Here’s the point to the 10 COMMANDMENTS:
There is a purpose behind each one.
- If you don’t put God first in your life, then you diminish who he is to your peril.
- If you can carve a “god” out of something it can’t be a creator/Savior.
- It is total disrespect to misuse his name.
- Look, you’ve got six days to work & do stuff. Take that 7th day to rest in body, mind, spirit and to glorify the one who created you, and this wonderful world. Plus, something wonderful happens when you worship the great God of heaven. He actually makes it holy.
- When you honor your mom & dad God helps you. Even if they are pea-heads, God does something good to you.
- If you murder someone, common sense will tell you that it sets off a chain of destructive events and causes evil spirits to occupy your life.
- If and when you allow your hormones to take over so that you lose control and steal the body of another person’s spouse (works both ways) for your own selfish pleasure, once again, something evil takes over in your heart! Don’t commit adultery.
- Keeping it short – don’t steal, and
- Don’t lie/deceive!
- Being greedy shows to you and others that it’s all about your cheapskate-self. Before long you won’t have any friends.
“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its PURPOSE is achieved.” – Matthew 5:18
God made only one covenant with Adam (“don’t eat of that tree”). Just ONE! Adam did it anyway and it set off destruction all over the place.
Then, Moses came along and God, through Moses, had to build a whole system of laws and regulations to get people to behave themselves. All that creating more laws did was to create more creative ways people could figure out to get into trouble.
So laws didn’t work, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE BAD but because human beings from the beginning with Adam broke one single covenant, “Don’t eat that apple!”[so to speak]
“All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. … Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” – Romans 5:20-21 (msg)
“But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8 (ncv)