The Ten Commandments


I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.


1. No other gods

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

There is only one God. The Living God. Who sent His Son.

But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
– Jeremiah 10:10

Satan is the self-proclaimed ‘god’ of this world.

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
– 2 Corinthians 4:4

Satan wants you to worship him. In order to achieve this, he must first destroy the relationship you have with God, so that he can claim you as his own. He does this by tempting you with the things in “the world” (fleshly desires) which will lure you away from the Living God.

If you’re not a child of God, then you’re a child of the devil.

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
– 1 John 3:10 (NKJV)

Worshiping other ‘gods’ (created by satan, or by man himself) is a direct insult to God.

You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
– Deuteronomy 6:14-15 (NKJV)

God explicitly warned Israel not to inquire how others worshiped their ‘gods’.

“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
– Deuteronomy 12:29-31 (NKJV)

Some people place themselves before God, which is the ultimate fulfillment of satan’s lie (in the Garden of Eden).

For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
– Genesis 3:5 (NKJV)

We can never be God, nor can satan.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
– 1 Timothy 2:5-7 (NKJV)

When people reject God, they are forced to fill the gap with something else, e.g. false ‘gods’, big bang theory, evolution theory, etc.

The bottom line is that God will never force you to love Him. It is simply a choice you need to make.

Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
– John 14:6 (NKJV)


2. No idols

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

No one has ever seen the face of God the Father (God is a Spirit), so it makes sense that there should be no idols.

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
– John 1:18

Let’s face it, what is an idol ever going to do for you? Will it love you?

And yes, that includes jewelry, and that stupid pagan “fish”, etc.

Please note that the KJV uses the word “visiting”, whereas the NIV uses the incorrect word “punishing”. God will visit multiple generations to see if certain sins are happening again, but will only punish the actual sinner.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
– Ezekiel 18:20

Idols can also be things that interfere with your relationship with God, e.g. food, TV, etc.


3. Don’t blasphemy

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

This commandment should be pretty self-explanatory. God does not like being insulted. (Who would?)

There are many ways to insult the creator, some even without you knowing it. For example, I used to say “crikey” a lot, until I found out that it meant “Christ”. One can even debate if “Oh my gosh” is blasphemy as well.

Actually, while on the subject. Why curse at all? I mean, as a child of God, why not take all cursing out of your language? You are an ambassador of God’s Kingdom after all.

You’re probably not even aware of how much you curse. Set up a swear jar, and you’ll be shocked. 🙂


4. Sabbath

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Remember! As in don’t forget. 🙂

It’s not just for the Jews. We’re meant to keep the commandments – all 10 of them!

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
– James 2:10

The Sabbath (“rest”) commandment is also known as a sign between the Creator and us:

Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
– Exodus 31:13 (NKJV)

The Sabbath commandment is also known as a seal.

A seal has a name, a title, and a domain. In this case:
NAME = the LORD
TITLE = Creator
DOMAIN = heaven and earth

The seal of God (Sabbath) is the opposite of the mark of the beast (Sunday Law).

Sabbath is generally kept from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

Fore more information on the importance of keeping Sabbath, check out this article.


5. Honour your father and mother

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

To honour your father and mother is important to God, and it comes with a reward (the only commandment that comes with a reward in fact).

For me this means to make my parents proud, and not to embarrass them.

What if the parents are bad?

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
– Luke 6:27-28 (NKJV)

If that fails, make God proud!


6. Don’t kill

Thou shalt not kill.

Most modern Bibles these days will say “thou shalt not murder”.

In 1611 when the KJV was translated “kill” and “murder” were identical, but nowadays there’s a subtle difference.

Kill: taking of a human life
Murder: unlawfully taking of a human life

To sum it up: you may kill (self-defense, war, death penalty), but you may not murder (think Cain and Abel).

This YouTube video does a really good job at explaining the difference.

The first recorded murder in history was from the story of Cain and Abel:

And He said, What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.
– Genesis 4:10 (NKJV)

Murder is horrible, and God hates it.


7. Don’t commit adultery

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Committing adultery goes much further than the actual act itself.

Jesus says it starts in the heart.

But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
– Matthew 5:28 (NKJV)

Unfortunately this world is filled with temptation.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
– 1 John 2:16 (NKJV)


8. Don’t steal

Thou shalt not steal.

This seems obvious, but when is the last time you spend an hour on the internet at work?

Or maybe you watched a pirated movie you didn’t pay for?

It does sort of sneak in a bit sometimes…


9. Don’t lie

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

God hates lies.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
– Proverbs 12:22 (NKJV)

In fact, God doesn’t lie at all:

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
– Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)

Satan on the other hand, is known as the father of lies.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
– John 8:44 (NKJV)

Satan has painted a picture of God that simply is not true. That’s how he gets you to worship him instead.

Although we’re not supposed to lie, I have learned that I don’t always have to tell everything either.

Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
– Matthew 7:6 (NKJV)

In other words, you can decline to discuss the sacred things if you don’t feel comfortable talking about them.


10. Don’t covet

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

This is satan’s original sin. He wanted to be like God.

Coveting things your neighbour has, just leads to madness. The neighbour has a new car, so you must have one too, etc…

We too believed satan’s lie, that we would be like God, that are eyes would open, if we just ate from the tree of good and evil.

Then the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
– Genesis 3:4-5 (NKJV)

And now look at the mess we’re in. 🙁

Are we really like God now that we know good and evil?

Or are we better off with the Law sealed in our mind, making it impossible for us to break the Law?


Conclusion

The Ten Commandments came directly from God. They are eternal, and a perfect reflection of God’s Character.

And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
– Exodus 31:18 (NKJV)

While in this world, we should strive to keep the Ten Commandments the best we can.

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
– Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)

We will be blessed when we keep God’s Commandments.

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
– Revelation 22:14-15 (NKJV)

Here’s a psalm about it:

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

– Psalm 1 (NKJV)

The Ten Commandments are a dividing line between good and evil. When we sin (break the Law) our minds are corrupted, and we become “wicked”.