The Commandments Simplified

 

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  • Serve only the Lord.
  • Keep God first, before every other thing.
  • Revere God and represent him truthfully.
  • Rest and celebrate God’s faithfulness to you.
  • Honor the leadership of your parents.
  • Respect life, bodily and emotionally.
  • Enjoy sexual things only within the sacred bond of marriage.
  • Cherish the things you own and work for new things.
  • Be transparent and say what is true of the people around you.
  • Be content and live with simplicity.
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3 thoughts on “The Commandments Simplified

    • Hi Eva. I’d be happy to answer your question. In most Bibles this verse reads: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (KJV) or “You must not have any other god but me” (NLT)…something along these lines. In the original language (Hebrew), it means no other gods in addition to or along with God. I think the key is found enjoined with the second command, about idols, and it may be best to see the two operating as a great command.

      God says, “I the Lord your God am a jealous God” (Ex. 20:5). Huh? It means that God will not permit the honor and worship that is his alone to be given to another (rival) god. He is not only our Creator, but also our spiritual Father. His image in humankind marks us as his own creation, so he deserves our adoration. What if a child gave his friend’s parents more parental honor and permit than he or she did their own parents? That would not go so well! This is not the sin of jealousy, which denotes spite or covetousness; it is a disdain for giving to others what rightfully belongs to oneself.

      God loves us extravagantly, and he wants us to grasp that. Yes, this is his command that we serve only him, which we should see as being given for our spiritual protection. But he desires that we give him the honor he is due from grateful hearts that burst with adoration for him. He wants us to love him back the way he loves us. I deal with this topic specifically in my post called “Portals of Darkness.” Thanks for the question; I hope I’ve answered you satisfactorily.

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