This year as I set up for Passover, I randomly decided to display the Ten Commandments. They are not part of the typical iPassover discussion, but as soon as the Isralites left Egypt, they headed for Mount Sinai, where God loingly gave them His law. The giving of the written Word of God was so unique that it was accompanied by a trumpet blast from heaven.The next time we will hear a divine trumpet blast will be when the living Word of God comes again.
Another exciting truth is that the Ten Commandments were written by the very finger of God. (Exodus 31:18) We believe that all Scripture is God-breathed, but the rest of Scripture was penned by men and women of God under His inspiration. What else set it apart? The Ark of the Covenant was built to hold the Ten Commandments and it represents God’s presence.
The Ten Commandments are the very essence of God. He wanted to give His people, newly freed slaves, the chance to experience the ulitmate freedom and worship Him! God created us in His image, so we are His image-bearers. As His image-bearers, we need to know how to live to have the most freedom and live a happy, fulfilled life. As believing image-bearers, we are no longer slaves to sin! (Romans 6:20).
So many think of the The Law as a bunch of “do’s and don’ts,” taking away their freedom. On the contrary, these Ten Commandments represent the greatest laws of all. The first four are summed up in this verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. this is the first and greatest commandment.” The summary of the last six is “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Why the lamb in front of the Ten Commandments? As His image-bearers and believers in the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world, the law has been written on our hearts. (John 1:29, Romans 2:15)