Ten Commandments Then and Now

Today’s Reading: Exodus 19, 20, 21, Psalm 33, and Ephesians 5

As we read through today’s readings, we come upon the Ten Commandments. I pause and meditate to remind us of them and connect some of the new testament verses to the old.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:10 
“You shall not make idols.” “No servant can serve two masters.” Luke 16:13
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, Matthew 5:34 
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27 
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, Matthew 10:37 
“You shall not murder” But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother[c] will be liable to judgment; Matthew 5:37 
“You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28 
“You shall not steal.” And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[h] let him have your cloak as well. Matthew 5:40 
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. I tell you, on the day of judgment, people will give account for every careless word they speak, Matthew 12:36 
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

“Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 

Psalm 33:4  For the word of the Lord is upright,
    and all his work is done in faithfulness.

Trust, believe, and obey His words.  If you fall short, turn to Him, repent, and learn to live again.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.


Dear Lord, we pray for obedience.  Your laws were first created to provide us wisdom on how to live and show us how to serve one another.  Yet we often do fall short.  Lord, you then sent your son to model and spoke the truth.  Help us to live these commands out for You and a future place in your Kingdom.  Amen