First of all thank you soo much to all the contributions to this question? was left speechless after teh answers i received from the great Men of God....
The question was "This might sound simple But why did God give us the 10 commandments?"
The reason why i asked this question was because i was wondering out of the ten commandments how many do i actually follow because i was trying to analyse how much God has changed me over the past years months and weeks... How seriously do i take the gospel now and how much does it mean to me... So while looking at the ten commandements i wondered why were the ten commandments given? so i asked the question why did God give us the ten commandements? First of all people still use this commandments... people still quote them.... when your about to say something wrong someone will refer you to the ten commandments...... Now i found some veryyyyy interesting answers not only was the ten commandments given to the jews but why they dont exactly apply to us and why?
Enjoy yourself because your mind will really be filled with great words of blessing upon your life and will change the way you see your life and the life of people around you..............
My answer after analysing the ten comandments
The 1st and second commandment given to moses
Thou shalt not have strange gods before me
Thou shalt not make for thyself any graven image
"I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. Do not worship any other gods besides me" (Exodus 20:1-3).
IF someone came to your house brought a statue that looked slightly like you and then said this is the new you. They have replaced you.. replaced by a statue??? would you like that... This commandment was soo important because as you are unique you are the only person thats like you in this world even if you are twins you have different finger prints and replacing you with a statue that everyone talks to like they used to talk you woudnt change the fact that you are unique and special and irreplaceable.... Its the same with God he is unique in a mightyyyy way the same way you would not like people to replace you with an object picture or anything else its the same with God he has to be treated with uniqueness his the only God in the whole universe and as much as u r not irreplaceable neither he is.... With this commandment i understood why its soo important to have that personal relationship with God because once you know him personally nothing in this world can ever replace him even when people, cirsumstances and challenges try to take that personal relationship with him you will not be moved u stay close to him... ( in my words challenges and modern problems are like gods people take their eyes of God and 4get who is and complain and talk and mourn about problems and challenges this become their main priorities) ( people are not going to like this but think about modern celebrities i am guilty of this at some point but God wants our eyes to be on him and only him why are people sooo obessed with celebrities and other wordly things a point for you to think about!!!!)
GOD VALUES UNIQUENESS HE MADE YOU IN HIS OWN IMAGE HIS UNIQUE SO HE MADE YOU UNIQUE
Never use the name of the lord your God carelessly. The lord will make sure that anyone who carelessly uses his name will be punished.
This commandment really astonishes me.... for example if someone was to use my name in a negative way thats war.... Its my name and with my name it carries who i am.... if my name is associated with good things it means the way people look at me will be in a good way.. if everywhere people go say that girl shes trouble!! do you, yourself want to be associated with me... my name carries who i am everywhere i go if someone asks about me they will use my name to verify the identity.. Its the same thing with God his name is soooooo precious that what? finish the song hehehe :D exactly the same way you like your name being mentioned in positvely its the same with God his name defines who he is soo dont use the name in vain respect the name.. For example if your humble enough that when your calling someone you really respect lets say pastor why cant you be humble enough when calling God's name the same respect you ask of everyone else is the same his asking of you...
GOD VALUES NAMES "HIS NAME IS JESUS". He is the Light. Walk in His Light & Follow Him (John 12:46 )
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live for a long time in the land the lord your God is giving you. This commandments i find this one hard to follow but honor your mother and father.. God did not make this commandment to punish the reason he set this commandment was so that the generations can learn from their parents... if the parents followed the ten commandements and the children honoured their parents they will listen to the ten commandments as well.. they will follow the example of the parents and wont go astray so that you may live for a long time this commandment is serious ( if your father or mother is a thief are you going to honor them and become a thief so that you can liv long no the numbers of a thief are numbered rite ) so its important to know how to honor your parents using the word of God because God intended this commandement fro his children to be led to the right path buy their parents because if the parents follow Gods way they live longer and if the children follow their parents way and honor them they are following God and their days are longer on earth... Hope i didnt confuse you
GOD VALUES TEH HONOR/ AND RESOECT THAT YOU GIVE TO YOUR PARENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE KEY TO LEADING YOU TO HIM IF YOUR MUM AND DAD DID NOT GO CHURCH WHERE ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO START???
Do i even need to go into detail with this... just dont kill anyone its bad!!!!!!! He created the heaven and the earth.. he created everything so when he means do not murder its because he is the author of life...Lets say you create such a beatiful masterpiece lets say a nice picture and someon comes and takes it and puts it in the bin how would you feel... thats not even murder i can think of horrific examples but dont want to give anyone nightmares soo dont go killing what God has created...
GOD VALUES YOUR LIFE IF WHAT HE CREATED MEANT NOTHING TO HIM HE WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN THIS COMMANDMENT
Never commit adultery
Still this commandment is used in most churches why? because God wants people to get married because marriage brings two people together and make both people useful than each individually would be... God wants a husband and wife to reflect God's nature and characters such as pure and faithful and a husband and wife should be the same way....
