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The incredible Ten Commandments

Updated on March 29, 2015

The 10 Commandments etched by God's own Hand.

I’m sure almost all of you readers know what the 10 commandments are; and what each one is. So here is another attempt.

There Laws are very special as you are aware, as they were handed down from the Great “I am” upon that Holy Mountain of Mount Sinai.

Here the Incredible God came down from heaven and landed upon the top of Mt Sinai and with 71 witnesses (70 elders with Moses), wrote upon tablets of Stone the 10 sacred laws that are in some way shape and form still practiced today.

These laws from above were also repeated again by the Lord Jesus Christ in the New testament, which are so important to the Heavenly Beings that he had to come, besides other reasons, to clarify the laws and how they were to be obeyed. In the New Testament the Lord Jesus stated “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19"Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:18-19

Other verses state that these laws are very important and must be obeyed in truth and in full. For if you were to adopt them as your own, and were to break one of these commandments; is like breaking them all, as stated in James 2:10. For whoever breaks these commandment, the penalty would be death. For as the bible states “

If any of you should see his brother committing a sin (I don’t mean deliberately turning his back on God and embracing evil), he should pray to God for him and secure fresh life for the sinner. It is possible to commit sin that is a deliberate embracing of evil and that leads to spiritual death—that is not the sort of sin I have in mind when I recommend prayer for the sinner. Every failure to obey God’s laws is sin, of course, but there is sin that does not preclude repentance and forgiveness” 1 john 5:16-17. Therefore, the need of a kinsman redeemer to purchase the debt to free the people from the penalty of breaking of the Law. In one swell swoop The Incredible God sacrificed his son in the place of his chosen people and then back dating the sacrifice to the foundations of the world, thereby breaking the curse of death and also bringing mankind back into the fold and allowing the Spirit of God to dwell with man forever. For one of God’s law states that if a woman marries, then her husband’s rules are to be complied with, until he dies; only then would she be free to do as she pleased. Romans 7:1-6. Therefore, the Lord Jesus was needed to take the place of his Father, as God cannot die; God had to take on the image of flesh; as God was the Husband that Israel married upon Mt Sinai.

Upon the Lord Jesus’ death, Israel was set free to do as she pleased until the day the Lord returned to reclaim his wife, Israel, who has been prepared for her coming husband.

Therefore, even though Israel has been set free from the penalty of the Law, which does not mean that they should disobey those moral laws that God gave, as His sacrifice upon Calvary would have meant nothing. Therefore, all believer; whether Israel or non-Israel (non-Israel believers and followers) need to continue obeying those laws that the Lord Jesus died for; after all, if you love God, then we have no other choice but to obey the laws that were given by God upon Mount Sinai. After all, the Lord Jesus lived and breathed them, as well taught and clarified these laws in public. As the Bible states that the laws that God gave are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)

So here are The 10 commandments:

  1. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.

  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images of any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, of the earth beneath, and that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thy self to them nor serve them, for the Lord Thy God am a jealous God visiting the iniquity unto the Fathers unto the third and fourth generation, and show to thousands that love me and obey my commandments.

  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold them guiltless who taketh his name in vain.

  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. For six days you shall labour, but the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord Thy God. In it thou shalt do no work, thou, thy son, thy daughter, thy manservant, thy maidservant, thy animals, or foreigners. For in six daysthe Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

  5. Honour your father and your mother, so that you may dwell long upon the Land that The Lord God has given you.

  6. You shall not murder.

  7. You shall not commit adultery.

  8. You shall not steal.

  9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.

  10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. (Exodus 30:3-20)

As the Lord Jesus put it, Thou shalt Love the Lord Thy God with all your heart, Mind, soul, and might. The first most important law, and the second most important law is Love thy neighbour as thy self. These two laws are hangs all the laws that were given by the prophets and are founded upon Love and respect for both God and Man.

Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, soul, and might

  1. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.

    What does this entail, this could be labelled as anything that is put first, before God. Such as your University studies, your addictions, worshiping your favourite singer, actor etc. For in days gone by, the Israelites did exactly that and that angered God that he sent them from his sight into periods of exile. He also sent Prophets to warn, like in Judge 2:17 stated " Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the LORD's commands." For when the people and nations did go after other gods, God allowed them to be conquered.

