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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ethan K on the First Table of the 10 Commandments

The First Table of the Ten Commandments

The first table of the Ten Commandments includes the first, second, and third commandments. All of the Ten Commandments tell you what you are to do and what not to do.

The first commandment: You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

You should fear God. God decides if you’re going to have eternal life. You should love God. God created us, and loves us more than anyone could love.

And you should trust God. Trust that God will make the right decisions in and for your life. This commandment doesn’t just mean you shouldn’t worship false gods. It also means that you shouldn’t want or need things more than you need God. For example, not going to church because you’re about to beat a videogame, got to a good part in a movie, or if you just feel like sleeping in that day.

The second commandment: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. In summary this means, we should not swear, curse, or lie in his name. We should not use his name in useless ways. We should use his name only in prayer and when we are in trouble. In this commandment God forbids us to misuse his name by saying something like,”Oh my God.” This phrase has no meaning to it at all. This commandment doesn’t say that we can never use God’s name. We can use his name while praying or telling people about his word.

The third commandment: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. In summary this means we should not despise or hate God’s word but honor it and use it in holy ways.

Most people think that Sunday is the required day of Sabbath, but God never set aside any particular day to be the day of rest. If we don’t like going to church or despise its teachings we are disobeying the third commandment.

These first three commandments are about God, his name, and his word, and how we should keep them holy. It is impossible for anyone not to sin, but God is forgiving. If we repent we will be saved. Knowing these commandments help you later in life because you will know what to do and what not to do. Following all of the commandments will help you earn God’s salvation because you are following his rules and following his rules will give you eternal salvation in Heaven.

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