The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments have been a source of strength for generations of Christians and an irritation for non-believers for centuries. The subject of such controversy that it even warrants a spot on the evening news at times, the Bible 10 commandments are truly at the source of God's heart and His will for mankind. A brief review of how these basic laws came into being and how the Lord employs His own to follow them might serve to refresh souls and memories in the knowledge that God's laws are written for a purpose. Beyond being guidelines for living a just life, this list of ten commands gives great insight into the character of God, himself, and prove Him to be just and caring. When observed, the commands of the Lord lead to a life that is full of purpose, love, and respect for another humans well being. So, while courts in the United States fight over constitutional rights and whether are not the commands of God apply to our legal systems, we should be quietly writing these precious thoughts of God upon our own hearts.
The book of Exodus is the book that records the commands that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. As the people of Israel left the harsh life of slavery and began to first taste the liberty of freedom, there was doubt, fear, and rebellion among camp members. Leaving the harsh treatment of the Egyptians was one thing, but leaving behind the security of food and water was another. Most Israelites struggled with trusting and following God. But God Almighty was intent upon making holy ways known to the people that He had promised to bless the world through. He called Moses to come upon the Mountain Sinai and receive his instructions for the nation that was to be light to the world, a living example of how to follow the Holy God. And, upon that mountain the Bible 10 commandments were written with the finger of God. "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18).
For forty days and nights, Moses intently recorded the words of God. And, while Moses communed with the Maker of the universe, the people of Israel at the foot of the mountain grew tired of waiting for Moses to return. They built an altar and took their gold and silver and melted these precious metals into an idol to worship. The Lord sent Moses back down into camp to put a stop to the idolatry and in a burst of anger with the people of Israel, Moses threw down the Ten Commandments written on the stones. But, God is not easily put off, and once again He called the servant Moses to come up on mount Sinai again, and receive the Bible 10 commandments. Mankind may break the commands of our God, but we will never be so far out of His reach that He gives up on us. For more important issues like obedience, wisdom and God's love, visit our Bible resources.
Throughout the Old Testament and New, the recorders of history and the prophets of God urge those who love and seek the Lord to keep the commandments of God. Because we were made in the image of God, we are to reflect the character of God. The Bible 10 commandments are a great place to begin to understand about the justice of God and his will for mankind. His will is made evident in the very first of these famous commands when He says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). Perhaps even as the Lord spoke the words, the hearts of those at the base of the mountain were contemplating building a mini-god to worship. Then, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image" became the second command and through the history of the human race, we have been worshiping images of creation instead of the Creator. The rest of the Ten Commandments go on describe another eight laws that the Lord expected Israel to follow. There are many, many more laws that were instructed, but these handful of commands have become the essential heart of living life as a follower of Christ.
Both the Psalms and the New Testament are full of writings that urge readers to reverence the laws of God. Christ stated that anyone who obeyed His commandments would abide in Him forever. The process of sanctification begins with understanding that God's design for human life includes respecting other life and reverencing a Holy God. The Ten Commandments are ten laws about how to treat the Lord God and how to treat other people. To discover more about these amazing commands, try taking the Bible quiz linked at the top of this article.
The Remnant ChurchThe Remnant church is a doctrine that teaches that God will raise up a remnant of people who will stay faithful until the end, enduring trials, tribulations, and even the great apostasy that will happen before the Antichrist is ushered unto the stage of world events. Because Scripture supports Scripture, we can understand God's plans for this future small and left over group of people and how He will accomplish His will through the least of humankind. When we take a look at the Bible in it's entirety, we can glean much from history and apply it not only to the events of today, but also to the events of tomorrow. God's Word explains that He is the same yesterday and today, and that there is nothing new under the sun. God foretold of the times that we live in and He has told us of what is to come. And, throughout the ages, He has used only a remnant of people to accomplish all of His mighty plans. A remnant is defined as something that is leftover, a piece of scrap material, good for nothing but waste. But, with our God, the opposite becomes the truth, as working with the things that the world dismisses is the Almighty's way of displaying power and bringing glory to Himself.
In the book of beginnings, the book of Genesis, we see that God uses the smallest of portions to keep a faithful people who love Him, dwelling upon the earth. We are told that among the many men of earth, only Noah found favor with God. And, because mankind had become so corrupt, God destroyed the earth with the great flood, reserving Noah and his family to repopulate the earth. And this pattern of saving for Himself remnants continues throughout the Old Testament. The book of Isaiah tells us that because the Israelites were a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, and corrupt children, their God was provoked to anger. God's judgement reigned hard on this chosen nation. "Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers" (Isaiah 1:7). But, amidst the destruction and chaos, there remained a small party of left-overs; a people reserved to carry on the Name of our Lord. "Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah." (Isaiah 1:9) From the days before Christ, God demonstrated through the people of Israel that there would one day be the remnant church. For other topics such as end times signs, the apostate Church and false teachers, visit our Bible resources.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul gives the church in Corinthians an explanation of why the Lord uses the small and the weak to bring forth His plans for the nations. "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence" (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). The remnant church will be a selection of those who have been set aside by God to accomplish the godly mission of the last days. "Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace" (Romans 11:5).
In explaining to the church in Thessalonica the coming of the Lord Jesus, Paul told the readers that before Christ would come that there would be a falling away first. "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thessalonians 2:3). And we read in Revelation that out of the seven churches that Christ addresses, all but one receives a rebuke from the Lord. A remnant; the remnant church who had little strength, but kept our Lord's Word. While there is no specific denomination listed among those seven churches that the Lord addresses, we do know that as the end of time draws nearer, false gospels and teachings are cropping up everywhere. We can learn from the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and from those who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Holy Scriptures that we are to be watchful, ever testing spiritual teachings by the Word of God. Our responsibility is to prove the doctrines taught by examining the Scriptures. We must not be caught unaware or unprepared. The remnant church is made up of all those who worship Christ in spirit and in truth. To discover more about God's working in remnants, take the quiz linked above.