When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, He set a standard that would influence the world for ages to come. Those ten statements of direction summed up all of what humanity would need to live godly and productive lives. Are Christians bound by these Commandments here in the 21st century? If so, how?
- As a whole, they represent an architectural plan for godly life
- They are a collection of life-building necessities
- They are developed through fidelity and righteousness
- The First Commandment is the absolute foundation for the rest
What we have is somewhat of a sandwich effect—surrounding all of our actions are the internal desires of our hearts and minds related to God in heaven and to our human family.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me Exodus 20:1–3
The true God shall be recognized and have first place in the human heart.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images Exodus 20:4–6
It is never proper to worship anything or anyone but God.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain Exodus 20:7
Our actions, attitudes, or words can either diminish or elevate the name of God.
Remember the sabbath to keep it holy Exodus 20:8–11
We should take time to worship God regularly to help us focus our lives on truly important issues.
Honor thy father and thy mother Exodus 20:12
We should honor our parents who are often our first connection to God.
Thou shalt not murder Exodus 20:13
Human life is sacred, created in the image of God. Hatred and desires to hurt someone indicate progressive sin.
Thou shalt not commit adultery Exodus 20:14
God expects us to keep our commitments to our spouses. He is looking for a faithful spirit in His people.
Thou shalt not steal Exodus 20:15
There is a sanctity to the possessions of others, including their reputations, relationships, etc.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor Exodus 20:16
Justice and truth are essential qualities. Never express anything that is not true, and then, only if good may result.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, wife, servants, . . . or anything else that is thy neighbors Exodus 20:17