What You May Not Know About the Ten Commandments


The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 119 of David, which has 176 verses. “How I love the law” refers to the Ten Commandments, but the 6th commandment in the Bible says, “You shall not KILL or MURDER.” These two words have different meanings, and so what’s up with that? We all know the Bible said that Cain murdered Abel, so what does that mean and what does your Bible say and how well do you know the Ten Commandments?

#1 “You shall have no other God before Me.” Exodus 20:3
We are commanded to have no other gods before the Lord.

#2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image.” Exodus 20:4
We need to give our worship exclusively to the one true God.

#3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Exodus 20:7
To take God’s name in vain is to use it in any empty or meaningless ways. Because “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” we must be careful to instead treat the name of God with honor and reverence. (Acts 4:12)

#4 “Remember the Sabbath day.” Exodus 20:8
In wisdom and grace, God commanded His people to observe a weekly day of rest. The Sabbath was to be observed in imitation of God’s own work in creation (Exodus 20:11) as well His redemptive work. (Deuteronomy 5:15)

#5 “Honor your father and your mother.” Exodus 20:12
The first commandment is reiterated by the apostle Paul who describes it as “the first commandment with a promise.” (Eph 6:2) Honoring God means honoring the authority He has placed in our lives.

#6 “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13
The taking of a human life is expressly forbidden. Jesus elaborates on this commandment in the Sermon on the Mount, revealing that the sin of murder begins in the heart. (Matthew 5:21-22)

#7 “You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
The sanctity of marriage is given noteworthy attention throughout Scripture. Christ reminds us in (Matthew 5:27-30) that the marriage relationship must be guarded diligently.

#8 “You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15
Theft is forbidden by God. Instead; we are to be content with what we have and trust God to supply all our needs in Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 6:6 Phil. 4:19).

#9 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16.

#10 “You shall not covet… anything that is your neighbor’s” Exodus 20:17
God has promised to meet all our needs, both spiritual and physical, and we should therefore be content with whatever he has provided. (Phil. 4:19; Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 13:5)


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