Christian devotions in the Daily-Message

Christian devotions in the Daily-Message

The Ten Concessions

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

Exodus 20:2-17

Who doesn't know the ten commandments? One person finds them good, the other rebels against the fact that it repeatedly says: thou shalt...., thou shalt not. Admittedly, I also don't always like this admonitory finger. And therefore, I would like to present you the ten commandments in a differently formulated manner today:

1 You may worship the God of Israel and the God Jesus Christ as the only God. You do not have to follow other gods or substitute ideologies.

2 It is permissible to honor and appreciate the Name of God. You don't have to stand around idly and watch when His Name is dragged through the mud.

3 No-one forbids you to respect Sunday. Keep it free from work and fill it with relaxation and reflection. Take time to spend with God and those who you like.

4 What really speaks against respecting your father and mother? Even when you don't agree with them, it won't harm you to show them respect. After all, they did bring you into the world and looked after you.

5 You are invited to preserve and protect life. To renounce murder and manslaughter and preserve life shows true greatness.

6 It is not forbidden to avoid opportunities for adultery, or to pass them up. Why should you get involved in another's marital relationship? Take care of your own marriage and family as best you can!

7 Who says that stealing is a minor offence or a popular sport? Your conscious can remain clear when you don't steal another's property. You would not like it if someone stole something which was valuable to you.

8 You are allowed to tell the truth. Trust and harmony can only thrive when no-one pretends to be that which he isn't.

9 No one forces you to lust after the wife of your colleague or the husband of your neighbour. Some people may deem partner-swopping chic. You are however allowed to have a different opinion. And that is by no means disrespectful or old-fashioned.

10 Why dream constantly of the possessions and wealth of another? You are allowed to be satisfied with what you yourself have worked for or received as a gift. Envy has never benefited anyone.

(Translated by Linda Gates)


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