Why did God give the Ten Commandments? “Then God spoke all these words, “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Exodus 20:1-2
God gave the Ten Commandments for the personal well-being of His people. God had brought His people out of slavery from Egypt and now they were out on their own. He was giving them rules that would govern their lives. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we can earn God’s approval by keeping the law. The law was given for their personal well-being.
The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:2-17
1 “I am the Lord you God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, or your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You should not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s”.
The Ten Commandments not only tell us how we ought to live; they also remind us how far we fall short. No one has ever kept them perfectly, and no one ever will. We are selfish and sinful, and no matter how hard we try, we can never measure up to God’s standard, which is perfection.
This is why we need Christ, because he came from heaven for one reason: to make it possible for us to be reconciled to God. Begin your journey of faith today by asking Jesus Christ to come into your life, and he will. Then make it your goal to grow closer to Him every day.