Ten Commandments Written At Mount Horeb / Sinai

Compiled by Brother L. Harrell

When the Lord Jesus walked the earth, He taught us how to live in the New Testament / Covenant.  He commanded us to love, and with love, morality, goodness, righteousness & truth are accomplished [the law is fulfilled].   (See Galatians 5:14, Romans 13:8, Romans 8:4 & Ephesians 5:9)  Because the Spirit will lead us to follow right conduct, we will observe His commandments.  The commandments are goodness, and the fruit of the Spirit is goodness.  They are in agreement.  The word of God does not conflict with the Spirit of God (See John 1:1).

 

so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”  (Romans 8:4 [NASB])

 

If we are lead by the Spirit, we will love, and find ourselves reverencing what has blessed (His Day has not been nullified).  The weekly Sabbath, which was decreed sacred in Genesis 2:3, was only profaned by Jesus for mercy’s sake, not for the sake of lust, and therefore He committed no offense and was guiltless.

 

Jesus commanded the Apostles to teach all nations to observe all that He had commanded them.  (See Matthew 28:16-20).  The Lord did not teach against the commandments (see Matthew 5:17-19), instead He taught how to operate in love, not by the letter, but by the spirit. (Not contemptuously following the commandments, but rather devotedly keeping the principles intended).  Love for God and Mankind, our neighbors, must be performed (ethically).  

 

In an example in the bible of our Lord teaching virtuous conduct, a ruler asked Jesus what he should do to obtain eternal life?  Part of Jesus’ response was “if you desire to enter into Life, keep the Commandments”.  When the ruler asked Jesus which ones, Jesus began to list the Ten Commandments written at mount Horeb / Sinai one by one.  The ruler replied “All these have I kept from my youth up.”  Part of Jesus’ response was for him to sell his possessions and give them to the poor.  (See Luke 18:18-22 and/or Matthew 19:17-21.)   The ruler he went away grieving.  If we want eternal life and other blessings, we need not go away from God, but rather persistently knock on His door.  Hosea 12:4 (NASB) records Jacob seeking blessing from the Lord:  “Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor.”

 

"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."  (John 3:21 [NASB])

 

There must be fidelity & conviction in our obedience to God’s voice.  Concerning the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus said “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.”  "This is the great and foremost commandment.”  (See Matthew 22:36-40).  Devotion to our Lord’s voice will lead us to see that Jesus and the Apostles’ instructions are accomplished as listed in Acts 2:38, Luke 24:47-49, John 3:5 & Acts 26:20.  (Also see Psalms 34:18).

Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.  But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  (Galatians 3:21-22 [NASB])

Acts 26:16 & 18 (NASB translation) records the words of our Lord Jesus as he was appointing apostle Paul to minister and witness to the Jewish people and the Gentiles:  “that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well.   (James 2:8 [NASB])

Revised:  2/19/04

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