FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 5
BY: Jeremy Witt
Moses has called the nation together and begins his address in verse 1. Notice how starts. He calls them to Listen, hear, learn, and obey. Listening/hearing requires absorbing or letting the words come into our minds. Learning is understanding what is happening and its implications for us. Obeying is putting it into practice and applying it to our lives. These are three good things for all of us today.
Moses begins the 10 commandments in verses 6-21. Verses 6-12 apply to our relationship with God and helps shape how we obey God, view God, and worship God. Verses 13-21 apply to our relationships with others.
Verse 7 reminds us that God is one and demands that He is the only one we worship. Anything else is a god and that includes ourselves. We make ourselves a god when we insist on being in control and not trusting in Him. Anything else that comes in place of God does the same thing, so we must be careful to protect God’s place in our lives.
Verse 8 continues this god or idol concept further. We tend to like to touch things and make things tangible. Mankind has struggled with worshipping the Unseen God and prefers to take matters into our own hands, which goes directly against God’s instructions. Our flesh fights against the Spirit as we read in the New Testament.
Verse 11 has the commandment of taking the LORD’s name in vain or misusing the name of God. When we use God’s name in cursing or even joking, we are committing this sin. It goes so far as using God’s name in a useless or empty way. When we are praising the name of God or proclaiming His glory, it is the opposite of taking His name in vain. Let us be careful in our words to protect His Name and not using it improperly.
Verse 12-15 involve the Sabbath and worship. This commandment is the only one not mentioned again in the New Testament for us to follow; however, it was very important for worship prior to the Cross. God’s purpose was to focus on Him and to rest. This allows us to reset and get our priorities in line with Him if we are obedient.
Verse 16 is the only commandment with a blessing tied to it as we honor our parents. Notice it is not stated if they deserve honor or not, but that we are to honor them, period! How are you doing in honoring your parents?
Verse 17 we are not to murder, and Jesus takes it further in Matthew 5:21-22. I’ll let you read that yourself.
Verses 18-21 continue in things to avoid with other people and how we are to act.
What we discover throughout the Old Testament and then into the New Testament, there were a variety of ways to interpret these commandments. Some took them very literally and focused on the letter of the law. Some took these in principle, and then Jesus explains the intent of the Law as in Matthew 5.
Verses 22-33 Moses returns to reminding the people of their journey with God and how the LORD has blessed them, led them and that they are in a covenant relationship with God. They are to hear, listen, learn, and obey.