Exodus 20: 12-17 The Next Words

12  Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “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.

Through Jesus we learn that each of these Words from God gall into one of two categories:

1. Our relationship to God

2. Our relationship to man

Matthew 22:35-40

New King James Version (NKJV)

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Through the first, if you truly love God, you will already have these Words in your heart and life. God and only God will be the One and only God in your life. This would cover the first four Words. (3 or 4 depending on your choice of numbering)

Through the second we deal with how we interact with our fellow man. If you love God, you won’t kill, steal from, or treat others in any way other than God’s prescribed way.

It’s not just about how to be a good person but how God expected His people to live and act in His Land, His Kingdom.

The problem is that although they had His Words, His regulation, His expectations; when left to their own devices, they made things worse.

Israel took this and at some point decided to “help” God and others by adding terms and instruction through interpretation of His Word.

Sound familiar?

Part of the ministry of Jesus was to get Israel back to the simplicity of the original message of the Word of God and away from the mess that they had created by unintentionally moving away from His Word.

Sadly it seems that mankind is on the same course in our time.

It’s estimated that there is currently around 38,000 Christian denominations in existence. This raises the question, “Does the Holy Spirit lead people to create these separate groups or is it the spirit of man?”

I personally believe it is the latter.

Have we allowed tradition and our own hearts to guide our relationship with God and each other?

Which spirit are we listening too?

If we just take the words of Jesus to heart and really listen to His Holy Spirit, we won’t wander and follow our own way.

Yet this takes time spent in the Word, in prayer, and truly in a relationship with the Lord.

It’s being truthful with Him and yourself about where you are in your walk and honesty about your life and beliefs.

Let’s live His Word

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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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