I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.
- Do not have other gods besides me.
- Do not make an idol for yourself…
- Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God…
- Be careful to remember the Sabbath day…
- Honor your father and your mother…
- Do not murder.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not steal.
- Do not give dishonest testimony against your neighbor.
- Do not covet…
This is known as the 10-Commandments, but in reality, none of these are written in the “imperative.” If we are going to be God’s, this is how we will act. It’s not really “commandments” as in “do this” in order to be faithful… it’s written more like this “if you are faithful, you will not…” Put God first. Remember that he is your God, and the rest will follow. This is meant to be a guide of the kind of character God has. If you are being molded into Christ Likeness, this is how you will live. It’s a standard, a way to check yourself. So how are you doing?
“Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow… You must not add anything to what I command you or take anything away from it, so that you may keep the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you.
God’s word is God’s word. We should never be so “smart” so as to go beyond what the word says. In 1Corinthians 4 Paul speaks to this when he says not to go beyond the word. The people were being too smart for their own good, they were wise in their own eyes, but Paul was willing to be foolish and stick to what the word of God has to say. Don’t be so “dignified” that you make rules of decorum which go beyond what the Scriptures command…
The Lord spoke to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan, it will be allotted to you as an inheritance with these borders
When the Lord gives us a blessing, it’s on His terms, and we should be glad. It seems like we have an idea of what we want, but we don’t know what we need. God knows how to bless us in the way that’s best for us. We need to trust Him. He doesn’t always, or even most of the time, bless us and set us loose. His gifts always come with boarders. We need to use His blessings His way.
The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, “Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places. You are to take possession of the land and settle in it because I have given you the land to possess.
When God shows you His plan for you, follow it. When God gives you an idea of what He could do with you, that’s not just a suggestion, it’s His plan for your life. It’s not optional, we need to act on God’s vision for our lives. There are consequences when we don’t follow through. What has God called you to do? Are you doing it?
Moses told the leaders of the Israelite tribes, “This is what the Lord has commanded: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.
Your word is your bond, and it means something. If you agree to something, do it. People don’t need to question you, especially if you’re a Christian, if you say “yes” to something. Have you given your life to Jesus? Are you living for Him in every area of your life? Are you a member of a church? What does that mean? Do you know what your church expects of its members, or are you hoping if you don’t ask then you’re off the hook? Do what you say, say what you’ll do, then do it. People of the cross need to be people of integrity.