Two Tablets – Two Commandments

30 Oct

Two Tablets – Two Commandments. ..

In Exodus chapter 20 we find the Ten Commandments. They are written on two Tablets. It is interesting how they are laid out and why.

The first tablet contains the first four commandments and those pertain to God and how we are to Honor Him

1) I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me

2) You shall make no idols.

3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

4) Keep the Sabbath day holy.

All four are straight forward and make it very clear He is God and there are no others. As we look closely at the 4th commandment: Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.  Basically it says take one day to rest. Remember in Genesis: and on the seventh day He rested. We are to take one day and set it aside just for God where we pray and rest in His glory praising Him for all the blessings He gives us daily.

The second tablet contains the rest of the commandments which contain instructions on how we are to treat and love our family and neighbors.

5) Honor your father and your mother.

6) You shall not murder.

7) You shall not commit adultery.

8) You shall not steal.

9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10) You shall not covet.

Now when we first look at these last six commandments, we tend to think they are straight forward also. Then as one begins to really look at them you see there is a lot more to them than we first realized.

The 5th commandment: Honor your father and your mother seems self explanatory until you realize it also means to honor and respect your elders. That is something taught on the Indian Reservation and is very precious for our elders have and teach us wisdom. We should respect that wisdom and use it to help live a good life.

The 6th commandment: You shall not murder. A lot can be said about this commandment since we should not kill period. But have you ever looked at what killing someone’s spirit does to them? We are to be kind in our words and lift up those who need help and not judge them for what they do.

The same can be said about the rest of the commandments. You don’t commit adultery, you don’t steal, you don’t bear false witness and you don’t covet. When we look at these closely we learn that we should be content with what God has given us and not be envious if our neighbor has something different or bigger. Be thankful for what we have and happy for what they have.

Now you are probably wondering where I am leading you to here. When Jesus told the Sadducees to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind He was referring to the first four commandments – the first tablet.

Then when He followed up with Love you neighbor as yourself, He was referring to the second tablet – the last 6 commandments. Most people fail to see the connection here but He added: All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40

When you walk your daily walk keep these in mind and remember Love is the key in all things for our Christian life. It is also worth reminding you that your neighbor is everyone else in the world, not just the family across the street. The commandments are directed right at our hearts – instructing us how live a good Christian life and relate to other people.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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