As professing Christians, these words should cause us to pause and reflect on the depth of our fear (reverence) towards the Heavenly Father. The Decalogue is a brief synopsis of the whole law given by God to Israel to show them where the line is drawn between righteousness and sin. Paul tells us that the Law was given to show the exceeding sinfulness of sin that leads to death. (Rom. 7:13) Always remember that the Lord said he who lives the Law perfectly will be entitled to life and never die. (Leviticus 18:5) The Law was meant to convince men of their sinful state and need of a redeemer.
Jesus was asked by one of the scribes and Pharisees to tell them what the greatest commandment was. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40) We have the words of our Heavenly father and those of the only man who lived the law perfectly, Christ Jesus. By this man’s obedience to the Lord’s word, even unto death, we have the ransom paid for all to be resurrected in due time.
How fitting is it for the first command in God’s law to be that we show our love for the Creator by our desire to worship, praise and honor him above all else. Job, family, money, possessions, fame or power should never be placed above or even equal to our God. Love for our fellow man proves our love for the Heavenly Father. Acknowledging Jesus as our ransom for sin and redeemer, we glorify God, the author of the grand plan that will ultimately recover men from the bondage of sin and death.
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