Daily Dose, Nov. 20: It Happened in the Wilderness

  Then God spoke all these words: 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. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 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, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.’ Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.’ Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 20:1-21)   The 10 Commandments are a gift from God to Israel and to the world. They are very specific in telling us what NOT to DO. Do not murder or cheat on your spouse or steal or lie or covet the life or lifestyle of your neighbor. These rules keep us between the ditches as we drive our daily life. They allow us to play in the sandbox together without the throwing of sand. The breaking of these commands is a serious matter leading only to broken hearts and dreams. We ruin our community life, our family life, and fall into a pit of misery when we fail to obey these commands. They are commands, not suggestions. The keeping of these commands pushes us in the direction of moral and spiritual health. We all break these commands from time to time. There is mercy and forgiveness when we do, and aren’t we all glad. Christ is our Savior sent from heaven to save us from a broken life to a good and happy life. But he cannot save us from the consequences of our sins without first saving us from our bad behavior.  o, reading and remembering and keeping the commandments truly matters.  -- Y’all come, Dr. Don