Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets. Exodus 34:28 (NLT)
As Christians, God’s ten commandments are the foundation of what we believe. These commandments should be the moral compass we follow daily. They were given directly by God to the people of Israel after He delivered them from slavery in Egypt.
The Ten Commandments are neither obsolete nor irrelevant to our lives today.
Unger's Bible Dictionary says, "The Ten Commandments contain the essential principles of the moral law, and are therefore of permanent obligation, is affirmed in the NT [New Testament]. Jesus held the Ten Commandments up as the perfect code. When the young man asked Him the way of attaining eternal life, Jesus quoted from the Ten Commandments and told him to obey them and live (Mark 10:19; Luke 18:18-20).”
The first 4 Commandments teach us how to relate to God and the next 6 serve as a foundation for our relationship with other people.
Let’s use these commandments as our devotions this week. Read each one and meditate on the application for your life today.
I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me. Exodus 20:2-3
You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. Exodus 20:4
You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. Exodus 20:7
Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8
Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
You must not murder. Exodus 20:13
You must not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14
You must not steal. Exodus 20:15
You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16