And because of this loving relationship, the commandments themselves are a gift. So have Christians. They are a gift to help Israel — and us — know how to relate to God and each other.
Pastor Prince, why don’t you teach the Ten Commandments? Don’t we need God’s laws to be holy?
The Ten Commandments were — and are — a calling. God set the Israelites free from bondage for a purpose: to love God and neighbor. Put another way, God told Abraham and Jacob multiple times that they would be blessed to be a blessing to all the families on earth.
The Ten Commandments are part of the covenant because it means God has blessed them and will continue to, and they are to pass on the blessing through their lives and the way they treat people! Now, some will disparage the whole idea of rules as putting a damper on things. But what happens if people live with no boundaries or constraints?
I think we see enough of that in our world to know how that works out. A world with no boundaries creates an untrustworthy and chaotic world where lives are diminished and people are not free, but rather live in prisons built by themselves and those around them! Because they prescribe a trustworthy world that you can count on.
It might be a bit like trying to play a game — any game — with absolutely no rules. What would that be like? Neither can you play the game of life without rules. But there is an even deeper idea behind freedom, namely, that true freedom is found in relationships. There is an understanding that you will be there for each other! Like a covenant.
- Follow Your Heart?
- The Overlooked Grace in the Ten Commandments.
- DUDLHAM SINGS.
- Your Viewing History.
Freedom is found in giving and sharing love with those around you. I alone will be your God. I have freed you. And this brings us to another point. Sometimes the Ten Commandments are grossly misunderstood as prohibitions. Luther, in his Small Catechism, beautifully picked up on this.
The Fifth Commandment is Thou shalt not kill. What does this mean? Luther explains:. And there is proactive love! Not only do we not kill or harm our neighbor. However, one thing that people ask in light of this is, "should I still obey the Ten Commandments if I'm already under grace? God gave Moses the commandments as a set of rules that should govern His people's thoughts, actions, and behaviours see Exodus The Old Testament tells us that when someone sins or breaks a commandment, that person should bring a sacrificial offering to the Lord for their sins so that they may be "covered" see Leviticus The covering, however, doesn't mean that the sins are taken away see Hebrews Our sins remain, and although they are covered by the blood of the sacrifice, they are still there, and the sinful man is able and likely to commit sins of the same kind again.
God's commandments to Moses were given so that we would know the standards for righteousness that God expects from us.
The Ten Commandments - Thomas Watson - Grace and Truth
Through these commandments we know that we are unable to attain them. We are a sinful people, unable to overcome sin in our own strength. By these commandments we realise our desperate need for someone to free us from sin, a Saviour.
Christ shed His blood on that cross as a sacrifice for our sin. But unlike the blood of animals that can only "cover," Christ's shed blood forever takes away our sin from us see John ; 1 John
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