The Ten Commandments have received a great deal of attention in recent years. Unfortunately, it’s been the displaying of them, not their substance, meaning or context. Many have used parts and pieces of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, out of context in order to support their own beliefs, views, or agendas. And most of those are inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
As relayed in the Old Testament, Moses didn’t just receive the Ten Commandments but also a number of other rules, directives, and guidelines – over 600 in all. The vast majority of these are no longer followed, especially by Christians. And Christians, being human like everyone else, also struggle following the Ten.
The New Testament recounts Jesus being asked about the commandments. He said that two were the most important: Love the Lord your God with all your heard, mind, and soul; and love your neighbor as yourself. In fact, all ten of the Big Ten are actually consumed within these two.
If we all spent as much time practicing the Two as arguing about the Ten, the world would be a much better place. Let’s try it.
Want to know more? The Ten Commandments – Exodus Chapter 20
Some Other Old Testament Rules Deuteronomy Chapters 6, 8, 10, 17, 18, 23, 28, 31; Leviticus Chapters 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 27; Numbers Chapters 5, 6, 15, 18, 28, 29; Exodus Chapters 25 and 30
Jesus Discussing the Greatest Commandments: Matthew 22: 34-40