“Then God spoke all these words.” –Exodus 20:1
With that, the Bible gives us the greatest “to do” list in all of human history—the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:1-17). In this little record, the eternal God summarizes His sinless character, codifies it into a list of requirements for mankind, and provides us a basis for spiritual life and ethical conduct.
The Ten Commandments have fallen out of favor in our society, and great legal wars are being fought over its right to adorn courtroom walls and public spaces. But think how horrible it would be to live in a world in which the Ten Commandments didn’t exist. One Holocaust survivor, reflecting on the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz, said that it was like a world in which all the Ten Commandments were reversed.
If you’d like an easy way to memorize the Ten Commandments (or to help your children to do so), here’s an old British school poem that will help:
Above all else love God alone;
Bow down to neither wood or stone.
God’s name refuse to take in vain;
The Sabbath rest with care maintain.
Respect your parents all your days;
Hold sacred human life always.
Be loyal to your chosen mate;
Steal nothing, neither small nor great.
Report, with truth, your neighbor’s deed;
And rid your mind of selfish greed.
[from My All in All by Robert J. Morgan, June 18 entry]