We are continuing with the series called The Jesus Filter. As I said last week just stay with me as this is an awesome journey with a wonderful end, but like all journeys you have to travel to get to your destination.
See man never knew that he was naked until he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Even then he didn't know what was wrong, he just felt different, ashamed and he didn't understand the feeling. Then Cain slain Abel and he too didn't understand what he had done wrong, but he too had a feeling that something was wrong. Mankind went on feeling like something was wrong without really knowing what it was.
God had to find some way to show them what it was that they were doing wrong. He gave us rules to live by and follow so we could get closer to Him. So the chasm that had been created by that day in the garden could be attoned.
Exodus 20: 1-17
1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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; 5 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 upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “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.
8 “ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 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.
12 “ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “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.”
This week think of this passage and what The Ten Commandments meant to the people of Israel.
We are headed to a wonderful ending but as I said we must travel through some unexplained territory and some bumps in the road to reach our destination.
Have a blessed week,