Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Only Words Written By The Finger Of God

The Only Words 
Written 
By The 
Finger 
Of God

Happy Riches 
B.A.  M.A.  D Min.
(An Attitude of Gratitude)

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 He that is of God hears God's words
(John 8:47)

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Proverbs 18:2
He who gets wisdom loves himself; he who keeps understanding will prosper.
Proverbs 19:8 

If YOU are a genuine researcher and desire to know the truth regarding what the Bible actually states, it is recommended that you read through the contents of this book slowly, carefully, contemplatively, and prayerfully, checking all the Scriptures as you go, by copying and pasting them into HERE. This makes checking the Bible easier. There are many truths that are specific to each chapter that people overlook. If you only look at a page and then declare you have read a book and are given to false representation of the truth, do not bother reading any further, go here and read this page, it might help you more.

If chapter links do not work, as they are often sabotaged, the chapters are in the blog archives that are easily accessible via the side panel.

Unless otherwise indicated, Bible quotations have come from the English Standard Version (ESV--The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.) Used by permission.


A SHORT TESTIMONY

Jesus Christ is coming back to Earth to reign in righteousness!

The reason I accept that Jesus Christ is returning to Earth has nothing to do with hearsay or my imagination. The main reason I believe the return of Jesus Christ to be true is that I have encountered Him and I have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus does not physically occupy a bed in my home, and neither does he visit me as flesh and blood. However, Jesus has an abiding presence within my spirit. Jesus also occupies a place in my thoughts. This has always been the case since I had my first encounter with Jesus Christ, my Lord.

There was a time when I did not have a relationship with Jesus. I acknowledged the Creator God, but not Jesus. Back then, even though I considered churchgoers to be hypocrites, I failed to see how the Universe could exist without a Designer. There were too many principles that worked on a reliable basis. Besides, I did not need anybody to tell me that the Earth was round and existed inside a dome. When standing on the summit of a 1227 ft mount (found out it was 1227 ft and not 400 ft, which explains the panorama) at the age of eight, I could see that the Earth was circular, and looking up at the sky above was like being inside a round ball, as it cast its blue canopy from the edges of the countryside to form a dome over my head. Because of this, I often wondered how people could have thought the Earth was flat. To be honest, I find it difficult to believe that they ever did. Someone just made up the story about the Flat Earth Society and the myth has been perpetuated as fact with the help of vested interests.

History is something I have never really trusted, because when speaking to people and reading newspapers, different interpretations of events and embellishment of facts frequently surface. Being a realist, I need to substantiate the evidence of historical facts in the present. Experience, which includes observation, becomes the only true teacher of life, and while I might be able to question the past, I cannot deny the present. The proof of the pudding is always in the eating. If I feel something eating me, even if it is only my painful thoughts, I am consciously aware that I am alive and existence is not an illusion.

When I saw a change in my grandmother and grandfather’s behavior, and they accredited this change to having found Jesus, this made an impact on me. Both of them claimed to have seen Jesus at the same time in their lounge room, but from different advantage points. Now there was one thing of which I was sure, my grandparents were not liars. When my grandmother gave me a Bible to read, out of respect for her, I accepted it.

When I was twelve, I had attempted to read the King James Version of the Bible. I found it written in a foreign language—even if it is English. King James English was not the English I was accustomed to reading. Consequently, the King James Version of the Bible proved to be a discouragement to me. The Living Bible my grandmother gave me, I found easy to read. Because I respected my grandmother, I decided to read it. I began at Genesis and read through to the book of Job. I read about different people, but nothing about Jesus.

After reading the book of Job, I had the terrifying feeling of a black hole beginning to form inside my inner being. At the time, it felt as if a rat was eating me from within. The hole was getting larger; along with the accompanying pain and the growing feeling of emptiness that filled it. My response to this terrifying experience was that I felt I needed to know Jesus. Jesus was the One Who made the difference in each of my grandparents' lives.

Not knowing what to do, I decided to get on my knees and pray to God to show me Jesus. After two hours of calling out to God to show me Jesus, nothing happened. I felt forsaken. I thought to throw myself out of the second floor window on to the pavement below. This was a fourteen-foot drop. It occurred to me that fourteen feet was not very high and, if I did not die, I might become a paraplegic or quadriplegic or a vegetable. I found this unappealing. In a flash of desperation, I decided to take the shotgun in the adjacent room and start shooting above the heads of the army of city office workers walking out from the railway station to their workplaces. I quickly reasoned the police would kill me. Then God would be responsible for my death: since I had sought Him; only He did not answer me.

When I went to move, some force prevented me. I could not even move my arms. In my blind anger, I said to God that He had six hours to prove himself. I then proceeded to tell God what I thought of life on Earth, finishing my reasoned tirade by saying that there is no love in the world and I possessed none. After having vented my frustration and confessed my own inability to love, my body began to tremble. A loud voice that seemed to fill the whole room said, “My prodigal son!” Jesus appeared before me and left via the ceiling as if He were carrying something in His arms. As Jesus’ head touched the ceiling, the night sky appeared in its place. I had the thought that Jesus was taking my soul to Heaven. I watched Jesus go beyond the Milky Way. Suddenly, I was left gazing at the ceiling, while still on my knees with my hands clasped together. Tears flowed from my eyes. I began babbling like a baby. Then what seemed like a small quiet voice said, “Go to bed now, son.” Unhindered, I rose to my feet freely.

When I woke in the morning, there was a sense of joy within my being. It felt like someone had placed within my chest an elongated balloon pumped up with joy. The joy rose from my belly button to just below the top of my sternum. When I walked out the door into the street where I lived. Amazingly, the beauty of the plants, the trees and the sky struck me as something I had never seen before.  A voice in my head told me that I should not tell people what happened least they thought that I was mad, so I kept what happened that night to myself, even the very succinct version as told here.

