Dear friend, do you like reading books? Surely, you must have some favorite books and favorite authors. Maybe you like reading about adventures, animals or you like reading comics. But do you know that there is one more fascinating book? This book is different from all other books. It is unique, and it is called the Bible.
You may ask, “How is the Bible unique?” It is unique because it was written by God. Throughout the history of mankind God was revealing Himself to different people and speaking through them. Among those who recorded the Bible were kings, shepherds, and fishermen – people of different classes and occupations. The Bible is the most famous and popular book in the world. It is translated into 2377 languages and millions of people are reading it every day. There is not even one person who has not heard about the Ten Commandments. Do you know how they were written?
It was Moses who recorded the Ten Commandments on the Mountain Sinai. Moses was a man of God and God was talking to him face to face. This is how the Bible describes this event: “Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up.” (Exodus 19:18-20)
Everybody knows “You shall not kill”, “You shall not steal”. However, these are only two Commandments out of ten. Only a few know the rest of the Commandments. Dear friend, would you like to know all Ten Commandments? Would you like to uncover the God’s mystery? We think we can help you in this.
The first Four Commandments are devoted to your relationships with God.
The First Commandment says, “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.” God explains that there are no other Gods except Him. He is the only one who is worthy of worship.
The Second Commandment says, “You shall not make for yourself an image 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.” With this Commandment God warns you not to bow down to any idols in the form of pictures, statues or other objects. However, idols may not only be in the form of objects. Singers, sportsmen or political figures could also become the idols.
The Third Commandment says, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.” God wants you to respect His Name and not blaspheme or use the name of the Lord irrelevantly and inappropriately in your speech.
The Fourth Commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.” Sabbath can be any day of the week. This is the day that you devote to the Lord. In many countries it is Sunday.
The remaining Six Commandments are devoted to relationships among people.
The Fifth Commandment says, “Honor your father and your mother.” God is teaching you to respect your parents and take care of them.
The Sixth Commandment says, “You shall not murder.” In the eyes of God the murder is an awful crime.
The Seventh Commandment says, “You shall not commit adultery”. God wants the husband and wife to remain faithful to each other.
The Eighth Commandment says, “You shall not steal.” God doesn’t approve stealing, and he warns us about the consequences of this crime.
The Ninth Commandment says, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” God is against any lie, slander and gossip.
The Tenth Commandment says, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” With this Commandment God explains that jealousy is the cause of many tragedies and can be the first step in committing a crime.
In more details you can read all Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17.
Dear friend, do you know why God gave these Commandments to people? God promises that everyone who follows the Word of God will experience God’s blessings in his life. The Bible says, “Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you.” (Deuteronomy 6:18)
The Bible is a very old book and consists of two parts: The Old and New Testaments. The first books of the Old Testament were written in 8thto 6th centuries BC. The books of the New Testament were written in the 1st century AD. Even though the Bible is such an ancient book it remains the most modern and timely. It is a true bestseller!
In the Bible you can read about great kings, courageous army leaders and their adventures, princes and princesses, God’s miracles, the history of nations, and of course, about ordinary people, just like you and me. In every story you will learn how God reveals Himself and comes to rescue.
Do you have the Bible? Are you ready to set out on the incredible journey of studying God’s Word? Ok, then – let’s get started!
But for now, give thanks to God for His Living Word. Pray with us, “Almighty God, thank you for this unique book – the Bible, for Your Word that you left for us. In Jesus Name. Amen.”
Weekly Bible Lessons