EXODUS 20 IN FOCUS
And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Imagine a world without rules! Just imagine how this world would have looked like if there were no measures to check social vises. Imagine a world where what you feel like is right. Imagine a world in which everybody is right in his or her own sight! Think of a world where if only it comes in mind, then it is right! Children would do what they feel like doing and adults would live any life they feel it is right! There wouldn’t be anything called a law breaker. We would only see what people do which we do not do, understand or like and not necessarily what goes against accepted principles, rules and regulations.
We may feel free to do something. We can do something out of a free will. We must think outside the box! We must dare to do things differently. But all things we do must be within the scope of the commandments of God!
Think of where it is in the Bible! Think of it’s real basis in the Bible! When something comes in mind, think of where it is in the Bible! What are you doing today? Where is it in the Bible? What are you doing today; is it right in the sight of God?
God likes orderliness and orderliness has its foundation in rules and regulations. God needed His people to live a life of orderliness. God needed His people to be bonded by a common understanding. He gave them commandments; commandments which spelt out mans duty towards God and mans duty towards his fellow men. How can we love God? Why do we hate fellow mankind created by God? How can we love our enemies when they hate us much than we can accommodate? Why do people hate us? What keeps our hearts away from loving fellow men? How can we keep our hearts close to God?
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Jesus summed the entire commandment for us. ‘ 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”.
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” — Matthew 22: 34-40
God created man in His image. God loves everyone. God allows the sun to shine on everyone including those who least believe in Him. ‘God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.’ Obey the commands of God. Live for God. Love God and don’t hate your neighbor! How can we love the God we don’t see when we hate the very neighbor we see?
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25
Is it possible to love God and hate our neighbors?
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. Ecclesiastes 12:13