However, I did tell people that they needed to know God.  Eventually, I did tell people, from time to time, what happened the night I encountered the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Since that night, I have had no doubt about Jesus being real. I have had the assurance of salvation within my inner being ever since, regardless of my circumstances.

However, learning to know the truth about life and my own purpose in the scheme of existence has been a battle. I have discovered that while I have a relationship with Jesus, and possess an ever-abiding assurance of salvation within, I am similar to a sailing vessel at sea that is tossed to and fro by the wind and the waves, because I am constantly subjected to all manner of social, psychological and spiritual experiences within my environment.

The world we live in is not just physical; it is spiritual. There are forces at work that are intent on destroying us. They do not want us to enjoy what God has ordained for us to have. Since that night I saw Jesus leave my lounge room through the ceiling, the eternal dimension of the spiritual realm has become real. Prior to that, I did not believe in such a thing as the Devil. However, I have come to learn that the Devil himself is certainly not alone; for many are the different types of demonic powers within the spiritual realm that seek to distract and afflict us with personal torments.

Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, informs us that we are to work out our own salvation, even though God is at work in us. This does not mean we are to work for salvation, rather it means we are to reason out what is required of us that we might be saved. Many people think that reasoning is of the Devil and not a faculty of our being that God created. However, the prophet Isaiah said that we are to come to God and reason with Him (Isaiah 1:18). Unlike animals, we have the capacity to reason.

The reason I have come to accept the Bible as reliable is not based on a theory or a dogma, but because I have found it accurately describes my experience of life and relationship with God. For instance, I possess the joy of salvation that is promised in the Bible, and Jesus said that the Bible bears witness to Him, but because people do not come to Him, they do not discover salvation. My testimony is the Bible states the truth.

Jesus is returning in the very near future. However, the Bible says that He is coming back for people who are ready to meet Him. Jesus spoke about those who would be ready for His return in the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The much respected Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Sincere Christians are the wise virgins, and hypocrites the foolish ones. Many have a lamp of profession in their hands, but have not, in their hearts, sound knowledge and settled resolution, which are needed to carry them through the services and trials of the present state.”

The book of Hebrews talks about Jesus being ordained into the Melchezidek priesthood and then says,
 “Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law (Hebrews 5:11-14 AMP[i]).
In the Bible, we are encouraged to receive with meekness the Word of God that is able to save our souls, providing that we put away all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. Then like newborn infants, we are encouraged to drink the pure spiritual milk, that by it we may grow up into salvation (James 1.21; 1 Peter 2:1-3).

When we think of what Jesus said, and what James and Peter have to say, we can see that those people who are more intent on doing the work of the accuser of the brethren are not walking in accordance to the Scriptures. The Apostle John (1 John 1:5-7) exhorts us to walk in the light and not in darkness. Moreover, from the above-mentioned texts of Scripture found in James and Peter, even though Jesus Christ has secured salvation for all on the Cross of Calvary, it appears there are at least three phases to obtaining salvation.

First, there is the need to put away evil. Secondly, we need to become like newborn babies that are reliant upon the spiritual milk. Thirdly, we grow into true salvation.

From what I have learnt, it is impossible to exercise faith towards God without repenting from dead works. This forms the first of the foundational principles stated in Hebrews that follow on from chapter five. What amazes me is how Christians would tell me that the Ten Commandments are no longer valid, and yet these are the very words the New Testament refers to as the milk of the word. More amazingly, people do not know the Ten Commandments and, according to the books of Jeremiah (31:33) and Hebrews (8:10; 10:16), these should be written on every Christian’s heart. The Apostle Paul gives the impression that the just requirements of the Law should be tattooed on our hearts by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:4; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3). Besides this, how can we repent from dead works if we do not know what they are?

This book (although it touches some twenty different fields of inquiry) seeks to address this problem that people have not knowing the only passage of Scripture that was written by the Finger of God. Clearly, every Christian ought to know the Ten Commandments by heart and be able to encourage people to experience a deeper walk with God through a personal relationship with Lord Jesus Christ.

Certain people teach that sin originated with God because He ordained evil. I have sought the Lord God on this issue and I keep returning to what the Bible clearly states about sin originating with the Devil: “…for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 RSV[ii]—cf. John 8:44).  Anyone teaching otherwise is a false teacher.

This book is written with the understanding that God did not create people for eternal torment and neither did Jesus die only to save a few; rather, Jesus came that the whole world could be saved. “He is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Whosoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This life begins when we repent from our dead works and seek to understand how we can grow in our faith towards God (Hebrews 6:1). To reject Jesus and the way of salvation is to reject the purpose of God and face the prospect of being held accountable for our own sins that we have committed against other people and the Holy Spirit.

Now that I am a Christian, I am so grateful that I have not rejected Jesus; rather I have accepted the personal challenge of proving every day that He reigns over every situation.


Happy  Riches
CONTENTS


To get the most out of reading this book it is best to read through each chapter progressively, beginning with chapter one at the bottom of this page. If you work your way though the book, you will see how much the Bible has to offer you. Moreover, you will begin to grasp the simplicity of God's Word and how what Almighty God wrote with His Own Finger encompasses the complexity of the world in which we live. 

The chapters are accessible via the blog archive panel in the side bar.





1
Why The Ten Words



2
We Are Gods (created in the image of God)

         

3
The Jealous God



4
A Woman’s Mirror And A Man’s Money      
     


5
Learn To Take It Easy

        

6
Claim Your Inheritance
      


7
The Value Of Life

      

8
The Mystery Of 
Marriage 

       


9
Develop A Creative Spirit
      



10
True Or False


11
Opportunities Knock



12
What It All Means 

   

    

The chapters are accessible via the blog archive panel in the side bar. 


