I was reading Moses’ re-teaching of the Ten Commandments, and was struck by the simplicity of them:
- Don’t worship other gods
- Don’t make idols
- Don’t misuse God’s Name
- Keep the Sabbath
- Honor your parents
- Don’t murder anyone
- Don’t commit adultery
- Don’t steal
- Don’t lie
- Don’t covet
Moses elaborated on these commandments later, but in a nutshell, these are the condensed version of God’s commandments to His people.
Do you remember how Jesus answered the young man who asked what the most important commandment is? Jesus said: Love God. Love each other.
Love is the umbrella over which all the other commandments exist. And God Himself IS love. (I John 4:8)
Now, I am by no means an authority on world religions. I have scratched only the surface in my study of them. But I can’t think of another religion whose god says, “Love me.” Or even one who claims to love its followers.
The God of the Bible demands obedience, for sure. But when you understand His love, those demands don’t seem so daunting. In fact, obedience becomes a privilege, not a ritual. Worshiping Him out of love produces love. And when I break a commandment, when I sin, I can receive forgiveness through the precious blood of God Himself, Jesus Christ.
Holy God, thank you for telling us, and retelling us what it is You require of us as Your people. As straightforward as those commandments are, I have broken them more than once. So, Father, I thank You for giving Your Son to pay the consequence for my sin. He did what I can never hope to do. And His perfection is mine through His blood. God, I thank You for love. First for Your love of me, then for the privilege of loving You in return, and lastly for the love that I share with Your people. May my life be lived in such a way that Your love is evident, and enticing. And may I obey You today, out of love.