The Last Six Commandments
Case 7: God's Law
What are the last six of the Ten Commandments in order as they are given in Exodus 20:12-17?
This Truth Makes
When God does something, there are usually both immediate (now) and long-term (later) reasons and results. God first gave the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel about 2,000 years ago. He did this to mark the Israelites as His chosen people and to separate them from the nations that did not know and obey Him.
But the Ten Commandments are not only for Israel to obey. They are for all of God’s people, at all times. The long-term reason and result of God’s giving the Ten Commandments
is that His glory and holiness might be made famous.
In order to help us understand more about the purpose of the Law, look at how God Himself describes His Law:
• God’s Law is compared to a mirror, because it shows us how we really look. But the mirror of God’s Law is not like a normal mirror that shows only the outside. God’s Law shows us our sinful hearts. (James 1:22-25)
• God’s Law is compared to a yoke, because it brings bondage if we are not in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)
• God’s Law is compared to a child’s teacher, because the Law teaches us how to live and Whom we need in order to live that way. (Galatians 3:23-4:7)