The 10C

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

My personal analysis and beliefs about the 10 Commandments

1. Commandment- You shall have no other gods before me.

In my opinion anyone who prioritizes money, position, or richness of any kind, before God is giving priority to something sooner or later will lead them to failure in life. No one can lead you toward good health and happiness but God. We should love, honor and respect Him so much that He alone is the supreme authority and model in our lives. We should allow nothing to prevent us from serving and obeying Him.

2. Commandment- You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 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 fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand ( generations) of those who love me and keep my commandments.

The second commandment goes to the heart of our relationship with our creator. God loves us so much that He is jealous of our love and does not want to share our love by us bowing down to meaningless idols

3. Commandment- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.

To use the name of the Lord in vain, is to disrespect, to make fun of or to degrade His name. Our speech and behavior shows the love and regard of our relationship with Him in the presence of others. To respect the Lord is one more proof of love and devotion toward Him. We are expected always to honor who and what He is.

4. Commandment- Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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 you manservant, or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in the 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.

The Lord created man in his own image. The fourth commandment is about our relationship with God. The Sabbath should be set apart for holy purposes to draw us nearer to Him, and as time of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. The Lord rested on the Sabbath and admired His creations during the first six days. He wants us to dedicate that day to venerate Him for his creations and also for us to look back on our first six days and analyze them with our behavior towards others.

5. Commandment- Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Honoring your father and mother with love and understanding are the basic actions toward starting a fruitful life with everyone surrounding you. Without these two emotions it will not be possible to achieve peace and happiness. Families are the building blocks of societies that build strong nations. When families are fractured and flawed, the results are tragic as we see in the news daily. Any individual or group including whole nations that understand the importance of strong families reap the rewards of an improved relationship and blessings from God.

6. You shall not murder

Taking someone else’s life is not the solution to most problems. Only when your own life, the life of a loved one, or an innocent person is in grave danger should such an action be taken. God wants us to go far beyond avoiding murder, He requires that we not maliciously harm another human being in word or deed. We should treat even those who choose to hate us respectfully, and do all within our power to live in peace and harmony with them. We must respect this wonderful gift of this precious possession, human life.

7. You shall not commit adultery

God asks us to express and demonstrate our love for our partner by not committing adultery. The Lord is warning us with His wisdom and knowledge that our physical pleasures will hurt us and others. Society suffers because we lost the vision God had for marriage from the beginning. Marriage is not a requirement for success in pleasing God, but it is a tremendous blessing to couples who treat each other as God intended, with the respect and love it deserves.

8. Commandment- You shall not steal

This commandment is about honesty. God instructs us to show our love and respect for others by not stealing what belongs to them. Would you like that something you work hard for or something you love be stolen from you? This commandment protects everyone’s right to legitimately acquire and own property. God wants us to prosper and enjoy physical blessings, but we should show wisdom in how we use what He provides us with, and does not want possessions to be our primary pursuit in life. To Him it is important that generosity rather than greed motivate the choices we make, because they are qualities of His own character.

9. Commandment- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor

This commandment is about truthfulness. God says if we love others we should not deceive or lie to them. He expects truth to permeate every part of our lives. False testimonies are like a double edged sword, it will hurt you as much or more than the person you are lying to. Our lives should be anchored in truth and reflect it in everything we do.

10- Commandment- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

To covet means to crave or desire, especially in excessive or improper ways. God instructs us not to covet because He knows it can lead us into even greater sin. Coveting is an immoral longing for something that is not rightfully ours, or belongs to someone else. God wants us to have a positive desire to help others preserve and protect their blessings from Him. We should rejoice when others are blessed. To envy the possessions of others is a sin. You or anyone else can obtain whatever you desire by working hard and being honest.