Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ten Commandments: Introduction

‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind….You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37,39-40).

God's Law shows us our sinfulness, because we fail to live up to its standards. But Jesus has fulfilled the Law for us. He died to set us free from the Law. Repentant faith in Christ changes the Law from a message of guilt and terror, to a reminder of the greatness of God’s forgiving love and a guide for loving Him in response.

In the next several posts, I will provide a series of devotions based on this Christ-centered view of the Ten Commandments. I welcome your comments. Please feel free to share this material with your family or your congregation.

IMAGE: Vignon, Claude the Elder (1593-1670), Moses with the tablets of the Law. Canvas. Location: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France. Photo Credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY. [NOTE: The French text on the tablets says, “Love God with all your heart; Love your neighbor as yourself; the Law depends on these two commandments.”]

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