This introduces one of the most famous sections in all of the Bible—The Ten Commandments. Actually, they’re not given that title anywhere in this chapter. If anything, they’re called “the Ten Words”. Sometimes, you hear them referred to as “the Decalogue” being the Greek word for “ten”, and “logos” for “words”. These are the Ten Words that God gave to the Israelites, but they’re also clearly commands.
The problem that people have is not with what they’re called, but with what they contain. It’s the very heart of human rebellion. We would rather not have God tell us what we can or cannot do. But the Bible is resolute and clear that these commandments are for our good and for His glory.
This is what Romans 7:12 says, “…the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” The law is good if one actually obeys them. that the commandments are the way that we love one another. But ultimately, the commandments are given so that we know how to best love—love God and love one another. When we truly love God and one another, that’s how we fulfill the commandments.
In essence, the Ten Commandments are a blueprint on how God wants his people to love especially in how we love God. And in so doing we will find that the Law drives us to our knees, shows us our sin, and leads us to the cross. We need forgiveness. None of us keep these commands perfectly. At the same time, for those who have been forgiven and who do know Christ, we see in both the Old and New Testament that the Ten Commandments are to be a guideline that, even now, we use to learn God’s will.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for laws. We know that these commandments are for our good and a way to reveal your true love for us. May we not doubt but continue to trust in you and obey you. In Jesus’ name, amen.