Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Egypt

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.

3 comments:

Terry said...

Michael W Smith has a song called live the life that states this:

Were passengers aboard the train
Silent little lambs amidst the pain
Thats no longer good enough
And when its time to speak our faith
We use a language no one can explain
Thats no longer good enough

And God knows its a shame
As we look to pass the flame
We are not the worthy bearers of his name

Chorus:

For the world to know the truth
There can be no greater proof
Than to live the life, live the life
Theres no love thats quite as pure
Theres no pain we cant endure
If we live the life, live the life
Be a light for all to see
For every act of love will set you free

Theres something beautiful and bold
The power of a million human souls
Come together as one
And each in turn goes out to lead
Another by his word, his love, his deed
Now the circle is done

It all comes back to one
For it is he and he alone
Who has lived the only perfect life weve known

That brings us back to Chad's post on misuse of the Lord's name - I like the idea of it also being deed and not just words

Laura said...

Hey Chad,
Thanks for reading my blog! I really enjoy knowing that it is beneficial. I've been keeping up with yours and it is really interesting. I hope everything is going well with the Bible study!
Laura

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