1 September 2013: “The Ten Commandments”

Sep 01, 13 1 September 2013: “The Ten Commandments”

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Written By: Youth Pastor Lydia Ang

 

Today we’d look at the Ten Commandments. Some of you may go, “Huh? The Ten Commandments? What for? We’re living under grace, not under the law!” The thing is many people have a misconception concerning the Ten Commandments – it’s seen as some outdated rule book.

 

Another question you may have is, “Are the Ten Commandments still important to God?” Yet Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the LORD, I change not.” God is never changing and He gave us the Ten Commandments. So we can safely say that they do matter to Him.

 

I must establish this upfront: the law of God doesn’t bring Salvation – but the law is a mirror of who God is: perfect, righteous, upright, true, etc. The law of God not only reveals God’s attributes; it is also a tutor to us for holy living.

 

And because our own unrighteousness is exposed when compared to the high standards God sets in His law, it drives & motivates us towards Jesus for our Salvation and justification.

 

When Jesus was asked by a lawyer in Matthew 22:37-39 about which commandment is the greatest, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself“. By replying this, did Jesus diminish the importance of the Ten Commandments? No! On the contrary, His answer wrapped up all the Ten Commandments into two: the first four of the original commandments teach us how to love God with all our heart, soul and mind; and the remaining six commandments teach us how to love others.

 

There was a rich young ruler who approached Jesus asking how he can be saved. He told Jesus that he’d kept all the Ten Commandments. I’m always surprised that he could be so bold (& blind to his own shortcomings). No one can keep all of the Ten Commandments all the time except for the perfect One – Jesus.

 

We as Christians, must pay attention when our Lord tells us, “I can guarantee this truth: until the earth and the heavens disappear; neither a period nor a comma will disappear from Moses’ teachings before everything has come true. So whoever sets aside any command that seems unimportant and teaches others to do the same will be unimportant in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever does and teaches what the commands say will be called great in the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:18-19 God’s Word Translation).

 

So let no one demean God’s law; but instead let us delight in it, learn and obey it as a standard for Godly living.

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