As God speaks, by believing him, we worship at his altar. This altar shows us how serious our sin is. We worship at this altar as we trust Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, for the forgiveness of our sin and present our lives as living sacrifices to him.
As God shows us himself and his laws, he reveals that we have failed. He tests us in this way that we might fear him, but fear him not in a way that causes us to cower away from him but that causes us to draw near through Jesus who is a better mediator than […]
The Ten Commandments provide lines for our relationships – the first four deal with vertical lines (with God) and the last six deal with horizontal lines (with others). The love that God has shed abroad in our hearts we are to show to others.
Mankind is the mirror of God. So the way we bring glory to God is by valuing the image of God in others. We love what he loves. Murder, on the other hand, is at root the attempt to play God and it begins with the small seeds of bitterness and hatred.
This is the first commandment concerning our horizontal relationships. Lest we think it only applies to kids, we are all children. Therefore this command to honor our parents has application for all people.