NOTES

[i] Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
[ii] Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.

Chapter One Why The Ten Words (they are A Guide To Successful Living)

Chapter One


Why The Ten Words
(they are A Guide To Successful Living)

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him” (John 1:1-3 New Living Translation).
Jesus said to those who professed to know God in His day that they knew neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. Knowing one without the other is bad enough, not to know either is worse. To know the power of God but not know the Scriptures would be like living on a volcano without the knowledge of what to do when it blows. Whereas, to know the Scriptures but not the power of God is like having architectural plans for a house but no materials with which to build—not to mention the skills required of a builder.

Many claim they know the Scriptures, yet observations of their lives indicate they do not have the skills to interpret them. This is because interpreting the Scriptures is an applied science and not a theory—like many scoffers would have us believe.

Often, there are different views that create problems for people. At one discussion group I attended, two diametrically opposed views were expressed that created a volatile situation. One person believed that it is negligent and irresponsible stewardship not to insure one’s house and belongings against loss from fire, theft or acts of God. The other person claimed that to take out insurance was to demonstrate a lack of faith in God. The two individuals had different worldviews, even though they both claimed to be Christians who justified their position from Scripture.

Another person I know severely injured his shoulder. Instead of having an x-ray to discover the extent of the injury, this person claimed he was going to believe God to heal him. The last time I saw him, six months later, his shoulder appeared to have gotten worse and his agony more excruciating. Surely, in this person’s case, a better option would have been to find out exactly what was the problem with his shoulder and then express his faith in God to show him how he would be healed.

Knowledge and faith go together; we cannot have faith without knowledge. The more sound our knowledge, the more effective our faith.

When Moses was up on Mt Sinai getting instructions fromGod, the people below became impatient and built a golden calf to worship. Moses came down and broke the tablets upon which God had written the Ten Commandments and ordered the sons of Levi to slay people. About three thousand people were slain that day, because people chose to rebel against God (Exodus 32:7-28).
On the day of Pentecost, three thousand souls were baptized into the name of the Jesus Christ[i] for forgiveness of sins in order to receive the promised Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37-41).
One preacher I heard, comparing the two aforementioned passages of Scripture, claimed this demonstrated that the old covenant of the Law could not bring life. Only the new covenant of the Holy Spirit could bring life and the power to heal—evidently, this preacher had overlooked the promise of healing that was made at Marah (Exodus 15:26) before the Law was given to the Israelites.

The truth is the three thousand people who were killed by the sons of Levi had not yet received the Law and perished through a lack of knowledge. The Law did not bring death, since death reigned before the Law was introduced. What the Law does is provide people with the knowledge of the salvation of God.

Knowledge is an important element in understanding how we can apply our faith. Incorrect interpretation of events and a lack of applied knowledge results in merely a theoretical faith in God, which is ignorance. Ignorance is not what faith is about. Faith is not wishful thinking. Faith is not blind devotion. Faith comes from applied knowledge; the result of the understanding that comes from experiencing the principles of salvation found in the Word of Life, the Word of God.

When the Word became flesh, no one had seen God with his or her physical eyes. To quote that very literal English translation, The Emphasized Bible: “No one, hath seen, God, at any time: An Only Begotten God, The One existing within the bosom of the Father, He, hath interpreted him” (John 1:18). Jesus effectively interpreted how to live a righteous life in accordance with the Ten Commandments by loving the Father and His neighbor as Himself. Jesus’ interpretation of the Scriptures was not a theoretical display of knowledge; rather it was a demonstration of the power of a Godly life. We can say from a modern perspective, Jesus demonstrated that applied science is living the truth of the Scriptures.

In the book of Romans, chapter two, verse twenty, we learn that the Law has the “embodiment of knowledge and truth” (ESV). Since the Law of God embodies knowledge and truth, and Jesus demonstrated the powerful benefits of living in accordance with the Law, by not transgressing the Ten Commandments once, surely this would be good enough reason for us to desire to know them. What other guide to successful living exists?  The promise of Psalm One is all who meditate on the Law will prosper in what they do.

These Ten Commandments are so essential, for had Jesus not kept them, He would not have been able to bequeath in His last will and testament, life to every human being at His death (Hebrews 9:15-17).  However, this life is conditional in that it is only available to whosoever is willing to accept the truth and grow in the knowledge of our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 2 Peter 1:2; 2 Peter 3:18; John 8:31-32). If we are to partake of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and yet do not understand the just requirements of the Law, we are like people seeking to harness the power of a volcano without the required knowledge. This is something the people of Thera, living on what is now known as the Greek Island of Santorini, once tried to do, before it destroyed their civilization. In other words, without the very words written by the Finger of God, there is no hope for true success in life. We are beaten before we start. Fortunately, we can thank God that this need not be the case.

The Ten Commandments were once taught in schools everywhere within Western Countries, but these days they are considered irrelevant, no longer fashionable, antiquated, and even superseded—but, by what? As we will discover, without the Ten Commandments, there is no hope for anyone. These are the only words God ever wrote with His Own Finger.[ii]

The Apostle John
The Gospel of John states, “the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Because of this statement, many Christians like to think that the Ten Commandments have no bearing on anybody today. Unfortunately, wrong interpretations of Scripture are one of the main reasons why so many Christians fail to live up to what they have been called, and fail to keep the blessings they have been promised. Throwing out the Ten Commandments along with the ceremonial law (which consisted of the blood sacrifices of bulls, goats, lambs and doves and grain offerings) has resulted in Christians not acknowledging the requirements of God’s law for life. These guidelines for successful living are clearly outlined within the Bible—besides, anyone who thinks the Law did not come through the Word of God Himself, obviously has missed the truth about who Jesus really is. Jesus is the Son of God; the pre-existent Word of God made flesh.

