The Ten Commandments – Revisited 2021
Old Commandment for a New Situation
As new circumstances arise in society, our ability as Christians to rightly divide the word of truth and apply the biblical commandment with integrity and discernment is tested. Each generation needs to revisit God’s instructions to understand how they apply in new or evolving social and political situations. God’s principles are eternal, and they define for all time how we are to love God and love our neighbour. There is nothing new under the sun, and all the ways of men can be evaluated by the eternal standards found in scripture. We will reap what we sow, collectively and individually. So this series is to give you insight into the commandments of the Lord our God, and how they will help us avoid evil consequences, and gain God’s blessings.
The Ten Commandments – Revisited 2021
A video examination of the ten commandments in a series of sermons by Jeff Patton; watch the entire video series or use the links below to view or download individual sermon videos.
The first four of the ten commandments given in Exodus 20:2-8 are summarized by Jesus in his teachings:
Jesus was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. Matt 22:36-38 AMP
The latter six commandments given in Exodus 20:12-17 are summed up in Jesus’ response to the Pharisees:
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matt 22:39-40 AMP
The Law or Teaching (Torah, the first five books of the bible) was not sufficient of itself, rather God expanded on Moses’ writings with the Prophets and Judges that followed afterward in the Hebrew scriptures. Similarly, the Ten commandments are the basis of God’s teaching, but by no means the complete Law. Jesus’ teaching on the greatest commandment in Matt 22:36-40 was a summarization of the Ten Commandments and the books of the Law, the writings and the prophets, thereby validating the original teachings in the Hebrew scriptures. These ten “Words” are of vital importance to any Christian who values Christ’s teachings.
The Ten Commandments are given below from Exodus 20:1-17 ESV
And God spoke all these words, saying,
The First Commandment:
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before me.”
The Second Commandment:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
The Third Commandment:
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
The Fourth Commandment:
- Remember the Sabbath (Part 1)
- Keeping the Sabbath Holy (Part 2)
- Sabbath and Saviour
- Sabbath and the Kingdom
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
The Fifth Commandment:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
The Sixth Commandment:
“You shall not murder.”
The Seventh Commandment:
“You shall not commit adultery.”
The Eighth Commandment:
“You shall not steal.”
The Ninth Commandment:
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
The Tenth Commandment:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
The Two Great Commandments
“The Law says, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’, and ‘your neighbour as yourself’,” he replied. Luke 10:27