The Ten Commandments
I've been working on this entry for a while so the coffee kind of comes and goes.
I've come to recognize that this meeting between between God and Moses wasn't a coffee house conversation like, "lets narrow down a list of things that the people shouldn't do and try to keep it to 10". God engraved these stones with lightning. So this is for real. It also hit me that, that they weren't just commandments, but God saying "i understand what you are struggling with, and know you will continue to battle these 10 things".
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.:
He knew that a lot of times I think I should just get a job and forget this self employment thing. I want to blame people. He completely acknowledges and take responsibility for this.
3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
He knew I would replace him with other people and things.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
He knew my coping ways wouldn't be drawing to him, but to other things, he knew I would ignore his calling at times.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
He knew, I would be addicted to things due to my upbringing, and would need to keep knocking on my door to show me what I need to do and that He loved me.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
I'm careful about this one, but swearing and cursing, I've become really good at. Yet when I become ashamed and neglect to acknowledge him, I feel the conviction.
He knew I would be a workaholic and neglect to take a day of rest. He knew I would always be thinking about getting work in and getting it out. He knew the passion he gave me would get out of hand. He also knew I would eventually get upset with the concept of a building, pulpet, and how corporate church has become. So much as to be tired of it. Yet he clear states, take a day off!
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
He knew this would be a problem.
13 “You shall not murder.
i've never thought like this, but he knows its possible and its happened to others.
15 “You shall not steal.
He knew I would steal and brag and laugh about it. (online stuff)
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
He knew I would get upset with neighbors at times.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
He knew this was an issue too. He knew that things find there way in to my mind in different formats because of situation upon situation of life that happens.
I wish he said, don't read peoples thoughts, don't fly, don't be embarrassing. He wasn't messing around. He wants me to be addicted to Him, but understands that it will be challenging. He's really just said "i know you guys, and here are ten ways to grow in me.