Ten Commandments, Exodus 19-21. Is there any doubt that the safety and protection the Israelites experienced since they left Egypt was from the hand of God? That same safety and protection is given to us, as children of God, today.
The Lord called to him out of
the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and
tell the people of Israel: 4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the
Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to
myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my
covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for
all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and
a holy nation.
Exodus 19:3b-6a, ESV
The Ten Commandments
1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “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.”
Exodus 20:1-17, ESV
I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.
What an amazing and dramatic time for the children of Israel. Exodus 19-21 recount the story of Moses receiving the Tables from God outlining the commandments the nation of Israel is to follow.
Is there any doubt that the safety and protection the Israelites experienced since they left Egypt was from the hand of God? That same safety and protection is given to us, as children of God, today. But, God did not end there; He gave them a set of commandments by which to live and serve Him. These commandments are outlined in the Ten Commandments shown above.
Many in our country are trying to remove any public display of the Ten Commandments. Now tell me, as you read through the commandments above, which of the laws shown above would be a threat to our nation or government?
Remember, we are part of a war that has been going on since the beginning of time. Satan tries to systematically destroy any evidence of God's Word wherever he can. As you look at the state of the United States today, and indeed, many countries in the world, what benefit has been gained from no longer following the commandments of God?
Satan breeds sin and discord, and those who follow him do not want to be reminded of their sin. As a matter of fact, they are working hard to create a society where adultery, lying, stealing, coveting, etc. is no longer a sin; it is, rather, an acceptable way of life.
As Christians, we must pray earnestly that by God's grace we will not be caught up in the pleasures of this world, but would, instead, be ruled and guided by the laws of God. As God promised, we, too, will be born on eagles' wings.
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