Morning Devotion: Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Remember these commands were given to Israel after they were redeemed fro Egypt. They had no laws to govern them.
We must also remember that the law was given to teach us that we are sinners by nature and cannot keep the laws God gave us. No one, no one can keep all these laws. Therefore, it is imperative that Christ Jesus save us.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Let’s look at the first 5:
1. Thou shalt have no other God’s before me.
Do you have anything in your life that you make more important the God?
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee and graven image.
Do you have idols in your house? Sport idols, people idols, gaming idols etc. Get rid of them.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain.
Have you ever taken the Lord’s name in vain whether in swearing or joking or just plain vulgar talk?
4. Honour the Sabbath, keep it holy.
Do you forgo church for whatever reason?
Th first four are sins against God; the last six are what man does to man.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
Do you dishonour your father and mother in heart and mind or action?
How are you doing with the first five so far?
Now, we come to number six; “Thou shalt not kill” This is called murder.
In this day and age, I believe our world is filled with murder. Many of us have never murdered anyone and praise the Lord for that. While some may say they have never done such a horrendous thing most are just as guilty.
Murder is a heart issue, for if the heart has hatred in it, it is the same as murder. Hate is murder. Every man is capable of such if the heart is filled with hate.
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Do you have a hatred for your fellow being? If so, murder is close at hand.
We find the word of God has a good illustration of this in the life of Jospeh. Jospeh’s brothers hated him and wanted to kill him.
Genesis 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
Genesis 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
The world hates the Lord Jesus Christ and those who represent Him.
John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
Jesus said in John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
How are you to act when this happens?
Matthew 5:43 ¶Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
What is truly sad is when a believer hates another believer for that is the opposite of what God intended. Then the question comes to mind, was that one really saved in the first place.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
So far, these six commandments reveal what is in the heart. Only Jesus can change the heart.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The choice is still yours,