The Ten Commandments were an interesting thing. They were God’s laws for his people. They were to guide life with him and life with each other. The first 4 related to God and the last 6 related to the community (though some see honoring father and mother as another God one, but I don’t really get that). God’s law’s for God’s people grew to 613 laws in the next few books, all smaller laws of these foundational laws. Each law was not supposed to be a limiter but a way of pointing and encouraging people to the opposite good we could do as God’s people. To not commit adultery is to honor and love your spouse.
I find it strange that we fight to have the Ten Commandments displayed all over the place, but the truth is that they are not displayed in the lives of many of the same people that fight to show them. Lay Leno did a funny Man on the Street a few years back and no one even knows the Ten Commandments. I think it’s great to display the Ten Commandments but only if they are there to remind a people who display them in their lives.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.
Come journey with us as we read through the Bible in a year. It is our desire to hear what God wants from us and to know his promises as well as warnings. Each day we will read a text and together we will share what we are learning and encourage one another to finish the goal!