Friday, 30 January 2015

Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments

Hello friends and followers! I hope you are well. I'm so glad to hear from so many of you that you are enjoying the studies here. I also appreciate your kind comments. Thank you!
As I'm sure you can see from the image above, I've decided to change our Scripture verses for memorizing. We'll try and learn Psalm 3 over the next few weeks as I think the words here are comforting for us. So we'll start with verse 1 for the week beginning 2 February 2015.

Now, onto Exodus 20. This is probably the most well-known chapter in the book of Exodus since it contains the Ten Commandments. We all know that, sadly, each and every day every one of these commandments are broken. The courts and prisons are full of people who have defied God's Laws and have ended up paying (or at least we hope they are) the price for their disobedience. Can you imagine what life would be like if everybody kept the commandments? I think it's almost impossible to imagine, but you know, it isn't a pipe dream because one day, when we are in heaven, we will experience such a thing! So, let's take a quick look at what we can learn here:

  1. Our worship, love and obedience should be to the Lord God Jehovah only.
  2. We are never to worship any image - including images of (what people imagine to be) God Himself.
  3. We are never to take God's name in vain. When you have finished reading this blog today, perhaps you'd like to head on over here and read what Courtney Joseph has to say. I completely and 100% agree with what she says. I'm sure that you, like me, have to listen to this almost every day, especially if you work but unfortunately, this is the way people talk now and it is accepted as 'normal' speech.
  4. We are to keep the Sabbath Day as a holy, separate and special day to God (see Exodus 16)
  5. We are to honour our parents/guardians
  6. We must not kill.
  7. We must not commit adultery.
  8. We must not steal.
  9. We must not tell lies or make up stories about other people.
  10. We must be content with what the Lord has blessed us with and not want what everyone else has.
Prayer matters: Ask the Lord to help you to be obedient to His holy Word, remembering that it is not by keeping the commandments that we are saved but that by doing them, we are showing our love and reverence for our God. Especially ask the Lord to help you to keep from saying anything that would offend His holy name and ask Him for strength to ask others to not take His name in your presence. I have had to do this on occasion in work, and generally people do try to stop when they are aware that I find it upsetting. I'll be praying for you too!

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Hugs Karen x

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