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TEN COMMANDMENTS


1.   Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only with your whole heart (see Exodus 20:3, 23; Deuteronomy 6:4-6, 14; Matthew 4:10; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 22:37).

2.   You shall not make for yourself an idol or carved god of any kind 
(see Exodus 20:4-5, 23; Deuteronomy 4:15-19; Luke 16:13).

3.   You shall not misuse nor mistreat the Name of the Lord you God, but keep God’s Name with high honor, reverence, and holiness (see Exodus 20:7-10; Exodus 22:28; Matthew 5:33-34).

4.   Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy (see Exodus 20:8).

5.   Honor your father and your mother (see Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Matthew 19:19).

6.   You shall not murder (see Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:22; Matthew 19:18).

7.   You shall not commit adultery, but remain faithful to your spouse (see Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27-28; Luke 18:20).

8.   You shall not steal (see Exodus 20:15; Mark 10:19; Romans 13:9).

9.   You shall not lie or give false testimony (see Exodus 20:16; Matthew 12:36; Mark 10:19).

10.  You shall not covet, become envious, or be greedy (see Exodus 20:17; Luke 12:15; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5).



There is a curious passage in the Talmud (the body of Jewish civil and religious law) which says that Moses gave six hundred laws to the ancient Israelites. As these laws or commands proved too numerous to commit to memory, King David brought these laws or commands down to eleven in Psalm 15. The prophet Isaiah reduced these eleven laws or commands to six at Isaiah 33:15. The prophet Micah further reduced the commands to three at Micah 6:8. The prophet Isaiah once more brought them down to two at Isaiah 56:1. These two commands the prophet Amos reduced to one (Amos 5:4). However, lest it might be supposed from this that God could be found only in the fulfillment of the Law, the prophet Habakkuk said, “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). William H. Saulez, The Romance of the Hebrew Language (Classic Reprint), originally published 1913 and reprinted 2012.

 

In the New Testament at Matthew 22:34-40, a religious leader asked Jesus which are the most important commandments in the Law of Moses. Jesus replied: “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire Law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40, NLT). 


An ancient writer Jerome (A.D. 374-419) tells of the frail and old apostle John telling his congregation, “Love one another.” When asked why he talked of nothing else, the apostle John replied, “Because it is the Lord’s command, and if this only done, it is enough” (see John 13:34-35).


Jesus said: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 (NIV).


Jesus said: "I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are My followers if you love each other." John 13:34-35 (NCV).

 
For the whole Law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 (NLT).

 
What is love? The Apostle Paul teaches: "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. . . .  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (ESV)

 
Apostle Paul teaches: 1 "So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to Him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to Him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. 2  Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect." Romans 12:1-2 (NCV)

 
God wants everyone to love and obey Him and live righteous lives filled with goodness and kindness towards others (see Matthew 6:33; 2 Peter 1:5-9). 

The Prophet Micah teaches: "The LORD has told you, human, what is good; He has told you what He wants from you: to do what is right for other people, loves being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God." Micah 6:8 (NCV)