The Apostle Paul
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, was not opposed to the law. People wrongly accuse him of being antinomian (rejecting the moral law of God). The truth is Paul was very much in favor of upholding the Law. He understood that the Law came through the pre-existent WORD OF GOD, the Mediator between the Father and Moses (cf. Gal. 3:19-20; Ex. 34:5; Pr. 30:4). In fact, Paul sees the law being fulfilled when people do what the law requires. As Paul states:
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:9-10).
Jesus talks about how he came to fulfill the law, and Paul says the just requirement of the law was fulfilled in Jesus. This was completed when Jesus gave his life so that human beings could have access to eternal life. Jesus was able to do this because he never sinned once; that is, Jesus did not fall short of keeping all the Ten Commandments. However, if we do not know them, then we cannot understand what Jesus has done for us, let alone know when we have transgressed them.

World Recognition
The Ten Commandments are recognized the world over as being the rules by which people should live. Yet most people only pay lip service to these rules. What is surprising, though, is those who claim to know the Ten Commandments often have a very shallow understanding of what they mean. In fact, I have not met one person who has been able to quote the unexpurgated version of the Ten Commandments. I can only put this down to the fact that meditating on the Law of God as expressed in the first Psalm is not high on people’s list of priorities. Nevertheless, I have met one or two who can cite an abbreviated version, but not the unabridged version of the Ten Commandments.

The Abbreviated Version
You might think, “What is wrong with the abbreviated version?” At face value, there does not appear to be much wrong with it; except, like the Reader’s Digest version of the Bible, it is very condensed when it comes to critical truths that pertain to understanding the keys to successful living.  The abbreviated version goes:

  1) You shall not have other god’s before me.
  2) You shall not make for yourselves any graven images.
  3) You shall not use God’s name in vain.
  4) You shall remember the Sabbath.
  5) You shall honor your mother and father.
  6) You shall not kill.
  7) You shall not commit adultery.
  8) You shall not steal.
  9) You shall not tell lies.
10) You shall not covet.

There are some variations to this. Commandment no. 4 is often recited as “You shall remember the Sabbath as a day of rest”, or “You shall remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy”. Commandment no. 5 is sometimes: “You shall honor your parents” or “You shall honor your Father and Mother”. Commandment no. 6 is sometimes, You shall not murder.” Commandment no. 9 is sometimes, “You shall not bear false witness.”

These might seem like minor points, but they do have different connotations. In this exploration of the Ten Commandments, and what they really mean for us today; we will discover their significance, how they can benefit us and what are the ramifications We will also see how they can be distorted, misunderstood, dismissed, and overlooked.

The full version of the Ten Commandments has been taken from the English Standard Version of the Bible. Here is Exodus chapter 20, where the Ten Commandments are first mentioned in the Bible. We shall consider the whole chapter to provide a little context and throw some light on the awesomeness of the occasion when these great truths were first presented to the people of Israel.

The Complete Version

The First Commandment
And God spoke all these words, saying,
“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. (Ex. 20:1-3).
The Second Commandment
“You shall not make for yourselves 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. 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, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments (Ex. 20:4-6).
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 (Ex. 20:7).
The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 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. 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 (Ex. 20:8-11).
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. (Ex. 20:12).
The Sixth Commandment
“You shall not murder (Ex. 20:13).
The Seventh Commandment
“You shall not commit adultery (Ex. 20:14).
The Eighth Commandment
“You shall not steal (Ex. 20:15).
The Ninth Commandment
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Ex. 20:16).
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” (Ex. 20:17).
The Israelite Response
“Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.’ Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.’ The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you. If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it”‘ (Ex. 20:18-26).
The Only Time God Addresses A Nation
The Ten Commandments were given directly from God to the people of Israel. This is the only time in the Bible where God has spoken directly to a group of people of this magnitude. Actually, this is the only time in recorded history that a whole nation has been addressed by God Himself (Deuteronomy 4:32-36). As you can see the people’s response was to be fearful of God rather than drawn towards Him with hearts of awe and adoration. Admittedly, the lightning and thunder might have had something to do with their fearfulness. The historic event probably could be compared to being too close to an awesome display of the raw power of a volcanic eruption during a thunderstorm crackling with lightning bolts. Therefore it is no wonder the Israelites hearts hardened—molten lava sets like concrete. Maybe the occasion would have been different if God appeared to them as a man, only we cannot be sure of this, because when God did appear in human form as Jesus of Nazareth, the harden-hearted men at the time saw fit to crucify Him. Fortunately, Jesus really was God and death had no hold over Him. Jesus rose from the dead proving Himself to be truly the Son of God (Romans 1:4).

The Rod is the Staff and the Staff is the Rod
The importance of the Ten Commandments, as has already been stated, is highlighted by the fact that God himself addressed the nation of Israel. God has only done this once in recorded history and, when He did, He gave humanity a guide to life by giving us the Ten Commandments. Not only this, as you will find, these Ten Commandments (or “Words” as the Bible calls them) encapsulate and explain the truth of our existence. The Ten Commandments are a staff to help us through life or, because we ignore them, they can be a rod on our back that inflicts pain. Psalm 23 alludes to this:

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The Message Bible
This is a beautiful psalm and many people find comfort from these words. It is probably the most well known psalm. A paraphrased version that is proving popular is the Message Bible,[iii] which states:
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
There is a poetic element in the Message Bible that can capture our breath, so to speak, in a different way than what is in the other versions. Verse four of this psalm is what we are interested in though. In most translations of the Bible, the Scripture reads as the ESV (which is a literal translation) along the lines as follows:


“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

In the Message translation, the reading conveys different thoughts and evokes different images within our minds. However, we have to admit it is comforting to know that if we meet the Angel of Death, the Devil himself, and simply raise our rod—that is, quote a commandment—he will flee! We can be just as Jesus was in the wilderness; when He was tempted; when He was tested—when He passed the triple test with flying colors!

