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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

The 10 Commandments- simplified

From the beginning, the Israelites and God have always had a relationship. Beginning with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, when others didn't the acknowledged God, the Israelites did. They listened for His voice. They obeyed His words and because of this they became special to God. They were his people and He was their God.

There were many times when the Israelites were disobedient but they always remembered to recognize and call out to God. And despite their stubbornness, God never rejected them. He has always remained faithful to His word and held them close to His heart.

In God's attempt to help the Israelites, He gave Moses a moral code, a standard for the Israelites to go by. Telling them how they should live. These rules are known as the Ten Commandments. They are ten simple rules for Israelites and all believers to obey.

1.Do not put anything before Me.

Do not put your love of things before your love of God. This would include anything that you spend more time doing, than the time you spend with God. Is it shopping? Is it seeking money? Is it the man or woman in your life? is there anything in your life that you love more than God?

2. Do not make fake Gods?

You do not need any Idol. God doesn't work through them. He doesn't have to. A picture that you keep on you or in your car for safety? Do you kneel or pray to statues? Good luck charms? Do you revere a person or hold them in higher esteem than you hold God?

3.Do not treat the name of God badly or use it loosely

Have you ever used the Lord's name as a curse word (Jesus Christ!, 'Gosh' Darnnit!, etc)? Ever said that you swear to God, for something trivial? His name is to be held highly. There is power in His name and it is to be used accordingly.

4. Keep the seventh day special.

Some people believe it's Saturday and others believe it is Sunday. Some hold every day as special to the Lord. Don't get caught up in semantics. Let the Lord lead you on this.

5. Respect your parents.

Despite their behavior, honor your parents. You are only responsible for your own actions. Be very mindful of how you treat your parents. In most cases they've done a lot for you, especially when you were young and couldn't care for yourself.

6. Do not kill people,

It is not up to you to exact punishment on those around you. Even if you believe they deserve it. Leave that to God. Trust that in the end we will all be held accountable for our sins.

7. Do not treat someone like you are married to them if you are not.

God has made certain things to be shared between a man and a wife within a marriage. And it is considered a sin to partake in certain activities like sex, outside of marriage. There are reasons for everything that God commands.

8.Do not steal.

Don't take what doesn't belong to. Work for your own things. Ask God to supply, be patient and work to have the things you need. You will gain self pride when you are able to provide for your self, rightfully.

9.Do not lie.

Our enemy the devil is the father of lies. When you lie you are allowing him to use you. Don't be deceitful. Instead of lying you can always remain silent. There is life and death in the power of the tongue. You are responsible for everything that comes out of your mouth. Don't lie.

10. Do not seek after other people's things.

Jealousy is not a Godly trait. Jealousy leads to other negative things... anger, stealing, hatred, etc. Jealousy gives the enemy a window or door into your life. You can appreciate what someone else has but always work have the things you need and want..

Exosus 20: 1-17

1 And God spake all these words, saying,

2 I 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.

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