You shall have no other gods before me. — Exodus 20:3 (NIV)
The Ten Commandments (NIV)
1 And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
I always remember my church leader said The Ten Commandments should be read like this: ” … You shall not murder, because someone will get hurt. You shall not commit adultery, because someone will get hurt. You shall not steal, because someone will get hurt … ” — This is a loving father who is trying to protect his children from getting hurt by setting up boundaries.. The Ten Commandments are designed to protect God’s people instead of restricting or punishing them.
You might think theses ten commandments were just written for Israelites thousands of years ago. (If they obey them they will be blessed.) However, Jesus is our new covenant with God the Father. He told us to Love God with all our heart, and to Love our neighbours as ourselves. Could we do it?
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” — Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV)
Just as it was for Israelites, God also promised to bless his people if we keep his covenant, we will be our father’s treasured possession, our nation, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. The word “priest” means “ONE WHO DRAWS NEAR TO GOD”. ‘The Father LONGED FOR a kingdom of people that would draw near to him IN LOVE. His heart has always desired INTIMACY with his people. HIS HEART ACHES FOR THIS TO THIS DAY. ‘
I read this verse, and was touched by the love of God for me. As a father, he is so long to be closed to his children: He would love to give us a hug when we are down, and a pat on the shoulder saying well done when we are doing great. It is the intimacy relationship with us that he always desires.
He promised us love and blessings, peach and joy, kindness and goodness … when we draw near to him.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has send me to you.” — Exodus 3:14 (NIV)
Who is Moses? Moses was the leader who brought Israel out of the slavery of Egypt by the power of the Lord. When Israel was put into slavery by the Pharaoh, they cried to God and God heard them. He sent Moses as the liberator. This verse is what God said to Moses when he spoke to him from a burning bush. NIV translation doesn’t use the name of the Lord. In Hebrew Bible, God reveals his name here as Yahweh or Jehovah in English. Later in verse 15, God also says, “this is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation”.
Why did God choose Moses? Moses was not a very brave person before God raised him and blessed him greatly. He was an orphan child but now he has met his Father — God, the One who thinks highly of him!
God has given Moses a great mission – Set Israelites free of slavery by bring them out of Egypt. Moses has no confidence in himself:’ How can I managed this, why choose me?’ However, God has promised that He would be with Moses all the time, moreover, He promised POWER and AUTHORITY in his name that conquers all things.
Can you see the picture? — Trust in God, our father, for he has promised that he will be with us ALWAYS and Nothing is impossible in this mighty name.