Hi people today I write on the legendary Biblical Ten Commandments. Let us first see what they speak of first.

Exodus 20:1-17 (Old Testament)
1 God spoke, and these were his words: 2 “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.
3 “Worship no god but me.
4 “Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.
5 Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.
6 But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.
7 “Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.
8 “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. 9 You have six days in which to do your work, 10 but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work — neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. 11 In six days I, the Lord, made the earth, the sky, the sea, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.
12 “Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.
13 “Do not commit murder.
14 “Do not commit adultery.
15 “Do not steal.
16 “Do not accuse anyone falsely.
17 “Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.”

The above may seem to you like Law, a list of do’s and don’ts. Well these 10 commandments have been taken from the Old Testament and relate to the Law of Moses. Well the Bible says that the Law was good but the Law’s shelf life was only until the Law was fulfilled in the Messiah (Jesus).

Matthew 5:17-18 (Jesus’ Word during His ministry)
17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Luke 22:14-17 (Jesus with His apostles a little before the time of the cross)
14 When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.15 And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;16 for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”

Note: from Luke 22:14-17
1. Jesus promised not to eat and drink any more until the Kingdom of God comes, which is symbolic of a New Covenanant sealed by His blood (suffer).
2. The Kingdom of God coming is also reflective of the fulfillment of the Law in Jesus.

John 19:28-30 (Jesus at the time of His death on the cross)
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

We therefore see that we are no longer under Law, so what then are we under? The answer my friend is grace (John 1:17), grace meaning goodness given even though not deserved. It is in this perspective of grace that we see the essence of the Ten Commandments. All these 10 Commandments are summed up in only two Commandments (Mat 22:37-39).

John 1:17
God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:14
Sin must not be your master; for you do not live under law but under God’s grace.

Matthew 22:36-40
36 “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ 40 The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

To look at the 10 commandments under the perspective of Law today would seem rather odd. You must however understand that Law is such a thing where you are either guilty or not guilty, the only way you are not guilty is if you have not done it or if your circumstance was considered in the written Law. It is however impossible to cover all circumstances to excuse you from being guilty.

Consider this, if you were to tell someone you would meet him at 5pm and if you were to experience a delay and meet him at say 5:10pm then if the Law does not cover this circumstance in writing then you are guilty of lying. Also consider if you were to meet a beautiful woman and get married, if you were to tell her that she is still beautiful when she turns fat after bearing lovely children, then too you would be guilty of lying for truth to one man may be as per law truth to any other man. If the Sabbath was to be observed as a day of rest as per the Law then the effort required by you to keep yourself from doing nothing may stress you out more than the easier going daily chores. If a person were to steal food just to keep him going then he would be punishable as per the law. If an army man were to kill just to safeguard his country’s right to exist then that would be punishable too. The funny thing is that even the people of the Old Testament experienced the grace of God, for example God chose Israel to be His people even though they were the smallest of all peoples (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).

Deuteronomy 7:6-8
6 Do this because you belong to the Lord your God. From all the peoples on earth he chose you to be his own special people.
7 “The Lord did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. 8 But the Lord loved you and wanted to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors. That is why he saved you by his great might and set you free from slavery to the king of Egypt.

To obey the Law as Law when you are under grace is to harden your hearts in stubbornness (Mark 10:2-5). Religious Law portrays God as a policeman with stick. God chooses to discipline His people but not through religious Law but through life itself. God instills in us His Spirit to have an inside effect on us (Ezekiel 11:19).

Mark 10:2-5
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

Ezekiel 11:19 (God’s Word through the prophet Ezekiel)
And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

God’s idea of the Law was to make God’s opposition that lies within man known to man (Romans 7:7), the Law was perfect but as man strived to be made perfect in the Law, his desires within opposed God’s Law (Romans 7:21-23) and man could do nothing. God wanted man to feel this vacuum for himself, an uneasiness from which only the Lord Jesus could deliver (Romans 7:25) and a vacuum which only God the Holy Spirit could fill (Galatians 5:16-18). The Law by itself never justified man before God (Romans 3:20) for the Law was never for the righteous but rather to make known to sinners their wickedness (1Timothy 1:8-10).

Romans 7:7
Shall we say, then, that the Law itself is sinful? Of course not! But it was the Law that made me know what sin is. If the Law had not said, “Do not desire what belongs to someone else,” I would not have known such a desire.

Romans 7:21-23 (Apostle Paul)
21 So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. 22 My inner being delights in the law of God. 23 But I see a different law at work in my body — a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 24 What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! ..

Galatians 5:16-18
16 What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.
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18 If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.

Romans 3:20
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

1Timothy 1:8-10
8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

Salvation, which is eternal life living in the blissful presence of God is given to man not for man’s works but by the grace of God that enables His people to believe that their sin was paid for in full by Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7-9
7 He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. 8-9 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.

So this my friends is the 10 Commandment’s Easter message.
1. Walk in obedience to Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour.
2. Love and do for your neighbor as you would love and do for your self. If your neighbour is your enemy then pray that you may be patient as God in His time will open a door for you somewhere sometime that you may express this love. Remember what we do, we do not for the gratitude of men but for the greater cause that Jesus be glorified as Almighty God who is One with the Father and Spirit

Colossians 3:23
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings.

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