May 24 2014
The Ten Commandments have held people in awe for a few thousand years. Even those who don’t believe in God quote commands like ‘Do not murder’ and ‘do not covet’ when they are trying to make a moral point. Intentionally or not the Ten Commandments have become a standard of morality for a lot of people. But what exactly are the Ten Commandments? Why were two tablets of commandments required? And what relevance do these commands have for us today?
First we need to say that the Ten Commandments were the beginning of Scripture. After God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses a body of Scripture began to form around them, and this developed until we had a complete Bible. So the Ten Commandments are foundational to Scripture.
Second we should note that the Ten Commandments are covenant requirements. They were the things that Israel needed to do (or not do) if they were to be a God’s people. More