the 10 Commandments, with God removed (the first 2 Commandments), is a sterile sentence of death, leaving man with no possible means of success at keeping the other 8. But the 10 Commandments, taken as they were given, with the presence of God, as the Law Giver, provides the opportunity for help and mercy, when we fail at keeping the Commandments. If we have no God, then we have no Redeemer. And no Law can redeem, but only condemn. Remove God, and with Him, take away the possibility of mercy and 2nd chances, and eventually people will abandon the Law itself. Because under the Law, all eventually become guilty. And to be guilty under the Law, without God, is inescapable condemnation.
The basic human need for freedom cannot survive under condemnation. People will always seek to free themselves. And if they have rejected God Who alone can free them from failure under the Law then they will reject the Law to be free of its condemnations. The 10 Commandments give us the 10 basic Reasons for our failures. They reveal the 10 basic roots of sin. And it is vital that we treat the breaking of these laws as sins, for the word sin means the transgressing of God’s commands. If the 10 Commandments were reduced to eight, with the first two removed, we would be doomed; for broken Law may not be forgiven, if the Law is to be preserved.But sins can be forgiven, because God, the Law Giver, has the authority to grant mercy to repentant transgressors, since the sins are against Him personally.
And thus when you become guilty before God He presents you with an Advocate. And you have a choice other than condemnation and death. The whole purpose of the Law is to point us to the broken relationship with our Creator. The absolute worst thing our society can do, in their ignorance, is to reject the 10 Commandments, especially the claims of the first two. For to reject the 10 Commandments, and the divine claims of the Commander, is to forsake the mercy we so desperately need.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. — Rom. 8:1-4
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