Part IV of V: What exactly are we supposed to do in our Walk?
Are all Ten Commandments mandatory?
Of Course. Some people try to cause division between Christians by pointing out that different churches number the Commandments differently, or put different emphasis on this one or that one.
But Jesus made it all pretty simple when he wrapped the commandments up in that same towel with all Mosaic law. In the book of Matthew 22:36-40, a Pharisee, trying to trip Jesus up, asked; “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“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.”
You see, he’s not dissing the Ten Commandments. If you look at the ten Commandments, the first few pertain to loving God, and the remainder pertain to loving others, just as much of Mosaic law had to do with showing respect to God as well as the community. If one were able to truly love God and others as He loves us, obedience to all Ten Commandments would come natural.
Mark 12:29-31 and Luke 10:26-28 also quote Jesus saying this.
All three of those books are actually quoting Deuteronomy 6:5; “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength.”
The verse in Context, Deut. 6:4-6, reads, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. (again with the heart thing)
But now …what does that mean for us on a daily basis! What, exactly, are God’s instructions for our imperfect… but trying our best …Christian Walk…?
Next, Part Five: Part V, Walking the Walk… – – February 12, 2016
First published – June 10, 2010 – “Serving God’s Tea” Blogspot –