Text: And Moses said unto the people fear not; for God is come to prove you and that his fear may be before your faces that you sin not (Ex. 20:20 KJV).
The Old Testament lesson appointed for this Sunday service reminds us about the Ten Commandments given to the people of Israel by God. The giving of the Ten Commandment became necessary in order to make the Israelites live a life of practical holiness. The stipulations of the commandments are meant to enable the Israelite Community to live peacefully together in fairness and in righteousness. The Commandments served the purposes they were meant to serve, and it is still useful in the contemporary society in sustaining fairness and harmonious living in the Community.
The Ten Commandments can be segmented into two parts. The first part which is made up of the first four Commandments has to do with our relationship with God. God expects us to be wholly devoted to him without sharing his glory with any other being or object. He is not to be represented in any form as he is a spirit (John 4:24) He demands total respect for his being to the point that his name must be revered. Out of the seven days in the week, he asks that a day be devoted to his worship.
The second part of the Ten Commandment, which covers the remaining six Commandments are meant to regulate interpersonal relationship so that no one will wrong the other. Our Lord Jesus Christ who did not come to abolish the commandments but to fulfill them categorized them into two parts-love for God and love for fellow human being(Mark 12:28-31)
It is in loving God and Fellow human being that the law is fulfilled (Roman 13:9) In giving these Commandments which are not burdensome (1John 5:3), the Almighty God expects us to obey them. And this means
- We are to live according to God’s standard
- Accepting God as our God and fully committed to him
- Seeking the good of others as we seek our own good (Philippians 2:4)
- It is a means of promoting the gospel in that when those in the world see godliness in us, they will not only praise God, but turn over to him (Matthew. 5:13-16; Acts 11:26).
The nature of true obedience he’s in wholly following God’s Commandments which consist of loving God with all our heart, soul and mind as well as our neighbours as ourselves. This can be done by hearing of God’s ward, trusting, submitting and surrendering to him. It is only by doing these that we can fulfill the law.
As usual, there are some constraints to true obedience. These constraints are lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life (1John 2:15-17). Let us all endeavour to put aside all those things that hinder us from being obedient to God’s Commandments because God’s judgment is coming upon the children of disobedience.
Very Revd Dr. Adewale Adebiyi