GOD VALUES FAITHFULNESS AND PURITY IMAGINE IF GOD SAID I WILL HELP YOU WITH THAT CHALLENGE AND THEN HE DOESNT HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE MEANT TO BE FAITHFUL TO EACH OTHER KEEP THE VOWS THEY MAKE IN THE CHURCH WITHOUT BREAKING THEM THIS SHOWS FAITHFULNESS
Never steal 1st if all we all know that God has given us all things and he woudnt say this if he didnt know that everything belongs to us 1 Corinthians 3:21 "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;" back to the main point.... If you had a nice watch or earings lying around your house and someone from your family came and took them and a family member found out.. The 1st question is who taught you to steal? the answer is we do not steal in this familiy? why because what you do is reflecting who your familiy is. Its the same with God his trustworthy... That is who he is so if your careful enough not to reflect negatively to protect your familiy name you should be careful enough to reflect God character in your life trustworthy..
GOD VALUES TRUST WHEN YOU REFLECT GOD'S CHARACTER WHICH IS TRUSTWORTHY HE WILL BE ABLE TO TRUST YOU WITH HIS WORK HE HAS SET FOR YOU (PURPOSE)
“Never lie when you testify about your neighbor.
EVEN GOD HAS TO PROVE THAT HE IS TRUE GOD BY GIVING UP HIS ONLY SON.. IF SOMEONE TOLD YOU DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A GOD.. YOU ARE SOO SURE THAT YOU HAVE BIBLES SCRIPTURES AFTER SCRIPTURE.. this means that he proved his true through his word as well... so if God had to show his people that he is true why do you need to lie of worldly things.. (Ananias and Sapphira) sure you all know the story... This is how important the truth is to God
GOD VALUES THE TRUTH BECAUSE HE IS TRUE HIMSELF
“Never desire to take your neighbor’s household away from him.“Never desire to take your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey, or anything else that belongs to him.”
LIke i said before God has given us everything we want, God has made us unique lets say for an example soul winning i might be good at soul winning people by using things like facebook or inviting people to church what i need is a computer or laptop someone else is good at saying today i will visit this person and this person so he/she needs a car.. So God has blessed us with what we both need i am staying at home do i need a car to be going round.. God has given that person a car they are not staying in the car with a laptop to talk to people they need to get somewhere.. so God has given you what you need and everything else that you need not because someone else has it you have to have it.. God wants us to be content with what we have instead of demanding all the time God you said i will have all i want ask and i shall receive ok you keep demanding hope your ready when God demands something of you...
GOD VALUES CONTENT BECAUSE HE IS EVERYTHING HE NEEDS AND HE HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED THATS WHY WE ARE IN HIS IMAGE JUST NEED TO ASK HIM TO SHOW US THE PATH AND TO MAKE SURE WE STAY ON THE RIGHT PATH TO GET IT...
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
I did not knwo where to start with this thats why i left it it till last... I know it says in the bible that God rested on the seventh day so we should all... i love what one great man of God said some people take sunday literally as a rest day so they stay indoor and say its my day of work or school so i have to rest..... i used to do that stay in bed food movies catch up with all the programmes, not anymore otherwise i woudnt be sitting here typing... So thsi day is not for you to rest literally its for you to be in the house of the lord... Special day with a special meaning its a day to know who you are as a christian a time for you to know your father a time to fellowship with the lord and a time to communicate to both through the holy spirit and grow.....
GOD VALUES REST..... THINK ABOUT IT IF WE HAD TO WORK NONE STOP HOW MANY DAYS WOULD WE SURVIVE.... GOD VALUES THIS DAY BECAUSE IT REMINDS US OF GOD'S GRACE, WHAT WE WORK FOR GOD HAS GIVEN US (FOOD) NOT BECAUSE WE DESERVE IT BUT BECAUSE THATS WHO HE IS .. SO HE VALUES THIS REST BECAUSE IT MAKES US REFLECT AND REMEMBER THAT IT IS NOT BY MY POWER NOR MIGHT BUT BY THE SPIRIT
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS...... MY MAIN ANSWER FOR THIS QUESTION IS THAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WERE GIVEN TO US AND WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE BECAUSE THEY SHOW THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD WHICH I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED SO THIS CHARACTERISTICS SHOW US THAT GOD CREATED US IN HIS OWN IMAGE AND THE COMMANDMENTS WERE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE DO NOT ASTRAY TO WHAT HE HAS MADE THEM TO BE NOT THIEFS NOT LIERS
HE HAS MADE YOU LIKE HIM AND HIS COMMANDMENTS SHOW YOU THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT GOD EXPECTS YOU TO HAVE A CHRISTIAN NOT SO THAT YOU CAN OBEY THEM BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BUT BECAUSE THAT WHO YOU ARE.. YOU ARE IN GOD'S IMAGE...
YOU CAN NOT COPY A TEXT UNLESS YOU HAVE THE TEXT ITSELF SO THEREFORE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO COPY AND REALISE WHO YOU ARE GOD HAS SHOWN HIS CHARACTERISTICS IN THE BIBLE FOR TO YOU TO READ COPY AND PASTE IT IN YOU...