TEN COMMANDMENTS CONTINUED
Today we will be looking at the remaining commandments given to the children of Israel on Mount Sinai.. They are: “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”(Exodus 20:13-17)
These five commandments involve our having a peaceful relation with ourselves, our neighbors, colleagues, our friends and family members. After Adam and Eve sinned against God and they were sent out of the garden of Eden, the first murder was committed by Cain the first born of Adam and Eve when he killed his brother Abel out of envy and jealousy. The blood of Abel cried out to God for justice. Cain received his punishment by becoming a vagabond, a wanderer on the face of the earth. God gave Adam and Eve another child to replace Abel and they called his name, Seth. The aftermath of the sin committed by Adam and Eve was multiplied in the lives of their children, and it continued on and on unto this day. The plan of God for mankind was to multiply and replenish the earth, but the sin brought death and the first was that of Abel. God was now trying to single out a group of people that will listen to Him and do His will and He started with Abraham and his descendants. If they can live according to these commandments, the original plan of God would come to manifestation and the peace of God will reign in the world. Looking through each of the “do not”, any of them when committed causes pain, sorrow , anger, and sadness. God wants us to be joyful. Psalm 118:says ‘The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous;The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.'(v 15-16). The right hand of God performs wonderfully in the lives of those who obey His commandments. Therefore He wants the children of Israel to keep these rules so that there will be peace and harmony among them and He would be able to do them good. That is to say that He would not withhold anything good from them. He wants them not to commit any murder, adultery, or stealing. They should not bear false witness against their neighbors or covet any of their goods. More or less what He is saying to them is, “Be satisfied with what you have” This is also for us today and for generations after us. If we can dwell on the word of God and not be lured into committing these offenses, we would be living a life that is pleasing unto Him, because we will not be causing pain, bitterness, anger among ourselves because of our actions.
Thinking of what is happening in our midst today, we can ask ourselves how much of this kind of sin is being perpetrated among us. Apart from the various murders that are occurring everyday between family members or colleagues, just yesterday in Sri Lanka, more than 200 people were killed and many injured because of suicide bombers that planted bombs in different churches on a day that many people came to worship God because of Easter season. The site was a sorry sight because there were wailing and weeping , and so much sorrow filled the air and their joy turned into sadness. God is not happy with all that he sees human beings do .Why do we have so much hatred and bitterness against ourselves? Those that can commit any of these offenses have sold themselves to the devil to manipulate as he wishes because the purpose of the devil is to kill,,to steal and to destroy. (John 10:10). Therefore since the heart of man has been corrupted because of our inherited sin, it takes the Spirit of God to make us to do right. This is the reason for his coming to the earth so that we can live this life with joy and live it abundantly. We should all seek the Spirit of God to fill us so that we can be instrument in the hand of God to do right and make the world a peaceful place to live in. So the commandments given to us are for our own good. If we can allow His Spirit to direct our lives, we will experience more Love instead of Hatred, and more joy instead of sadness. I pray that more people will get to know our Lord Jesus Christ and give their life to Him to direct. May the Lord continue to use His word to bless us all in Jesus name, Amen..