The Analogy of the Shepherd’s Crook
A “trusty shepherd’s crook” looks different to what we normally perceive as a rod. A rod might be a fishing rod, or some narrow pole used to prod or hit animals to get them to move, or a slender metal bar that might be used for manufacturing or construction purposes; whereas a shepherd’s crook is often drawn or seen with a hook on the end. It looks like a very tall walking stick—the kind we would expect only a giant among men would use.

Shepherds, however, use their crook for two main purposes. One is to assist them in walking up hills and prodding their sheep and, the other, to fend off dangerous animals or defend themselves from attackers—and shadows in the night. A shepherd without his crook (or staff) will start to feel insecure because of his inability to protect himself and his flock—especially if he is in the valley of death.

God’s Law Gives Us Boundaries
The Ten Commandments are like the shepherd’s crook. They provide us with moral protection, and a means by which we can live our lives with other people and know the boundaries of social interaction.

There is much talk today about boundaries when it comes to raising children. Teaching children boundaries, so they can feel secure in their environment and know what is expected of them is recognized as one of the most important legacies parents can leave their children. Without a moral and legal framework, children grow up living recklessly and have no regard for anyone—and, often, no regard for themselves.

The Golden Calf 
Like a father who cares for his children, God spoke to the people of Israel and gave them some guidance.

At the time, God was probably speaking disapprovingly of His children because they had built a golden calf to worship. We would expect the same of a mother and father who want to give their teenage children a treat, but when they return home, the children have been doing something that is out of order. Instead of speaking of the treat, the parents immediately speak disapprovingly of the situation at hand and provide some guidance as to how the children should conduct themselves in future by telling them—in no uncertain terms—what is expected of them. However, the parent’s voice will not be one that is soothing to the little souls; instead, it will reflect disapproval and come across as angry.

Admittedly, a parent has a right to be annoyed and indignant about disobedient children. God, likewise, was evidently indignant about the fact the Israelites, whom He had just miraculously rescued from the Egyptians, only days earlier, were now forsaking Him out of unbelief.—God’s anger, of course, is not to be confused with what is known as the “wrath of God”, where punishment is dealt out to the wicked for wrongdoing (Romans 5:9).

Many people confuse an expression of disapproval for what they have done as hatred of themselves, rather than being the disapproval of an action that was performed. In the case of the Israelites, God disapproved of the fact they were building a calf to be their god. —Wouldn’t we disapprove of our children making a sculpture and saying they are not going to listen to us, but whatever they think the sculpture is saying? We would probably evict them from the house!

The reaction of the people towards God was just like all children react when they learn that what they did met with disapproval. The children will begin to feel that they do not want to talk to the adults and as individuals will usually say something like, “I don’t want to hear you anymore.” This is how the Israelites reacted. They cried out, “We don’t want God talking to us anymore!” 

The Israelites now felt they wanted someone else to mediate between God and themselves. This is what happens when people do not want to relate honestly to another person. They would rather hide or disappear than face the truth of their actions—or change the attitude of their hearts.

 Abusing Faith in the Garden of Eden
When we go back to the Garden of Eden, we see the same reaction in Adam and Eve when they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Instead of displaying a confident open attitude towards God, they tried to hide rather than honestly confess what they had done. Adam and Eve felt a sense of shame. They felt distressed by the knowledge they had broken faith with God and, when they knew they had to confess, they became conscious of the internalized pain from abusing the faith—the confidence and the trust—placed in them by God. This is what happens with children when they have let their parents down; when they know they have done wrong, they feel distressed. This is what happened to the Israelites when they had demonstrated their distrust of God by erecting a statue of a golden calf to become their god. God had delivered them from their enemies and performed miracles on their behalf, yet they did not exercise faith towards their Savior, Lord God Almighty.

Admittedly, there is a big difference between the way God revealed Himself to the nation of Israel and the way He revealed Himself to Adam and Eve. God appears to have confronted Adam and Eve in a more gentle manner than that in which He spoke to the Israelites at Mt Sinai. God did not speak to Adam and Eve out of clouds with deep rumblings of thunder that would have felt like an earthquake rattling every cell in their bodies. Besides the power of God’s voice, the Israelites had to contend with lightning bolts that electrified the atmospheric molecules in the wilderness—so much so, that they probably felt the hairs on their head were numbered. Under these circumstances, it is understandable that the Israelites felt more than shame—they would have been terrified!

The Testing of the Israelites
God was testing the Israelites. Moses said that there was nothing to fear. God was simply letting the Israelites know that He alone was Almighty and was capable of performing what He said He would do. Yet the Israelites were not prepared to take God at His word, even though He had demonstrated miracles, such as parting the Red Sea when it looked like all was doomed. God knew this would happen; but just as Pharaoh was put to the test, the Israelites were to be put to the test. On the other hand, the Israelites would be putting God to the test also. We see this testing when Pharaoh put God to the test ten times, and gave up on the last test and let the Israelites go. The Israelites, likewise, were to put God to the test ten times (Numbers 14:22) during their time in the wilderness—and, oddly enough, God gave them Ten Commandments by which to live. Now this has to be more than coincidence.

These commandments were not tangible things that could be touched like a golden calf; they were principles of behavior. Five of these commandments were to relate to God. Five were to relate to humans only. Some expositors will disagree with this and say that six of the commandments relate to humans only and four relate to God. However, it is worth noting that five of the commandments have the word “God” included in them, and five do not. What this signifies is the first five commandments reveal to us how we are to honor God and show our love for Him, and the other five are how we ought to honor and love each other.