    Since God and the Lord changes not; do we want this to occur, where He abandons us?

    For we must also be aware that we do not put even ourselves first, as that could be labelled as a god. The three areas that we as humans need to focus upon or be alert to, are:

    The Pride of Life, The lust of the flesh, and finally the lust of the eye. These three areas via for our attention, instead of the Great and mighty God; as well as the Lord Jesus Christ. (Who we know passed all three tests that the Devil threw at him after his 40 days in the wilderness)

    The pride of life entails wanting to make oneself number one, putting our own wants before God. Putting God in second place as we achieve our aims and goals. Like Eve in Genesis 3 instead of listening to God about not eating or touching that fruit or else they would die; she instead listened to the devil and she lost her chance of dwelling in the presence of God.

    The lust of the Flesh entails allowing your sensual or carnal nature to take dominance, like the Devils temptation of the Lord Jesus. As you are aware the Devil came to him and commanded the Lord Jesus to turn these stones into bread. Thereby using his powers for selfish needs and allowing his personal desires to rule, instead of relying upon God.

    The Lust of the Eye entails everything you desire when you look upon it. Like Eve looking at the fruit upon the tree that it was good to look upon or the Lord Jesus being asked by the devil to bow down to him and he would give the Lord Jesus all the kingdoms of the then known earth. This then caused the Lord Jesus to state to the Devil to "Get thee hence, for it is written, that you shall worship the Lord thy God, and only him will you serve."

    Even King David was tempted thus, by Bethsaida bathing herself in the opening and King David saw her, which caused him to lust after another man’s wife. In one fell swoop he took another man’s wife (the pride of life, the lust of the flesh and eye; where David broke the commandment that God laid down of "Committing adultery and coveting another man’s wife and murder”; thereby lifting himself above God and becoming the devil for that incident, for he broke God's laws and allowing his own person desires and lusts to dominate. i.e. the ways of the flesh.). What did God do in return, he took King David’s child, for he could not take King David and Bethsaida as was required under the law that he gave.

    Remember, if you put another god before God himself, these people SHALL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.

    So what can we do, but trust in God and the Lord Jesus, because we are such imperfect people and we would fail in this. For the least inattentively means falling off that path, as the Lord Jesus stated "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matt 7:13-14.

    We must be watchful, for we must work out our own salvation, but in order to do that we can do nothing more than put our trust in God and the Lord Jesus, for we all are imperfect. How could we achieve pass these tests, if one wrong step and its curtains.

    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images

    This verse is self-explanatory, but the Roman Catholic Church changed this verse and took it out entirely, due to them worshipping and bowing down before the statues of Mary, the Lord, and other people within the buildings as well as their homes.

    As most are aware; both the Protestant and the Roman Catholic Bibles are similar, and are translated from the original sacred tombs, yet the Catholic church altered the bible and separated this verse to accommodate the worshipping of idols and images. For the church of Rome believes that Mary had the ability to intercede for the people, which the Bible states as ONLY the Lord Jesus has that responsibility. "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus" 1 Tim 2:5. Other parts of Scripture also states that bowing down or worshipping idols instead of directly to God is displeasing to Him, they are: Hebrews 7:25, 2 Chron. 33:15, Lev. 26:1, Ezek. 14:3, Hosea 13:2, Exo. 20:4-5, Isaiah 44:17, Deut. 4:19, Acts 10:24-26,Psalm 97:7. Nowhere in Scripture does it state that Mary is to be worshipped or that she is another option for the intercessor or a deliverer; only that she is the Most Blessed amongst woman.

    Besides the Catholic Church, there are other places that worship and bow down to images and idols, such as the Buddha, or one of the Hindu gods. Why as a Christian country do we allow other religions in to build their temples etc.. What would God and the Lord Jesus think about those places. Do we need another Elijah to demonstrate the existence of God when He destroyed the Baal worshippers from out of Israel.

