Introducing

For quite a while now have wanted to put together a Ten Commandments theme and set of prints.  It seemed innocent enough, most folks I thought knew them or at least of them because of the “hot topic” they have become in the public eye because of news coverage. Along with that thought was the recall that we had to recite them in a children’s play when I was in the first grade. Further added to that was the remembrance of having those taught in Vacation Bible School, shared in Boy/Girl Scouts and having seen them in many places where honor, upright service and civic duty were commonly given top consideration.  Do you remember those things along with me?

Fast forward to today…  My struggle to complete them has had nothing to do with me getting my hands, heart or mind around them, rather it has been a confrontation of a different nature – understanding why they would even need to be put into a Series to begin with.  Looking around – it is as if they have vanished right before our very eyes.  Where is the last place you’ve seen or I’ve seen them in prominent display?

Could It Be

We have a set of Ten Commandments heirloom item up at our house and there is likewise a set hanging in my office at work.  Maybe you have a set crocheted or needle-worked by a Grandmother or special family member of years gone by at your house.  Once a diligent inventory has been considered, only a handful of people we can think of have the Ten Commandments visible at their home.  Even fewer have them displayed in the Church House.  Could it be that we have come to where John was when The Book of The Revelation had been given him to write under direct Inspiration?  Consider the first three verses, Revelation 1:1-3 that follows:

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:”
Revelation 1:1 | King James Version

“Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”
Revelation 1:2 | King James Version

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
Revelation 1:3 | King James Version

We have access to the Word, that isn’t the problem, but are we “reading” it, “hearing” it and “keeping” it…  The time is definitely at hand – the VERY first of the Ten Commandments states the following:

Is it because through the last few generations have seen the onset of other “gods” being placed before our Worship of the One, True and Living God?  It would do us well to go back to a set of “Commandments” given to Moses in Exodus for a Chosen Nation which is a foundational set of principles we should live by.  Those Commandments are NOT old — folks will use the line “that is SO Old Testament, they are outdated…” in order to throw anyone that hears them off track with the Word of God.

Consider reading them again, if not for the first time, seeing if you pick up on the Wisdom written by the very Hand of God onto a set of tablets for a People thousands of years ago, which would keep each and every one of us out of SO much trouble if we’d just heed them…

Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 | King James Version
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Exodus 20:4-6 | King James Version
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. Exodus 20:7 | King James Version
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11 | King James Version
  5. Honour thy Father and thy Mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giventh Thee. Exodus 20:12 | King James Version
  6. Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13 | King James Version
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14 | King James Version
  8. Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15 | King James Version
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16 | King James Version
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house… nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Exodus 20:17 | King James Version

 

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