The Moral Distinction
Morality is the conduct that distinguishes humans from beasts. Moral behavior requires us to think about what we do. Morality then means that there is responsibility and accountability involved in the very actions we perform. Morality, however, can mean different things to different people. For some people it is immoral to kill an animal, but not immoral to kill a human to save an animal. Yet the simple concept of morality is a matter of reciprocity—that is, doing to others what we would have them do unto us. Ironically, wild beasts of the field would not give a second thought about killing a human—they just never do. Animals are merely irrational creatures of instinct, which means that if one confronts us, and we are not spooked by it, it will be spooked by us—as is the case more often than not—and the less our need to run.  The animal instinctively acts from its own fear and flees! (Believe it or not! Some people still find it hard to understand that a lone mouse is more afraid of them than what they are of the mouse.)

Thinking is the distinguishing feature between humans and animals, and having an inner recognition of what is right and wrong is only evident in humans. Animals have been trained to imitate actions; only, there is no evidence that they can actually think or are motivated by morality. Limited displays of intelligence are not the same as having the ability to think and understand right from wrong.

A dog is supposedly man’s best friend. A dog will be loyal to its owner. However, no dog has demonstrated the ability to think for itself. Dogs have been trained to perform many tasks. The reality is dogs are trained to perform tasks that are an extension of what they would do naturally. Some dogs are thought to be better suited at rounding up sheep (sheepdogs), while other dogs are more inclined to be better suited at finding fox dens (fox terriers). Yet all dogs need to be trained if they are to be good at what they do. Guard dogs are trained to attack trespassers and guide dogs are trained to lead blind people safely. However, no dog has been trained to talk or write. No dog has shown concrete evidence of actual thinking. Like all animals, dogs can be trained to do what comes natural for them to such high degrees of excellence that it resembles a form of limited intelligence. The same applies to the great apes. These will appear to outsmart a dog, not because they can think, but because they have more capabilities. However, a two-year-old human being can evidently demonstrate more intelligence than a highly trained chimpanzee.

Emotive behavior that appears to suggest animals are conscious beings capable of thinking is more about reactions that come from trained responses, or environmentally conditioned responses. There is no evidence that emotive behavior in animals is the result of an ability to form concepts of moral behavior; neither is there any evidence that emotive behavior in animals comes from exercising the power of the will and choosing to respond to selected criteria in a demonstration of moral will power.

Humans, however, demonstrate irrational behavior when their buttons are pushed. When people have their buttons pushed, the response is an emotive reaction programmed from conditioning as a child. Psychologists are aware of this and sales psychologists teach sales staff to utilize human emotive behavior to secure sales. To counteract this, many governments have introduced cooling-off laws, so people can have time to think about what they have purchased, rather than have them being manipulated according to their conditioned responses, just like animals, each time a salesperson pushes their emotive buttons.

The Ten Commandments are not about emotive responses to environmental stimuli. The Ten Commandments are about having principles by which we can live our lives in a civilized way without infringing the rights of other people. To understand what these principles mean requires intelligence that goes beyond an emotive response, or an environmentally conditioned response, or artificially trained behavior.

True intelligence goes beyond the capacity to demonstrate instinctive reactions to stimuli that gives the appearance of acquired knowledge. Animals demonstrate what appears to be knowledge, when they act on sense stimuli or perform trained behavior. They give the impression that they are acquiring knowledge rather than functioning from instinctively developed or conditioned habits. True intelligence requires the ability to choose between right and wrong; that is, the power to exercise choice (otherwise known as volition) based on the capacity to reason, which results from knowledge, not emotion, nor instinctively conditioned responses. True intelligence is a demonstration of the capacity to think and communicate with words.

Physical and Moral Breakdown is Inevitable
Humankind is supposedly experiencing evolutionary progress. Yet, socially, the problems that exist today would suggest that human behavior is getting worse; not better, and people are becoming less principled rather than more principled.

 Actually, the Ten Commandments, which God Himself declared to a nation that had been miraculously delivered out of slavery, do provide evidence that humans are not evolving into more intelligent, more perceptive, and more knowledgeable beings. Indeed, humans have been failing to live up to the requirements of the principles of life as outlined in the Ten Commandments for the last three thousand, five hundred years. The promise that comes with the Ten Commandments is this: if they are not broken, death has no hold over us. In other words, anyone of us who fulfills the requirements of Ten Commandments (or has them fulfilled within his or her being—Romans 8:4) will live forever.[iv]

The reason why we can live forever, if we keep all the Ten Commandments, is we will be in communion with God; for we will not have broken faith with God, and we will be as Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before they sinned. To be in communion with God means that we have true life in the eternal realm that transcends time and death. The eternal realm is not governed by time; because time is measured only when there is a difference like day and night that recurs. Outside of this, there is no such thing as time, simply because it cannot be measured. Only finite things can be measured. Death makes time measurable because it introduces a finite element, which we know as the temporal. Death comes from breaking only one of the Ten Commandments. Anyone who does not break any of the Ten Commandments will live forever. Unfortunately, life on Earth has become temporary, instead of eternal, because death reigns.  Eternity like infinity cannot be measured, because both states of existence have no end, but our lives on Earth will come to an end.[v] Eternity like infinity cannot be measured, because both states of existence have no end, but our lives on Earth will come to an end.

Only Jesus Fulfilled the Law’s Requirements
 Fortunately, for us, Jesus did meet the requirements of the Law and, by fulfilling those requirements, He has bequeathed to us His righteous life. We do not have to meet the requirements of the law on our own merit. This is something of which we are incapable. The Bible is quite clear that all have fallen short of keeping the Ten Commandments, and because of this, we are out of fellowship with God. However, not all has been lost. God in His divine wisdom and grace has given each one the opportunity to receive unmerited favor in His eyes through the gift that has been bequeathed to us as a consequence of Jesus’ death. When Jesus died, He left an inheritance to all who want it. This inheritance is the right to eternal life because Jesus kept all the commandments.

