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The 10 Commandments

I have noticed that one of the reasons for not reading the Bible is that people don’t like the “Thee and Thou” language of the KJV.  Well, pick a different version!  It has the same content, it just doesn’t contain the language written as it was in the 1600s.  Okay, so people get past that, and start quoting passages from different versions.  However, the 10 Commandments always seem to come from the KJV!

  1. Thou shall have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shall not make for yourself an idol.
  3. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shall not kill (murder).
  7. Thou shall not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shall not steal.
  9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your      neighbor).

It’s funny to me that these things are written in such a way, like they are too holy to rewrite for a more simplistic view.  Instead of “Thou shall not,” how about “Do not?”

As Christian, we try to keep these commandments.  Some are pretty easy.  I do not have any desire to murder anyone.  However, I really felt that the Lord was dealing with me recently concerning His Holy Sabbath Day.  The text is found in Exodus 20:

Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.  (Exodus 20:8-11 NLT)

I found that Sundays were just another day in the week for me; an extra day to get things done that didn’t get done before.  Now, I think that a person should set aside a day to rest.  Sunday may not be that day, but there is another day that can be used.  I urge you to take it.  I heard a preacher say once that there was nothing more holy than a Sunday afternoon nap.  I think he was right.

There is several things in this rant.  I would love to read your comments.



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