Understanding the Ten Commandments of God

Roselyn By Roselyn, 27th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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As Christians, it is important for us to know the deeper meaning of the ten commandments and its implications to our life today.

Commandments Exemplify God's Love

The commandments are not dictatorial decrees from an authoritarian God who demands blind obedience. Rather, these exemplify God's continuing love, guidance, and instructions for the people He created. With these basic laws being applied to all people, we are free to do anything.

Traditional Version of the Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments:

1. I am your God. You shall not have other gods beside Me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

Explaining the Ten Commandments

First Commandment directs us to give God His rightful place in our lives. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Final Destiny. Thus, it is only proper that we put Him at the center of all reality and all life. Sometimes, we are tempted to idolize "golden calves" in different forms. Some of us place money, pleasure, and power above God. Anything that takes the place of God in our lives is a false god. Most of us are tempted to take God for granted and of not taking Him seriously at all.

Second Commandment implies that we must praise God's name and honor Him by entrusting ourselves to Him. We owe Him reverence and respect for He is our Creator and Father. He deserves our adoration and praise. Today, we often hear people use God's name in vain. When we curse, swear, or pray irreverently, we had insulted God as well as other people. A more serious misuse of God's name is when we try to manipulate or test God by demanding that things be done our way rather than God's way, same as when we use God's name for our selfish interests.

Third Commandment is about God's command for a day of worship and rest to enable us to come to a deeper appreciation of Him. It is a time to renew our gratitude for everything that God had done for us. At present, the Sabbath day is the time to find a meaningful rest and recreation. It is a time for community worship as we renew both our body and spirit for another week of living and loving.

Fourth Commandment means we should respect our parents and elders in words and in deeds. Although parents are not perfect, nonetheless, our respect for them comes from the fundamental fact that they serve as God's channels of His life and love.

Fifth Commandment implies that killing an innocent person or murder is a terrible crime and it is forbidden . It deprives someone to life and taking away a person's chance to share in the blessings of the community. God reinforced this commandment by forbidding anger in one's heart as well as deep prejudice, revenge, and vengeance. Bearing resentment an anger in the heart destroys not only to whom the anger is directed but to the person who is angry as well.

Sixth and Ninth Commandments forbid a person from entering into sexual union with anyone other than his or her spouse. As the ninth commandment goes step further for it forbids one from entertaining impure or lustful thoughts and desires. Both are aimed at protecting the family and marriage for they are sacred as it is God's special gift and blessing for procreation. These call us to be loving rather than lustful.

Seven and Tenth Commandments govern our basic relationship with others i.e. justice and love. The seventh commandment deals with our outward actions regarding our possessions. The tenth commandment thwarts the inner temptation to crave for something that belongs to other people. Earth's resources are for the good of all, and it is sinful to deprive others of things they need so we could have more. These commandments challenge us to be fair and just. God calls us to live simply, using our resources wisely, and to be generous to others.

Eight Commandment prohibits us from telling lies. Lies can cause division and conflict and can only make our life more difficult. Lies and deception bring hatred and distrust to our life.They can destroy our credibility and our relationship with others. Authentic and true life means living a life of love and trustworthy.


The Ten Commandments provide us with basic moral norms for discriminating good acts from evil actions. Obeying God's laws means respecting the moral rights of every human. Ultimately, God's laws teach us how we should live as individuals and as members of the community. The commandments are effective symbols of the covenant as these are God's way of forming us into loving and free people. These outlined how we should be faithful to God and how we positively act towards one another.

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Adultery, Basic Laws, False Witness, Family And Marriage, Sabbath Day

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author avatar Retired
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, we must obey God's commandments. I love the pictures you posted in your article too. Lovely article, thankyou.

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author avatar Retired
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Some interesting interpretations - with which not every theologian would necessarily agree!

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author avatar writershirley lopez
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for this article it is very good and I will be able to use it with my Bible Study group.

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author avatar vpaulose
28th Mar 2015 (#)

A post apt for the Easter season. Thank you.

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author avatar Utah Jay
28th Mar 2015 (#)

I though you did this very well...Kudos to you.

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