The Lord spoke the 10 Commandments to the assembly at Mount Sinai. He also wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to Moses. There is also biblical evidence that the Decalogue have existed from the foundation of the world. Also, they are multi-faceted, in that they are 10 commandments, a covenant, law, and testimony. They occur two times in the Bible. In Exodus 20 and in Deuteronomy 10. There is no principle difference between the two versions.
The Original Ten Commandments spoken by God
1 Then the Lord spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 “You must have no other gods before Me.
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You must not worship them or serve them. 7 “You must not take the name of the LORD in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you will labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD; in it, you must not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; thus, the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD gives you.
13 “You must not murder.
14 “You must not commit adultery.
15 “You must not steal.
16 “You must not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house; you must not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
The Ten Commandments Represent God
Many of the attributes or characteristics of the Decalogue found throughout the Bible actually correspond to attributes and characteristics of the Lord. Moreover, there is something important we can learn from this. We learn that the law of the Lord reveals the actual character of the Lord. Therefore, when we study the Ten Commandments, we are learning the way the Lord thinks and behaves. Furthermore, the New Covenant promises that the law of the Lord (His character) will be written on the minds and hearts of His true servants through the Holy Spirit. (Ezekiel 36:27; 1 Corinthians 2:11) So true servants of the Lord will live by His commandments. The following table shows some of the many similar attributes of the Lord and His Commandments.
|Eternal||Romans 16:26, Deuteronomy 33:27||Psalms 111:7-8, Luke 16:17|
|Good||Nahum 1:7, Luke 18:19||Romans 7:12, 16, 1 Timothy 1:8|
|Holy||1 Peter 1:15, Psalms 99:9||Romans 7:12, 2 Peter 2:21|
|Just||Isaiah 45:21, Romans 3:26||Romans 7:12|
|Life||John 14:6, Psalms 36:9||Matthew 19:17, Proverbs 3:1-2|
|Light||1 John 1:5||Proverbs 6:23|
|Love||1 John 4:8, 16||Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14|
|Perfect||Matthew 5:48||James 1:25, Psalms 19:7|
|Pure||1 John 3:3, Job 4:17||Psalms 19:7-8|
|Righteous||Psalms 145:17, Jeremiah 23:6||Romans 9:31, Psalms 119:172|
|Spiritual||John 4:24||Romans 7:14|
|Sure||2 Timothy 2:19||Psalms 19:7, 111:7|
|The Way||John 14:6||Psalms 119:30-32|
|Truth||Deuteronomy 32:4, John 14:6||Psalms 119:142, 151|
|Unchanging||Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8||Matthew 5:18, Psalms 111:7-8|
The Ten Commandments are Part of God
Here is a sample of what people say on the Internet about testimonies and words.
- A person’s words are inseparable from the person speaking them.
- A witness’s testimony cannot be separated from the person himself.
- For John, Jesus’ message as witness was inseparable from His very personhood.
- God and His words are inseparable.
- God’s message and God’s person are inseparable.
- Our testimony cannot be separated from our changed and changing selves.
- So inseparable are the character of the testifier and the nature of the testimony.
- The deeply personal nature of testimony.
- The personal nature of God’s testimony.
- The Testifier cannot be separated from the testimony.
- You cannot separate God from His words.
- I really cannot be convinced that there is a way of separating God from His words. … The lie sold to many of us by the devil is that we can separate God from His words.
The Ten Commandments are personal to the Lord just like ours are to us. People know their testimony is inseparable from them, part of them, within them, and with them as long as they live. It is the same way with the testimony of the Lord. It is inseparable from Him, part of Him, within Him, and with Him as long as He lives. Anyone can ignore our testimonies, but no one can refute or do away with them. It is the same way with the Ten Commandments. Anyone can ignore the testimony of the Lord, but no one can refute or do away with it. The only ways to do away with any of them is to do away with God. Just ignoring them does not do away with them, but it does damage your relationship with God.
The Ten Commandments are not Optional
Are servants of the Lord free to choose which testimony of God they accept? Again, Christ said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4) The clear answer is no since we are to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Therefore, there can be no reason to reject anything God says. Moreover, the Bible makes it clear that the Ten Commandments proceeded from the mouth of God. Therefore, servants of the Lord are to live by them. Furthermore, Christ said, “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” (John 12:50) However, most people who call themselves servants of God will still reject some testimony of God and His righteous laws.
Satan does not care which reason of his you chose to reject God.
JUST CHOOSE ONE!
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.” (Psalm 119:1–3)