Re: Verse reading–Exodus 20:1-17 (day one)
It is our privilege, this week, to reflect on the 10 Commandments. It is not unusual for moderns to claim that the law is no longer binding on believers, an “Old Testament thing”. I disagree. Jesus said, “Whoever shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven.”–Matthew 5:17. God’s law and God’s love are not separate things. Over and over, God makes the point that they are given “that it might go well with you.” (Deuteronomy 12:28, Ephesians 6:3) God is not arbitrary. He is not power hungry. Why should He be? He gives laws to live by, because, in the very nature of things, our lives will be better for the following. None of us can say WE LOVE HIM if we ignore His laws. All of us can say that HE HAS LOVED US by giving His Ten (der) Commandments.