10 Commandments are found in the Old Testament and many are repeated in the New
Testament. In the New Testament, the 10
Commandments are summed up in how many simple commands? 2
Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind.
neighbor as yourself.
is the purpose of the Ten Commandments for us today? They help us please him
and make us and those around us happy.
is the first commandment? You shall have no other gods before me.
means that nothing should be more important to us than God. We shouldn’t worship God and anything
else. We shouldn’t worship God and
money. We shouldn’t worship God and
people’s opinions of us. We shouldn’t
worship God and buddah. We shouldn’t
worship God and… you fill in the blank.
should only have our eyes set on the one true and living God who created heaven
and earth. No one came before him and no one will outlive him. No one and nothing is greater than our
God. He deserves our worship and love.
worshiping and loving God is the key to keeping the other 9 commandments. If you truly have your eyes and heart focused
on God, it makes not doing or doing the other 9 commandments so much easier.
would we ever let anything become more important in our lives than God? Maybe we get distracted and forget about
God. Maybe we get mad at God and stop
listening to him. Maybe we start looking
at the things around us or the people around us, and those things and people
become more important to us than God.
we just choose to do what we want to do, no matter if it’s right or wrong, and
that has now become more important than what God wants. When we choose to do our own thing despite
knowing what God says about it, then we are putting ourselves before God. In essence, we are the “other god” that we
are putting ahead of God in our own life.
First Commandment clearly says that we should have no other gods before HIM,
which means that NOTHING should be more important than God in our lives. The
more we think about God, pray to God, listen to God, read His words in the
Bible, and worship him by telling him in prayer, song, and our actions how
wonderful He is, the easier it is to put him first.
had a rough couple of weeks and I haven’t been gung ho chipper gal ready to
take on the world. This morning I
realized that I had been trying to fix everything in my life on my own. Yes, I’ve been praying and reading my Bible,
but I’ve been “doing” the work of trying to figure everything out myself. This morning I literally kneeled down with my
face to the ground and just told God how wonderful He is and that I wanted Him
to be in control. I had become my own
god by trying to fix everything myself.
I had failed at following the First Commandment! So, I told God I was
sorry. Guess what? God forgave me. Just like he does every time I mess up. The Ten Commandments exist not as a measuring
stick to see how well you are doing and whether or not you’re going to heaven
or hell. As we discussed last week, the
Ten Commandments exist now to help us please God and make us, Him and those
around us happier. Today has been a much
better day than any day of the past
two weeks. Praise Jesus!
things have you made “other gods” in your life?
leaving Egypt, the Israelites camped in the desert near Mount Sinai, waiting to
hear God’s plan for them. Suddenly
bright lightning flashed through the sky, a rumbling thunder shook the earth,
and the sharp blast of a trumpet pierced the air. A thick cloud covered Mount Sinai. The people ran away in fear. They begged Moses to talk to God for them.
met with God and listened as God spoke the Ten Commandments, the laws he wanted
his people to follow. Later, God wrote these laws on two stone tablets and gave
them to Moses. He did not want the
people to forget these important rules.
the people of Israel couldn’t obey God’s laws perfectly. They were born with sin in their hearts, just
like we were. Not one of us can keep
God’s laws perfectly. Romans 3:23 tells
us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (KJV)
knew we could not keep from sinning, but he loved us so much that even before
the world began he though up a plan to help the Israelites and us. God sent his only Son, the Lord Jesus, to
live a perfect life here on earth. Jesus
followed God’s rules perfectly, so he didn’t have to be punished. But, because he loves us, he took the
punishment and death that we deserved for breaking God’s laws.
Jesus came to earth, God allowed people to make sacrifices of animals. The
blood of the animals could not pay for their sin. But it was a picture of the sacrifice Jesus
would someday make on the cross. God
accepted these sacrifices for sin until Jesus came.
though the commandments were first given to God’s special people, the Israelites,
they are good laws for us today. They are almost all repeated in the New
Testament, along with further instruction on how we should live for God.
laws are not simply a list of do’s and don’ts; they are the keys to our
happiness and well-bring. The first four commandments describe our responsibility
to God – to have no other gods, to make no idols, to honor God’s name, and to
remember his day. The remaining six commandments describe our responsibility to
other people – to our parents, to neighbors, and even to our enemies.
Jesus came, he condensed the Ten Commandments into two: “’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: ‘Love your
neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22:37-39).
laws are good. They help us please him
and make us and those around us happy.
But remember, not one of us can keep all the commandments. Not one of us can be good enough to get to
heaven. The only way to get to heaven is
by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, and receiving
him as our Savior. Jesus said, ‘I am the
way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). If you’ve never believed Jesus’ promise and
received him as your Savior before, you can do that today.
read a quote awhile back that strikes me even today. It said, “The person with an unread Bible has
no advantage over the person who doesn’t own one.”
have mentioned several times how blessed we are to live in a country where we
are allowed to gather like this and talk about God and read our Bibles. According to the US Department of State
International Religious Freedoms Report for 2013 (http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper),
there are more than 10 countries listed who are restricting religious activity,
barring persons from religious meetings, actively harassing, beating and
imprisoning followers of various religions. This is not just an assault on
Christians but other religions as well.
The point is you do NOT live in one of those countries listed!
that in mind, I ask you, are you taking advantage of the opportunity you have
been given? Are you reading your Bible?
read the Bible?
oGod speaks to us when we read his
oThis is how we can know what God
wants us to do, how to behave, and how much he loves us.
oWe get help in overcoming
temptations. We become equipped to
oWe discover God in a way that
trains us how to share God with others
6:23 For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of
119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)
5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making
the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand
what the Lord’s will is.
you making the most of every opportunity?
Do you understand what the Lord’s will is?
have spoken to you many times about spending time reading God’s word. ARE YOU DOING IT?
we don’t do what we know we should be doing, because we do not have the tools
or directions we need to do it.
is a simple daily Bible reading schedule you can follow.
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