Biblical Story Of Moses And The 10 Commandment
KEY SCRIPTURES: Exodus 20:3-17; Mark 12:30-31
Mark 12:30-31 “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
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Moses was born into the Levite family when an instruction was given by King Pharaoh that all male children born by the Israelites should be thrown into the river and all daughters should be spared. His mother hid him for three months before he was later placed at the bank of the river where the daughter of Pharaoh saw him and adopted him. Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s house, but he knew he wasn’t an Egyptian and that there is a call from God on his life. Though he tried to save the Israelite one day when he went to the field and saw an Israelite being maltreated by an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian and the case got to King Pharaoh, who was looking for Moses to slay him. Moses heard about this and fled to Midian. From there, he was taken in by the priest of the Midian, who gave him one of his daughters as wife. One day, Moses saw a burning bush, but the bush wasn’t consumed. There, God appeared to him and told him how he was going to save the children of the Israelites from the Egyptians. Though he was reluctant to go back to Egypt, but he eventually went and through him, God did many miracles and brought about ten plagues to the people of Egypt before they allowed the Israelites to go. Moses led the children of the Israelites to pass the red sea on foot and the Egyptians perished in it.
Moses was seen communicating the plans and the commandments of God to the people while they were in the wilderness. Moses is seen advocating for the children of Israelites when they complained or committed sin on their way to the promised land God had promised to give to them. One day, God told Moses to sanctify the people for two days and that on the third day, He will come down to the people on Mount Sinai, God told Moses to set a border and that nobody should touch the mount. Moses did all God instructed him to do and on the third day, there were thunders and lightning, a thick cloud was upon the mount. The people saw smoking and they heard the voice of trumpets sounding long and loud. God called Moses up to the top of the mount, He instructed him to instruct the people not to come near the mount. Moses went down to instruct the people. God spoke the ten commandments to the people, but they were afraid, so they told Moses to speak to them instead. God called up Moses on Mount Sinai to give him the ten commandments. There were reasons and lessons why the ten commandments were given by God and in this article, biblical lessons from the story of Moses and the 10 commandments will be mentioned.
- LIVING AS GOD’S PEOPLE BY LOVING HIM
Moses was given the 10 commandments to the Israelites so that they can have the template to liv as God’s people. God has already redeemed them for Himself and because they are used to the lifestyle of the Egyptians, God had to change their orientation by giving them a new way of living as God’s people so that people can emulate their lifestyle and come to the saving knowledge of God. As Christians, the commandments are meant to change our old habit we initially have before we were redeemed, and they will help us to live a balanced Christian life.
2. REFLECTING GOD’S OWN LIFE AND LIFE
The 10 commandments reflect the way God designed the world to be before man and since Israelites are God’s own people, God wanted to make them follow the guidelines in reflecting a redeemed life and showcasing the light and life of God to the world at large. As believers, 10 commandments are supposed to be our guiding light in doing things. Our life must reflect the light and life of God to the world. The word and doctrine of Christ must be seen through our daily christian living even when we interact with people of the world.
3. RESPECTING AND TRUSTING GOD
God gave the 10 commandments to Moses in order to teach the Israelites how to respect and trust God always. They needed to renew their ways of life by respecting the instructions from God and trusting Him to do that which He has promised. We are expected to emulate that as believers, we should respect and trust God by obeying His commandments always.
4. HONEST PEOPLE
God wanted the children of Israelites not to follow the pattern of the world people by being honest people that was why honesty was included in the 10 commandments He gave to Moses. He doesn’t want dubious people because they have been redeemed to be Ambassador for Him here on earth. As Christina, we must be honest in our words and actions toward God and people around us.
5. HONORING OUR PARENTS
The 10 commandments talk about honoring your parents. God wanted the Israelites to pass good morals and conduct to their children, teaching them to honor their parents. As believers, we must always endeavor to honor and respect our parents. We should never be rude to our parents and elders. We should have good morals and conduct ourselves in the right way in order to bring honor to the God we claim to be serving.
6. KEEPING THE LORD’S DAY HOLY
God admonished the Israelites to keep the Sabath’s day holy thereby referencing God on that day because God rested on the Sabath day. This is another way for the Israelites to honor the words of God by obeying to keep themselves from working on the Lord’s Day. Christians are meant to worship God on Sabath’s day by going to His sanctuary and not allow the activities of this world to distract them from rendering quality worship to God.
7. BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS
The 10 commandments talk about being good neighbors to our fellow men or women. We should not endeavor to covet our neighbor’s properties and we are expected to love them as ourselves. Not thinking bad about them but through our actions, draw them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christi and bring them into the kingdom of God.
The 10 Commandments were given to not only the children of Israelites but to all believers in order to live in the full knowledge of how God intended us to be daily. We are given in order to pass the commandments to our generations to come bring them into the knowledge of the one and only living God.