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The Ten Commandments

Book, Chapter 22, 23  (Faith First)
Book, Chapter 21, 22, 23 (Be My Disciples)

In these chapters we discuss the following topics: 

The Ten Commandments

Jesus' Two Commandments

The Ten Commandments

They were the first laws of the covenant (agreement) revealed to jews by God through the prophet Moses some 3500 years ago. They were the most basic set of rules given to God's people so that their society could be functional. Each of the ten commandments has its own important underlying biological or sociological purpose. In other words, we do not follow the commandments because God just wants us to follow them. We follow them because it is in our best interest to do so.
  1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me!

  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God in vain.

  5. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.

  7. Honor your father and your mother.

  9. You shall not Kill.

  11. You shall not commit adultery.

  13. You shall not steal.

  15. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

  17. You shall not covet your neighbour's wife.

  19. You shall not covet your neighbour's goods.
We have to interpret these commandments in the context of of the jewish society, and the rest of the pagan world surrounding it at the time. Eventhough the content of these laws is applicable today as it was applicable 3500 years ago, Jesus replaced all these commandments with only two.

Jesus' Two Commandments

  1. Love God above all things!

  3. Love your neighbour as you love yourself.

This is because if you love, you do not cause harm, and therefore automatically fulfill the God's law!

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