Text: Carl Grinde Date: December 8 2014
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The ten commandments and God's intention and moral standard for life
The purpose of the ten commandments is to show us the will of God so that we shall understand how he wants us to live. Through the Ten Commandments, we learn about God's righteousness, goodness, and holiness, something that he had set as the goal - basic standard for humans when he created her so that we could live in a sincere fellowship with Him directly in His presence. When we read God's commandments to, for example, never lie, steal, not be jealous, etc. we understand that we unfortunately don't live as God intended us to live. We don't behave like God wants us to. We humans fail to live up to God's good and righteous morality. We fail to live up to God's moral standard. The purpose of the commandments is to make us realize this our great moral problem before God.
When we are disobedient and do something that is against God's rules it's called a sin. God hates disobedience, God hates sin. It's not acceptable for him.
According to the Bible, the consequence of sin is death and that one can no longer live in the presence of God. That is why Adam and Eve, the first humans where cast out of God's paradise, the Garden of Eden when they sinned. One sin was enough for this to happen.
God still loves us even though we are siners!!!
God can distinguish between matter and person. He distinguishes between our evil and us as individuals. He still loves us even though we are disobedient, even though we do wrong and sin. It's the sin he hates, not us.
God loves you! God loves you! Very much. That is why he sent his son Jesus Christ to die and take the punishment for our sins so that we should be able to walk free and be forgiven. Through Jesus Christ's death and resurrection we can have our sins forgiven and be saved and be united with God and live together with God. This really Good news!
Give your life to Jesus Christ. Make Him your Lord your God. Praise Jesus Christ the Messiah!
The ten commandments given to Moses by God
The LORD said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain.
No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.”
So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone.
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD.
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.
And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.
He said, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession."
Then God said, "Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.
So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn't aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD.
The 10 Commandments in Exodus 20:2-17
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or 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.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not lie.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Exodus 20: 2-17
The 10 Commandments list, short version
You shall have no other Gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
The forbidden fruit and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Adam's fall
Innocense and knowledge of good and evil
Before Adam and Eve sinned and ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they did not even know what evil was.
They did not know what it meant to lie, to steal, to be jealous, etc. They had never done such a thing and there was no one else who spoke of such things or did such a thing either.
They lived in harmony with each other and with God.
If anyone would have said to them: You should not lie. Then they might have asked: What is that? What is it to tell a lie? That sounds interesting. .. I want to know more. Perhaps I should try?
So God wanted to keep all knowledge about evil away from them.
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The tree of life and the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Why was Satan, the fallen angel allowed to enter the Garden of Eden?
Why did God allow Satan, the Devil to come near the humans and tempt them? He had created a paradise in perfect harmony, why risk it?
The prohibition on not eating the fruit of the tree also was an obedience test.
God wanted to see if he could fully trust in the humans he had created.
God wanted a tried relationship. But they failed. They went against God's will and where disobedient. They ate of the forbidden fruit.
God wants to test our love and loyalty for him. Only when a relation is tested you can see if it is real love, true friendship or not.
"If Adam passed the test of obedience, it would be the means of God’s imparting eternal life to him"
It is likely to think that God wanted to give Adam an indestructible eternal divine body and give him eternal life if he was obedient. He probably wanted to give him a body as the one Jesus has. Adam was not worthy of this.
So then God made another plan for him and for all of us. If we learn to know his son Jesus Christ, if we become friends with him, believe in him and try to follow his example, we can be forgiven for our sins and enter into God's fellowship.
Because Jesus took the punishment for our sins. Somebody else paid the prize for our salvation, God's own son.
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 5:11
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
1 John 5:12
And this is what he promised us--eternal life.
1 John 2:25
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