One of my good friends had a question revolving around ONE of the ten commandments (thou shalt not murder) and I spent hours with God in how to answer him. This is kind of a corollary to two other articles I wrote, “Anti-Life” and “Jesus and Abortion“. Now, if you are a one issue voter, then get out your Bible and let’s do this together as I recount the journey behind the four words which are 10% of the ten commandments.
Lets’s do this in two parts, Exodus and then the Executive Summary in Deuteronomy. Open up your Bible (or Bible App) and start at Exodus chapter 19. That chapter will give a background of what comes next. Exodus 20 is where you see the four words (out of 783,137 words in the King James Version Bible). Verses 3-17 are where the “Ten Commandments” come from, and perhaps you think that is where God wrote them on the two tablets. Not so! The next verse (18) says the people trembled. And the next verse (19) has Moses talking with the people, so at that point, there were no tablets. Verse 21 has Moses approaching God (again). Then keep reading… I had to read 6 more pages in my Bible until I see Exodus 24:4 “And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord”. But wait … there’s more!
Keep reading. 8 verses later (Exodus 24:12) is where God tells Moses to come to get the stone tablets of the law and commandment (singular). So, Moses goes up the mountain where God’s Glory was!!! And he was there for 40 days! (we get the picture from this to refrain from taking ALL of the ten commandments lightly). And in chapter 25 God begins telling Moses what to tell the people. I had to keep reading 11 more pages in my Bible of everything God was telling Moses to tell the people. Finally Exodus 31:18 says that God gave Moses two tablets “written by the finger of God“.
Meanwhile, Aaron makes the Golden Calf, and when Moses comes down and sees the people doing what seemed right in their own eyes, HE SMASHED THE TABLETS GOD JUST GAVE HIM! (you think there was a problem here? See Exodus 32:19). Now I had to read 3 more pages to get to the point where God asks Moses to cut out two stone tablets like the ones God gave him (that he smashed to pieces). God said he would write on them AGAIN. Now I had to read two more pages in my Bible till I got to the point where it says God “wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments“. OK, are you still with us? This is a bit of work to understand how those initial 4 words actually fit into Scriptures!
Let’s jump over to Deuteronomy (the last of the five books of Moses). The first four chapters are kind of an executive summary of things that have happened. TAKE SPECIAL NOTE of Deuteronomy 4:2 which says “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you nor take away from it that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God” (you might take this to mean that if you refer to the ten commandments, consider all ten of them and not just one). Not too much further, verse 13 says that God “declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is the Ten Commandments, and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.”
Keep reading two more pages (my Bible) until you get to the Star Trek blessing in Deuteronomy 4:40 (click on the link to see it yourself:) But it isn’t until the next chapter that the ten commandments are reiterated! And in verse 22 it says that Moses said to the people that God “wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.“
You can stop now to ponder about those dozens of pages that give meaning to the four words that one issue voters fall back on. Ponder and pray about this, then come back and let’s talk! We can discuss how if we judge a political candidate based solely on ONE of the ten commandments, we minimally have been misled, but likely may be deceived. God did not say that one of the ten commandments was more important than the others, so why not judge a political candidate by the next four commandments? Which of the two main candidates has committed adultery? Which of the two candidates has stolen? Which of the two has insulted others? Which has coveted the wife or goods of a neighbor? God seems to think that these are equally valid questions that we NEED to consider when judging a political candidate.
And, then, consider that Jesus summed them up into just TWO commandments:
- Love God
- Love Others Before Self
Which of the two candidates best encompass those six words from Jesus? Which of the two behaves and speaks kindly, with compassion and empathy? Those are the requirements from Jesus for anyone who claims to be Christian (as BOTH candidates do).
And, if at this point you still are saying “What about abortion?”, then make sure to watch the video at the top of this article. It explains how to best address that issue, complete with details and statistics!
- Anti-Life is the third option to Pro-Life or Pro-Choice
- Jesus and Abortion
- How Many Words are there in the Bible?
I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)