Thursday, April 14, 2011
Summary of the Ten Commandments
The question is often asked, does the Law apply today? Many modern churches teach us to ignore the law. Man of the Reformation taught us to obey the law.
The British Parliament asked the men of the Reformation to write a doctrine of what the Bible teaches.
This would be great Biblical information to teach children in Sunday School or VBS Vacation Bible School. Several years later they came back with a document that we know as the Westminster Confession of Faith. They spent parts of two chapters explain the Bible perspective that we should obey and apply the law today. The summary of them is to obey them.
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This site is provided as a resource for information about the Ten Commandments of God (decalogue) from the Bible as given to Moses for the Nation of Israel. Our purpose is to emphasize the value of God's law in revealing the love of Jesus Christ for humanity in every age.
There is much conflict in North American culture today as to the appropriateness of posting the Ten Commandments in public places, their relevancy to laws and policies, and even their place in the church.
We hope the information provided here will provide a greater understanding of the Ten Commandments and their purpose in our lives, church, and government.
LEARN, UNDERSTAND, APPLY... THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!
You will notice in the drop down menu that some of the sections are listed in numerical order. To understand the context in which this material is presented it is recommended that you follow the sequence as you would chapters in a book.
"Never in the history of the world has there been ten rules that have caused such a disturbance in the conscience of a people as to affect a society, church, and government as do the Ten Commandments." - Founder, GodstenLaws.com
We pray your visit here will be a blessing and provide you with a deeper understanding of the Love of Jesus Christ.
Insights & Bible Stories Related to Each
of the Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments were originally about a covenant of love for Israel (Neh. 1:5) and it governed their relationships (see purpose section).
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He answered by stating that all the laws are rooted in two:
Love the Lord with all your heart
Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).
We were created for relationship with God and one another. The Ten Commandments are divided accordingly.
This section provides insight into each of the Ten Commandments and a Bible story to illustrate each. The following information is not exhaustive, nor does in necessarily address the specific meaning of the Ten Commandments in our present age (new covenant). For details on how and why the Ten Commandments were transformed see the Law & Grace section.
Commandments Addressing Relationship with God
1. No other gods "Follow Who?"
2. No Idols "The Golden Calf"
3. God's name "Religious Leaders Blaspheme Christ's Name"
4. Keep Sabbath holy "Jesus and the Sabbath"
Commandments Addressing Relationship with Others
5. Honor parents "Jesus Obeys His Parents"
6. Do not murder "The First Murder"
7. Do not commit adultery "A King Commits Adultery"
8. Do not steal "A Thief brings Trouble to a Nation"
9. Do not give false testimony "An Evangelist is Falsly Accused"
10. Do not covet "The Greed of Gehazi"
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"
Old & New Covenant Laws Compared
The Old Covenant laws (Ten Commandments) were transformed into New Covenant laws through Jesus Christ. Following are the Ten Commandments from the old covenant compared to the equivalent new covenant commandments.
Old Covenant Ten
1. No other gods
Do not love the world; worship and serve God only…
2. No Idols
Do not make idols nor be full of greed…
3. Do not take God's name in vain
Do not swear by anything, avoid hypocrisy…
4. Keep Sabbath holy
Jesus Christ is our Sabbath Rest…
5. Honor parents
Obey and honor parents…
6. Do not murder
Do not be angry with or hate brothers or sisters…
7. Do not commit adultery
Do not be filled with lust, do not divorce or marry one who is divorced…
8. Do not steal
Do not take from others, and be generous to those in need…
9. Do not give false testimony
Do not give false testimony or speak evil against your brother…
10. Do not covet Be content; do not worry…
Summary of the Ten Commandments
Summary of Ten Commandments The question is often asked, does the Law apply today? Many modern churches teach us to ignore the law. Man of the Reformation taught us to obey the law. The British Parliament asked the men of the Reformation to write a doctrine of what the Bible teaches. This would be great Biblical information to teach children in Sunday School or VBS Vacation Bible School. Several years later they came back with a document that we know as the Westminster Confession of Faith. They spent parts of two chapters explain the Bible perspective that we should obey and apply the law today. Click on the above for a summary of theological discussion. The summary of them is to obey them.