S.cripture – Exodus 20:
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
O.bservation – We support the 10 commandments. Don’t we?
A.pplication – Back a few years ago there was a big outpouring of support for the ten commandments as our government went through the proccess of deciding whether or not to allow them to be displayed in public places. There is still a great deal of support for the public display of the ten commandments that is visible today (although I think it has dwendled to some degree).
There were little signs that people would often place in their yards that had the ten commandments listed on them, and it would say “We support the ten commandments.” and then they were listed on the sign.
My question as I looked at those signs was always this – “I wonder if the people of this family know the ten commandments without looking at that (or some other) sign?” The ten commandments were displayed in our yards, but were they displayed in our lives, and were they written on our hearts?
The answer to that may also give us some insight as to why our government has been successful in slowly but surely removing our faith from every area of public view.
Write the commandments on your heart! This is the most important place that we must display them.
*Ok here I go without looking I promise* haha –
1. There is only one God – have no others before Him!
2. Don’t make false idols – and don’t let anything in this world become more important that God!
3. Don’t take God’s name in vain! – Watch your mouth! Don’t make God get the bar of soap out!
4. Remember the sabbath and keep it Holy.
Set one day aside for God and rest and meditate on Him.
5. Honor Your Father and Mother – They are who God meant for them to be.
6. Don’t Murder
7. Don’t commit adultry – and be careful of your thoughts Mat 5:27-30
8. Don’t steal – trust that God can provide for you and meet all your needs.
9. Don’t lie – sometimes the truth hurts, but it doesn’t make it ok to lie.
10. Don’t long for (covet) things that your friends have. Build up treasure for yourself in heaven instead.
But remember that Jesus condenced these to a very easy to remember set of two
Commandments 1-4 are really all about the first one Jesus spoke to us. “you must love God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength;”
Commandments 5-10 are about the second one – ”
you must love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
So … How are we doing? Are we really supporting the ten commandments? Do we have them written on a sign in our yards only or are they also and more importantly written in our hearts and lived in our daily life. We need them in our hearts Church, so that those who really need to see them, don’t see them on some lifeless stone – but rather in our actions of love for God – and our fellow human beings?
P. rayer – Father help me to write your word in my heart and project it into my life more and more every day!
Y. ieldedness – I surrender to your commands Father God! Your plan – Your Will – Your laws are greater and better for me, than anything I could ever do on my own.