"Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: 'Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully.'"(Deuteronomy 5:1)Here is a basic teaching on the Ten Commandments: If you are doing numbers 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 then stop. If you are not doing numbers 4 or 5 then start. Just kidding...
Actually, the Ten Commandments were more than just good rules to live by, they were the foundation upon which the nation of Israel was build. There were an agreement between God and children of Israel such that, if they would agree to live by them, God would give them a land and establish them as a nation under His care. As long as the kept their end of the agreement (obeying the commands) God would continue to bless then and establish them in the Earth. The Ten Commandments not only addressed the individual's personal and spiritual life but it also set a foundation for their civil life as well.
We have all heard many teachings on the Ten Commandments and how they apply to our own personal lives. However, over the next several posts, we will examine each of the commandments to understand their implications for civil government and for the life of a nation. The Ten Commandments were both the moral and civil foundations for the nation of Israel and, I believe, they still hold importance as we consider a biblical foundation for governance. I look forward to pondering these questions and sharing them with you over the next several weeks.
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