This article is part of our Exodus: A Parellel for the End Times Series.
The Ten Commandments
Have you ever wondered why the Israelites were such whiners? I’ve often felt bad for Moses. I mean – he was so good to them and what did they do? Pretty much made his life miserable. No gratitude whatsoever.
I’d like to think that if God parted the Red Sea for me that I’d be just a little more faithful! But, maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
Anyway, before and after the Israelites left Egypt, they had their religion, but they didn’t have a true relationship with God. They worshiped the God of their fathers, but that worship was missing a key element – relationship! They had forgotten what it really meant to be children of the Most High God.
Often Christians are the same way. They go to church each week, they do what they think they’re supposed to “do.” They go through the motions without really grasping the true meaning of worship and living a life that is truly converted.
Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant Today?
Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Our post modern culture today suggests that “there is no absolute truth.” Even many “Christians” today believe that there is more than one way to have eternal life.
But this is contrary to the word of God.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger on Mount Sinai and gave them to Moses to take to the people. The Ten Commandments represent the moral character of God. They are eternal.
Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17
You see, Jesus didn’t come to change the law or to do away with the law. He went on to say:
“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18
The law is still in effect today and it will be until all of heaven and earth disappear. Not even one jot or tittle will be removed from it. He also says that those who teach and practice his commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven!
“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19
We are not to set aside a single commandment – not even one! Or teach anyone else to do so – or else we risk being called the “least in the kingdom of heaven.”
Did the Ten Commandments exist before God wrote them down for Moses? Of course they did! They are God’s eternal moral law and God does not change. “I am the LORD, I change not.” Malachi 3:6
And while we can never be “good enough” to be justified in His sight without the blood of Jesus, the Ten Commandments show us what sin is. “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” Romans 3:20
All humans who are not covered by the blood of Jesus on the Day of Judgement will be judged according to the Ten Commandments and they will be found guilty.
The Ten Commandments are just as relevant today as they were in the day of Moses.