Summary: A study of Chapter 20 verses 1 through 17
Exodus 20: 1 – 17
God’s 9 Commandments
1 And God spoke all these words, saying: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. 7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. 8 “ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. 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.”
Hey, I must have made a mistake. I listed as the topic ‘God’s 9 Commandments.’ There are 10 not 9. Really? I think you will find it interesting that the Commandments of our Precious Holy Adoni Yahweh are not all followed today. There are various reasons given for this sin. First of all you may yourself say that these are not for us today. They are just for the Jews. Really? Then I guess it is okay to kill or steal, or commit adultery. I hear your response, ‘Well no, we can’t do those sins.’ So, are we today suppose to pick and choose which ones we are to obey and which ones we are to reject as not being applicable to us?
Aha, got you thinking, didn’t I? I believe that you will receive a new understanding of God’s Commands not His Suggestions as we take some time to look at His Holy Word.
Another statement I heard is that we are New Testament saints so we do not have to follow the 10 Commandments. A verse that they like to use for this position is from the book of Romans chapter 6 verse 14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Now take a look again at this verse. Is it saying that you do not have to obey God’s Commandments?
What doe the Bible have to say about this. First of all let us jump back a few chapters to read the advice of the Apostle Paul. In chapter 3 of Romans we read this, “19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.