Ten Commandments of God
The Ten commandments are also called the Law of God or "the Law" and were written with the finger of God.
Exodus 32:16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
Deuteronomy 9:9,11 also calls the two tables of stone the "tables of the covenant".
Moses wrote in Exodus 20:1 that God spoke the commandments. We know from John 1:1 and elsewhere that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. So this teaches us that the ten commandments were given through Jesus Christ to Moses. Logically this teaches that the ten commandments are the word of God given through Jesus Christ. God wrote the ten commandments with his finger on the front and back of two tablets of stone. The ten commandments are the will and work of God. When Jesus preached, he explained the ten commandments and demonstrated them by his life.
The ten commandments were written by the finger of God on two tablets of stone. The first set of stones was broken. God wrote the ten commandments on a second set of stones. These ten commandments were taught to the children of Israel. The two stones, the two tables of the covenant were put into the Ark of the Testament.
Commandments For our Good
Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
The scripture teaches us to keep God's word, his commandments. And at the same time, in now way does God teach salvation through works so we could boast. It's been that way since the beginning. Salvation is through faith, by the grace of God as we learn from God talking with Abraham in Genesis 15:6.
Law of God is based on the Two Greatest Commandments
Mat 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Jesus himself tells us the law of God, the ten commandments, are based on the two greatest commandments:
1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Ten Commandments are Perfect
Psalms 19:7 tells us the law of God is perfect. We have through the perfect law, a standard of God which shows us our sin.
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Moses received the ten commandments on mount Sinia. Mount Sinia burned with fire.
Jesus Christ was the mediator of the New Testament. When he died, his will (like older people have wills so that we know what to do with their goods when they die) was the same ten commandments (law of God) written on our hearts. The difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament was that the law was written on stones in the Old Testament. In the New Testament Jesus Christ wanted the ten commandments written on our hearts. Jesus Christ in his preaching gave us the sense of what it means to have the law of God written on our hearts. Do you know the ten commandments of God? Are they written on your heart? Would you care to learn them?
Ten Commandments - The Law of God
Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
Ten Commandments from Exodus 20
Many people who claim to be Christians don't know the law of God. Many Christians don't know where to find the law of God in the Bible. The ten commandments were recorded by Moses in Exodus 20 and also in Deuteronomy 5.
Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 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: 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; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 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. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
If you don't know the law of God, you should read to understand how important it is to know and keep the commandments of God.
Is There an "Old Law" and a "New Law"
From the beginning the law was perfect and holy. It is the perfect work of God himself, written with his finger. In scripture there is no reference to an "old law". There is the old testament and new testament, but one law of God.
Some people confuse the law with the covenants. Yes, the first covenant was made "old" when Jesus Christ died on the cross, and the new testament /the will (like your parents may have a will) of Jesus Christ went into effect. But the law of God which is listed and included in both covenants was never changed. It remained the same, perfect as ever. But don't take my word for this. Search the scripture. The first covenant is listed in Exodus. The new covenant/testament is prophesied in Jeremiah 31:34+ and quoted in Hebrews 8:8+ and also Hebrews 10:16+. In fact, the book of Hebrews explains how a will goes into effect when a person dies, and how when Jesus Christ died on the cross, the new covenant of the law of God was to be written on our hearts and minds (not on tablets of stone this time) and went into effect.
There were new commandments added, but no laws were changed in the new testament. God never changed what was perfect. There is no need. The only fault found was with the old covenant because the children of Israel broke it.
Who can claim to love Jesus Christ but not honor the will and testament of Jesus Christ (The New Testament)? Isn't it amazing that half the Bible is called by the name "New Testament" but yet if you ask people "what is the will of Jesus Christ when he died" or "what is the New Testament", they give you a puzzled look.
First Two Tablets Containing Ten Commandments Were Broken
Exodus 34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
Moses broke the two tables of stone. God wrote his commandments again on two new tables of stone.
Deuteronomy 5:22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
Ten Commandments Define Love
Some say that they don't need to keep the ten commandments, that they just need to "love" others. But the Bible teaches that all the law and the prophets is based on loving God and loving our neighbor. Can anything be more loving than this?
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So to say that you can love God and love others and not keep the law of God (ten commandments) which are based on love, is from what I can make out, is to say that the ten commandments are not based on love. How can we take something based on love and say it isn't loving? Is there not a lot of confusion and deception going on if we say this?
A person can go through each of the ten commandments and ask if they are loving. Let's do that, applying the principles of the greatest commandments of loving God with our all and loving our neighbor as ourself.
Some Say We Don't Need to Obey God, Just Jesus Now
Can we obey Jesus but not God? The Law of God was given by God. And Jesus Christ upheld the law of God. There is no separating the two. They are in agreement.
John 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
Some people say we only need to listen to Jesus Christ and not to God. But this is not a teaching of God, but of Satan. A person cannot love Jesus Christ and not love the Father. A person cannot love God the father and not love the son Jesus Christ. They are one.
