Today’s Date: February 04, 2010
Are the Ten Commandments for us Today?
Reading: Exodus 19:16-21:21 ~ Matthew 23:13-39 ~ Psalm 28:1-9 ~ Proverbs 7:1-5
S – Scripture:
Exodus 20:19 “And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
O – Observation:
Exodus 19-21 tells the message of God speaking directly to Moses and giving Moses the commandments for his people to follow. When Moses came back down from Mt. Sinai, (after the skies were filled with clouds and lightning, the Lord had descended on the mountain – which filled it with smoke and loud blast noise from the ram’s horn blowing) – God’s instruction to the people were the ten commandments: the first five are instructions between the people and God and the second five are instructions between themselves. The people were so afraid of the thunder, lightning, blast from the ram’s horn, and the smoke from the mountain they told Moses they didn’t want to speak to God directly because they didn’t want to die – so they asked Moses to be their intermediary or mediator between themselves and God.
Now our mediator is Jesus Christ.
If you’d like to read (the bible.org) more about the Overview of the Ten Commandments click on the link here.
A – Application:
Some might ask are the ten commandments still relevant in today’s society.
Here’s an excerpt from GotQuestions.org
Answer: The key to understanding this issue is knowing that the Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not to Christians. Some of the laws were to reveal to the Israelites how to obey and please God (the Ten Commandments, for example). Some of the laws were to show the Israelites how to worship God and atone for sin (the sacrificial system). Some of the laws were intended to make the Israelites distinct from other nations (the food and clothing rules). None of the Old Testament law is binding on us today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15).
In place of the Old Testament law, we are under the law of Christ ( Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40). Now, this does not mean the Old Testament law is irrelevant today. Many of the commands in the Old Testament law fall into the categories of “loving God” and “loving your neighbor.” The Old Testament law can be a good guidepost for knowing how to love God and knowing what goes into loving your neighbor. At the same time, to say that the Old Testament law applies to Christians today is incorrect. The Old Testament law is a unit (James 2:10). Either all of it applies, or none of it applies. If Christ fulfilled some it, such as the sacrificial system, He fulfilled all of it.
“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” ( 1 John 5:3). The Ten Commandments were essentially a summary of the entire Old Testament law. Nine of the Ten Commandments are clearly repeated in the New Testament (all except the command to observe the Sabbath day). Obviously, if we are loving God, we will not be worshipping false gods or bowing down before idols. If we are loving our neighbors, we will not be murdering them, lying to them, committing adultery against them, or coveting what belongs to them. The purpose of the Old Testament law is to convict people of our inability to keep the law and point us to our need for Jesus Christ as Savior (Romans 7:7-9; Galatians 3:24). The Old Testament law was never intended by God to be the universal law for all people for all of time. We are to love God and love our neighbors. If we obey those two commands faithfully, we will be upholding all that God requires of us. (end of GotQuestions.org commentary)
P – Prayer:
Father thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for my sins. Lord Jesus thank you for being our mediator between us and your Father. Lord I’m thankful that I am able to live in today’s time, where we have life simply, compared to God’s people of the Old Testament. I pray that I will be able to share God’s love and be able to follow the law of Christ, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). In Jesus name, amen.
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