|The Ten Commandments are probably the most well known part of the Old Testament Law. Question, why do we still obey the Ten Commandements but ignore most of the rest of the Old Testament Law? This question baffled me for a year or two. Give me your opinions and thoughts. I’ll post my belief on the issue around 1pm.
Q92. What does the Lord say in His law?
A. 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 bondage.
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a graven 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 or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of 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 a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and 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 in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall 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, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.1
1 Ex. 20:1-17; Deut. 5:6-21.
Q93. How are these commandments divided?
A. Into two tables. The first has four commandments, teaching us what our relation to God should be. The second has six commandments, teaching us what we owe our neighbor.1
1 Matt. 22:37-39.
Q94. What does the Lord require in the first commandment?
A. That I, not wanting to endanger my very salvation, avoid and shun all idolatry,1 magic, superstitious rites,2 and prayer to saints or to other creatures.3 That I sincerely acknowledge the only true God,4 trust Him alone,5 look to Him for every good thing6 humbly7 and patiently,8 love Him,9 fear Him,10 and honor Him11 with all my heart. In short, that I give up anything rather than go against His will in any way.12
1 1 Cor. 6:9, 10; 10:5-14; 1 John 5:21.
2 Lev. 19:31; Deut. 18:9-12.
3 Matt. 4:10; Rev. 19:10; 22:8, 9.
4 John 17:3.
5 Jer. 17:5, 7.
6 Ps. 104:27, 28; James 1:17.
7 1 Pet. 5:5, 6.
8 Col. 1:11; Heb. 10:36.
9 Matt. 22:37 (Deut. 6:5).
10 Prov. 9:10; 1 Pet. 1:17.
11 Matt. 4:10 (Deut. 6:13).
12 Matt. 5:29, 30; 10:37-39.
Q95. What is idolatry?
A. Idolatry is having or inventing something in which one trusts in place of or along side of the only true God, who has revealed Himself in His Word.1