Exodus 20:1-17 The 10 “Words” Part 3

1 And God spake all these words, saying,2 am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 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.

5 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;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

7 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.

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 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:

11 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.

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

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 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.

1 Some want to impress others

Some look at these verses as a way to make themselves feel better by how they think they look in the Lords eyes and in front of others. 

Jesus came not only to bring salvation to mankind but to teach the Jewish people that there were two aspects of these 10 Words. 

Physical and spiritual 

Physical in that each of these words and their later extensions were things that you do, things you keep, things you shouldn’t do. 

If you had the wherewithal to keep each one and follow them to a tee then you would look pretty godly to others physically but the only problem with that was we are creatures full of sin and God is not impressed by how well we keep them. 

No matter how well intentioned one was, they were bound to break one of these words because they forgot the second aspect of this gospel from God. 

The spiritual 

James tells us that if we break one of the declarations set forth then we break them all. 

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that if we lust in our heart we are guilty of adultery. 

2 Some want to oppress others

Food laws, Sabbath laws, don’t do this, don’t do that. By doing so they take the beautiful words of God and add to them and make them legalistic. 

This is practiced today and God still does not like it any more than He liked it when Gentiles were forced into circumcision to join the early church. 

These “Words” were given to Israel out of love and a need for justice. Jesus makes this clear when He says that they are summed up “Love the Lord with all your heart,body,and soul and love your neighbor”

This is the Gospel for Israel as well as mankind starting with Abraham. 

3 Some use it to progress forward 

Have you ever heard someone say that the “Law” was nailed onto the cross with Jesus. They see the Law as an old covenant made useless through the new covenant of grace. These folks will also sometimes tell you that the church replaced Israel thus making it seem that God had given up on her. 

Don’t be mistaken. 

The Law is still useful to the Lord. 

Paul tells us in Galatians 3 that the Law (these Words) is our schoolmaster, teaching us that we are sinners who could never save ourselves. We must have a Savior. 

The Law points us to Jesus. He fulfilled it. He lived out, He kept it perfectly, not the rules, not the traditions, but the Words of God. 

He fulfilled the Law through His death. He took our place. He paid the price for us. He saved us from death that comes through breaking the Law. 

He tells us that not one dotted i or crossed t shall pass from the Law shall pass till all is fulfilled and HE WILL fulfill it when He returns. 

He is Israels God and He is not done with her. Now they must be saved through Jesus just as we but He has not given up on her.  Just read the book of Revelation. 

He is our God in that just as He delivered Israel from the bondage of Egypt, He has delivered us from the bondage of the world, sin, and death. 

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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