The passage from Deuteronomy chapter four tells the people of Israel to keep the righteous commands of God carefully. One verse says, “He commanded to you His covenant, the Ten Commandments, which He commanded you to follow.” The chapter also says there will be punishment for not keeping the commands of God.

Jesus gave more teaching on the Commandments when He said, “You have heard it said, ‘Do not commit adultery’, but I tell you whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The Apostle Paul repeats in Ephesians 6:2 to “Honor your father and mother”, the 5th Commandment of the 10 Commandments, so these commands are meant to show the world God’s righteous standards for all time.

The problem is that Israel (and you and me) could not keep such righteous standards perfectly. We either break them visibly or break them secretly in our hearts, for example, when we lust and hate. Romans says, “There is no-one righteous, no not one.” But thanks be to God, when I heard the Good News that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me, a law breaker, and offers the washing and cleansing I so desperately needed, I trusted in Him and believed. I opened the door, and He came into my life, and now I have the power to say “No” to temptation with His help. When I do sin, I can confess and repent (forsake) my sin as a loved child of God. There is still room in God’s family for more folks. I want to invite them, Amen?

by David Marshall, Chairman of the Elder Board

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