Exodus chapter 20 records the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. Author and theologian J. I. Packer compares the Ten Commandments to the maker’s handbook for a car. A car is a complicated piece of machinery, and the maker’s handbook tells you how to take care of your car properly so that you can get the most out of it.
The Ten Commandments are our maker’s handbook for human beings. They tell us how we are supposed to live, and if we actually lived according to the Ten Commandments, the world would be a far better place. In fact if everyone in the world kept even just one of the Ten Commandments, the quality of life on our planet would improve remarkably.
But the sad reality is that although God has given us these ten all important commands, we do not live according to them. We rebel against God’s good design, and so we live in a world of sin and hurt and frustration.
We need to know that the Ten Commandments:
- They are commands not suggestions
- They are spoken & written by God Himself
- They are directed to individuals…nobody is excluded
I am sure we heard our parents say this to us: ‘Now keep yourself out of trouble’. God our heavenly Father gave us the Ten Commandments to keep ourselves out of trouble…to be better people…to relate well with God and other people. May we take God’s Word seriously and live a free life (John 8:36; 15:10).