By: Ely Lagajino
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. John 4:23 (ASV)
On the 3rd day, the Israelites, along with Moses, gathered at some distance from the foot of Mount Sinai. A thick cloud covered the summit of the mountain. Followed by loud thunder and lightning, and they heard a trumpet-like explosion. God had come to Mount Sinai in the form of fire.
God revealed His law for the benefit of the Israelites and for people of the succeeding generations. “They were given for instruction and governance of all.” God honoured the Hebrews as the guardians and keepers of His law, and it should be regarded as sacred truth.
Ten principles, brief, comprehensive, and authoritative, cover man’s duty to God and to his fellows based on the principle of love. (Luke 10:27)
The Ten Commandments are principles given in detail and applicable to the conditions and circumstances of man.
You shall have no other gods before Me. “Jehovah the eternal, self-existence, uncreated One. The Source and Sustainer of is entitled to supreme reverence and worship.” Don’t surrender your loyalty and dedication to “gods” who, in reality, are no gods. Do not give the highest place in your life to something or someone who, in the end, will only disappoint and hurt you. “
Some ancient people make the frogs their noisy gods which rob their sleep, especially during rainy days. Today popular culture has changed. People no longer bow down to the acacia gods and golden cow gods, but to gold plated money, intoxicating power, vanity, gadgets, celebrities, pornography, vices, and even work and careers; anything that places God on second priority.
When Jesus was asked, “which is the greatest commandment?”
He answered by quoting Deuteronomy, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first commandment.”
Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 6:5; Mt.22:37-38
The Ten Commandments p.18,22
PP P. 321-322