God wanted the rules of the game to be clear. He called the children of Israel to be His people. As His people, the Lord wanted Israel to worship Him and Him only. Further, God wanted them to treat others with love and respect. When one peruses the 10 commandments, it lays out in specific terms what it means to worship God and to treat others properly.
As for God, don’t put other things ahead of Him. Don’t create gods for yourself, don’t disrespect the Lord’s name. Make time for Him and for yourself. Treat the ones he has placed in authority over you with respect. treat life as precious, treat others stuff with respect. Don’t lie, cheat, kill, or steal. Finally, be grateful for what you have and not wanting another person’s life or journey. In short, love God and others and put them before your personal wants and needs.
In the years to come, this same outline would be the basis for societies all over the world. Funny thing, though, men took these very simple principles and have filled libraries with explanations, interpretations, and loopholes to try to get around them. God wanted it to be simple. Love Him, trust Him, follow Him and as you do be selfless, respectful, and kind to others.
These covenant commands still guide us today. While Christ is our salvation and redemption, these basic tenants of life still guide our hearts and behaviors. If we can walk in the world loving God and treating others with kindness and respect, we will enjoy God’s blessing and His peace. While these behaviors will not save us, they will make life a whole heck of a lot better!!!
God Bless You
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[a] 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.”
18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
Idols and Altars
22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.
24 “‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.’