Now, according to the will and testament of Jesus Christ, because of His death on the cross, it is possible for us all to partake of the gift that has been left to us. If we take up Jesus’ offer of eternal life, would it then be right for us to spurn this offer and abuse the grace that has been extended to us? The answer to this is a resounding, "No!”

Our Heavenly Advocate
The door that once was closed to us has now been opened, so we can have a relationship with the Creator God. Where, then, is the merit in spurning God’s grace by deliberately breaking the very commandments that offer life? The relationship we now have with God means we still need to uphold the Ten Commandments. Jesus was very clear about this. He said that those who relaxed the least of the commandments would be recognized least in the kingdom of Heaven, and if our righteousness did not exceed that of the hypocrites, we would not enter the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:19-20).

Fortunately, though, if we miss the mark and fail to uphold the Law, we now have an advocate with the Father who intercedes on our behalf. In the event that we do stumble, we can pick ourselves up and get back on track.

It sounds rosy to claim that the law cannot judge Christians, because the law is of no avail. Only, there is a problem with this hypothesis. One Holy Spirit inspired New Testament writer says that if we do sin, we are still in need of an advocate to represent us. From this, we can assume that it is possible for us to be judged and thrown into prison. A place Jesus said we will never get out of until we pay every penny (Luke 12:56-59), which is an everlasting problem if we have no way of paying the debt and have rejected the only offer of our punishment being cancelled.

If there is no law, then it cannot be broken, and there is no need for an advocate to act on our behalf. If there is a law, which can be broken, and we break it, it is to our advantage to have an advocate to defend us.

To quote the Apostle John:
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
God in His divine grace has given each one of us the opportunity to receive unmerited favor. This God has done through the gift that has been bequeathed to us through Jesus’ death. However, when the accuser[vi] attempts to prosecute us for failing to live up to expectations, God has gone even further than we would expect by allowing Jesus to be an advocate on our behalf.—How good is God!

A Word from the Book of Proverbs
God wants to bless us and give life to us with all its riches. People might tell us different, but we need not believe them. Just read what the book of Proverbs chapter twenty-two, verse four, says:
 “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.”
In the New International Version[vii] Proverbs chapter eight, verse eighteen, speaking about true wisdom says:
“Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and prosperity.”

Proverbs chapter twenty-four, verse four, says:
“By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
As for the law, and having knowledge of the Ten Commandments and understanding what they mean for us; we cannot afford to listen to those who say they are done away with.

In Hosea chapter four, verse six, the Bible tells us without knowledge the people perish:
 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
God never leaves us without hope and always seems to have a plan worked out to help us because of our failings, as we find in Jeremiah chapter thirty-one, verse thirty-three:
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Only, we need to know what that law is exactly if we are to abide by it, and in the event we break the Law, we need to know how we broke the Law in order to repent.
The True Jew 
The Bible says a true Jew is a son of Abraham, and this has nothing to do with physical birth, rather it is a matter of faith. Being adopted into the family of God is the same as being adopted into the family of Abraham. The Apostle Paul in Romans, chapter four, is very clear about who are the sons of Abraham:

“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16).

Even those who adhered to the Mosaic Covenant and called themselves Jewish were not true Jews unless they had a spiritual awakening that enabled God to circumcise their hearts, regardless of any claim to physical descent (Romans 2:28-29).

Believe or Not To Believe
We will find that the Ten Commandments have more to offer us today than what most people think. Basically, Jesus even went as far to say that if we do not believe what Moses wrote, we would not believe Him, even if He were raised from the dead (John 5:46-47; Luke 16:31). It is always tempting to throw the baby out with the bath water, and many people do, by incorrectly saying that the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments have been done away with. This is because many like to believe there is no longer accountability for sin and the New Testament and the commandments to love God and our neighbors as ourselves have superseded the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments.

What many people fail to realize is the greatest commandment, which they call the first of the two new commandments, is actually found in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy chapter six, verses four and five:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
A Not So New Commandment
In the Gospel of John, we learn that Jesus spoke of a new commandment (John 13:34). This commandment, to love one another, may have been a new commandment to the disciples, because they were unfamiliar with its existence in the Mosaic writings, or it may have been a new commandment because the scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees were not teaching it; but it was definitely an old commandment (1 John 2:7).

You shall love your neighbor as yourself is known as the second commandment of the New Testament. This commandment is actually a not-so-new commandment, because it is found also in the Old Testament, just like the First Commandment.  In the Old Testament, there is a negative connotation associated with this commandment that speaks of not hating anyone in your heart. It is found in the book of Leviticus, chapter nineteen:
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:17-18).
The Love Chapter
Many people take the view that the Old Testament is about the negativity of God. The Ten Commandments supposedly demonstrate this when they begin with “you shall not”. The New Testament, on the other hand, is supposedly about the positive view of God. The New Testament is about what we can do rather than what we cannot do. Yet when we read the famous chapter on love (which is often read at weddings), we find that it speaks negatively so we can understand love or—more importantly—how we should express love. In the English Standard Version Bible, we find these words:
“…love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude;
it does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing…” (1 Cor. 13:4b-6a).
We have to admit that using the negative word “not” is not exactly being positive. What is surprising is that since this is talking about loving one another, there are five negative (not) expressions where we could write, “You shall not.” This somehow puts a damper on our enthusiasm for crowing about how positive the New Testament is compared to the Old Testament. However, in order to understand something, we need to see both sides of the equation—positive and negative. We have to admit this seems to be more than a coincidence that the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to put five negative expressions into the love chapter. Here are the five “you shall not” expressions about love, as some would say, expressed from an Old Testament view on the subject:

You shall not be envious or boastful
You shall not be arrogant or rude
You shall not insist on your own way
You shall not be irritable or resentful
You shall not rejoice at wrongdoing.

