Essay #2: Understanding the Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments were more than ten rules. It was a written version of a verbal covenant that God made years earlier with Abraham. The reason God made such covenant was because Adam and Eve sinned and God wanted a plan to restore man-kind to relationships and fellowships with himself. It was a promise that his people accepted in faith believed what God said he would do for his people.
In order to show devotion to God you would have to follow the Ten Commandments and separate yourself from sin. Because of these laws Israel would learn the character of God and the danger of sin. You were not able to break these rules without severe consequences. Following these rules was a way of showing a Godly way of life and not a “fleshly way of life”or in sin. If you followed and entered the covenant you were considered his chosen people.
God had chose Israel to set forth his message of his love for all mankind through his covenant, The Ten Commandments.Throughout the generation God chose certain people to carry out his marriage. Mankind was ignored because of their sin against God. When God made a covenant he made certain promises for his people. A promise to restore (redeem) the relationship that was lost. Following the covenant required union with God, mutal promise, and seperation from sin.
The Ten Commandments were a way of portraying a life of obedience. You shall have no other Gods before me; You shall not make for yourself a carvel image; You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain; Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; Honor your father and your mother; You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor; You shall not covet.
Those who agreed to follow God's covenant was considered to be his people. They were not considered of high worth or greater value but as followers of the covenant they were seperated out and distinctions were made. Being...
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