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Posted by Taryl Jasper, Cornerstone elder

 

New City Catechism - Question 8

 

Q8: What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

 

A: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

 

KIDS’ ANSWER: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

 

SCRIPTURE TO MEMORIZE (kids’ portion in bold):

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES TO READ: Psalm 29:2; Psalm 73:25; Romans 1:23; Jeremiah 25:6

 

LIFE APPLICATION: When God spoke the 10 commandments, He used the second person singular pronoun "you".  The force of these commands was not simply upon the nation of Israel.  God was not calling for a mere national obedience.  God was speaking to the heart and the conscience of individuals.   If we view God's commands as spread, like peanut butter, over all of humanity, then we may miss the force of God uttering His commands to us as individuals.  Through His commandments, God calls you, as an individual, to love and worship Him and to love and serve your neighbor.

 

These 10 commandments show the exact same category separation that we saw in the answer to the seventh question that highlighted Jesus' summary of God's law.  God's law focuses our love and obedience vertically toward Him, as we see in the first four commands.  These four commands protect true theology and worship.  God's law also directs our love and service horizontally toward our fellow neighbors, as seen in the last six commands.  Those six commands honor family, life, marriage, property, truth, and character.  God wants our worship and our neighbor's need to see our love and service.

 

Scripture tells us that when Moses came and told the people the rules of God, all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.”  (Exodus 24:3) That is a commendable response that should be expressed from the heart of everyone who loves God.  But we know the history.  Those who responded this way could not fulfil their proclaimed desire.  The lesson of Scripture is that the people of Israel failed to give the more important response.  When they heard the law of God, they should have cried out, “Your holy commands are perfect.  We have already broken them and cannot keep them.  Please send us a savior who can rescue us!”  This second response to God's commands must be your response.  The commandments of God must drive you to your Savior, Jesus.

 

CONNECTION TO CORNERSTONE’S STATEMENT OF FAITH: The 8th through the 12th questions in the NCC focus on the law of God as given in the 10 Commandments.  Mankind’s rejection of God’s perfect law, fall into sin, and need for salvation are identified in Cornerstone’s statement of faith.  Take a few moments to review the related portions of our Statement of Faith.

  • GOD - We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Deut. 6:4; Jn. 1-3, 6:27; Acts 5:3,4; Mt. 28:19)
  • MANKIND - We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, and is therefore lost, and that only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.  (Gen. 1:26, 27, 2:7, 22, 3:1-6; Rom. 3:9-12,23, 5:12,18, 6:23Jn. 3:3, 5-7)
  • SALVATION - We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, become children of God, and are saved for eternity.  (Heb. 9:22Mt. 26:28; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Rom. 3:24, 25; Rom. 5:19, 18; Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Eph. 2:8,9)


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