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10 Commandments

November 11, 2010

I’ve heard it said that they are commandments, not suggestions. I agree.  Here they are for all their simpleness and truth.

 

Exodus  20:2-17,

2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;

(This is where many don’t believe and stop reading/thinking about the commandments. I pray that God meets you where you are and reveals His truth to you.)

3 Do not have any other gods before me.

(gods can come in many forms these days. It’s not just things we make with our hands and bow down too anymore. It’s anything that comes before God. And it ultimately serves yourself and no one else)

4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,

6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

(again, people do not believe in God, nor in a God they see as mean spirited or one who plays with the cosmos. But my God knows my name, He knows the hairs on my head, and my name is written on His hand.)

7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

(Names are important. Don’t you get a little upset when someone misuses your name, either for a falsehood or a curse, cuss word? God is not different in that you need to respect His name.)

8 Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

9 For six days you shall labor and do all your work.

10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.

( I’m currently reading a wonderful book about the Sabbath, and there is much to be said about rest. I mean the rest you get from not worrying about the next item on your to do list, or what you should be doing right the moment, etc. Just rest, drink some tea or coffee and unwind. Listen to the birds, the wind. Wait for God to speak to your soul)

12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

(Ah, yes. This one. It can be very hard to want to honor parents who aren’t loving in return. Or who don’t ‘deserve’ the honor of their children. But what would it hurt to love them and respect them through it?  You can still keep the boundaries you desire, yet still love them and respect them.  It’s a good example to those around you of your forgiving nature)

13 You shall not kill/murder.

(This one is pretty easy right? Well, only if you acknowledge that abortion is killing. Yes, I just put that out there. I’m so adamant about this, it’s a soapbox. So I shall just leave it at this for now. )

14 You shall not commit adultery.

(This one strikes close to home for me. I’m not yet ready to speak of it.)

15 You shall not steal.

(This is self explanatory. Or it should be!)

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

(You must speak the truth, even if it means admitting fault of your own.)

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

(Be content with what you have. Don’t keep up with the Jones’!)

 

Many would agree on a few of these, but a few have been the center of controversy for generations.  Even I have had problems with some of these and accuse myself of not keeping them all. But that doesn’t mean that they should be tossed out either.

I pray that you will strive with me to keep these commandments daily, for they are good and honorable.

 

In His hands,

Peg

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