The Bible teaches that we are to live by every word of God, not some of them. Jesus Christ is also the Word of God.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
To reject God's commandments is to reject the word of God and Jesus Christ. Because God's commandments are his word. To reject the word of God is to reject Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God.
How do I Love God with All my Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength?
Since all the commandments are based on loving God and loving our neighbor, you may ask, "What does it mean to love God? Well, I encourage you to turn to the Bible because it gives the definition of love.
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Some say keeping God's commandments are bondage. But what does the Bible say? The first commandment says that the Lord God is the one who delivers from bondage. So to say God's commandments are bondage is to call God a liar. The Bible says that God's commandments are not grievous, they are not bondage.
Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
This first commandment leaves nothing to the glory of self will or works of the flesh. It is a statement and must either be accepted on faith or denied (calling God a liar). To break the first commandment, you just have to believe that God leads into bondage.
Abraham received the promise of God and believed God. Righteousness was accounted to him to salvation. The law (ten commandments) were added because of transgression. They reveal sin. If you live in faith in God, then you cannot break these ten commandments. But the commandments reveal if we are not walking in faith.
Commandments Have Been Since Beginning
It was against the commandments of God for Cain to kill Abel. While it wasn't written in two tables of stone, it was supposed to be in Cain's heart. Cain did not love God and did not love his brother. This is hatred. Cain's hatred was manifested when he slew his brother Abel. See also Inlawed
The Law and the Prophets based on Two Commandments
1) Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
If you don't believe in loving God or loving your neighbor as yourself, then you will disagree with one or more of the ten commandments. And the reciprocal is true: If you love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself, then you will believe in keeping all of the ten commandments of God.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Liars Who Claim to Know God
Some preachers claim to know God but don't keep the commandments of God. They may say "That's the old law." "That's the old testament". "We're saved by grace." What does the Bible say in the New Testament about those who claim to know God but don't keep the ten commandments?
1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
The Law Tells of Jesus Christ
The law of God is the work of God. Just as creation tells of the glory of their maker Jesus Christ, so the law of God tells us and foretells us of Jesus Christ.
John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
For people who don't believe in the law of God, they cannot know Jesus Christ. Those who deny the perfect law of God also deny God. They also deny God by their life, because the just live by faith in God.
John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
Justification Does Not Come by the Law
Some people seek to be justified by the law. This is deception and bondage. The law was added because of transgressions. Its purpose never was to justify. Justification comes through the work of faith as the apostles clearly point out, not the self work of self-justification by the law. This is why the law teaches repentance and the law teaches faith in the merciful God.
Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Does It Matter?
Some people claim that God's ten commandments don't matter today nor apply to them. I have seen these people marry unGodly people. How is this relevant? Do we need to love God? Can we just profess "I believe in God" and be saved? and ignore the will, law and commandments of God? See this scripture:
Joshua 23:11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
How do we love God? When you love someone, you think of them. You want to know more about them. You want to know what they love and what they hate. You want to look at them. When you love someone, you want to do things that make them happy.
Loving God involves looking at God. While we cannot physically see God, we can read who God is. When we love God, we want to read about God. We want to know what He says, what He thinks, what He does. The Bible shows us who God is. And because I love God, I want to know who he is, what He loves, what He hates and so on.
Knowing more about God can be done by reading in the Bible about what God does and what he did in past situations. Also, we can get to know God and express our love for Him by keeping his commandments.
The Bible teaches clearly that we are not saved by our ability to keep the commandments of God. Even breaking one commandment is sin that results in death. But it is by faith in God and the grace of God that we are saved. Not of ourself lest we should boast. Jesus Christ, the last high priest has washed away our sins and reconciled us, redeemed us to God. And of course, faith without works is dead. Just like claiming to know God but not keeping his commandments is a lie, so faith without works is a lie and dead.
Pleasing God is done by keeping his commandments. The very definition of love is shown in the Bible:
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Joh_15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
2 John1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
When someone sheds their blood, they die or bleed out. When people die, their will goes into effect. Where was the new testament or will of God? It was in the blood of Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, his blood was shed for the sins of many and in the same process his new testament or will was shed abroad.
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Jesus Christ died to cover our transgressions. He loves us so much. How can we idolize someone or something else and reject His great love?
The problem of the Old Testament was not in the law, the Bible teaches that the law is perfect. The problem was where it was written: on stones instead of the heart. The Bible is replete with praise of the Law of God. The new testament is the same law of God, but written on our hearts, not on tables of stones.
Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
This all goes to show that God wants his law written on our hearts and for us to keep them out of our love for Him, just as He loves us and has given His life for us.
If we love our neighbor as ourselves, we keep the law, and are not under the law. Paul wrote this to the Romans.
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Some people teach that if you keep the law of God (don't murder, steal etc) then you are "under the law". Most who teach this don't understand what the phrase "under the law means". Read more about what it means to be under the law.
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