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Lesson 12 The Law of the kingdom of God

"So in everything, do to others what you
would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets"(Matthew 7:12).



 

  The principle of happiness that God established

  
What do you use when you examine length and weight of things? You use a ruler for a length, and a balance for a weight.

  Tools play an important role in our daily lives. There is a more important balance than this survey.

  It is the balance of the mind of person. It is measured not by a man’s balance but by his obedience to the word of God.

  Is that balance?

  Yes, certainly it is. Above all the balance, that is most exact. Let's see what it is.

 

  There are laws in every country. The law is discussed and fixed for our safely. Whoever violates the law, will suffer the punishment. In that way, everyone keeps public order, and lives a desirable communal life.

  But people, also, violate the laws on purpose to hurt others and act on their own pleasure. Such people don't have a right to live in society, do they? So they are confined to a prison, and are deprived of their right. In that case, the laws become a criterion to judge people's actions. It is same as a balance that measures the character. We examine its value by measuring things on a balance.

  God fixed the eternal principle in order to let all people in this world live happily and peacefully. Nobody can change this principle and it cannot be changed.

  For God Himself made it.

  God descended on Mount Sinai

  
This principle was established a long time ago.

  When God finished creating the world, He gave people the principle that everyone must follow. At first He taught it by word and let it pass, and later He wrote it and let all people obey.

  After that months and years went by, and people spread throughout the entire world. When people increased in number and scattered over the entire world, God taught this principle once again to be kept.

  It was about 3,500 years ago. God sent Moses to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt and take them to the promised land of Canaan.

  They were the chosen people who must become an example to the world by keeping the law of God.

  So they left Egypt following Moses as God instructed. After a while they reached to Mount Sinai in the wilderness.

  Mount Sinai was called as the Mount of God from ancient times, for God came often to this mount. It was there that Israel received the commandments from God. When they got to the base of Mount Sinai, Moses ascended the mountain alone as God had instructed after he made people cleanse their bodies.  Of course God drew a boundary around the mountain in order to endure that no one approached.

 

  Whoever would go carelessly to the holy place where God appeared would be killed.

  In a thick cloud of thunder and lightning, God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses.

  The Ten Commandments that God established  

1.

You shall have no other gods before me.

2.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

5.

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

6.

You shall not murder.

7.

You shall not commit adultery.

8.

You shall not steal.

9.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10.

 You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor(Exodus 20:3-17).


  The spirit of the Ten Commandments

  
God gave man the Ten Commandments. Moses wrote the law in the Bible, so we can know it 3,500 years later. It is the principle that people should follow eternally.

 

  About 2,000 years ago, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished”(Matthew 5:17, 18).

 

  We must not forget that the Law of God is perfect.

  One day Jesus was asked a question by one of the scribes.

  “Which commandment is the first of all?”

  At that time Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The Second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself”(Mark 12:29-31).

 

  The scribe admired Jesus’ answer. Jesus simply divided the Ten Commandments into two parts. The first four are about our duty to God; the fifth to the tenth are about our duty to our neighbors.

 

  It is the first part of Ten Commandments that person who loves God must keep diligently, and the second part that we must keep when we show God’s love to our neighbors.

  The Commandments to God

  
You knew that the first to the fourth are the commandments to God. Now let's study the commandments in detail.

 

  The first commandment is,

   "You shall have no other gods before me"(Exodus 20:3).

  This means that we must not worship other gods except God.

 

  The second commandment is,

  "You shall not make for yourself an image, bow down to them or serve them"(Exodus 20:4, 5).

  Idols mean gods made of wood and stone.

 

  People imagine a god, make it, and serve it. People sometimes serve nature?the sun, the moon, the stars, trees, and rocks. These are all idols. God forbids any of this. Worshiping these idols is really silly. Since God the creator exists. We must not forget that the only object of veneration is God.

 

  The third commandment also tells us about our duties to God.

  "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God."

  This teaches us not to call His holy name carelessly. Someone who serves and respects Him sincerely would never call His name in vain.  When we honor Him, He delights in us.

 

  The fourth commandment is really important.

  "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."

  The week has seven days, and the seventh day, Saturday, is God's holy Sabbath day. God created this world for 6 days, and then rested on the seventh day.  Since then, the Sabbath day was fixed and kept.

 God made this day a memorial day for the earth. So as God rested and so should man, and worship Him.

  Commandments to our neighbors

  
Commandments to our neighbors are described in the fifth to the tenth.

  What is the fifth commandment?
  "Honor your father and your mother."

  We were born into this world to parents, and grown with their love. When we get sick, they take care of us even late at night. And they always want us to be healthy and honorable. It is natural that we should respect and honor them.

 

  The sixth commandment is,

  "You shall not murder."

  It is horrible thing to kill someone.

  But when we read the Bible, we can find another meaning of kill. Let's read 1 John 3:15 loudly.

 

  "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him."

 

 When we hate friends, get cross, and wish to kill someone, it is as if we kill. Nevertheless if we don’t take care of and ruin our body, it is also killing.

 

  The seventh commandment is, “You shall not commit adultery.”

 

  The eighth is "You shall not steal."

 

  The ninth is "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

 

  The tenth is "You shall not covet your neighbor's house."

 

  These are basic rules for living in this world. Now, you learn that hating someone, telling a lie, and covet other's things is also be hated by God.

  If we live uprightly, and honestly, and love our neighbors like ourselves, what a beautiful world it would be!

 

  The mirror of mind- the Bible

 

  We need some rules to enjoy football or volleyball. When we are driving, we need traffic rules, too. Likewise to live happily and peacefully, we should have rules. If everyone does what he or she wants, this world wouldn’t be safe. God made the Ten Commandments for man's sake. Even though it contains only ten principles, it is perfect.

 

  Love is the most important

  
Until now, we have learned that God gave us the law for our sakes. If I were sum up all the commandments, they are about love for God, and love for our fellow man. God is love, and he wants his sons and daughters to live in love.

 

  “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law”(Rome 13:10).

 

 However well we keep this law, if we don't have the spirit of love, it is of no use. The spirit of Ten Commandment is precisely to practice love for one another. When we keep this in mind and put it into practice, we can live truly happy lives.

  All children!
  Be God's children, written God's Law in your heart firmly.

 
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