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What are the Ten Commandments

QUESTION: What are the Ten Commandments?


What are the ten commandments and what do they have to do with me? These Ten Commandments are the guidelines laid down by God. They were given to Moses and he was instructed to take them to the Jews whom He led out of Egypt. God also meant for these commandments to apply to all people.

  • I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me. The Lord God is the One true God who created this world and all that is in it. He is the same God that led the Jews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. He is the same God who sent His one and only Son to die on the cross to pay the price for sin. He is to be honored, respected, and worshiped regularly.

  • You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. The Lord God is a jealous God and He demands that we not make images of anything that is in heaven or on the earth or from the waters below. We are not to bow down and worship any other god, or gods, or an image that we treasure as a god. It might be material things, or money, or power, or position - nothing is to take God's pace in our lives.

  • You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. The Lord God is to be worshiped and respected above all else. His name is Holy, and is not to be used to give added expression to our speech, to express anger, excitement, or frustration, or to abuse a neighbor.

  • Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy. The Lord's Day of worship and rest is to be remembered as a day set aside for praising the God who loves us.

  • Honor your father and your mother. We are to show respect for our parents, both our father and our mother. We need to be obedient to what they want of us and respond to their requests in a positive manner. We need to love and care for them as they grow older and are in need of care and assistance. They nurtured us and we should respect and nurture them as well. God chose them to bring us into the world and we owe them our best.

  • You shall not murder. We are not to take the life of another human being. God created us in His image and when we take a life, we take the life of one who was created in the image of God. "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man" (Genesis 9:6). This does not apply to wars and conflicts because God Himself has said in His Word - go and destroy these people; men, women, and children, as well as all their animals.

  • You shall not commit adultery. We are not to violate intimately another person's spouse. God has given married people a spouse to love and cherish for life. We are to honor and respect our own and not infringe another's marriage.

  • You shall not steal. We are not to take another person's property, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Even the things that we inadvertently take from our work place is stealing - pens, pencils, paper, or even wasted time! Time is money to our employer.

  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Gossiping about someone is one of the most harmful things that we can do against our neighbors. Even if it is something we know to be true, we should keep it to ourselves, unless we are in court and obliged to tell the truth

  • You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's. Looking at our neighbor's possessions and desiring them for ourselves is not pleasing to God. Everyone has the opportunity to succeed in life with what God has given them.
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We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

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