1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Exodus 20 __Exodus 21:1-11
Focal verse(s): Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
The Ten Commandments were given by God in order to show mankind the Lord’s perfect standards. We know that no descendant of Adam can perfectly keep these commandments, but they are a goal God has given us to aim toward. Since none of us can attain the perfection of the Ten Commandments, the only way we can be saved from our sin is through the grace of God. The first four commandments deal directly with our relationship to God and the last six with our relationship to our fellow human beings. The first commandment is to worship the one true God, and the second is to have no other gods before the Lord (Exodus 20:3-4). In the third commandment (Exodus 20:7), we learn not to take God’s name in vain. Taking the Lord’s name in vain covers much more than just using God’s name as a swear word…it means we should never use His name frivolously, or for se1fish or evil purposes. The last commandment pertaining to our relationship to the Lord is the fourth, which is to keep the Sabbath day holy (Exodus 20:8). We should always set aside the Lord’s day as a special time of worship. Commandments five through ten (Exodus 20:12-17) deal exclusively with our social relationships. The fifth, respecting our parents, is a key building block to good social relationships. You will seldom find anyone who is well adjusted who cannot get along with their mother and father! The sixth through tenth commandments (do not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, or covet other people’s property) all were designed by God to help us live a harmonious and productive life on earth. God’s laws are perfect, so follow them! Remember, you don’t break God’s laws …they break you if you fail to obey them!