And His commands are not burdensome,

for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

1 John 5:3-4

The Ten Commandments

Does anyone know these anymore? Does anyone still follow these?

God gave the 10 Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. These commandments are recorded by Moses in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.

Moses summoned all of Israel and said: Hear, O Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.

It was not with our fathers that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all who are alive today.

(Deuteronomy 5)

1. You shall have no other gods before me

What does this mean?

A god is whatever you put first in your life. It could be money, power, or whatever you are devoting yourself to other than God.

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

What does this mean?

Don’t turn God into something He’s not. Don’t bow down or worship any type of carved idol or image.

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

What does this mean?

Don’t swear in God’s name for He is holy, pure, and perfect. Don’t misuse His name in any way and worship Him with reverence and seriousness.

4. Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?

God rested on the seventh day. He expects us to do the same. He commands us “six days you shall labor and do all your work, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.” The Sabbath is a day of rest and worship. Take a break.

5. Honor your father and your mother.

What does this mean?

Obey and respect your parents. Provide for them if they are in need, take care of them if they are ill. Honoring them should continue even beyond their death.

6. You shall not murder.

What does this mean?

Do not kill out of anger, jealousy, or any act of hatred or selfishness. Even thinking of doing harm to someone is a sin. Commit yourself to the opposite of hatred and anger – love and reconciliation.

7. Do not commit adultery.

What does this mean?

Adultery is a voluntary sexual relationship between a married person and a person other than his or her spouse. Pornography and looking at someone with lustful eyes is adultery. Keep your body and soul between you and your spouse.

8. You shall not steal.

What does this mean?

There are many forms of stealing, and in God’s sight, the character of those who steal a little is the same as those who steal a lot.

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

What does this mean?

This is not just a judicial matter. You cannot lie in court, but it’s also gossip and lying about someone. Don’t do this. Keep your heart lovely and don’t have a lying tongue.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, house, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does this mean?

Be content with what you have. Don’t set your desires on anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t be jealous or envious of what someone has. God is able to provide us with everything we need, even if He doesn’t give us everything we want.