For some people, the above might seem quite convincing that this correlates to the five “you shall nots” found in the last five of the Ten Commandments. For those who are a little more studious or discerning, we have to acknowledge that there are eight “you shall not” commandments as expressed in the abbreviated versions of the Decalogue—the exceptions being Remember the Sabbath and Honor your father and mother. However, in the chapter about love, if we separate envious from boastful, and arrogant from rude, and irritable from resentful, we have eight separate dispositions expressed in the negative to describe love, as per the following:

You shall not be [1] envious.
You shall not be [2] boastful
You shall not be [3] arrogant.
You shall not be [4] rude.
You shall not [5] insist on your own way.
You shall not be [6] irritable.
You shall not be [7] resentful.
You shall not [8] rejoice at wrongdoing.

Effects of Error
When we start to see the Finger of God in the writing of the Scriptures, we are beginning to learn what it means to have the spirit of the fear of the Lord upon us. Actually, our delight should be in the fear of the Lord, just as it was prophesied of Jesus:

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD…” (Isaiah 11:1-3a).

The idea that the New Testament is about what we can do, and the Old Testament is about what we cannot do, is false—absolutely!

All too often, something that has caused people pain leads them into another error when partially rectified. Martin Luther, the famous Reformer, is known also for rejecting the book of James as containing false teaching because it speaks about our faith being justified by works, and does not say we are justified in God’s sight by faith alone. This is most likely because of his painful experience within the Roman Catholic Church and its teachings on salvation by works. Luther evidently had difficulty understanding how a person’s faith was completed by action, and there is a difference between doers of faith and hearers who only profess faith with their lips.

 Another example is when a person grows up being taught he has to confess his sins to a priest. The priest then has him performing unnecessary penance for sins to free him of his guilt. Only, this does not free him of his guilt, as the guilt remains. The person then learns that we need to confess our sins to God to be set free from our guilt, and the price for sin was paid once for all by Jesus on the Cross of Calvary.  The person confesses to God and accepts that Jesus paid the price for sin on the Cross—then, for the first time in his life, he experiences freedom from guilt. On this basis, the person will reject the idea of confessing his sin to another Christian, because he believes that he needs to confess his sin to God alone. Yet the Bible states we are to confess our sins (or failings) to each other.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV).
When people experience the effects of wrong teaching and point their finger at something that has caused them pain, they often fall into a different error when they draw false conclusions that hinder them from seeing the fullness of a truth. It is true that we only need to confess our sins to God for salvation and do not need to perform any penance. However, if we truly want God’s full blessing and complete healing in our lives while here on Earth, we need to confess our sins to one another, as well—which is vastly different to confessing our sins to a priest and then being given penance to gain favor from God.

When we look at the world around us, we see the obvious. We do not see the principles that enable the world to function. We are oblivious to much of what is happening. However, if we desire to understand the world in which we live, we need to look more closely at what is happening. This usually requires looking at things in a little more detail than just observing that on a sunny day, in the blue sky, there is a dark cloud on the horizon. Likewise, when we understand the Ten Commandments, we gain the advantage over the Devil, because they are a guide to a successful life—and because of Jesus’ success, we now have an inheritance.

In the following chapters, we will look at what each one of the Ten Commandments mean for us today, without the Mosaic rituals, and uncover the hidden truths within the Ten Words from God. What will surprise you is the extent of knowledge that is embodied in the only words written by the Finger of God.For many people miss the following truth that is found in the Psalms:
“I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad” (Psalm 119:96).
The Amplified Bible provides additional clarity and states:
“I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble, and excellent]; but Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity].”
Indeed Heaven and Earth will pass away, but not one dot or one iota of the Law shall pass away until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18).

Some individuals who grasp the implications of what is written within these pages, after having read them, actually question why they had not acquired the body of knowledge contained within this book after ten years of formal study. What is the reason for their lack of knowledge? What we learn from God has to become applied knowledge.

The depth of truth contained within the only words written by the Finger of God covers numerous disciplines. Yet these words are the milk of the word that are essential for us Christians to understand, if we are to truly walk in the victory of the Melchezidek priesthood that Jesus has made available for all who believe (1 John 2:3-6; Hebrews 5:9-14; 1 Peter 2:2-9).

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[i] The apostles always baptized people into the name of Lord Jesus Chrst and did not use the formula “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” and because of this, some people think Mathew 28:19 was changed from “baptize in my name” to “ baptize in the name of the three titles of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
[ii] Daniel 5:5-6:30 records Belshazzar observing the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the wall of his palace. Daniel tells the king that this is a message from God telling him that he has been judged. Belshazzar then dies. Some say that this is the finger of God writing on the wall. If this is the case, then this would be the only other time God has written anything with His finger. Other’s say that God is not a man, so that was not the finger of God writing on the wall.
[iii] Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.
[iv] Theologically, this sounds like Pelagianism, but there is one difference—having a promise is not exactly the same as actually fulfilling the requirements to obtain the promise. Besides, Pelagius taught we did not really need Jesus as our Savior—but even John The Baptist needed to be saved through Jesus’ atonement, and he was surrounded by the Holy Spirit from birth.
[v] Physical death reigns because Adam’s blood became affected by sin. This has become a hereditary genetic flaw passed down through every male spermatozoon.
[vi] Satan is still in Heaven accusing the brethren—Rev. 12:10— but will be thrown out when the Day of Atonement is fulfilled on the Christian calendar. So far, we have had the Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost. Still to come are Day of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles.
[vii] New International Version, copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Used with permission.