Friday, July 3, 2009

Called to Be God's People

Our lesson this week, "Accepting Rules for Living," studies scriptures from Deuteronomy 5: 1-9, 11-13, 16-21. Moses called the Israelites together and remind them of the covenant they made with God. In Deuteronomy not only are the commandments repeated, they are given with explanations. The Israelites were instructed to learn them, keep them and do them. These laws, as laws today, were made to maintain a safe community. The Decalogue tell us how we should govern ourselves: our relationship with God and our relationship with people. These laws are timeless and eternal, it is a plan that will work as well now as it worked in ancient times. To begin with we should have no other gods before Him. We cannot be caught up in ourselves, believing we are able to do with our power, money, etc. We should be careful how we use God's name, so you do not use His name in vain. To make sure we make time to rejuvenate our minds and bodies, God instructs us to work six days and rest on the seventh, which allows us time to worship Him. The first part of the lesson reminds us of how our relationship with God should be, however as you continue the lesson, we are reminded how we are to have a good relationship with man.

1 comment:

Loretta said...

Some people say that the 10 commandments are not relevant today. Jesus, however, said that he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfil it. He fulfilled the law by living without sin and then dying to pay the penalty for sin; so that we who accept Him as our Savior could be declared not guilty.

Jesus summarized the commandments as loving God and loving your neighbor. Paul stated in Romans: Owe no man anything but to love one another; for he that loveth another has fulfilled the law.

If we love God with all of our hearts, mind and strength and treat our neighbors like we want to be treated then we will keep the 10 Commandments.