    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

    This self explanatory, but we do take his name in vain, every day on this earth is someone swearing the Lord's name. Yet many, if not all; just do it and are unaware that they are blaspheming.

    So here again we must rely upon their mercy and understanding. Trust is important, faith etc. If they can not be, then we are in trouble.

    4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

    This law is also self explanatory; keeping the Sabbath day holy. After all, we all need a rest day and we most certainly don't want to anger or hurt God. He did after all introduced it to his people all those eons ago. So there must be a reason for that.

    I mean, everything he does is for the Good of His people Israel. So why, should we not who may not be Israel also not listen to wisdom. And yes, the Lord Jesus has free the people from the penalty of the law, that does not mean as I stated earlier due to his crucifixion and torture that we should do our own thing and not obey those laws that he died for.

    After all, most know that if we don't rest what happens, things like stress, break downs, etc. So why should we not obey the Laws that God gave to the people of Israel. He is after all wise and he knows all things. He is God.

Love thy neighbour as thy self

5. Honour your father and your mother.

Easy and self explanatory, but it is not always easy if you are being provoked by them; but within scripture, wisdom also prevails. We must "obey our parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord" Colossian 3:20. And that the Parents should not provoke the child. Colossian 3:21. We must all live and practice Love.

6. You shall not murder.

Also easy and self explanatory. Do not kill, for according to Gods law, “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death" Lev 24:17 and the other reason not to murder, because according the Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. Look at Cain he killed his brother and because of this, he was turfed from the Garden of Eden and he was never to return. Due to this interpretation, we can not murder ourselves or in compassion or mercy euthanize anyone.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

Also explanatory; according to the Lord Jesus Christ, if one looks upon a woman with lust commits adultery in his heart and is guilty of breaking the law. Matt 5:28. It also states within Scripture that God judges those that are sexually immoral and adulterous. Heb 13:4. So we must beware. Even if we do not goes by these rules, if one was committing adultery; how many people would we hurt. The wife or girlfriend, the children, the parents of both side. I understand that at the time we don't think about it, and the Lust of the flesh came into the picture. But how would you like it, if it was done to you. How would you feel?

8. You shall not steal.

Another one of his laws that are easy to understand, and as he said his laws are not burdensome, yet the Pharisees made it so. By stealing from ones neighbour, means you are not practicing his laws of "Love thy neighbour as thy self" If you don't want to be stolen from, don't do it to another person. And remember, according to 1 Cor 6:10 "No thieves, or the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." So it is important obey those rules that God set. One foot the wrong way and it's the cliff edge. But, remember we are imperfect, and the only ones we can trust to get use through to the other side is God and the Lord Jesus.

9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.

Being a false witness is something that God hates and according to the book of Psalms, they will eventually perish from off the land. Even the Lord Jesus stated that one needs to obey those laws in order to gain eternal life. How much more important than coming from God's own son. After all, if anyone gives a false testimony about someone, that person will feel emotional pain, they may even go to jail or get injured in some way shape and form. As Psalms 25:18 states "A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow" The bible also states that anyone who does this has an evil heart. For Matt 15:19 states For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander." Who can we ask to fix this problem; but God. We must draw close to Him, through the Lord Jesus and ask him to help you be cleansed of such evil and believe me; if it is His will, magic will occur.

Beware, if you do become a slander, you have God to content with; because according to Psalms 101:5 Whoever slanders his neighbour God will secretly destroy him. And we do not want to get into the hands of the living God. We must also keep in mind that all liars, the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, their inheritance or portion as the Bible puts it, is in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This is known as the second death. (Rev 21:8) And with this death there is no coming back and spend time with God and the Lord Jesus. This world has no God or Lord. No body would want that. That is too horrifying to contemplate. So we must beware.

Oh help us dear Heavenly Father to become perfect in thy sight to cleanse us of all evil, I thank thee for thy son, thy precious gift to mankind. We who are so imperfect, to receive such a precious and perfect gift as he. Please help us in the name of the Lord Jesus, to take away any iniquity that we may have within our members so that we may be used by thee for good and not evil. I give homage to thee most incredible God, and thank you. Amen.

