The First Commandment (Part 1)

August 25, 2007

“The following Scriptures will help us in the right understanding of this First Commandment of the covenant God of Israel, who has visited and redeemed his people:

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
And His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‘I am the FIrst and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God’ (Isa. 44:6).

‘I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God ALmighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them’ (Exo. 6:3)

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands . . .  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’ (Acts 17:24, 28).

Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people . . . to grant us that we. being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life (Luke 1:68, 74-75)

The commandments can be regarded as ten protecting friends. What an asset! Ten friends to guard our ways. They go with us into every activity and follow us into every interest. Ten watchmen of our path – these are the Ten Commandments of God. He has set them around us for our sakes because He loves us.

It is important to understand that there is a positive and a negative side to each commandment. The positive side expresses that duties which are commanded; the negative side expresses the sins which are forbidden. In all that follows we are indebted to the helpful instruction given in the Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly.”

Quoting: “Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments” by Ernest C. Reisinger


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