I was reading the 10 commandments the other day, and there were two things that struck me that I thought I would share. Interestingly enough, this is my second post on this blog about the 10 commandments. I don't read them every day, and this is the first time I've read through them since my last post. Don't ask me why I did, I just felt like reading them, and God showed me something.
The part I read started out in Deut 5:6 and it reads:
"I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of Egypt. That is the land where you were slaves."
Immediately after reading that I thought, "Now what does that have to do with me? Why am I even reading the 10 commandments again anyways?"
Well, after I finished my reading I realized something. I was in Egypt, and God rescued me. This is no new theological truth, and I'm sure I'm not breaking new ground here, but for some reason the connection finally clicked. Egypt was a land of slavery for the Hebrews, and that's exactly where I was before I knew Christ. I quickly opened back up to the passage and read the commandments again with renewed vigor.
On my second time through my attention was caught by the 3rd commandment in verse Deut. 5:11, "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." It caught my attention because of our culture's current mindset about this verse. Misuse of God's name not only refers to verbal action, but any action. We are God's servants, and we should act just as 1 Peter 4:11 tells us. Everything I do should be for the Lord, and if I misrepresent him or misrepresent the love he would give then I am misusing his name.
I pray that we would all be able to live as the Spirit guides us, give out the same love that God first gave us, and that His name and His kingdom would reign forever.