« All Events
Getting ready to be In the shelter of the Most High.
“Thou shalt … Thou shalt not.” Ancient codes state their laws in conditional form: “if you do this, this must happen.” Israel’s code alone lays down principles as absolutes. These things are to be done, not because of consequences, but because they are right.
Thus in the Ten Commandments we have a unique revelation of the character of God Himself. He is the kind of person who believes it is right to refrain from murder, from adultery, from stealing, etc. He is a person who considers human beings important, and calls on us to treat each other with respect!
“Thou shalt not.” Eight of the ten commandments are expressed as negatives. But each negative implies not just one but a range of positive commands. In saying, “Thou shalt not steal,” the command implies that we shall be honest, respect others’ property rights, earn by our own labors what we possess, etc. Thus the stern negative in a few brief words suggests a host of positive attitudes and behaviors.
Richards, L. O. (1991). The Bible reader’s companion (electronic ed., p. 63). Wheaton: Victor Books.
Tomorrow, we will be using the Introduction to the Decalogue, and the first four Commandments, Exodus 20:1-11