Monday, March 5
As a child, I remember my father reading stories from a children’s Bible to my brother and me. Noah and the flood; Daniel and the lions; Joseph and the coat. Those stories were quite fascinating to us. The stories of Moses were just as interesting. A baby in the reeds; the plagues; the parting of the Red Sea. When my father read the chapter on the Ten Commandments, I distinctly remember how I understood that this was different; this chapter was powerful. It wasn’t just a compelling story; instead, it was God’s own words. My understanding, however, was very limited. I believed that the commandments were simply setting a strict standard of right and wrong. As an adult, I still feel the power of the words, but now understand that the commandments are more than just moral principles to live by. The first four commandments deal with our relationship with God. God wants us to have a relationship with him, and this personal relationship must take priority. In following these first four commandments, we are able to further our relationship with God and let Him take a central place in our lives.
-Submitted by Beth Krumenaker
The first four of the Ten Commandments describe our relationship with God. By following those commands, how does God’s character shape our own character? What is lost when we refuse to keep those commands?