10. You shall not covet

The Coveting law that God informed use about can lead us to break many of the other laws, like stealing and committing adultery. If we are doing these things, how can we possibly appear holy to the Father. Would we not disappoint God and the Lord Jesus. If we profess to Love the Lord Jesus as well as God, then how can we do those things he hates. If we are, then we must stop. If we do not; then eventually, death will arrive upon us. As James 1:14-15 states "But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Remember, by breaking these commandments and teaching other, like the police when you get arrested, you will become the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember by breaking these commandments means you are technically disowning God. Do you want that? It may mean he disowns you.

Also do we wish to be a defiled vessel, for Mark 7:20-23, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” How then can we be used by God for holy means. The answer is to adopt the Lord Jesus's righteousness and with both their help as well as your own, they will help you to clean up the wrongs found within you.

So we must all kneel and prayer for help in this, but beware the devil is also on the prowl and he wants to win at any cost. So trust in God and the Lord Jesus and if it is according to their will it should be ok.

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      Judy chan 2 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      No, you are correct. Due to the Lord's death, we must even more so establish those laws and make them into a more firm foundation on which we must all walk upon. Being a Christian is so difficult, but we must all work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12 Not just to trust in God and the Lord and all will be okay.

      What you said as regards " we must endure unto the end, only then can we be saved" is also correct, only then can we receive the inheritance. If we stop preaching we also lose out, if we draw back we also lose out.

      That's why the Bible states that " 1 Peter 4:18 (ASV) And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?" And if you do fall, you become uncircumcised. Therefore, no hope.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      The penalty is for sin

      You said “But the Lord Jesus did set the people free from the penalties of the law, which is true death”

      First of all the people’s death came through their own personal sins, not through the law.

      Romans 6:23

      For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

      Once you turn to God more is required of you, not less

      The law was given for man’s good, and it was man who broke it.

      The law didn’t/ doesn’t cause people to sin, it shows what their sins are at best, we know this because sin was around before the law was known, and because every man is responsible for his own sin that brings death on him.

      Are you trying to say that we no longer need to refrain from sinning because God took/takes away the penalty? (this contradicts other parts in the bible such as

      Luke 12:48, )

      We’re not saved until we endure till the end

      Matthew 10:22

      And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

      This shows that we are not completely safe until we live a life of loving, and obeying God

      Jesus came for several reasons, and one was to show us how to keep the ten commandments

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      Judy chan 2 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      That is true, our understanding are all different levels. But please explain so I may grow in understanding.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I disagree with you, but we are all at the spiritual level where we are supposed to be I guess

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      Judy chan 2 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      I agree with what you have stated, but the Lord Jesus did set the people free from the penalties of the law, which is true death. We automatically move from death unto life. Due to Adam failing; all die, but the Lord Jesus succeeded, as he was made like unto flesh, and tempted like us, yet he did not sin. Because he won, we can now have life and live it more abundantly.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great hub. I agree with a lot you have said, and when I read your profile I was surprised that you wrote what you did, you said: "Who am I you maybe wondering, no one really"

      You are someone, you are a caregiver, and a person who writes about how precious the ten commandments are.

      However, I do disagree with your statement that God's elect has been set free from God's laws. The Israelites didn’t need to be set free from his law, and wouldn't want to be

      There’s reward for keeping God’s commandments. (Deuteronomy 6:2-3)

      They are for a long life, and God told Israel that things would be well with them for keeping his commandments

      God requires they be taught to the children. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

      And it is the only writings that God says to display in the home

      “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9)

      The ten commandments are a blessing, and the Israelites didn’t need to be set free from them, they never enslaved them.

      Jesus didn’t do away with them either. Jesus made them more clear by expounding on them

      When he spoke of the one that says “Thou shall not kill”, he said that being angry WITHOUT CAUSE could put your salvation in jeopardy

      Matthew 5:22

      But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

      God’s ten commandments are about how we treat others, so they will never be done away with.

      Most people think the one about bearing false witness is about lying, which it is in a way, but is more about slandering another person.

      When we want to question is something a sin we have to ask ourselves if it hurts ourselves or another person, and does it diminish or take away your love for God, or your way of showing him your love.