Why the 10 Commandments?

  Did you ever notice that Charlton Heston kinda looks like Ben Stiller?

Oh well…I digress.

This morning’s yearly reading plan had me smack in the middle of the giving of the Ten Commandments, in Exodus 20.  You know:

  1. Do not have any gods before me
  2. Do not make any idols for yourself
  3. Do not take God’s name in vain
  4. Remember the Sabbath, why I made it and the rhythm of work/rest
  5. Honor mom and dad
  6. Do not murder
  7. Do not commit adultery
  8. Do not steal
  9. Do not lie
  10. Do not covet (which means suffer from “Oh-I-wanna-gotta-have-it-like-they-do-itis”)

So, I’ve broken every one of these.


Even the biggies.  Now, before you go calling the cops thinking I’ve physically whacked someone, let’s look at what Jesus says. In Matthew 5 Jesus is teaching and he says that even if you are angry with your brother, it is as though you have murdered him.  (Matt 5:21-22).  Even if you haven’t physically committed adultery, if you have lusted after someone in your heart, you have in fact committed adultery in the eyes of God.  (Matt 5:27-28).  Don’t get me started on how many idols I’ve made for myself…I’m on a constant idol-hunt.  But you get the idea – God himself laid down the law (Ex. 20:1), and  when he was here with us in the person of Jesus, he said we all broke it.

So why?

In short – to show the equality that we are all guilty before him because of our sin and to show us that we cannot save ourselves by religiously keeping the law.  The whole Bible is about Jesus. (Jesus himself said it in Luke 24:27).   Jesus is the fulfillment of the old law, we are not under obligation to the law any longer for he has come and fulfilled it’s purpose and now we our guilt is declared innocence by faith in Him.  Don’t skip over that last part – we need to be diligent in our faith in Jesus and surrender control of our lives to him, every corner of our heart — that’s a tall order.  However, he has given us justification and he took the penalty for my breaking his law. The life we live by the power of the Holy Spirit as we increasingly turn more of our hearts over to his loving control and become more like Jesus and less like sin.

    Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
(Galatians 3:23-26 ESV)

We need the gospel every single day – are you trusting fully in Jesus today?


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