The Bible: Ten Commandments
God gave us the Bible Ten Commandments in order to show us when we sinned. Under Old Testament law, the Israelites were held to strict account for following the laws given by God. Breaking the laws meant certain death, either for the sinner, or an appropriate sacrifice.
Upon Jesus' arrival and subsequent death on the cross, he became the ultimate sacrifice for all people, for all sin, for all time. God only asks that we believe that Jesus died for us in order to live with Him for all eternity. Without the Bible Ten Commandments, we would never know when we displeased oue Heavenly Father.
Jesus is clear in the New Testament that not "the least stroke of the pen" will disappear from God's Law. This means that the Laws still stand and we are accountable for our actions, however we are free from the guilt and punishment (which is death) for our sins.
To be clear, this does not mean we are free from discpline. Godly discpline comes in many forms. When the time is right, God will adjust our attitudes and behaviours to align us to His Kingdom.
Below are the Bible Ten Commandments:
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
- You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
- You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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 manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 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.
- Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.