Weekly Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
This week we are looking at the Ten Commandments, the very basis of God’s moral law for humanity. Jesus underscored the value of this moral law in his own teachings. Yet sometimes we can misread the Ten Commandments because so many of them are framed in the negative – in other words, we are told what not to do more so than we are told what to do. By understanding the moral law in terms of “should not,” we can technically follow the law and yet still miss out on fulfilling the heart of the law. Jesus addressed this in the Sermon on the Mount. I can successfully not murder someone in a technical sense and still harbor hate for them in my heart. When we express the moral law in positive terms, the heart of the law is also communicated. The language of “should not” connected to the people’s moral understanding at the time Moses received the Commandments. In a world that was unfamiliar with the moral law of God, they were required to begin at an elementary level of understanding before they could move to a more nuanced, positive understanding. It is the same with teaching our children. We teach them not to do this or that to keep them from harm, before we are able to teach them why we should act certain ways out of moral responsibility. Today, let us take a look at the Ten Commandments, but frame them in this positive language that speaks to the heart. Take some time after each commandment to meditate on their significance within your own life of faith in Jesus Christ.
I. Yahweh, the LORD, is God – the only true, living God. We serve the LORD alone.
II. The LORD is spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and truth.
III. The LORD’s name is to be honored, praised, and cherished and all that we do shall be done for the LORD’s glory.
IV. The LORD created us for both work and rest. Take time for rest in order to receive the re-creative grace of the LORD.
V. Honor your father and mother as the LORD’s appointed stewards over your wellbeing. Care for them as they have cared for you. Also, be a loving and patient parent to your children.
VI. Honor and promote abundant life in all you do.
VII. Honor your marriage vows and love your spouse as the LORD has loved us.
VIII. Share with others out of the abundance that the LORD has given to you.
IX. Speak truth and live with integrity.
X. Be content with what God has given to you and rejoice in the blessedness of others alongside of them.
LORD God, give us the strength to live according to your moral law, for it promotes goodness and righteousness in your world.
Breath Prayer: LORD God, write your law upon our hearts.