Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments as they appear in Exodus chapter 20 are as follows;

  • You shall have no other gods before Me.

This commandment was meant to reaffirm the position of God as the ultimate authority over all Israelites and the unchallenged supreme creator. It was meant to remind the Israelites of how far God had brought them.

  • You shall make no idols.

This commandment explores the supremacy of God over all creatures and should not be substituted with any man-made supreme deity. The commandment is an important distinctive identity of The God of Israelites

  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

This commandment was meant to shun confessing with the name of God in unrighteous activities. It is meant to prevent blasphemy and uphold the utmost, respect, fear, and over of God.

  • Keep the Sabbath day holy.

This commandment was meant to commemorate the day God took rest after the creation of the Universe and Man. It is the seventh day but has elicited heated debate on to the specific day among Christians. The Sabbath day is dedicated to God in as far as all activities of Man is concerned.

  • Honor your father and your mother.

This is the only commandment with a promise. In broader interpretation, it is meant to instil hierarchy of authority and vest power on elders over young people. It promotes obedience that transcends from God to children through the elderly.

  • You shall not murder.

This commandment promote sanctity of life. As such only God can terminate the life of a human being. God is the creator and therefore the only one with discrete authority to take life.

  • You shall not commit adultery.

Sexuality is critical in the society and is considered God given. However, the spiritual and physical hygiene associated with sex necessitated it to be confined between two married people only. Extramarital affair is sinful and exhibit high level of betrayal.

  • You shall not steal.

Unauthorized possession of other people’s property is trespass and is a sin before God. This commandment promote stewardship and honesty in material possessions.

  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

This commandment promote love, honesty, and positive witnessing. It promotes the spirit of brotherhood, love, and justice.

  • You shall not covet.

This commandment promote self-reliance. Contentment, acceptance of oneself. It was meant to prevent the craving desire to own other people’s property.

 

 

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